“ Engineered by Samsung, S9+ is the first smartphone to have a variable aperture. ”
Samsung launched the new flagship smartphones – Galaxy S9 and S9+ in India within a week of global launch at MWC, Barcelona. Samsung really understands the importance of Indian smartphone market. Galaxy S9 & S9+ was finally here to replace the year old Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+. Do they really worth an upgrade? Let check it out.
Samsung Galaxy S9+ looks exactly similar to the Galaxy S8+ from the front, everything is placed exactly at the same location. But when you turn the phone around, that’s where you can physically differentiate between Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S9+. The first thing to notice is the Dual Camera lens and the fingerprint sensor relocated below the camera. Some improvements that’ll go unnoticed are the tougher, 7000 series aluminium and a thicker Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and rear. In short, the Galaxy S9 is definitely an iterative update, but the small improvement does help this phone feel fresh.
Samsung packed premium features on the Galaxy S9+ compared to Galaxy S9. The plus gets a bigger battery, more RAM(6GB vs 4GB on S9), a bigger larger screen, a dual camera with 2x telephoto and portrait mode. There is no doubt that the Samsung AMOLED panel is the best smartphone display out there in the market. Talking about the processor, Samsung went with Exynos 9810 for Indian market instead of Snapdragon 845(US version). Galaxy S9+ runs the latest version of Android 8.0 Oreo operating system out-of-the-box with Samsung own skins. It is fast and fluid but adds two voice assistants, two browsers and two app stores. Though there is a bloatware, we encountered absolutely no slow-downs or stutters throughout our testing period. We’re positive that the Galaxy S9+ will run smoothly, though we haven’t been able to spend a lot of time with it at time of writing.
The most excited part of the phone is the Dual Camera. Engineered by Samsung, it is the first smartphone to have a variable aperture. In layman terms, it gives well-balanced photography experience whether you are in a dim bar or outside on a bright sunlight. The primary camera is a 12MP sensor that comes with a mechanical aperture mechanism that changes from f/1.,5 to f/2.4. The secondary 12MP sensor is a telephoto lens, means it can go up 2x optical zoom without getting pixelated. And on the front, it comes with an 8MP camera with autofocus. The selfies from this camera are good, even in the low light environment.
Keeping the design aside, there is a host of improvement over the last year Galaxy S8+ that includes a Dual camera, long-lasting batteries and software improvements. But if you’re looking for an upgrade, this one has everything you’d want from a flagship smartphone.
- 6.2-inch Super AMOLED QHD display
- Exynos 9810 SoC
- 6GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 12MP +12MP rear camera
- 8MP front camera