The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are finally official and their launch puts an end to month long leaks and rumors about the device. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, as expected, are iterative updates to its predecessor and bring minor changes in terms of design. However, the are major changes under the hood. There’s a major upgrade to the camera department, and it could potentially take the crown for the best smartphone camera.
Samsung is learning from its Galaxy S8 customers and fixing the flaws observed by the owners of those models. The major change here is the placement of fingerprint sensor, addition of stereo speaker setup and retention of 3.5mm headphone jack. Consumers want these features and Samsung is ready to offer them on its flagship smartphones. The smartphones also take a page from rival devices and brings new feature like AR Emoji, which turns Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users into a 3D avatar and adds more intuitive emoji experience. Yes, the camera is the best yet on a Galaxy flagship and here is a look at how Galaxy S9+ is a worthy upgrade over Galaxy S8+:
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have turned out to be exactly what we were hoping for. It comes with a familiar design and fix to flaws seen on its predecessor. The handsets feature metal and glass design with the rear fingerprint now moved below the camera module and not alongside of it. They also offer a better seam than before making it easy to hold and lift when placed on the table.
The Galaxy S9+ totally dethrones its smaller sibling in the camera department. It has the variable aperture primary lens with f-stop ranging from f/1.5 in low-light to f/2.4 in brighter conditions. There is also a secondary sensor that acts as telephoto lens along with support for optical zoom. The camera also brings support for recording super slow-motion video at 960fps in 720p and 240fps in 1080p. If camera is your thing then Galaxy S9+ is far superior to the regular Galaxy S9.
One of the coolest thing introduced with Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ this year is the DeX Pad, which allows the smartphone to lay flat and offers access to headphone jack. The Galaxy S9+ mounted on DeX Pad can turn the phone into a mobile computer with the smartphone acting as trackpad. The DeX dock from last year had a weird design but the new DeX Pad is more utilitarian than its predecessor.
The Galaxy S9+ also runs the newest Android 8.0.0 Oreo out of the box, which makes it one of the first Galaxy flagship to run the newer version of Android. Samsung recently started rolling out Oreo for Galaxy S8 but the update has not reached all users. The new OS brings refinement like improved background apps management and PIP mode support. It also brings support for autofill within apps and Samsung has added its own layer of customization with support for animated emojis.