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Published on March 6th, 2018 | by Guest


Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+: smartphones from the future

When we talk about flagship phones then everyone recalls Apple and Samsung. Today, however, wont be about Apple but about Samsung.

MWC 2018 hit our doors already and now Samsung just hit our hearts. Like, last year’s Galaxy S8, this year Samsung released Galaxy S9 and S9+.

I will discuss about S9+ right away as both the S9 and S9+ are the same device, but S9+ has features the S9 does not have.

The plus versions are always the big brother of the regular versions having a bigger display, a bigger battery and a bigger camera. And, this time you will also find camera differences in the plus version.

Let’s start from the display. Samsung smartphones have always been praised for their good display. Like last year’s S8’s infinity display, you will get a 6.2-inch super-AMOLED QHD 18:9 aspect ratio display. Looks wise, there is not much difference from the S8 with the front side of the phone still sporting last year’s design with minor upgrades. But Samsung said the display will be 40% brighter than last year’s model.

However, don’t get upset because the party starts on the back side of this phone. I am really glad that Samsung heard users’ complaints. Now the fingerprint scanner has been moved to just below the camera and it can also can be used as a trackpad as on Pixel phones. There is a dual camera, but wait; it’s only for the S9+. The S9 still stuck on a single camera, with upgrades. The dual cameras on the S9+ come with a dual 12 MP sensor and the secondary lens works as a telephoto lens and also helps in live focusing. The dual camera is interesting they have f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture. Last year’s LG V30 was the world’s first phone which came with a f/1.6 aperture. However, Samsung didn’t go that route and instead featured one bigger and one smaller aperture in the same camera. With the help of software and Bixby (Samsung’s AI) the cameras will automatically set the aperture depending on light condition. You can also manually set the aperture at either f/1.5 or f/2.4 in pro mode but remember that you cannot set it to a value somewhere in between them. This camera also comes with many improvements, notably, 30% more noise reduction in low light photography over previous models and 720p slow-motion video recording at a smooth 960 fps. There is also an 8 MP front facing camera with last year’s f/1.7 aperture.

The hardware under the hood is also good. Both models have got the latest Snapdragon 845 or Exynos chipset depending on the market. There is 4GB RAM on S9 and 6GB on S9+. Both come with 64GB internal flash storage and can be expanded with a microSD card.

Music lovers can rejoice as there is still a 3.5-mm headphone jack, and both the S9 and S9+ have stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos and a subwoofer at the bottom of the phone.

The S9 has 3000 mAh battery and S9+ has 3500 mAh battery. Both support fast charging via USB-C and wireless charging. The devices also are IP68 dustproof and waterproof certified.

I really feel that the S9 and S9+ don’t change a lot from its predecessor, the S8. But there are some exciting new features like AR emoji which creates an augmented reality version of yourself simply by taking a selfie. Then you can share your feelings and emotions as emoji stickers and videos.

No launch prices have been mentioned or discussed about yet. However, we can say that, if you do decide to buy Galaxy S9 or S9+, then four colors are available and sales start on March 16.

About the author:

I’m Biplab Das, a technical writer, tech YouTuber, blogger, ICT tutor and a part time website developer. People say smartphones are boring these days, but I think everyone is beginning to take this wonderful technology marvel for granted. Please don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel MoboMotion.

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