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Samsung Galaxy S9 Review – Incredible Specs About Phone

Filed in Technology by on April 1, 2019

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Review – Incredible Specs About Phone.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Review… Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, launched recently at the Galaxy Unpacked event, ahead of Mobile World Congress 2018, promise a “reimagined” camera experience. While optics on Samsung flagship phones have mostly been promising over the years, expectations from the Galaxy S9 duo are high considering how rival iPhone X has come up with a redesigned camera setup.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Reputed camera review website DxOMark took the Galaxy S9+ to task and gave it an overall score of 99. Galaxy S9+ is now the highest scoring smartphone on DxOMark’s rating; scoring 1 point more than Google Pixel 2.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Key Specs and Features

  • 5.8-inch, Super-AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1440 X 2960 pixels (570 ppi)
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo) with 4GB RAM
  • Octa-core Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 845 (USA & China), Octa-core Exynos 9810 (EMEA)
  • 64GB / 128GB / 256GB built-in storage and support memory card up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera and 8MP front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Fingerprint sensor (rear)
  • Wireless charging
  • Water and Dust Proof (IP68 certification)
  • 3, 000mAh non removable Li-ion battery

Design and Display

The Samsung Galaxy S9 looks very much like its predecessor maintaining the nice premium build as seen before.  It is also made up of a combination of metal and glass to give a smartphone that is both classy and stylish. However, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is a tad thicker and heavier too which makes it feel more premium when held knowing fully well you are holding a 9th generation Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Although the significant change here is the fingerprint sensor which was criticized for previously being in an awkward position at the side of the camera, has been relocated to the side but is still part of the camera module which is in a unusual.

The top bezel also appears to be a bit slimmer than before with more conscious effort from Samsung to hide the sensors more. The Samsung Galaxy S9 maintains the 3.5mm audio jack some premium flagships has been leaving out lately which is a nice thing.

One of the great things about the Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship is its rich vibrant display which is the same except for being a bit smaller at 5.8-inch. There is still the 18.5:9 aspect ratio as before which allows you to have more screen space without being unnecessarily large. To conserve power, the screen runs on a full HD resolution by default which you might decide to change if you want to the maximum 2960 X 1440 pixels (570 PPI). Also, you’ve got that curved display with nothing in the way at the sides which is sort of a charmer if you look at it. Samsung Galaxy S9 offers Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection against scratches and easy damage.

Battery and Camera

As much as we would have loved to see a larger battery capacity the Samsung Galaxy S9 only comes with a 3, 000mAh battery. This is sort of problem with its predecessor but the setup conserves power and the quick charge is still present using the USB Type-C connector.

There is more AI integration into the camera featured on the Samsung Galaxy S9 which is more of a thing in most high-end flagship trying to offer the next milestone capturing experience. Additionally, you have a new 12MP tear camera with the DRAM chip mounted on top. This deliver power directly to the camera, hence, a much quicker processing speed. Another great thing, is the dual aperture technology which switches between a f/1.5 and f/2.4.

This is dependent on the brightness of the environment, it utilizes a smaller aperture when there is much light to give a better picture and then to the bigger one when there’s less light. Also one of the features of the Samsung Galaxy S9 that was showcased at the MWC 2018 event, is the slow motion capturing up to 960fps at 720p. While this is cool, the problem is the timing to capture the really fast actions. The solution is the motion detector which automatically starts the recording once motion is detected.

Unlike the older model, the Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with a better selfie experience by help reducing noise in pictures taken. The smartphone recruits a 8MP sensor for a better wide angle selfies. Another highlight is the Bixby Vision which helps to translate live texts written in a foreign language to your native language. Samsung also stated the camera can help you estimate the amount of calories in your food although how it does this is still unclear.

Hardware and Software

Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S9 offers two different options based on your region of course. While let’s say in the USA, there are some carriers that might not work with a certain chipset. To avoid this, the Samsung is rolling out with two different SoCs. For users in USA and China you have an Octa-core Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 845 processor with an Adreno 630 GPU. For the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) there’s an Octa-core Exynos 9810 chipset with a Mali-G72 MP18 GPU.

In segue, the Samsung Galaxy S9 features a 4GB RAM which is enough for a smooth performance in my own opinion. You also have a 64GB internal storage space with variants of 128GB and 256GB respectively. The smartphone supports a memory card up to 200GB for more storage space. Samsung Galaxy S9 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with the Samsung Experience UI formerly referred to as TouchWiz.

Pricing and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has announced is available for pre-order but will not be rolling out until March 16 which is just a few weeks away for £739 which is about 373, 000 Naira. This is much cheaper than the iPhone X, Apple’s flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Specs

Here are a few specs of the Samsung Galaxy S9:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Processor: Octa-core 4 x 2.8 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A55 (Exynos 9810)- EMEA CPU
    Octa-core 4 x 2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver (Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 845) – USA & China
  • GPU: Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA, Adreno 630 – USA & China
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Colours: Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple
  • Dimension: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • SIM Type: Nano SIM
  • SIM Count: Dual SIM

Display

  • Display: 5.8-inch, Super-AMOLED capacitive touchscreen,
    2960 X 1440 pixels (570 ppi)
  • Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 12MP camera, 2160p [email protected], 1080p [email protected], 720p [email protected]
  • Rear Camera Features: f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.5″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, phase detection, Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
  • Front Camera: 8MP camera, 1440p [email protected]

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: Yes, 64GB/128GB/256GB
  • Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 200GB
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: Yes
  • 2G CDMA 1X: Yes
  • 3G WCDMA: Yes
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: Yes
  • 4G LTE: Yes

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: –
  • HSPA+: Yes, 42.2/5.76 Mbps
  • CDMA EVDO: –
  • 4G LTE: Yes, LTE-A (6CA) Cat18 1200/200
  • WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE aptX
  • NFC: Yes
  • Infrared Blaster: –
  • USB Port: MicroUSB Type-C 3.1

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: –

Entertainment

  • Music Player: Yes
  • Video Player: Yes
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes

Navigation

  • Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: –
  • SpO2: –
  • Pedometer: –
  • Heart Rate Monitor: –
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, (rear)
  • Iris Scanner: Yes
  • Face Unlock: Yes
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes, Bixby
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: Yes
  • Voice Control: Yes

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Wireless Charging: Yes
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: Yes
  • Water Resistant: Yes
  • Dust Resistant: Yes
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: Yee

Battery

  • Battery: 3, 000mAh non removable Li-ion battery
  • Talktime: –
  • Standby Time: –
  • Fast Charging: Yes.

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