Samsung Galaxy S9 is another flagship device that was unveiled as Samsung Galaxy S8 successor at MWC 2018. This unit features almost similar specs with its predicessor with a few upgrades and cameras with wider apertures. This unit also has a quality premium body design with IP68 certification just like the S8.
The Key Features Of The Galaxy S9
- 5.8 inch display, 1440 pixels x 2960 pixels resolutionOS: Android v8.0 Oreo
- Octa-core processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage, microSD up to 256GB
- Back camera: 12MP with f/1.5, Dual Pixel PDAF, LED flash, OIS, phase detection autofocus, panorama, auto-HDR, smile/face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video & 9MP image recording, dual video rec, 2160p@30fps & 1080p@60fps
- Front camera: 8MP with f/1.7, autofocus, dual video call, auto-HDR, 1440p
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB 3.1
- Sensors: fingerprint(rear), iris scanner, gyro, proximity, accelerometer, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
- Network: 2G, 3G, 4G
- 3000mAh Li-Ion battery
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Samsung S9 Specifications Review
Design & Display
The Galaxy S9’s design is very similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S8. This phone’s body is made from metal and glass. Its fingerprint scanner is better placed than that of the S8. Generally speaking, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is slightly a better looking phone than its predecessor, the S8.
Overall height of this phone has been reduced when compare to the Galaxy S8. This has been achieved by having thinner bezels at the top and at the bottom. The S9 phone measures 147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm and it is slightly heavier than its predecessor. It weighs 168g while the S8 weighs 155g. Despite being heavier and wider, it is still very easy to hold the Galaxy S9 in one hand. This phone is darker than the S8 when the display is off. The Iris scanner is well placed just above the display, on the top bezel. The power key is one the right hand side of the phone while the volume rocker is on the left side.
SIM and microSD card trays are at the top and the headphone jack is at the bottom. The USB type C port is centrally place at the bottom. As stated earlier, the fingerprint scanner is better placed. This was done to address complains about the placement of the fingerprints sensor in last year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The position of the fingerprint scanner has been shifted from being beside the rear camera to below it. It is much easier to unlock or use the sensor for any other task when it is centrally placed below the back camera.
This smartphone also offers facial recognition just like the iPhone X. The Eye and face scanner work together to facilitate a faster unlock time. There is an IR (infrared) camera that allows the face unlock feature to work well even in the dark.
Samsung S9 comes in three different colors: Coral Blue, Midnight Black and Lilac Pink.
The display on the Galaxy S9 is exactly the same as the display found in the S8. This smartphone comes with a 5.8 inch QHD+ Super-AMOLED infinity display (18:5:9). This display has been highly praised because of its color accuracy. Infinity means that 90 percent of the front area of the S9 is the screen. This is fast becoming norm in many flagships. The S9’s display offers amazing viewing experience. The curved edges of the display further help to enhance the look of the Galaxy S9.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Hardware, Software & Performance
This phone packs Samsung’s Exynos 9810 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. This is less than 6GB of RAM found in the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. These hardware specifications are good enough to keep Android Oreo running smoothly on the Galaxy S9. A lighter Samsung TouchWiz UI customizes the S9.
The Samsung S9 has 64GB on-board storage and there is a microSD slot that supports cards of up to 400GB.
The rear camera on the S8 is 12MP and it has an f/1.5 aperture. This is the first phone in the world to feature an f/1.5 dual aperture. Dual aperture technology works just like the human eye. The aperture contracts and expands just like the human eye. The S9 comes with an 8MP front facing camera.
The S9 is one of the best camera phones that money can buy right now.
If you expected a better battery in the Samsung Galaxy S9, you will be disappointed for to discover that it has the same battery capacity as the Samsung Galaxy S8. This phone is equipped with a 3000mAh battery. Samsung say that this battery performs the same as that in The S8. This battery can easily power the S9 for a full day on a single charge on moderate to heavy usage.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Full Specs
|LAUNCH||Not yet announced|
|Dimensions||147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm|
|Body Material||Glass and Metal|
|Extras||IP68 certified-dust & water proof over 1.5 meter and 30min|
|Size||5.8 inches-83.6% screen-to-body ratio|
|Type||Super AMOLED, capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors|
|Resolution||1440 pixels x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio-(570PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Operating System||Android v8.0 Oreo|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Micro SD Slot||Yes, up to 400GB-uses SIM 2 slot|
|Features||f/1.5, Dual Pixel PDAF, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, panorama, Auto-HDR, simultaneous 4K video & 9MP image recording, smile/face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging, 2160p@30fps & 1080p@60fps|
|Features||f/1.7, autofocus, 1440p, dual video call, Auto-HDR|
|Alert types||Vibration, ringtones|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX|
|GPS||with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|