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Samsung S9 And S9 Plus : Full phone Specification

Samsung Galaxy S9: Compare To Other Phone

Samsung S9 And S9 Plus : Full phone Specification

Samsung’s latest phones are definitely iterative updates over last year’s dramatically redesigned Galaxy S8 series, but that’s OK: Samsung fixes a lot of the original’s issues while making drastic improvements to the camera and biometrics systems.

In a word, the camera. Samsung has kept the primary sensor at 12 megapixels, but that’s where the similarities end. The S9 and S9+ have adjustable apertures, switching seamlessly between f/1.5 and f/2.4. The Galaxy S9+ also gets a second 12MP sensor with a “telephoto” lens that provides 2x lossless zoom and facilitates Live Focus, Samsung’s version of portrait mode that debuted with the Galaxy Note 8.

In terms of specs, the Galaxy S9+ has an extra two gigabytes of RAM over the regular S9, which is different from last year’s models. And, obviously, the fingerprint sensors have been relocated to a much more sensible place on the back of the phone — below the now-vertical camera modules.

The big question is whether you should upgrade to the Galaxy S9. If you’re running a Galaxy S6 or S7, the answer is absolutely. If you’re rocking a still-new Galaxy S8 or even a Note 8, the answer is no. While there are substantial differences that clearly make the Galaxy S9 a better phone, the S8 isn’t even a year old at this point, and is poised to get some major improvements when it’s updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.

Here’s are the three major changes:

Samsung S9 And S9 Plus : Full phone Specification

  1. All New Aluminium Core

Firstly Samsung has swapped out the phones’ core aluminium chassis. Out goes aluminium compound AL 6013 and in comes AL 7003, which is a lot less prone to warping and deforming under pressure. But this is just the start.

  1. Increased Drop Protection

Next is a subtle change to the metal rim on both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. It is 0.2mm thicker but, in combination with AL 7003, it transfers 20% less shock to the precious glass display when dropped.

  1. More Durable Display

While smartphones always pickup bumps, scratches and scuffs, the one that really hurts is a cracked display. To this end Samsung has made both Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus displays 20% thicker than the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, bumping their front glass thickness value from 0.5T to 0.6T.

Samsung S9 vs S9 Plus

Samsung S9 And S9 Plus : Full phone Specification

Design & Display – Even Less Bezel

What is earning the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus the “Samesung” nickname is their close resemblance to last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. But the fact is there wasn’t much wrong with the external design of Samsung’s 2017 models and what was wrong, Samsung has (mostly) fixed.

Samsung Galaxy S9 (left) and Galaxy S9 Plus (right)

As such the idiotically placed fingerprint sensor from the Galaxy S8 models has been moved to a logical, central position below the rear camera(s). The top and bottom bezels have been slimmed even further (their display-to-body ratios are higher than the iPhone X thanks to its notch) and the underwhelming mono speaker has been replaced with louder stereo speakers (thanks to an amplified earpiece, like iPhones) with Dolby Atmos support.

The new Galaxies also retain what the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus got right: IP68 water resistance, the headphone jack and microSD storage expansion with expanded support up for cards up to 400GB.

IP68 dust and water resistance remains

Meanwhile, their 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Infinity Displays may be the same size, but they are now even brighter and still pack 2960 x 1440 panels (1080p is the default). As such the negatives are few and far between. The polarising (and slippy) glass backs remain and both models have got slightly thicker and heavier despite being fractionally shorter:

  • Galaxy S8 – 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm ( 5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31-inch), 155g (5.36oz)
  • Galaxy S9 – 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm (5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33-inch), 163g (5.75 oz)
  • Galaxy S8 Plus – 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm (6.00 x 3.09 x 0.31-inch), 173g (6.10 oz)
  • Galaxy S9 Plus – 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33-inch), 189g (6.67 oz)

Launch colours for both new models are Midnight Black, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple with Titanium Gray available in select regions. Expect Samsung to offer more colours as 2018 progresses as this is its long-established way of refreshing the range.

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Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus launch colours

Cameras – The Headline Upgrade

In 2016 Samsung lost its smartphone camera crown to Google’s Pixel. In 2017 it slipped into third place as Apple stepped up its game. Now the biggest selling point of the Galaxy S9 and (in particular) the Galaxy S9 Plus are the cameras Samsung hopes will once again propel it to the top spot.

The key term you will hear banded about is “dual aperture” and with good reason: Samsung is the first company to produce a dual aperture camera for a mass market smartphone.

What it means is both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus can switch between F2.4 and F1.5 apertures. The former being optimum for producing detail in good shooting conditions, the latter being superb for low light photography. As smartphone’s sought ever better low light photography they had to compromise with ever lower apertures, but Samsung argues: not anymore.

Choosing a Pro shooting mode will let you manually switch between these apertures, but typically the switch is automatic depending on the amount of light available. With Google’s Pixel range proving the best software image processing typically tops the best smartphone camera hardware, however, top spot isn’t yet guaranteed.

What is not under dispute though is Samsung now delivers class-leading slow motion video. Dubbed ‘Super Slo-Mo’ it can shoot 720p video at 960fps. That’s fast enough to turn 0.2 seconds of real-time footage into six seconds of video and opens up the kind of slow-motion effects previously only seen on professional cameras (and Sony’s largely unloved Xperia XZ Premium).

Super Slo-Mo can automatically pick the right moment to slow a video

A snag is the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus can only shoot in this mode for those 0.2 seconds but an ingenious tap-to-focus mode means you can pre-select an area on the display, start recording and the Super Slow-Mo mode will only begin as the action passes through the part of the display you selected therefore automatically slowing down and speeding up footage at the correct times.

Here are the complete spec sheets for the two phones.

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Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Operating system Android 8.0 Oreo
Samsung Experience 9.0
Android 8.0 Oreo
Samsung Experience 9.0
Display 5.8-inch AMOLED, 2960×1440 (18.5:9) 6.2-inch AMOLED, 2960×1440 (18.5:9)
Processor Snapdragon 845
or 10nm 64-bit Samsung Exynos
Snapdragon 845
or 10nm 64-bit Samsung Exynos
Storage 64GB 64GB
Expandable microSD up to 400GB microSD up to 400GB
RAM 4GB 6GB
Primary rear camera 12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel, OIS, f/1.5 or f/2.4 12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel, OIS, f/1.5 or f/2.4
Secondary rear camera n/a 12MP, f/2.4
Front camera 8MP, f/1.7, auto focus 8MP, f/1.7, auto focus
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO, 1.2Gbps (Cat-18) LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 LE
ANT+, NFC, GPS, Glonass
Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO, 1.2 Gbps (Cat-18) LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 LE
ANT+, NFC, GPS, Glonass
Audio Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
3.5mm headphone
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
3.5mm headphone
Battery 3000mAh 3500mAh
Charging USB-C
Fast Wireless Charging
USB-C
Fast Wireless Charging
Water resistance IP68 IP68
Security Fingerprint sensor
Iris scanning
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor
Iris scanning
Face unlock
Dimensions 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
163 g
158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
189 g
Colors Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue (U.S.)
Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, Slate Grey (intl)
Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue (U.S.)
Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, Slate Grey (intl)

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