As expected, Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones just before the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event starts. The new Galaxy S9-series comes with significant camera improvements over its predecessors. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be released on March 16 in select international markets.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+: Price
The pricing of the new Galaxy S9 smartphone starts at $719.99 (roughly Rs 46,500) in the US market. On the other hand, the Galaxy S9+ prices start at $839.99 (roughly Rs 54,500). The phones will be offered in Midnight Black, Titanium Grey, Lilac Purple, and Coral Blue colour options.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+: Specifications
The Galaxy S9 features a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440×2960 pixels, aspect ratio of 18.5:9, and pixel density of 570ppi. On the other hand, the Galaxy S9+ comes with 6.2-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The Galaxy S9 duo runs on Android 8 Oreo OS out-of-the-box.
Both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones come equipped with a 10nm 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor (in the US and Europe region). For India and the other Asia Pacific region, Samsung is most likely to offer Exynos 9810 octa-core processor. Users can choose their ideal smartphone between 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage variants. Moreover, the phones will support microSD cards up to 400GB.
The Galaxy S9 handset comes with 4GB RAM and 3000mAh battery, whereas the Galaxy S9+ packs a 6GB RAM and 3500mAh battery. The devices share similar connectivity options like Gigabit LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, USB Type-C, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, and NFC. Both phones have 8MP front-facing camera which is ideal for selfies and video calling. The fingerprint scanner on both smartphones is offered below the camera module at the rear panel. Furthermore, there is Face recognition and IRIS scanner offered on the device for advanced security.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+: Camera
On the rear panel, the Galaxy S9 boasts a Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP autofocus camera with OIS and f/1.5-f/2.4 sensors. The Galaxy S9+, on the other hand, features a dual camera setup with dual OIS. The device brags a combination of a 12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel autofocus camera with a f/1.5-f/2.4 sensor coupled with a 12MP autofocus f/2.4 sensor.
Such camera setup will certainly offer incredible photography experience on the device. The dual aperture setup on the rear camera of both devices offers flexibility to switch from f/2.4 to f/1.5 aperture according to the lighting conditions. Also, the camera on both devices supports super slow-mo capturing. This feature allows recording videos at 960 frames per second.
The latest Samsung smartphones were rumoured to come with AR features recently. With Galaxy S9-series, Samsung has offered AR Emoji feature on the new Samsung smartphones to take on Apple’s Animoji feature. With AR Emoji feature, the users will be able to capture customised emojis from the 3D virtual avatar generated using users’ images.