Along with the Galaxy S9, Samsung has also introduced the premium Galaxy S9+ at its “Unpacked” event, one day before MWC 2018 kicks off. The smartphone shares similarities with its younger sibling, the Galaxy S9, but with some key differences. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy A22 in pictures: A fancy 5G phone
Successor to last year’s Galaxy S8+, the new Galaxy S9+ brings interesting upgrades to the table, such as dual rear cameras, stereo speakers, improved design and more RAM and storage. After users complained about the poorly placed fingerprint sensor just beside the camera module on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, Samsung has now moved the sensor below the camera module. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy A22 5G review: Looks fancy, runs fast but too pricey
Samsung Galaxy S9+ price
The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is priced at $839.99, which is approximately Rs 54,300. The smartphone is set to go on sale in select markets from March 16.
Samsung Galaxy S9+: Specifications and features
Just like last year’s Galaxy S8+, the new Galaxy S9+ also comes with a 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display running at a resolution of 1440x2960pixels, and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The display also supports HDR10 content for lifelike viewing experience.
At the heart of the smartphone runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC built on 10nm process, paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB, 128GB and 256GB onboard storage options. A hybrid slot for expandable storage up to 400GB using a microSD card is also present.
The photography department sees a major change on the Galaxy S9+. At the back, you now have the dual camera modules – one is a 12-megapixel variable aperture camera (ranging between f/1.5 to f/2.4) with wide-angle lens, and other is a 12-megapixel telephoto lens of aperture f/2.4. Together, the cameras help you capture photos with DSLR-like bokeh effects and wide-angle photos too. The telephoto lens also allows for 2x lossless zoom.
In daylight conditions, the variable aperture camera automatically switches to f/2.4, and in low-light scenarios, it switches to f/1.5 to help you click better photos. Up front, the smartphone comes with an 8-megapixel auto-focus front camera for selfies and video calling. Samsung has also included Apple iPhone X-like 3D facial recognition technology and Animoji-like feature called AR Emoji.
To keep the smartphone ticking, you have a 3,500mAh battery with support for fast charging and wireless fast charging. On the connectivity front, the Galaxy S9+ comes with 4G VoLTE for HD voice calling, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.
On the software front, the Galaxy S9+ runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, with Samsung’s custom UI on top. Other features include Samsung Pay and IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, a heart-rate sensor, and Samsung Knox 3.0 for added security. You also get improved Bixby assistant and support for Live translation in different Indian languages such as Hindi, Gujarati and Punjabi among others.
Disclaimer: The writer is traveling to MWC 2018 in Barcelona on Samsung’s invite. Samsung has taken care of his travel and accommodation.
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