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MWC 2018: Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus First Impressions

Here are our first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus!

Staff   |    Published: February 26, 2018 1:53 PM IST

Putting all rumors to rest, Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at its ‘Unpacked’ event in Barcelona ahead of MWC 2018. The successors to the Galaxy S8, the new smartphones 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.

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.

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, while the Samsung Galaxy S9+ comes with a larger 6.2-inch screen and a dual-camera setup at the rear. 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.

For more, watch our hands-on video of the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus!