The new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have made their debut at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. With a focus on improving the camera and speed of the new model, Samsung is looking to offer something memorable in what is rumored to be the last of the Galaxy S series.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+
Both the S9 and S9+ will come with Android 8 (Oreo) and 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core (2.7 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad), 10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad) processors. The S9 will come with 4GB of RAM and come with 64GB, 128GB or 256GB internal storage variants with a MicroSD slot with a maximum capacity of 400GB.
The rear camera is a super speed dual pixel 12MP AF sensor with OIS (F1.5/F2.4) and the front camera is 8MP with AF (F1.7). The battery is 3,000mAh with fast wired charging compatibility with QC 2.0 and WPC and PMA. The S9’s screen is a 5.8-inch Quad HD +curved super AMOLED with 18:5:9 (570pp). The body will be 147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm, weighing 163g and has a water and dust proof rating of IP68.
The S9+ is coming with 6GB of RAM with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of internal storage with a MicroSD card slot of external storage of up to 400GB. The rear camera is a dual camera with dual OIS, wide-angle, super speed dual pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4), telephoto: 12MP AF sensor (F2.4) with a front camera of 8MP AF (F1.7).
The battery is 3,500mAh with fast wired charging compatibility with QC 2.0 and WPC and PMA. The display is a 6.2-inch Quad HD + curved super AMOLED with 18:5:9 (529pp). The body size is 158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm, 189g and a water and dust resistance rating of IP689.
On the S9 and S9+, the sensors will include iris sensor, pressure sensor, accelerometer, barometer, fingerprint sensor, gyro sensor, a geomagnetic sensor, hall sensor, HR sensor, proximity sensor and RGB light sensor. Authentication, when starting or using the phone, has a variety of methods such as pattern, PIN, passport, an iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition, intelligent scan, multimodal biometric authentication with iris scanning and facial recognition. For sound, the stereo speakers are tuned by AKG and Dolby Atmos technology for surround sound.
Improving the camera
Samsung is aiming to up their game with the camera, giving photographers the ability to shoot better pictures in different kinds of light. With the S9, there will be a single lens and a dual camera on the S9+. For Samsung, this is their first foray into mechanical adjusting aperture that can go between f/1.5 and f/2.4 to take pictures in very light or very dark situations. In comparison to other smartphones, this is a difference. However, the aperture is unable to go to the values in between f/1.5 and f/2.4. An upgrade on the focus abilities comes from a second generation dual-pixel autofocus with multi-frame noise reduction.
Slow motion video can record at up to 960 frames per second with 720p resolution. Only one of the rear cameras on the S9+ can switch between apertures. On the S9+, the dual camera system works like the Note 8’s dual camera. The second camera comes with an aperture of f/2.4, giving users the ability to blur in portrait mode.
Upping the speed and other changes
Processing power is having an update with Samsung the first to use the new Snapdragon 845 SoC or the Exynos 9810 (Made by Samsung). The processor will be about 30 percent faster for the high-powered cores and 15 percent quicker than the Snapdragon 835 for tasks that are not power hungry. Graphics have an improvement with the Adreno 630 GPU with this adding a 30 percent boost in graphics performance.
With the app for the camera, this has an improvement on the old model, bringing in a feature that allows users to swipe between modes (Like on an iPhone) with a movement of their finger. An addition of AR emojis takes a scan of your face at over 100 points and creates a custom character for your face. Samsung is saying this will be better and more personalized that Apple’s Animoji feature.
Regarding the design, Samsung has kept the S9 and S9+ with the look and feel of the S8 series. A change is put in place with the fingerprint scanner placement with the scanner now below the camera. This change will make it easier for people to reach the scanner, especially on the S9+ and it will mean fewer fingerprints on the rear camera ruining images.
US prices for the S9 will range from $719.99 to $839.99 for an unlocked device. Carrier pricing will be from $720 and $840 to $800 and $930. Users will be able to choose from black, purple, blue or grey.