Samsung is the first major brand to launch its flagship smartphones every year. Continuing the tradition, the South-Korean brand has introduced its flagships for 2018, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The company boasted the cameras to be the major highlight of these smartphones and they indeed have some impressive stuff to offer. Apart from the cameras, the phones have also received a bump in overall specifications.
Update for India launch:
The flagship devices are now launched in India and will be available on Samsung’s own online store, Flipkart and offline retailers across the country. Flipkart has already started accepting pre-orders for both the phones and they will be available for purchase starting March 16th.
In India, two variants of the phones will be launched, one with 64GB and the other one with 256GB. The Indian versions will have the Exynos 9810 processor instead of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. Pricing of all variants are as follows:
Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB: Rs. 57,900
Samsung Galaxy S9 256GB: Rs. 65,900
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 64GB: Rs. 64,900
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 256GB: Rs. 72,900
The 64GB variant of the phones will come in three colours: Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac whereas the higher variant will only be made available in Midnight Black colour.
Below are the full specifications and features for Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Design
In terms of overall design, the new phones looks quite similar to the last year’s S8. However, one positive design overhaul is the position of the fingerprint scanner. It has finally been moved below the camera sensors where it is easier to reach than last year’s awkward position. Even the bezels have been slightly narrowed to give the phone a more aesthetic look and provide a better viewing experience. The rear portion of the device has a metal-glass sandwich composition which might be prone to excessive fingerprint marks. Both the devices retain their IP68 certification which makes them water and dust resistant.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are available in four different colours: Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Titanium Gray and Coral Blue.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Display
Display size and resolution of these devices are still the same and are good enough for even 2018. There’s a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ display on the Samsung Galaxy S9. Like most Samsung smartphones, you get a Super AMOLED panel which helps in delivering vivid colours and deeper blacks. Pixel density of this phone is an excellent 570 PPI which is very impressive and is probably the best you can get.
On the other hand, the S9+ rocks a larger 6.2-inch display with rest of the aspects staying same. It has an appreciable pixel density of around 529 PPI as well. Default resolution of the phones are set to Full HD+ but can be changed to Quad HD+ in phone settings. These are Infinity Displays, Samsung’s version of bezel-less.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Cameras
By far the biggest improvement to the new flagships is the superior camera. The Samsung Galaxy S9 still retains a single 12-megapixel camera on the back. The elder sibling has a dual-camera setup on the back with both the sensors being 12-megapixel sensors, a wide-angle lens combined with a telephoto lens. On the front, the duo come with an 8-megapixel camera for clicking selfies.
The smartphones currently have the “widest ever aperture included in a smartphone camera” as they have an f/1.5 lens. Another interesting thing is that the phones come with a dual aperture lens. Which means that you can choose between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending upon the lighting conditions. This is remarkable for a smartphone and it will let you click better pictures in all kinds of lighting, capturing the best of what the surroundings have to offer.
You can also record slow-mo videos with these phones. It goes up to 240fps at 1080p and a staggering 960fps at 720p. They also support Optical Image Stabilization (Dual OIS for S9+) to allow you to record videos by stabilizing all kinds of shakes and vibrations.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Performance & Software
Coming to the performance, the Galaxy flagships become the first phones to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the new flagship processor announced earlier this year. The processor would differ depending on the region. The Indian variant comes with Exynos 9810, which is Samsung’s own chipset. With the S9, you would get 4GB of RAM and for the S9+, there’s 6GB of RAM to go with the processor. This performance bump is meant to align Samsung with rest of the 2018 smartphones about to launch throughout the year. There’s 64GB of internal storage on the phones which you can expand up to 400GB via a microSD card.
The phones run on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and are skinned with Samsung Experience on top.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Battery & Connectivity
There’s a 3000mAh battery unit on the S9 whereas the top variant gets 3500mAh of battery. The phones can be charged through the USB Type-C port and also via wireless charging. There is support for fast charging irrespective of whether you use wired or wireless charger. Samsung is still bullish on the 3.5mm headphone jack and both the flagships retain them.
Connectivity options include Bluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz).
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Additional Features
A great addition to these devices is the presence of stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos surround sound technology. Consuming audio content shall be an amazing experience owing to this. Samsung has also introduced face recognition along with the iris scanner to allow your phone to unlock in various situations seamlessly. This is similar to what Apple offers with FaceID.
Talking of similarities, the brand has also introduced a new feature called as AREmoji (almost Animoji), it lets you convert your face into an animated character that looks like you or replace it with other characters if you need. Samsung’s virtual assistant Bixby can now live translate sign boards in various languages which shall be very helpful.
Watch the official introductory video of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+