Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Review

The latest Samsung smartphones S9 and S9+ have been released with a single motto—‘The Camera. Reimagined.’

So why should you consider buying this phone? Should you buy this phone or upgrade your S8 or S8+ to the S9 and S9+? Read on and find out. We will be mentioning both S9 and S9+ and talking about the features simultaneously.

Technical Specifications

  • The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ comes with an Android OS like all the Samsung Smartphones.
  • 12 Megapixel camera for S9 and 12 Megapixels dual camera for S9+.
  • While the S9 weights 163 g, the S9+ is slightly heavier with a 189g weight. The plus variant comes at a size of 6.2 inches while the normal variant comes at a size of 5.81 inches.
  • Both the phones have Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back with an aluminum frame, they also support dual hybrid sims and a single nano sim.
  • Multitouch is enabled on both the models and they come with the Android 8.0 (Oreo) OS, and octa-core processors as well.
  • While both the phones come with 64, 128 and 256GB storage options, the S9 has 4GB RAM whereas S9+ has a 6 GB RAM.
  • The battery capacity of S9 is only 3000 mAh while S9+ has a capacity of 3500 mAh.

 

Few Highlights of the Phone

Samsung boasts the following features as the highlights of these phones S9 and S9+.

  • Excellent Low Light Photography
  • Super Slow Motion
  • Augmented Reality (AR) Emojis
  • Live translation by scanning the text with your camera.
  • Facial recognition used in combination with an iris scan.
  • Surround Sound Stereo Speakers tuned by AKG.
  • Iris and facial recognition to unlock the phone. Apart from this, fingerprint, password, and pin can be used to unlock your phone as well.
  • Water and Dust Resistant with an IP68 rating.
  • Wireless charging option.
  • microSD slot supports a card with storage capacity up to 400 GB.
  • Samsung’s Knox for security and Dex for office come included with this smartphone.

The S9 starts from $719.99 for 64 GB, $769.99 for 128 GB, $819.99 for 256 GB. The S9+ starts from $839.99 for 64 GB, $889.99 for 128 GB and $939.99 for 256 GB.


Read this article by cnet.com to know few hidden features of Samsung S9 and S9+.

What can we understand from the technical specifications and highlights of the phone(s)?

Samsung has now made its entry into the league of smartphones which have the best camera performance. Until now, space was dominated by Google Pixel and iPhoneX, with an overall improved camera and top notch ‘low-light’ performance, this phone has made its mark in the field of ‘cameras that can click pictures as good as a DSLR.’ Check out this link for a detailed analysis and breakdown of the camera features and comparison with other flagship models.

Slow Motion and AR selfies have not been much of an absolutely needed feature. However, the space which was previously dominated by Apple now has Samsung in it too.

However, the facial recognition setup for unlocking the phone isn’t secure, and there has been no difference and changes in terms of improvement of the security and efficiency of the facial scan when compared to the S8 and S8+. While the iPhoneX makes a 3D scan of your face, Samsung does only a 2D scan. When it comes to facial recognition, this phone isn’t the best of the best. It isn’t entirely secure and trustworthy yet. While unlocking your S9 or S9+ with facial recognition and Iris scan is faster, it isn’t reliable.

Like iPhoneX, Samsung’s wireless charging also comes with a pad which needs to be connected to the power supply on which you place your phone.

Both the phones have a sufficient amount of RAM. However, the 4GB S9 is comparatively a little slower than the 6GB S9+. When it comes to the overall speed of the phone, S9+ outperforms the S9 because of the higher amount of RAM of course. For a detailed speed comparison, check this YouTube video out.

Should you upgrade from your S8 or S8+ to S9 or S9+?

When you look at the design and feel of the phones, there isn’t much of a difference between S9 and S9+ when compared to their respective predecessors. Though S9 is on the slightly heavier side with a 1.2 mm decrease in the height when compared to S8, it’d be challenging to figure out usually. The same goes in the case of S9+ and S8+ as well. The former is heavier when compared to the latter, and there isn’t any visible difference in the heights though.

The only striking difference is the improved camera resulting in better pictures and also, a slight improvement in the processor overall. Should you upgrade? It depends on if or whether you’d pay the extra price and upgrade for the sake of a stunning camera which clicks fantastic low light pictures.

Bottomline

These phone(s) are the latest flagship from Samsung and come with an amazing camera setup. For all the people who prefer buying Samsung phones and would like having features like facial recognition and water as well as dust resistance can purchase this phone. It does have its fair share of downsides; however, in comparison with other flagship models, it does a pretty solid job.

 


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Craig Scott is the editor at LuxAuthority and is trying to balance both his budget and his credit card balance. He likes to live lavish and treat himself when the opportunity allows it. He loves the newest tech, old cars and the smell of rich mahogany and leather bound books as well!

Jubin Mathai

Hi, I am Jubin Mathai a tech enthusiast, blogger, android developer and what not. People describe me as a workaholic and to an extent it's right. I love gadgets and hence I write for GadgetMiner. To know more about me follow me on the social media.

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