They are finally here! Samsung has finally launched its much-anticipated Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship smartphones. The two smartphones were unveiled at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC 2018) conference in Barcelona, Spain.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are iterative upgrades over their respective predecessors. As such, their design is nearly identical to that of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, except for a few subtle changes. Perhaps the most important of them is the fingerprint sensor, which is now located below the rear camera(s), instead of being adjacent to the camera(s), as is the case with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+: Camera Specifications
Speaking of cameras, this is where the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ come with significant improvements. The primary rear cameras (12MP) on both smartphones come with variable aperture (f/1.5 and f/2.4), allowing users to better control the amount of light that enters the lens while capturing photos. Also, the S9+ has a dual-camera system at the back, with the secondary telephoto module (12MP, f/2.4) allowing 2x optical zoom.
The camera systems on both smartphones are helped by dual-pixel PDAF, OIS and LED flash. There’s also support for 4K video recording utilizing the newest HEVC standard, alongwith simultaneous still image capture, slo-mo video recording and more.
For selfies, the two smartphones have an 8MP camera with f/1.7 aperture and dual-video calling functionality.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+: Hardware Specifications
Coming to hardware specifications, the S9 and S9+ come respectively with 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED touchscreens, complete with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and 1440x2960px resolution. They are powered by either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 (USA and China) or Samsung’s Exynos 9810 (EMEA) chipset, paired with 4GB (Galaxy S9) or 6GB (Galaxy S9+) of RAM. There’s also 64/128/256GB of internal storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 256GB in capacity.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ come packed with a whole bunch of modern connectivity options, including everything from Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0, to USB Type-C and NFC. Other features include wireless charging, IP68 certification, iris scanner, and stereo speakers. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are powered by a 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh battery respectively, with support for fast charging.
As for the pricing, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be available unlocked from Samsung’s website at $719.99 and $839.99 respectively. Also, there’s no word yet as to when the two smartphones will be launched in India. However, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are already up for pre-order on Samsung’s India website.