It’s finally here – the Samsung Galaxy S9 has been officially unveiled on stage at the brand’s MWC 2018 press conference, alongside the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.
To celebrate, we’ve put together a guide to everything you need to know about the brand new flagship phone. That includes the spec, design, release date, the latest on pricing and much, much more.
We’ve got photos of the handset so you can see what it looks like, and we break down the key new features, including the new and improved rear camera, AR Emoji on the front camera and improvements to Samsung’s Bixby virtual assistant.
Scroll down to get a full picture of what the phone looks like, split across various categories, Price and full specifications.
Samsung Galaxy S9 release date
- Samsung Galaxy S9 was announced on stage at MWC 2018
- Galaxy S9 pre-orders open now in Europe, March 1 in the US
- Galaxy S9 release date set for March 16
The Samsung Galaxy S9 was officially unveiled on stage at MWC 2018, but it won’t be on shop shelves just yet.
If you want to buy the Galaxy S9, you’ll be able to pre-order it from 7PM GMT on February 25 in the UK – that’s right after the launch event. Those in the US have to wait until March 1 for pre-orders to open, and we’ve yet to learn about the timing for the rest of the world.
As for when you’ll actually get the phone, the Galaxy S9 release date is set for March 16 globally. You may want to pre-order to ensure you get your device on that date, but everyone will be able to buy it from March 16 2018. But how much is it going to set you back?
What is the Samsung Galaxy S9 price?
|Release date||February 2018|
|Dimensions (mm)||147.70 x 68.70 x 8.50|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3000|
|Screen size (inches)||5.80|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||568|
|Processor make||Samsung Exynos 9810|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||400|
|Operating System||Android 8.0|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
THE CAMERA CAN CHANGE APERTURE
The S9 and S9 Plus also get Samsung’s second camera that can use software to sense the level of light and automatically switch aperture. (The first was a luxury flip phone mainly sold in Asian markets.) So, if there’s enough light around, the camera will switch to the f/2.4 aperture and capture more of the background in a photo. In darker conditions, the camera will remain at a bright f/1.5.
The camera app has also been redesigned so that it’s easier to swipe through different modes, and there are other slight improvements like better autofocus, multi-frame noise reduction, and higher slow-motion video quality up to 720p. Between the S9 and S9 Plus, although the cameras have similar specs, the S9 Plus features an additional wide-angle camera, for dual rear-facing cameras, while the S9 has a single 12-megapixel rear camera.
So if you’re a photographer or camera geek who is looking for a phone that can deliver, the S9 and S9 Plus are certainly worth consideration. Again, for those who aren’t paying attention to camera specs or who already rely on a DSLR for their photos, the S9 and S9 Plus’ cameras may not be a major draw.
EASIER-TO-REACH FINGERPRINT READER
The biggest immediate difference from last year’s S8 and S8 Plus is that Samsung has listened to customers and moved the fingerprint scanner from the right side of the camera to underneath, for easier access.
Those with larger hands may not notice this quality of life improvement as much, but for others, it’ll be an improvement over the old. It also just makes more intuitive sense to not have to stretch one’s pointer finger to the side of a camera to unlock a phone, risking a lens smear along the way.
TALLER, BRIGHTER DISPLAYS
This benefit might seem incremental to some, but it is notable that the 5.8-inch S9 and 6.2-inch S9 Plus are some of the biggest and brightest smartphones on the market, even if just by a slight margin. The iPhone 8 Plus, Apple’s largest flagship phone, is only 5.5 inches, although the Note 8 is 6.3 inches.
Samsung is still using Super AMOLED panels with 2960 x 1440 pixel resolutions (the same as the Note 8), but both phones have extra tall 18.5:9 screens this year, and they’re slightly brighter. They also have edge-to-edge displays with slim to no bezels, and they’re water resistant just like other flagship smartphones. There’s no iPhone X notch on top of the S9 or S9 Plus.
Source: Tech radar, GSMArena
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