Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have officially gone on sale starting today. You can purchase the smartphones from e-commerce site Flipkart, Samsung’s online store or from your local retail outlets. The Galaxy S9 is priced at Rs 57,900 for 64GB storage variant, and Rs 65,900 for the 256GB storage variant. The Galaxy S9+, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 64,900 for the 64GB storage variant, and Rs 72,900 for the 256GB storage variant. You can choose between Midnight Black, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple color options. There are also some launch offers that you can take advantage of. Here’s a look at them.
Samsung Galaxy S9 cashback offers
Samsung is offering a cashback of Rs 6,000 when you buy the smartphones using the Paytm Mall QR code at select retail stores. This brings the effective cost of Galaxy S9 base storage variant down to Rs 51,900, and Galaxy S9+ base variant to Rs 59,900. Alternatively, HDFC Bank credit and debit card holders can also avail flat Rs 6,000 cashback when they buy the new Galaxy S9 smartphones and opt for ‘No cost EMI.’
Samsung Galaxy S9 exchange offers
There are two types of exchange offers users can go for. Existing Samsung Galaxy smartphone users can take advantage of Samsung Upgrade Program, which can be found under the My Galaxy app and get Rs 6,000 additional bonus on exchange. For my Galaxy Note 8, I’m getting Rs 41,650 as exchange value, and Samsung is giving additional Rs 6,000, which makes a total of Rs 47,650. Which means, the effective price of the Galaxy S9 will come down to Rs 10,250.
On Flipkart, you can get up to Rs 18,000 exchange discount when you buy the new Galaxy S9 by exchanging your old smartphone. But if you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, we’d recommend using Samsung’s My Galaxy app as it will fetch you more money, compared to Flipkart, which is offering just Rs 15,000 for a Galaxy S8+. In fact, you can opt for third-party sites such as Cashify, which offer up to Rs 32,000 for the Galaxy S8+.
Samsung Galaxy S9 data offers
Airtel users buying the new Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ can avail double data offer on ‘myInfinity’ postpaid plans. The Rs 499 plan comes with 40GB data, but Galaxy S9 users will get 80GB data. Similarly, Rs 799 plan offers 60GB data, and users will get 120GB data. Users also get unlimited calling, Amazon Prime Video subscription for a year, Airtel TV and Wynk music subscription.
Vodafone postpaid subscribers with Vodafone Red 999 plan and above, will get one year Netflix subscription on buying the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+.
Lastly, Reliance Jio users buying the new Galaxy S9 smartphones can avail 1TB high-speed 4G data worth Rs 15,000 for just Rs 4,999. They also get complimentary Jio Prime membership as a part of this offer.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ specifications and features
The Galaxy S9 flaunts a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED, whereas the Galaxy S9+ flaunts a 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display, both featuring an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Under the hood is an Exynos 9810 octa-core SoC paired with 4GB of RAM on the Galaxy S9, and 6GB of RAM on the Galaxy S9+. With 64GB or 256GB storage options, a hybrid microSD card slot for further storage expansion up to 400GB is also available.
The Galaxy S9 comes with a 12-megapixel dual aperture camera lens, with f-stop between f/1.5 and f/2.4, whereas the Galaxy S9+ comes with dual cameras at the back. Out of the two, one is a 12-megapixel sensor with dual aperture (ranging between f/1.5 to f/2.4) and wide-angle lens, the other is a 12-megapixel telephoto lens of aperture f/2.4. Both smartphones include super slow motion video capture at 960fps.
While the Galaxy S9 comes with a 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy S9+ comes with a slightly larger 3,500mAh battery. Both smartphones run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box and support Google’s Project Treble too.