Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ Unveiled: It’s Same Same But Different

New Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Here’s the first look.

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The new Samsung S9 & S9+ 
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Samsung has unveiled its latest flagship devices, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, 26 February.

The devices carry the same design philosophy forward and welcome some incremental upgrades to the camera and performance.

The new Galaxy phones will be available in retail outlets from 16 March, with no news yet on when the mobiles would be available in India.

Snapshot

Galaxy S9 Specifications

  • Display: 5.8-inch Quad HD
  • Processor: Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810 octa-core
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB (expandable)
  • Rear camera: 12-megapixel, f/1.5
  • Front camera: 8-megapixel, f/1.6
  • Battery: 3,000mAh


Galaxy S9+ Specifications

  • Display: 6.2-inch Quad HD
  • Processor: Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810 octa-core
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB (expandable)
  • Rear camera: Dual 12+12-megapixel, f/1.5 +f/2.4
  • Front camera: 8-megapixel, f/1.6
  • Battery: 3,500mAh

The design remains the same; both the phones sport a glass body and the same infinity display as before. The Galaxy S9 comes with a 5.8-inch quad HD AMOLED display, while the S9+ sports a bigger 6.2-inch display with the same resolution.

Both the devices will be powered by the same Snapdragon 845 process and the Exynos 9810 processor. Where the S9 will come with 4GB RAM, the S9+ will boast a bigger 6GB RAM. A lot of other improvements have been made on the hardware front – there are now scanners onboard that measure your blood pressure.

The fingerprint scanner on the back has been moved below the camera for more accessibility, and both the phones are IP68 water and dust resistant.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with dual speakers
The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with dual speakers
(Photo: YouTube/Samsung)

For better audio, the new Galaxy phones have been bundled with two speakers on the top and bottom, and now support the Dolby Atmos technology.

The 3.5mm headphone jack has been continued, and the phones now come with fast wireless charging. Yes, FAST wireless charging!

Bixby was also showcased at the event with a whole lot of improvements. Samsung has said it would release the Bixby 2.0 version later this year. You can also use the new Samsung phones as a full-fledged desktop.

The new Galaxy phones come with quad HD display.
The new Galaxy phones come with quad HD display.
(Photo: YouTube/Samsung)
The camera and the AI have been improved tremendously. The new Galaxy camera supports super slo-mo with and comes with recording capability of up to 960 frames per second. There is also an option to record longer super slo-mo videos.

Low light photography gets much better and both the phones support bokeh mode photographs.

The new Samsung Galaxy phones also come with animated emojis. What’s more exciting is that with the Galaxy camera, you can make animated emojis of yourself! There is an option where you can use the selfie camera to create your own virtual avatar and that can be used as an animated emoji and shared on WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.
Four new colours!
Four new colours!
(Photo Courtesy: YouTube/Samsung)

The Galaxy S9 comes with a 3,000mAh battery, while the bigger S9+ sports a 3,500mAh battery. The phone would be available in four new colours – Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple.

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