Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus
Hello, Folks! Today I’m going to do a full specifications review of Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. A new year a new Galaxy while Samsung’s flagship lineup has gained some exciting improvements in recent years. This generation feels more like a subtle update I’m not going to fault Samsung for that though. It’s no easy feat trying to come up with groundbreaking changes every year, and sometimes it’s the small improvements that count but with Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus none of the new features is must-have. In fact, this feels like a skippable year for those looking to upgrade from Galaxy S8. So, Let’s start-
What’s New: –
Differences in the specs sheet to the regular Galaxy S9 include 6 gigabytes of RAM instead of 4GB, a dual camera setup, and a 16% larger battery. In everything else, the power list is the same. A new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 depending on your region. Options that start at 64 gigabytes of expandable storage, IP68 water and dust resistance, Fast and wireless charging, and I’m even going to call the inclusion of a Headphone jack is a feature here. And then that design complaint of the annoying placement of the fingerprint scanner, that’s fixed too. It’s now placed below the camera, at the same height of competitors, and with a minor bump.
Design & Build: –
The design is very similar to the last year model. The use of glass and sexy curves stays around for another year, with the aluminium trim now going matte instead of glossy. I recommend you pick Coral Blue, Titanium Grey or Lilac Purple as the midnight black is unapologetic about its love for fingerprints. I also noticed that weight distribution has changed, with this new smartphone feeling slightly more substantial as a result.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is near indistinguishable from the Galaxy S8, but the hardware is still unquestionably a sharp point. It is beautiful modern design looks great and is functional regarding getting a ton of screen in a relatively small package. The metal frame and tightly curved glass are gorgeous but Samsung still showing that it didn’t have to sacrifice functionality for form.
The Galaxy S9 is IP68 water-resistant, and the glass back enables wireless charging. There’s a fan-favourite SD card slot for up to 400 gigabytes of extra storage. On the bottom side, you have a 3.5mm Headphone Jack; the increasingly rare port matches up well with a perfect pair of AKG earbuds that you’ll find included in the box. Samsung was smart to stick with everything that made the Galaxy S8 so appealing, but it did fix a few quirks that we latched on to last year.
You can find and use the fingerprint sensor without any hand contortion, and for the times when you can’t reach the new intelligent scan, the system lets you quickly unlock the phone with your face while retaining Iris scanning for protecting more sensitive data in the phone.
Without changing the exterior design, Samsung made a few choice upgrades on the inside. A new top earpiece complements the down-firing speaker to form a stereo pair providing critical audio separation when you are watching landscape video and also giving a boost to both volume and bass when listening to music without headphones.
Fingerprint Scanner: –
The fingerprint reader is in a much better place, but there is also an array of the front that allows four other biometric meters. Two of the main ways of doing that Face unlock and the Iris Scanner has now been put together into what is called the Intelligent Scan. Intelligent scan means that when you turn on the phone, you wake the phone before unlocking it, it will scan your face, to begin with, and then it will move to an Iris scanning if the conditions aren’t met where this makes a lot of senses in low-light situations like at night. The infrared light comes on and then it starts scanning for your Iris and then it will be able to unlock it fairly quickly after that.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 display is leading the smartphone industry. You still get a beast of a screen in the infinity display. The Galaxy S9 has a Super AMOLED Quad HD resolution display with so many features to pack with it. There’s still that immersive experience with the sides curving down into the body of the phone, but it doesn’t bleed all the way down anymore. The way it did in the last two generations the reason why is because Samsung didn’t want there to be any palm presses anymore. So, this does minimise that unexpected touch.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch screen, and the Galaxy S9 Plus has a 6.2-inch display which means that there’s a lot of screen real estate for work and play, and the AMOLED screen provides excellent vibrant and beautiful colours. The saturation is precise where you might want It to be. Samsung outdid itself by increasing brightness a whole 15% complementing what’s already a fundamentally fantastic display regarding colours, clarity, off-axis viewing and visibility in direct sunlight.
The always-on display is customizable you can put some different elements on there including an image that you provide yourself, and you’re able to get to those in the lock screen menu in the settings. Underneath that the lock screen can be set to a 15-second video so if you’re able to edit it in such a way that it fits perfectly on the vertical screen then you have a better looking lock screen and something that is incredibly personal. All of those changes are fantastic additions to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
The Galaxy S9 dual stereo speakers certainly bring the volume but the music is also pretty vibrant and loud, and thanks to Dolby Atmos certification. It indeed passes the shower test, and on top of all of that, you can use this as your Bluetooth speaker in a way because this phone has IP68 certification. So, it’s not going to die under the water, but if you want to use headphones the Headphone jack still returns, and it provides a lot of options. Inside of the menu, you can change the sound using Equalizers, Dolby Atmos enhancements and you are still able to adapt the music so it will automatically figure out the best way to output that audio.
