Putting all rumors to rest, Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy S9 at its ‘Unpacked’ event in Barcelona ahead of MWC 2018. Successor to the Galaxy S8, the new smartphone brings refined design, under the hood upgrades, and some new features. One may call the Galaxy S9 an incremental upgrade over the Galaxy S8, but the refinements surely add value to the overall package. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy F62 gets cheaper by Rs 6,000 in India: Check new price
The Galaxy S9 comes with a design that is similar to its predecessor. You get the same tall 5.8-inch Infinity Display with dual edge curved design, and a metal body sandwiched between front and back glass. The top and bottom bezels are slightly thinner now to give you an immersive full-screen viewing experience. The placement of the fingerprint sensor at the back is also now changed – it now sits below the camera module, so you are less likely to accidentally touch the camera lens. The new Galaxy S9 also comes with stereo speakers tuned by AKG and support Dolby ATMOS with 360-degree stereo sound. One speaker is at the bottom and the earpiece acts like a secondary speaker when listening to music, watching or playing games. Also Read - These four popular Samsung phones get cheaper in India but for limited period
Samsung Galaxy S9 price
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is priced at $719.99, which is approximately Rs 46,600. The smartphone is set to go on sale in select markets from March 16.
Samsung Galaxy S9 specifications and features
The smartphone flaunts a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display running at a resolution of 1440x2960pixel, pixel density of 570ppi, and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Samsung has also added support for HDR10, and ‘Always On’ display. Under the hood, the Galaxy S9 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC (in the US and Europe), whereas India and other Asia Pacific regions will mostly get the Exynos 9810 octa-core SoC variant.
Both chipsets are built on a 10-nanometer process, and comes with AI integration for certain tasks. Paired with 4GB of RAM, you can choose between 64GB, 128GB and 256GB on-board storage options. A hybrid microSD card slot for further storage expansion up to 400GB is also available.
One of the highlights of the Galaxy S9 is the dual aperture camera lens, with f-stop between f/1.5 and f/2.4. It is the largest aperture on any smartphone so far, and Samsung says that it will help in better low-light photography. When shooting in bright outdoor conditions, the aperture switches to f/2.4. You can also change the aperture in manual mode. The camera has 12-megapixel resolution, and you can also record super slow-motion videos at 960fps. The camera app can automatically detect the motion and add slow-motion effects.
Up front is an 8-megapixel sensor of aperture f/1.7 with auto-focus. Samsung has also added Apple iPhone X-like Animoji feature called AR Emoji that uses facial recognition technology to transform your expression into emojis. You can change hair color, and there are 18 other expressions to choose from.
Armed with a 3,000mAh battery and support for fast charging, wireless fast charging, connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots with 4G VoLTE, GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 and USB Type-C. In the software department, the smartphone runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, with Samsung’s custom UI on top.
For biometric authentication, the Galaxy S9 supports fingerprint sensor, iris scanner and an advanced facial recognition technology. Other features include IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, Samsung Pay with MST technology, heart-rate sensor, and Samsung Knox 3.0 for added security. It also comes with Gigabit LTE with support for Cat.18.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 also comes with improved Bixby assistant, and supports Live translation feature 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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