samsung galaxy s9 and s9+
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Samsung recently unveiled it’s latest flagships ‘Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+’ at the mobile world congress during the Samsung unpacked event in Spain. Although there are no serious talking points as regards the design. It retained almost the same look as its predecessor, although the fingerprint sensor was reseated on the rear and is more comfortable for use unlike in Galaxy S8.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ still have so many outstanding features that drive it up to standards.The camera improvements, it has more color and graphics, water resisting feature are just enough to get users into a phone store as soon as they are available. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is sized at 5.8 inches and the S9+ at 6.2. They come with nice processors and storage as well.

How do Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ compare to the iPhone X?

iPhone X is definitely going to be facing some well-deserved head to head comparison with Samsung S9 for obvious reasons. Both devices use OLED as screen technology and both have great camera strength.

Samsung galaxy s9 and s9+
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But here’s where they differ;

Design

Apple’s 5.8 inched iPhone X was a completely a new design and was beautifully crafted as well. The Samsung galaxy S9 / S9+ came with a familiar look and are slightly larger; sized at 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches respectively.

Water / Dust Resistance

Samsung’s two new flagships are IP68 certified. Meaning it can be submerged up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes. iPhone X is only IP67 certified. Meaning it can be submerged up to 1 meter deep in water for up to 30 minutes.

Power

Samsung Galaxy S9 carries a 4GB RAM and S9+ has a 6GB RAM embedded inside with either an octa-core Exynos 9810 chipset with four cores clocked at 2.7GHZ and running at 1.7GHZ or an octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset with a similarly fast core.

The chipset you get is depending on where you are; the Snapdragon in the U.S and Exynos in other places. The iPhone X comes behind with a 3GB RAM.

There’s also this outstanding camera with a single lens which can switch between two different apertures. It also has optical image stabilization(IOS) just like the iPhone to keep photos blur-free. Samsung’s S9 / S9+ also has a slow-motion shooting ability.

The 3.5mm audio jack is kept alive in this device instead of the wireless method iPhone has adopted. S9 also has something similar to Apple’s Animoji. Its called AR Emoji, letting you create an emoji of your face and have it mimic your face though It’s front-facing camera.

How much will this device cost??

We know the Galaxy S9 price should be around £739, $719.99, or AU$1,199. Chances are there would be a drop in price after some time. Launch prices dont tend to last forever. The simple truth remains that The Samsung galaxy S9 price could sound huge, but it would definitely be worth the price.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Device Full Specifications

Galaxy S9Galaxy S9+
NetworkGSM / HSPA / LTEGSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
3G bandsHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bandsLTELTE
SimSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust/waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust/waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes.

Body
Dimensions147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm (5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 in)158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 in)
Weight163 g (5.75 oz)189 g (6.67 oz)
ColorsMidnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac PurpleMidnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple
BuildFront/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frameFront/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
Display
TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Screen Size5.8 inches, 84.8 cm2 (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio)6.2 inches, 98.3 cm2 (~84.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~570 ppi density)1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~529 ppi density)
MultitouchYesYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5

– HDR10 compliant
– 3D Touch (home button only)
– Always-on display

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

– HDR10 compliant
– 3D Touch (home button only)
– Always-on display

OS And Hardware
OSAndroid 8.0 (Oreo)Android 8.0 (Oreo)
ChipsetExynos 9810 Octa – EMEA
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 845 – USA & China
Exynos 9810 Octa – EMEA
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 845 – USA & China
ProcessorOcta-core (4×2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA
Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA & China
Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA
Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA & China
GPUMali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
Adreno 630 – USA & China
Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
Adreno 630 – USA & China
Memory
Card SlotmicroSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model onlymicroSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
Internal64/128/256 GB, 4 GB RAM64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM
RAM4GB6GB
Camera
Primary12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.5″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF), phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flashDual: 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6″, 1 µm, AF), OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, LED flash
FeaturesGeo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video, and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panoramaGeo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video, and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec
Secondary8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6″, 1.22 µm), autofocus, [email protected], dual video call, Auto HDR8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6″, 1.22 µm), autofocus, [email protected], dual video call, Auto HDR
Multimedia
RadioFM radio (USA & Canada only) – To be confirmedFM radio (USA & Canada only) – To be confirmed
Alert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtonesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerVibration; MP3, WAV ringtonesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes

– 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Yes

– 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Connectivity
WIFIWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEOYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFCYESYES
USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Other Features
SensorsIris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IMSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
BrowserHTML5

– Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– Bixby natural language commands and dictation
– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor

HTML5

– Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– Bixby natural language commands and dictation

– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor

Battery and Power
CapacityNon-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery (11.55 Wh)Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery (13.48 Wh)

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ might not have been much of an upgrade over the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ like would expect, but they’re certainly a worthy successors to last year’s model. The S9 goes for About 840 EUR while S9+ is About 990 EUR. This prices are on the high side for now but should reduce hopefully. Samsung generally delivers a quality so you can be rest assured that your money isn’t going for nothing.

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