Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ First Impressions

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Samsung Galaxy S9 S9+

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ sport improved cameras

  • The fingerprint sensor’s placement has been improved this year


  • Samsung says it has improved the audio performance with the two phones

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at the Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event in Barcelona on Sunday. Grabbing headlines a day before the Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicks off. While the smartphones look virtually identical to their predecessors. They do pack in some significant upgrades in the camera department. We managed to spend some time with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ ahead of the launch event. And here are some things that caught our eye.

“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it”. That clearly seems to the principle behind Samsung’s design decisions for its newest flagships. From the front, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ look no different than the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Though Samsung claims to have further reduced the size of the bezels at the top and bottom. We really liked what Samsung had done with the previous Galaxy S flagships in terms of design. And Samsung has gone and fixed the one complaint we had with them in terms of design/ ergonomics. The placement of the fingerprint scanner.

With no real upgrades in terms of the looks, Samsung designed to mix things up by introducing a brand new colour with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ – Lilac Purple. The colour will certainly grab attention and our initial impression is that Samsung has done a decent job executing a finish that will grab eyeballs without feeling over the top. The smartphones will also be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Titanium Grey colours, though at launch, not all colours may be available in all markets.

Like we said earlier, potentially the most significant upgrades the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ bring are in the camera department – super-slow mo recording at 960fps, dual aperture capability on the rear camera sensor, which is capable of shooting at f/2.4 when there’s plenty of light, but can switch to f/1.5 when the phone detects low-light conditions. This is supplemented by a secondary 12-megapixel sensor on the Galaxy S9+ for a dual rear camera setup. Needless to say, the time we spent with the Galaxy S9 duo on Sunday wasn’t enough to make any definite comments on their camera capability, and we look forward to testing them out in detail soon.

 

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