Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship smartphones were unveiled ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona. These new smartphones feature improved cameras with variable aperture sensor on the primary rear camera and the Galaxy S9+ comes with a dual rear camera setup. Other new features on the handsets include face recognition and AR Emojis, Bixby Vision, AKG-tuned dual speakers, reduced bezels on the top and bottom, and faster processors. The two handsets will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, and Titanium Grey colours.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a starting price of US $719.99 (approx. 46,600) for the unlocked model, or $30 (roughly Rs. 1,950) per month on a 24-month financing option, while the Samsung Galaxy S9+ will be available at $839.99 (roughly Rs. 54,400) for the unlocked model, or $35 (roughly Rs. 2,300) per month on the 24-month financing option. Both smartphones will be available from March 16 in select markets, and pre-orders will begin in the US on March 2.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ features
The main highlight of both smartphones will be the dual aperture setup on the primary rear camera sensor, which is capable of shooting at f/2.4 when there’s ample light, but can switch to f/1.5 when the phone detects low-light conditions. Samsung claims that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ can capture 28 percent more light compared to the Galaxy S8.
Another main feature is the super slow-mo camera that can record 960 frames per second, which means 0.2 seconds of footage is stretched out to 6 seconds when you are playing it back.
Samsung is also introducing AR Emoji, its answer to Apple’s Animoji with a few key changes. Unlike Animoji, which maps your facial expressions onto regular emojis, Samsung’s AR Emoji is meant to be a virtual avatar of sorts that lets you click a 3D picture of yourself and turn it into customised emoji.
Samsung also introduced the Bixby vision in the camera app that will now offer live translation features, the ability to recognise the buildings and other places in a frame, and even look at the food in your frame and provide information like the number of calories in the item, a feature that will be available only in select regions.
Both the Samsung galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ comes with dual speakers (tuned by AKG Acoustics) with one downwards firing speaker, and the earpiece doubling up as the other channel.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ specifications
Both smartphones are powered by a a 10nm 64-bit octa-core SoC, which varies as per region. In the US and other select markets, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, with four cores clocked at 2.8GHz and four cores clocked at 1.7GHz. In other regions, including India, it will be powered by the Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC, with four cores clocked at 2.7GHz and four cores clocked at 1.7GHz. It will be available in 64/ 128/ 256GB storage variants with support for MicroSD cards up to 400GB in capacity.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 features a 5.8-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED 18.5:9 display, 4GB of RAM, a 3000mAh battery, and a Super Speed Dual Pixel 12-megapixel autofocus f/1.5-f/2.4 sensor with OIS. It measures 147.7×68.7×8.5mm and weighs 163 grams.
Samsung Galaxy S9+ packs a 6.2-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED 18.5:9 display, 6GB of RAM, a 3500mAh battery, a dual rear camera setup with dual OIS, specifically a wide-angle lens with Super Speed Dual Pixel 12-megapixel autofocus f/1.5-f/2.4 sensor and a telephoto lens with 12-megapixel autofocus f/2.4 sensor. It measures 158.1×73.8×8.5mm and weighs 189 grams.
Both smartphones have an 8MP autofocus front camera with f/1.7 aperture.
Both Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will come with Android Oreo out of the box with IP68 water + dust resistance. Connectivity options include Gigabit LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and, yes, the 3.5mm headphone jack