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26/02/18

Samsung presents the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung has introduced the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. The phones will be released on 16 March with a sales price of £739 and £869 respectively. Both have got new cameras, improved performance and Infinity display screens.

Samsung

Both phones have curved Infinity Display screens, almost identical to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus screens. The only difference is that they are now even brighter according to Samsung. The Galaxy S9 Plus screen is larger at 6.2 inches, compared to the 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 screen.

When mobile phone manufacturers release new phones, it’s the rule rather than the exception that the performance increases with new processors. This is also the case with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. They use the new generation Samsung and Qualcomm processors with a higher performance than any previous Samsung phone.

The European market will get the Samsung Exynos 9810, while the US the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The processors come with 4GB of RAM in the Galaxy S9, and 6GB in the Galaxy S9 Plus.

The aperture switches automatically according to the light

On the back of the phones are cameras with variable apertures that automatically change according to the current lighting conditions.

The aperture physically changes between f/1.5 and f/2.4. The lower the number, the greater the aperture, which means that more light is emitted via the optics and in this case, 28 percent more than with the Galaxy S8. It reduces noise in the images and gives a shallower depth. With a shallow depth of field, the background of the images becomes blurred, which is often desirable in portrait photography.

The Galaxy S9 has a single rear camera while the Galaxy S9 Plus has two cameras, and the resolution is 12 megapixels for both phones. The phones use optical image stabilization that reduces motion blur. It works in both photography and video recording.

Samsung also has a slow motion feature that takes up to 960 frames per second in HD resolution. Sony already uses an equally fast slow motion solution in Xperia XZ Premium, and the question is whether Samsung can do it better.

The phone’s front camera comes with iris scanning and face recognition. The camera is identical to that of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, which means a resolution of 8 megapixels, fixed focal length of f/1.7 and autofocus.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 supports Dolby Atmos

Both phones have fingerprint sensors, dual SIM card slot, stereo speaker with Dolby Atmos support as well as fast download via USB-C. If the 64GB storage space is not enough, you can use a memory card of up to 400GB. And yes, both phones have a headphone jack in the bottom left corner.

For connection to other gadgets and networks, 4G/LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11ac and GPS are supported. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus modems are capable of download speeds up to 1.2Gbps over a 4G network.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a battery of 3,000 milliamper hours while the Galaxy S9 Plus has 3,500 milliamper hours. They also support wireless charging and so no need for cables.

The operating system used is the Android 8.0 "Oreo" and available colours are blue, grey, pink and black. The phones will be launched in the shops on 16 March with a price tag of £739 for Galaxy S9 and £869 for Galaxy S9 Plus. Pre-order from selected retailers and you can get your phone already on 9 March.


Daniel Haaf, Åsa Sondén Cook