Top of that the phone comes with a grey pair of AKG headphones just like the last couple of iterations. You get all of the proper connections on here including NFC for payments and Bluetooth which provides Apdex HD audio support which means that Bluetooth streaming on here is going to sound great.
AR Emoji: –
The AR Emojis are the way for you to express yourself as digital Avatar. It is Samsung’s take on the Animojis from the iOS side of things. However, the way that you do this is by detecting your face using either camera and from there it will create a caricature of your face it may or may not be entirely accurate, that you can then customize with different Hairstyle, different skin tones, different hair colours, eyeglasses of some sort, and also a few different options for clothing. One of the main things that are nice about this Emoji is that it provides 18 different gifts that you can use to send to pretty much anybody on any platform.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus comes with a Dual Lens camera setup. You get the enhancement of a second lens the telephoto lens comes in at f/2.4 aperture, and it supplements increases put into the primary shooter. The 12-megapixel main lens with multi-frame processing made possible by actual RAM built into the camera module. It is same Avenue but still different from the Google Pixel 2 which uses a lot of the same functions but can use Google photos massive database for that same amount of data processing.
The 12-megapixel camera now has actual blades in it that can close down the Iris to f/2.4 aperture but that’s not the main story, the main story is that the full aperture is at F/1.5. The F/1.5 aperture allows for a ton of light to come into the sensor and in low-light situations, it is heads and shoulders above anything Samsung has made before.
It’s Samsung’s way of undercutting, it does allow for great low-light shots, but it also provides excellent focus. Sometimes you don’t want that to be the case, especially in broad daylight shots. So, f/2.4 aperture just undercuts that little bit so that you don’t have too many things just incredibly blurred out in the background. Of course, you can change between these two apertures by going into the Pro Mode and just swap the two settings out anyway. So, the primary lens does a great job and in auto mode that aperture will change without you even knowing it.
However, some other optimisation might still be required when you’re using different apertures the rest of the settings have to change accordingly, and it seems like this camera app even opts for slower shutter speed over higher ISO. When you do that the slower shutter speed could mean that you have some motion blur in some pictures. So, the Samsung camera may not be perfect, but it does it’s best to get the job done for just about every day.
The live focus mode uses both lenses to get a small focal length while making it easier for the camera to figure out where the cutout is. It is different from the selective focus mode that you only get on the Samsung Galaxy S9 where it’s software-based, and the cutouts on there can be pretty hit or miss just like with the selfie focus on the front-facing camera.
When it comes to video, you have 4K at 60 frames per second video capture on the rear which is great to have if you want to have beautiful motion in your videos. However, when you do the math that 60 frames per second video capture mean that you can get 960 frames per second super slow-mo at 720p resolution. In those cases, when the moment is terrible to capture, the camera app can go into an auto mode and tries to figure out when it should trigger the slow-motion capture.
Front Camera: –
The front-facing camera is an 8-megapixel shooter that is very similar to that one you found in the previous generation. One particular addition is in the form of selfie focus which is its take on the front facing cameras Portrait mode. You take the picture and then the software will figure out where the cutout is of you and it will able to blur the background in an excellent depth of field or Bokeh manner. So, between this and AR Emoji there are some enhanced beauty mode features.
The main one being a co-opting of the Bixby AR makeup feature. You are basically to put on a full face of makeup in augmented reality and then just look fabulous when you hit that shutter button. I’ve mentioned this before, but on top of those new enhancements and the autofocus in this 8-megapixel shooter, you’re still able to record 2k video on the front.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipsets which clocked at Octa-Core up to 2.7GHz with 4 gigabytes of RAM for Galaxy S9 and 5 gigabytes of RAM for Galaxy S9 Plus, and 64 gigabytes of internal storage for the base model which is also expandable up to 400 gigabytes via microSD card. Honestly, this chipset far more potent than anything we need in a smartphone today. Mainly, when the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus paired up with 6 gigabytes of RAM, it means that this phone’s ready for the future.
The gaming performance is still where it should be with the best possible specifications that are available right now underneath the hood. You have the Snapdragon 845, and the Galaxy S9 Plus gets the added benefit of 6 gigabytes of RAM over its 64 gigabytes of onboard storage.
