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Samsung Galaxy S9 Review, Specs, Features and Price

by Obodoakor Moses

Samsung Galaxy S9 is the latest addition to the Samsung Galaxy flagship lineup. Like the popular saying; “don’t fix it, if it’s not broken”, Samsung didn’t make any big changes from the Samsung Galaxy S8. They just upgraded the specs where they deem necessary and it worked out fine. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is definitely among the best smartphones of 2018. Let’s see what Samsung is offering in this flagship device.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Design

The Galaxy S9 features a polish design made up of Corning gorilla glass 5 front and back with an aluminium frame. It’s IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. At the back of the Galaxy S9 is a fingerprint sensor, a single camera with LED flash. The Galaxy S9 measures 8.5 mm slim which will be deemed too thick for some users. It’s dimensions measures 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm.

A total of seven body colours is available for the Galaxy S9. The colours are Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, Burgundy Red, Sunrise Gold and Ice Blue.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 163 grams
Build: Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Colours: Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, Burgundy Red, Sunrise Gold, Ice Blue
Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5 mm jack: Yes
– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
– 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Display

Brightness is boosted on the Samsung Galaxy S9 thanks to its infinity display, which features bezel-less, edge-to-edge and full-frontal glass screen. The display is a 5.8 inches Super AMOLED with 1440 x 2960 pixels, an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and 570 PPI density. The Galaxy S9 Plus’s display is protected by Corning Gorilla glass version 5.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Size: 5.8 inches (83.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (570 PPI density)
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
– HDR10
– 3D Touch (home button only)
– Always-on display

Camera

On paper, the Galaxy S9 sports a 12MP camera with dual apertures (f/1.5 and f/2.4) which switches depending on lightning. The camera features optical image stabilization, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, multi-shot image stacking and multi-frame noise reduction. It’s also capable of 4K resolution video recording at 60 frames per second. While the front camera sports an 8MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and autofocus.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Main Camera
Single: 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, dual pixel PDAF
Features: LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Video: 2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec.

Selfie Camera
Single: 8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6″, 1.22µm, AF
Features: Dual video call, Auto-HDR
Video: 1440p@30fps

Hardware

Under the hood, is Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with an 8+cores processor and Adreno 630 GPU. The EMEA market variant comes with Samsung‘s in-house Exynos 9810 chipset also with an 8-core processor but Mali-G72 MP18 GPU. The Galaxy S9 comes in only a 4GB RAM variant with storage options of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

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Samsung Galaxy S9

Chipset: Exynos 9810 (10 nm) – EMEA or Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) – USA/LATAM, China
CPU: Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA or Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA/LATAM, China
GPU: Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA or Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM, China
Memory: 4GB/64GB, 4GB/128GB, 4GB/256GB
MicroSD: up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only

Software

Running on the Samsung Galaxy S9 is Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung experience 9.0 user interface. There is also Bixby virtual assistant with Bixby Vision, KNOX with Intelligent Scan, Samsung DeX and Irish scanner sensors.

Samsung Galaxy S9

OS: Android 8.0 Oreo upgradeable to 9.0 Pie
User Interface: Samsung experience 9.0
Sensors: Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Features: Samsung DeX (desktop experience support), ANT+, Bixby natural language commands and dictation

Battery

The Galaxy S9 packs a non-removable Li-ion 3000 mAh battery capacity with 18W adaptive fast battery charging. The smartphone supports Qi/PMA wireless charging depending on the market.

Type: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery (11.55 Wh)
Charging: Fast battery charging 15W (Quick Charge 2.0)
Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)

Connectivity

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC: Yes
Radio: FM radio (USA & Canada only)
USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Samsung Galaxy S9 Price

4GB/64GB: $445
4GB/128GB: $500
4GB/256GB: $565

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