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MWC 2018: Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ launch live updates on pricing, features and availability

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be two major announcements. Will there be a surprise? Follow our liveblog to know more

  • Published: February 25, 2018 9:46 PM IST
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Samsung will finally announce the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship smartphones. The new flagships are expected to be iterative updates and will bring little in terms of refresh to the table. The leaks so far have left little to the imagination but we will leave it to Samsung to tell us what it sees as the ‘reimagined smartphone’ for 2018.

With Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, Samsung is promising a reimagined camera, which is a clear dig at the superior camera on Google Pixel 2 and Apple iPhone X. Samsung is definitely going after big guns here and the flagship smartphones are all about cameras these days. In addition, the Galaxy S9 duo will also have the fingerprint sensor at the place where it should have been last year. We are not expecting major design change but specifications will be truly flagship, with leaks suggesting it will be the fastest Android smartphone.

After a rather successful run with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, would this year’s Samsung flagships have what it takes for market dominance? Let’s find out, live from MWC 2018 at Barcelona, Spain.

Stay tuned as we bring you live updates from Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked in Barcelona:

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:35 pm

Thank you all for following along. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ seem mighty good, do let us know if you plan to buy them. Good Night India.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:35 pm

That’s all folks from Samsung. Yeah, it was along the lines of all rumors but Samsung did have some cool music. Stay tuned for more from MWC 2018.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:34 pm

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ first impressions: http://bit.ly/2Fwo5ca

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:33 pm

Koh also announced Galaxy S9 Enterprise Edition. He says Galaxy S9 will be available from March 16.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:32 pm

Koh is now wrapping things.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:31 pm

Chung says Samsung will be sharing more details about Bixby later this year

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:30 pm

Samsung shows new DeXPad which converts Galaxy S9 into a standalone work machine

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:28 pm

Security is more important than ever and consumers need to know that their data is safe, says Chung

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:27 pm

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:27 pm

Chung is talking about Samsung’s Smart Things acquisition and overall software upgrade

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:24 pm

ES Chung is on stage to talk about software

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:23 pm

It supports fast wireless charging and Samsung insists that key word is fast here

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:22 pm

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ now support horizontal screen orientation

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:21 pm

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ also gets fastest gigabit LTE chipset.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:21 pm

Convenient headphone socket. Samsung gets a round of applause.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:20 pm

It also supports Dolby Atmos, one where you feel the vertical plane of sound for 3D surround sound effect

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:19 pm

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ feature 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays with improved brightness and there is stereo speaker.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:19 pm

Everything you need to know about Galaxy S9+: http://bit.ly/2Fwo5ca

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:18 pm

Samsung builds one of the best smartphone hardware. Period.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:18 pm

Time to talk about the phone

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:18 pm

Attention Please: Bixby will allow users to try virtual make up and allow users to buy them directly.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:16 pm

Bixby translation seems a step up from its initial avatar last year. It can detect the food and add calorie count to the S Health log.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:15 pm

Bixby will not automatically translate live by simply pointing the camera.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:14 pm

Bixby is here. Yeah.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:14 pm

If you don’t want to use your own face, there is also option to choose Mickey Mouse, Mini Mouse and Incredibles. Cool.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:13 pm

Justin shows the cool Emoji option and shows the personalized selection available within the camera app

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:11 pm

The AR emoji on Galaxy S9 and S9+ can be shared on any platform unlike Apple iPhone X

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:10 pm

The AR Emoji seems more natural than the one from team Apple

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:10 pm

Wong says AR Emoji is as simple as taking a selfie and creates AR emoji

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:10 pm

Samsung announces AR Emoji, its rival to Animoji by Apple

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:08 pm

Erin Willis will tell us everything about the camera software

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:07 pm

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are also IP68 water and dust resistant. Yes, Samsung wants you to shoot under water.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:07 pm

The Galaxy S9+ has dual rear camera like Note 8 with dual aperture primary sensor and secondary telephoto lens

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:06 pm

In 2018, Samsung offers microSD slot on Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to expand memory

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:06 pm

Samsung also allows Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users to set super slow-mo videos as lockscreen videos

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:05 pm

Next time when you turn on the shower, don’t forget to record a slow-mo video using Galaxy S9. It will be cool.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:04 pm