Multitasking is still a treat on here, there are multiple ways of having more than one application running, and you can have plenty of them running in the background. But Android Oreo brings Picture-in-Picture to here so you can have a YouTube video just floating above your workplace and you can always have that media playing whenever you want.
The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus come with the Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Now, the Android 8.1 is where we’re at in Oreo right now, and it’s just not found in the Bixby just yet which might mean that the Samsung has a bit of an update problem, but they don’t have a problem when it comes to features because this is still incredibly stacked. There are the apparent redundancies with some applications developed by Samsung that is pretty much covered by Google.
Anyway, like Google photos or the Samsung Gallery, I will give the gallery app some credit. However, because it does come with a couple of extra features not only are you able to change the different ways that you can present, the bokeh in the background of a Live focused photo but you are also able to create gifts out of it. Essentially, a 6-second capture out of any video that can make a quick gift.
Bixby is still in that button on the left that you can’t deactivate, you can’t change it to anything else still, but Bixby does have a few added features on top that might entice you to use it. You’re still able to hold it in order to do voice commands, but there are some live augmented reality-based features that have been added in like live translation and the ability to have live food recognition even if the live food recognition is a bit hit or miss, I have to give it some credit because it’s really trying.
The all on top of things like the game launcher that provides a do not disturb mode and locks the buttons, and you’ll still have Samsung health, Samsung Notes and pretty much any other app that you’ve already seen on the most previous Samsung Galaxy S or Galaxy Note devices. Even if these redundancies are kind of annoying, it is nice to see that if one doesn’t work the way you wanted to you still have the option of using the other.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus have 3000 & 3500 milliamp-hours battery. The short story here is that the battery life is exactly where you would expect it to be if nothing exceptional, nothing extraordinary here. The phone battery will last an entire day, maybe a day and a half if you don’t use the phone a whole lot, but in the days that I have been using the S9 Plus I have put this thing through the ringer. Now, that’s considering that the battery was being used not only by having the screen on but also by the camera app and in conjunction I was able to get about 3 hours of screen on time.
But when I was doing more media based stuff like watching YouTube and Hulu or doing video calls I was able to get 6 hours of screen on time which is a little bit more expected for a big battery despite the big screen on this phone. Now, when you do get a little bit low on battery life, you can turn on the power saving modes which not only bring down the clock speed of the processor a bit, but the main thing it does is it lowers the resolution of the screen. You can get all the way down to HD Plus resolution which apparently makes things look a little bit weird, but at least you’re going to get at least an hour, maybe two hours more of battery life depending on your usage.
There’s the Ultra power saver that minimises the UI and a lot of the features down to just its bare minimum with a few applications like Twitter that you might use if you need it. It is easy to charge this phone pretty quickly you can get quite a bit of the battery back in no time at all using the included charger with the full charge maybe taking about 90 minutes. There is a number of other ways to fast charge, this including fast wireless charging or my power delivery which is the standard built into USB type-c.
Samsung undeniably has another hit on its hands with the one-two punch of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. Even though they aren’t particularly exciting compared to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, that’s not an issue. These phones were bestsellers for Samsung, and now they’ve been improved in a few critical ways and are buoyed by a fantastic camera system. All without losing anything that made them great last year. These are expensive phones, but the value proposition is simple when someone walked into the store and asked for a phone that has a specific feature or can do certain things undoubtedly. The Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus can do it, and that same phone can fulfil a different request from the next person that walks in. These phones can just do everything, but the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus Samsung aren’t pushing the envelope. It’s just making phones that can appeal to as many people as possible.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and The Galaxy S9 Plus are on Pre-order right now at prices of $719.99 and $839.99 respectively. That’s a hefty price point especially for phones that have some quirks, but if you had to choose between the two of them, I’d recommend the Galaxy S9. Both are great phones it’s just that you get a small bump down in some specifications and if you want to have them, then you can go ahead and pay extra 120 dollars.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Samsung Galaxy S9||Samsung||Rs 57,900|
|Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus||Samsung||Rs 64,900|
|The American Buyers|
|Samsung Galaxy S9||amazon||$ 719.99|
|Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus||amazon||$ 839.99|
|Samsung Galaxy S9||Coming Soon||Tk __|
|Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus||daraz||Tk 1,05,900|
|Samsung Galaxy S9||iShopping||PKR 97,899|
|Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus||iShopping||PKR 1,08,899|