The new Galaxy S9 and S9 plus are here. These are Samsung’s answer to the iPhone X that was released last in 2017. They’re beautiful phones and they’re all about the camera. Both of them do something really novel with the 12-megapixel lens that automatically snaps between two settings which are best for low-light and one for all your other shots. Furthermore, the S9 Plus has a bonus lens.
Camera – Two Appetures
This is Samsung’s second phone to include two cameras on the back so you can take those artistic portrait photos. The S9, on the other hand, sticks to just one camera. There is even better slow motion video on the S9 as it captures video at a rate of 960 frames per second. All this means is that your slow motion videos will stretch time. There’s an 8-megapixel front-facing camera which in addition to taking selfies, can scan your face to convert it into an animated emoji called AR emoji. This is a clear copy of the iPhone Xs animoji feature. There are big differences between the Galaxy S9 and S9 plus. Obviously, the size dual cameras on the back and the battery for the S9 is a little bit bigger.
Design and Display
From the front, the Galaxy S9 looks almost identical to last year’s Galaxy S8. They’re all screen beauties with very slightly slimmer bezels and enormous screen to body ratio. The S9 had a headphone jack which is a rarity these days and the return of the button for Samsung’s Bixby voice software. You have micro SD card storage and a second speaker to your music which means your audio is going to sound a lot louder and richer. I also love the bold new colours which are lilac purple and coral blue. They’re beautiful in person and they give the phone’s an immediate edge over your basic boring black.
The best change is on the back, remember how you had to awkwardly stretch your finger across the camera to unlock the Galaxy S8 and Note 8? Samsung has sensibly moved the fingerprint reader to the centre of the back panel beneath the camera and I couldn’t be happier well maybe I could be a little bit happier if the reader were actually built into the display. That was one rumour that just didn’t pan out for the S9. As for unlocking the phones with your face, you won’t get a map of infrared dots like you do with the iPhone X. Instead, there is a new feature called intelligent scan and it tries to unlock your phone through an iris scan first but it automatically falls back on pin unlock if the iris scan fails. This feature is meant for speed and convenience but Samsung admits that face unlock isn’t secure so I really don’t see the point of using face unlock alone or as part of intelligence scan. If I were you, I would just stick to the fingerprint reader and the iris scanner on the inside.
Processor and Software
The Galaxy S9 is the first to use Qualcomm snooze Snapdragon 845 chip which promises a heap of speed, battery life, and security improvements plus the phones bump up external storage support for 400-gigabyte cards. For software, the Galaxy S9 runs on top of Android 8.0 Oreo so they’re all up to date.
Similar Features to Last year
There’s plenty that the S9 and S9 Plus borrow from last year’s sight. The first one is the screen size at 5.8 and 6.2 inches, they’ve got very high-resolution displays. There are also three storage options and they vary by region so you may not have your choice depending on where you live. Furthermore, the same battery capacities as last year’s models but I’m hoping that they’ll be even more efficient this year for longer battery life. You’ve also got the same water resistance rating at IP68 wireless charging built right in and support for gigabit 4G LTE when those networks are ready. Now for the million dollar question now that we know everything that’s in the Galaxy S9 and S9 plus. How do they actually compare to other phones with excellent cameras such as the Google Pixel 2 XL and the note 8?