After the huge success of last years Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung has officially unveiled its new flagship smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ yesterday in the MWC 2018. So, let’s check out what the Galaxy S9 and S9 plus are packed with.
The design of this phone is almost same as that of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ with the same glass and aluminium finish but of course with a couple of new improvements. The ports & power buttons are on the same side as that of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but after last years comments about the bad fingerprint sensor placement, they have finally improved the fingerprint sensors location to underneath the camera which was just next to the camera in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are 11 and 16 grams heavier than the Galaxy S8 and S8+ respectively.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have got the 5.8 and 6.3 inches Infinity display with 16:9 aspect ratio and IP68 rating which is same as of the last years Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+. The luminance of the screen has been increased by 100 nits as compared to the Galaxy S8 and S8 plus which had a maximum luminance of 600 nits.
Galaxy S9 and S9+ are powered by the latest Exynos 9810 and snapdragon 845 processors with 4GB and 6 GB of RAM with 64 GB of onboard storage.But the interesting part is you can use SD cards up to 400GB which is also a great improvement as the Galaxy S8 and S8+ only supported up to 256 GB. The Snapdragon variant will be available for consumers from China and USA whereas the Exynos variant will be available for consumers from the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
The stereo speakers on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus have been significantly improved with AKG tuning and the integrated Dolby Atoms Sound provides you with a great audio experience. As claimed by Samsung itself, the speakers on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are 1.4x times louder than other Galaxy phones.
The biggest, the most exciting and of course the most awaited feature in this phone is it’s improved camera. The most amazing part of the this phone’s camera is its variable f1.5 and f2.4 Aperture, you can’t set the F-stop in between but having dual aperture within that tiny camera is a huge success though. Samsung has really taken the smartphone photography to the next level, the variable aperture allows you to take sharper and better quality photos even in very low and very bright lighting conditions.
The single 12 MP camera on the S9 and the dual rear camera of S9 + are able to capture 4k videos at 60 FPS now, which is also a great improvement as the Galaxy S8 and S8+ were only able to capture 4k videos at 30 FPS. There is a difference between the cameras of S9 and S9+ unlike the S8 and S8 plus which used the same cameras.The S9 only got a Single camera with Optical image stabilization whereas the S9+ has Dual cameras (A telephoto and a wide angle lens ) with dual Optical Image Stabilization.
The camera app allows you to take slow motion videos in 1080P at 240 FPS and super slow-motion videos in 720P at 960 FPS which is really amazing. A 0.2 second shot is taken by the camera which is converted into a video with 6 second of playback so you can imagine how much interesting that might be to make super slow mos with just your phone. The camera app on the Galaxy S9+ also has a live focus mode which lets you add the amount of blur and Bokeh effect into your portraits along with a lot of Bokeh Filters for your varying mood which is absolutely amazing. Both the Galaxy S9 and S9 plus has an 8 MP front-facing camera with f1.7 aperture.
With these new phones, Samsung has integrated a new feature in its camera app known as AR Emoji which is very much similar to the Apple’s Animoji. The app lets you capture an Image of your face and uses the tracking points to make a 3d cartoon character with your own features and the app also creates animated Gif’s which you can easily use in your messaging apps. You can even customize the character according to your preference.
Samsung’s AI assistant Bixby also got a lot of improvements in this new release. It can now detect the objects in real time which is very much similar to the work done by the Google Lens launched back in 2017 It can translate the signs in real-time, written in various languages which is another amazing feature of the phone.
Unlike the previous years Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, this year’s Galaxy s9 and S9+ have got various differences in the RAM, Camera and other hardware and software.
So, this was a quick initial impression about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. We will be posting the full review soon so stay tuned for that and also please let us know your thoughts about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ in the comment section down below.