Samsung has officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at the Mobile World Congress 2018 today with its usual gigantic event.
Both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ come with nearly identical designs to last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ with a few minor changes.
TL;DR on the bottom
In case you missed the livestream, here’s the full, original reveal. (It starts at around 33 minutes)
As mentioned above, both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ come with the very familiar glass back (which is still as prone to fingerprints as before), curved sides and ‘infinity-display’. On the front, you can hardly tell that it’s a Galaxy S9 – the back is where the changes are. Don’t get us wrong, we still like the design, but would’ve expect slightly more refinements if Samsung decided to stick with it.
Before we go any further, let’s talk specifications.
The Galaxy S9 has a 5.8″ Super AMOLED display with QHD resolution, while the S9+ has a 6.2″ display with the same S.AMOLED display and QHD resolution. Just like on last year’s Galaxy S8/+ duo.
Both devices are powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 chipset – except in the US, where both devices will be powered by the Snapdragon 845. The S9 will have 4GB of RAM while the S9+ will receive 6GB (in both versions). Both devices will have 64GB of storage on-board and can be expanded via a dedicated MicroSD card slot.
There will be 64/128 and 256GB storage options for both devices – however as always, this is market dependent and most carriers will likely only have 64 and 128GB.
The camera is where the Galaxies get a big upgrade. Both devices sport a 12MP rear shooter with a variable aperture – meaning that you can choose between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures. There’s optical stabilisation and a dual-pixel phase-detect autofocus too. Unfortunately there is no dual-LED flash to be found again.
The selfie shooter stayed the same at 8MP and f/1.7 aperture and with autofocus. We aren’t happy that Samsung didn’t upgrade this, but we’ll find out later if the software that powers the camera has gotten any major improvements.
The Galaxy S9+ however packs more goodies than the smaller S9. We are really not a fan of this Apple like strategy – We prefer 2 sizes with the same features, maybe next year Samsung? The S9+ gets an additional, extra secondary telephoto camera – the same as on the Note 8. It’s a 12MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture, OIS and with dual-pixel Autofocus.
Oh yeah, did you see the placement of the fingerprint sensor? It’s finally in the center! While we’d be happy to say – “No more camera lense smudges” – we can’t, as it’s still really close to the camera itself. But, it’s finally in a more convenient position where it’s easy to reach and comfortable to use – Thank you, Samsung for listening!
Both devices support recording in 4K at 60fps as well as recording slow-mo at 960 fps – just like on the current generation of Sony Xperia devices. The main difference is that Samsung has an auto-event detection feature that allows you to only start recording when a movement is detected. This is especially great as the camera can only record 2 seconds of footage – so you have to be very timely.
Other features include the AKG headphones by Harman inside the Galaxy S9/+ boxes as well as a Dolby Atmos optimised stereo speaker setup (the earpiece speaker finally functions as a speaker). There’s Android Oreo on board with Samsung’s own Grace UX User Interface, AR Emojis (Animoji like features) and a much improved Iris scanner with face unlock at the same time. Luckily, Samsung kept the 3.5mm headphone jack for this year’s flagship devices.
The S9 has a 3000 mAh battery while the S9+ has 3500 mAh.
The S9 and S9+ will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray and Lilac Purple colour options. The Galaxy S9 will cost $719.99 in the US, £739 and €839 EU – while the Galaxy S9+ will cost $839.99 in the US, £869 and €999 in the EU. Pre-orders are now live at most carriers and on Samsung’s website in case you want to be an “early bird” – sales start on 16 March.
TL;DR provided by MrMobile