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Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Launched At MWC 2018

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Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Launched At MWC 2018

Specifications
Status

Launched

Manufacturer

Samsung

Model / Variant

Galaxy S9
Galaxy S9+

Launch Date

25th February

Price

US$ 719.99
Starting at US$ 839.99

Dimensions

147.6 x 68.7 x 8.4 mm
157.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm

Weight

163 grams
189 grams

Design

Glass Front and Back
Aluminium Frame

Colors

Midnight Black
Lilac Purple
Titanium Gray
Coral Blue

Display Size and Type

5.8 inch Super AMOLED
6.2 inch Super AMOLED
18.5:9

Display Resolution

2960 x 1440 px
S9: 570 ppi
S9+: 529 ppi

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (USA and South Korea)
Exynos 9810 (Rest of the World)

CPU

2.8GHz
Octa-Core

GPU

Adreno 630
Mali-G72 MP18

Memory Storage

64GB
128GB
256GB

RAM

S9: 4GB
S9+: 6GB

Memory Expandability

Up to 400GB
MicroSD card
Hybrid Slot

Operating System

Android 8 Oreo
Experience 9.0

Primary Camera

12MP Dual Pixel
f/1.5 to f/2.4

12MP Wide-Angle f/1.5
12MP Telephoto f/2.4

Camera Features

Super Slo-Mo Videos
HDR
Panorama
OIS
Variable Aperture
Bokeh Shots - Galaxy S9+
2X lossless zoom - Galaxy S9+

Primary Video

3840 x 2160 px @ 60fps
1280 x 720 px @ 960fps
1920 x 1080 px @ 240 fps

Secondary Camera

8MP
f/1.7
Auto HDR

Secondary Camera Video

3840 x 2160 px @ 30fps

Battery

3000 mAh
3500 mAh
QuickCharge 4.0

2G Network

850 MHz, 950 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz

3G Network

1880-1920 MHz, 2010-2025 MHz

4G / LTE Network

700 MHz Class 13, 700 MHz Class 17, 800 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1700 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2600 MHz

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
FM Radio

SIM Type

Nano SIM
Dual Hybrid Slot

Other Features

Fingerprint Sensor
IP68 Certification
Wireless Charging
Intelligent Scanner
Samsung Pay

After weeks of multiple leaks, Samsung has launched the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at an event in Barcelona. The design, specifications, and a lot of the features were leaked ahead of the launch. The Galaxy S9 is priced at US$ 719.99 for the unlocked version in the US. However, the starting price of the Galaxy S9+ is US$ 839.99. The smartphones will go on sale on the 16th of March globally. In India, the devices will be launched on the 6th of March and go on sale on the 16th of March along with the rest of the world.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and its bigger sibling, the Galaxy S9+ succeeds the Galaxy S8 and S8+ as the 2018 flagship phones. Unlike the previous generation smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have more differences than just the display and battery sizes. Samsung has made the Galaxy S9+ a bit more feature-packed to justify the higher price tag.

As expected, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ look extremely similar to their predecessors. The bezels are slightly thinner but, it is hard to differentiate between the two generations, at least from the front. To the back of the devices is where you see the difference. While the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were two of the most successful Android smartphones of 2017 and were lauded for their looks, there was an issue with the design.

Due to the decreased bezels, Samsung had to move the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phone. However, the execution left a lot to be desired as the sensor was placed next to the camera module. It looks like Samsung took the criticism into consideration. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ come with a fingerprint sensor placed below the camera module. This is a much more ergonomic placement for a rear-facing fingerprint sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have a new feature similar to Apple’s Animojis. It is called AR Emoji. Basically, the smartphone captures the face data, analyses it, which allows users to make animated versions of themselves. These can later be customised further.

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a 5.8 inch Super AMOLED display with a 2960 x 1440 px resolution. This translates to an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, which means it is slightly taller than the usual bezel-less smartphones.

Depending on the market, the Galaxy S9’s chipset will vary. For the US and South Korean market, the S9 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the first-ever smartphones launched with the new flagship chipset. For the rest of the world, it will be powered by the new Exynos 9810 chipset. Coupled with the chipset is 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Similar to a lot of Samsung smartphones, the storage will be expandable up to 256GB via a MicroSD card.

Out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will run Android 8 Oreo out of the box with Experience 9.0 on top. Powering the smartphone will be a 3000 mAh battery, just like the Galaxy S8. The smartphone will have QuickCharge 4.0 compatibility and support wireless charging. Similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy S9 also has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. The Galaxy S9 also has a dual stereo speaker system tuned by AKG and Dolby surround sound.

The Galaxy S9 has a single Dual Pixel 12 MP sensor with dual /1.5 and f/2.4 apertures. In bright lighting conditions, the camera will use the f/2.4 aperture, while the wider f/1.5 aperture is used in dark lighting conditions. It also captures 720P videos at 960fps and 4K videos at 60fps, similar to the Apple iPhone X. On the front of the smartphone is an 8MP camera with an f/1.6 aperture and records 4K videos.

Samsung Galaxy S9+

As is with its smaller sibling, the Galaxy S9+ has the same screen size as the Galaxy S8+. It sports a 6.2 inch Super AMOLED display with a 2960 x 1440 px resolution.

Under the hood, it will either be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset or Exynos 9810. This will again depend on whether it is being sold in the US, South Korea or rest of the world. Unlike the Galaxy S9, the S9+ will be available in 6GB RAM/64GB storage, 6GB RAM/128GB storage and 6GB RAM/256GB models in major markets across the world.

Out of the box, the Galaxy S9+ will also run Android 8 Oreo out of the box with Experience 9.0 on top. Powering the smartphone will be a 3500 mAh battery, just like the Galaxy S8+. The smartphone will have QuickCharge 4.0 compatibility and support wireless charging. Similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy S9+ also has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.

The main difference between the two S9 models this year is in the camera department. Unlike its predecessor, the Galaxy S9+ has a dual-camera setup on the back. The Galaxy S9+ has one wide-angle 12MP camera with an f/1.5 aperture and the other is a 12MP telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture. The telephoto lens is the same one found on the Galaxy Note8, which means it has OIS. On the front of the smartphone is an 8MP camera with an f/1.6 aperture and records 4K videos.

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