Iris scanner on Galaxy S9

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:03 pm

Everything you need to know about the Galaxy S9: http://bit.ly/2sVJNng

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:02 pm

An awesome slow-mo video from Slow-mo guys. Cheers

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:01 pm

Crowd favorite slow-mo guys are here to test the camera.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201811:00 pm

Videos at 960 fps, that means super slow-motion video is possible on Galaxy S9. Sony does it first.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:59 pm

Wong just showed a great sample shot from the venue.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:59 pm

The camera has DRAM chip integrated alongside dual-pixel image sensor for faster image processing. This camera can definitely be the best on a smartphone but can it better Pixel 2 and iPhone X, we will have to wait and watch.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:58 pm

The camera works like your eye with dual aperture from f/1.5 to f/2.4

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:57 pm

Most smartphone cameras just won’t cut it after the Sun goes down, says Wong. I believe Google Pixel 2 and iPhone X can easily cut it after Sun goes down.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:56 pm

Jonathan Wong will walk us through all the camera developments with the Galaxy S9

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:55 pm

Time to talk about camera, Justin says this is the best camera yet on a Galaxy phone

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:53 pm

Samsung just transformed the attendee badge into actual Galaxy S9 on any phone using Augmented Reality. Samsung wins big time with innovative ideas.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:53 pm

Galaxy S9 comes in four colors including Lilac Purple and has intelligent face scan feature

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:52 pm

Justin takes a dig at Apple says there is no notch and Samsung didn’t get rid of fingerprint sensor. Speaking of fingerprint sensor, it is right where it belongs. Thanks Samsung for hearing us.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:49 pm

Our phones were designed for making phone calls and we use them for sending GIFs, photos and communicate via video calls. Yes, phones have changed and Justin is running us down that memory lane.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:49 pm

Justin is on the stage now and Samsung is playing incredible music this year

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:48 pm

Koh shows the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ and he is off the stage

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:47 pm

If you are watching this launch in VR then you are in for a delight.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:47 pm

The new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ offer new cameras in a familiar design and form factor. This is ‘tock’ cycle of Galaxy refresh.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:45 pm

The first smartphone built for the way you use smartphone right now. Koh announces the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:45 pm

DJ Koh: Action shots are still blurry and at Samsung, we believe its time for a new kind of smartphone.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:44 pm

Social media generation has revolutionized the way we communicate. Koh is hinting at 3D emoji support.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:42 pm

Samsung is adding an advanced optical heart rate to its next Galaxy and will soon measure blood pressure from smartphone

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:41 pm

Fragmentation and Complexity will become a thing of the past, says Koh. From me: A reminder that not all Galaxy S8 and Note 8 have received Oreo update.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:40 pm

Koh talks about InfinityDisplay and the new design that Samsung introduced with Galaxy S8 last year.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:38 pm

You see new possibilities that open the door for new universe of experiences. Koh is hitting all the right note to connect with consumers.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:37 pm

People change the world and not technology companies. Please clap for Koh, everyone.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:37 pm

Koh is giving some details about Intelligence of Things, company’s connected platform.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:36 pm

Koh is talking about AI, machine learning, faster networks, IoT, VR to start his keynote.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:36 pm

DJ Koh, President of Samsung mobile is here. He greets everyone and calls MWC is incredible this year with innovation.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:35 pm

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are almost here

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:34 pm

Samsung is showing really cute kids in the introduction video. I feel like time traveling, yeah, its Galaxy launch.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:33 pm

“We make what can’t be made” A bold statement from Samsung. Showtime.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:32 pm

It’s getting started guys but we do have some surprise. Hang in there.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:29 pm

Samsung is playing the new ‘Over the Horizon’ song in its livestream. I just hope people don’t fall asleep. Pun aside, are you stoked to see the new Galaxy?

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:13 pm

Its getting started in a bit

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:08 pm

The event is expected to start at around 10.30 PM (6PM CET) and we are hoping for some surprise since most details about the devices have leaked already. Do you think Samsung has one more thing moment for today? Let us know in comments. Thanks for joining us.

Karthekayan Iyer February 25, 201810:07 pm

Hello and welcome to Galaxy S9 launch liveblog. I am your host and the word is that Samsung will be launching smartphones and not some flying drone with a display after all.

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  • Published Date: February 25, 2018 9:46 PM IST