The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are finally here and are most likely to blow away the competition with their impressive specifications. Samsung has unveiled their latest flagship smartphones and will be releasing on 16th March. Pre-orders are already live now. This much awaited offering boasts of some superlative features and sets new benchmarks in various categories. The top-notch specs coupled with a really competitive price should help Samsung to take on Apple’s premium iPhone X head on. The S9 even outperforms the Apple iPhone X in some benchmark tests.
The amazing performance of the highly successful Samsung Galaxy S8 series have led to huge user expectation and have made the S9 and S9+ two of the most awaited devices. Samsung doesn’t disappoint by delivering the fastest, brightest and loudest till date. They have delivered some major improvements, but have kept things safe by not introducing many breakthrough features.
The design is almost identical to the previous S8 and S8+ devices. The new smartphones are much stronger and durable than its predecessors. The glass used is around 20% thicker, and the 7000 series aluminium used makes the S9 & S9+ much stronger than the previous ones. The dimensions have changed slightly as the new smartphones are shorter, narrower and thicker than before. The screen size is same as the bezels on the top and bottom have been made smaller.
The camera and image sensors come with massive hardware and software innovations and are the main highlight of this release. The S9 has a single lens camera, while the S9+ features a dual lens camera. They have introduced the dual aperture concept using which the camera lens can be made bigger or smaller to control the light that is let in. The lens is either an F1.5 or F2.4. The larger lens allows more light to pass through essentially improving the image quality in low-light conditions.
The camera also offers some really interesting options like Super Slow Motion which are 960FPS video recordings in slow motion at 720p resolution. The quality is razor sharp. The image signal processors and dedicated DRAM along with multi-frame noise reduction technology produces composite images that are vibrant crisp and clear. The camera improvements result in almost 30% less noise in low-light conditions. Even the 8MP front camera has some surprises in store. The Selfie focus mode has an option to blur the background in images while keeping the foreground in focus. This feature has its drawbacks as it is entirely software driven and may result in some unexpected outcome.
Another noticeable change is the position of the fingerprint sensor. It is now comfortably placed below the camera in the rear panel and is oriented vertically as opposed to the earlier horizontal orientation. In the S8 and S8+, the sensor was adjacent to the rear camera which used to cause inadvertent smudging of the camera lenses.
They have lightning fast processors with the S9 having the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 and the S9+ having Samsung’s Exynos 9810 processor. The main difference between the S9 and S9+ is the screen size and the camera. The 2960×1440 Quad HD+ Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreens of S9 is 5.8 inches, and the S9+ is 6.2 inches. The devices have aluminium frames with Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and the back. Managing multiple apps is fast and easy with the 6GB RAM in the Galaxy S9+ and 4GB RAM in the S9. The S9 battery capacity is 3,000mAh, and the S9+ is 3,500mAh. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ ship with 64GB of internal memory (up to 256GB) and a microSD slot that can extend storage by 400GB.
Both the devices will have the latest Android 8.0 Oreo version. Getting the latest android updates will also be a smooth affair as both the S9 and S9+ smartphones support Google’s Project Treble. This project separates the core modules of the Android framework from the device specific modules written by chip makers. It aims to enable device makers to instantly deliver Android OS framework updates to customers immediately after its release by Google. These smartphones will also be among the first to receive Google’s upcoming Android P and Android Q updates.