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Samsung ‘Galaxy S9’ and ‘Galaxy S9 Plus’ Review: Everything You Need to Know

Not only are we going to discuss how Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S 9 Plus are different from the company’s previous generation flagships, but we’re also going to break down the difference between the two and highlight all the brand new features that you should learn about before taking the plunge.

So, here we go!

With the same material and the front and back glass sandwiching the metal frame, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus don’t really look much different from their predecessors; they feel pretty much the same in the hand.

While both come with amazing Quad HD AMOLED infinity displays – boasting punchy colors and those deep blacks and perfect brightness – the S9 Plus has a larger display at 6.2 inches compared to the S9’s 5.8-inch display.

Both the phones are equipped with one of the fastest processors available in the market as of now. Yes, it’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (10 nm Octa-core chipset) we’re talking about.

The difference, however, is that the S9 has 4 GB of RAM while the S9 Plus comes with 6 GB of RAM and because of the difference in their form factors, the S9 will have a 3,000 mAh battery and the S9 Plus is going to have a 3,500 mAh battery.

So, if your decision is going to be based primarily on form factor, then, without a doubt, the S9 feels great in the hand; it’s almost the same size as the iPhone 10, which, one has to admit, is the perfect size for your daily use.

If you were disappointed that the S8 phones didn’t offer a softer color choice, you’ll be happy to know that Samsung has introduced a new color this year – the Lilac Purple.

U.S. customers will have a choice of three colors at launch, including the new Lilac Purple, the Midnight Black, and the Coral Blue, while internationally Samsung is offering an additional color option of Titanium Grey.

Also, the Internal Storage of 64 Gigs is common in both the versions and so is the presence of the SD card slot, allowing you to slap up to a 400 GN micro SD card.

It must be mentioned that while the 64 Gig Internal Storage is available in all colors, the Midnight Black versions of both the S9 and the S9 Plus are being made available in 256 GB Internal Storage versions as well.

One of the biggest complaints on the Galaxy S8 was the placement of the fingerprint scanner, but that has finally been addressed by Samsung by placing it below the camera module, making it a lot easier and that much faster.


The S9 and S9 Plus continue to have the Face Unlock and Iris Scanning security features, which again is great. Although Iris Scanning is securer than Face Unlock and Fingerprint Scanning, choices are always welcome.

Another big complaint about Samsung smartphones, including the S8s, was the single speaker. Well, that has also been corrected now, with both the S9 and the S9 Plus featuring dual stereo speakers tuned by AKG Acoustics with support for Dolby Atmos sound, which is just awesome.

If you test them side by side with their predecessors, you will notice the difference in sound quality, with the Dolby Atmos giving it a spatial sound as well. It may not be the first dual speaker arrangement out there in the market but it’s nice that Samsung has gone ahead and incorporated it this time around.

And what’s more, the headphone jack continues to be available on the S9s. What a relief!

The most exciting feature – something that can well prove to be a game changer – is the new camera system, and it’s not the 12-megapixel sensor that we are referring to; it’s the variable aperture option that allows you to switch between two apertures depending on your surroundings. If you are in a low-light situation, the f/1.5 aperture option is the one to go for, while the f/2.4 aperture is ideal for well-illuminated surroundings.

If you are not sure about the aperture options, simply choose the auto mode to allow it to choose the best aperture for your light situation.

But if you think you are a pro and would like to make the aperture choice yourself, the toggle at the bottom of the display will let you do that.

Now, the only disappointment here – and a big one at that – is the fact that the dual camera system has been made available on the Galaxy S9 Plus only; the S9 comes with just a single camera.

So, to take advantage of all these extra camera features, such as live focus and all these different depth modes, you will have to opt for the Plus.

For Selfie freaks, the same 8-megapixel-f/1.7 aperture front camera has been continued with on both the S9 and S9 Plus.

The good thing is that both the phones have one super-exciting feature, and that is the 960 frames per second slow motion.

The fun doesn’t end here!

If you thought iPhone 10’s Animoji was a big deal, Samsung answer to that is the really cool AR Emoji on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.

Basically, you just take a picture of yourself and become the Emoji, and you can even give yourself different hairstyles, glasses and clothes. How cool is THAT?

Wait, there’s more!

The AR Emoji can also make a ton of GIFs for you, allowing you to share yourself as a GIF as well.

This never-seen-before personalization feature on a smartphone is truly amazing and can prove to be another game changer.

Bixby also gets a couple of new features that are sure to appeal to a whole lot of users.

The first such feature is the live translation built right into the camera app, allowing you to see real-time translations.

For example, if you are looking at a sign in a different language that you’d like the translation of, this option will let you see the translation happen on your screen as you point the camera at the sign – all in real time.

And, here’s something for the ladies!

Samsung has partnered with the French beauty and cosmetic company Sephora, to bring to you the live makeup mode. It lets you try out different lipstick shades, eyebrows, blushes and all kinds of different girlie stuff on a picture of yourself, and if you like a particular look, all you need to do is hit a button and, PRESTO, all the products are there for you to buy. Another potential game changer!

To complete the 2018 flagship package, Samsung also gives you the IP68  dust and water resistance on the S9 and S9 Plus along with fast wireless charging; the newest version of the ‘Samsung Experience’ user interface; as well as Android 8.0 at launch, which is somewhat disappointing as you would have expected an 8.1 Android version on the new phones. But you never know; a software update down the line might address this concern as well.

So, if you are convinced that the S9 or the S9 Plus is the phone for you, pre-orders go live from March 2 and the phones will hit the stores on March 16.

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