Samsung finally launched their latest flagship of their galaxy lineup, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in their unpacked event in Barcelona. The hardware is new but the looks are of 2017.
Both S9 and S9+ carry the same design language that the last year’s S8 and S8+ did. Samsung has trimmed the bezels a bit but it’s not that noticeable. The minor changes in the design includes an iris scanner, a properly placed fingerprint reader which now sits just under the camera lens, and a changed grill for the bottom speaker.
S9 and S9+ both have the same Infinity Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution. The S9 comes with a 5.8″ screen size whereas the Plus version comes with a slightly bigger 6.2″ screen, just like last year’s Galaxies.
Both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will run on the latest Exynos 9810 everywhere but North America and China. The new SoC has an octa-core processor with a quartet of third-gen Mongoose cores at 2.8GHz and a quartet of Cortex-A55 at 1.7GHz. There is an 18-core Mali-G72 GPU and 4GB (S9) or 6GB (S9+) of RAM.
The latest Qualcomm chipset – Snapdragon 845 – will power the duo in North America in China. It has an octa-core Kryo 385 processor, Adreno 630 GPU, and the same RAM – 4 gigs for the S9 and 6 gigs on the S9+.
The camera is where the new Galaxies have seen the biggest lift. Both the galaxies are equipped with a 12MP main camera capable of variable aperture – you can choose between f/1.5 and f/2.4. There’s OIS on both the models and dual pixel phase-detect auto-focus. Sadly Samsung still opted for a single LED flash.
The selfie camera remains the same, an 8MP f/1.7 auto-focus lens.
The Galaxy S9+ is getting the dual camera from the Note8. The primary lens in a 12MP sensor with f/2.4 lens, OIS, and dual-pixel AF. The secondary lens is a tele-photo lens with OIS.
When it comes to video recording, both the models support 4K at 60fps (finally!) and captures the videos in the new HEVC format. This time Samsung also introduced the famous super slo-mo video recording at 720p – 960 fps. It basically records a 2 seconds video and processes it into a super slo-mo 6 seconds video. There won’t be any sound recording at the slow speed but you can add any sound according to your liking right from the camera app itself.
Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ come with a premium AKG by Harman stereo speaker setup with Dolby Atmos support. Samsung says those are 40% louder than the S8’s speaker.
The S9 duo runs on Android Oreo with the latest Grace UX. There is new support of AR Emojis, improved KNOX, and Intelligent Scan security making use of the iris scanner and face unlock at the same time.
The batteries of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the same as on the S8 and S8+, no updates here.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will launch next month in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, and Lilac Purple. Samsung has started pre-booking in India. There will an official unveiling of the S9 and S9+ in India during the first week of March. The pricing in India will be declared in the event itself. Expect it to be between ₹55,00 to ₹60,000.