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Samsung SM-G960x (Galaxy S9)
Samsung SM-G965x (Galaxy S9+)
Samsung Galaxy S9 logo.svg
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Samsung Galaxy S9 and the S9+
CodenameStar
BrandSamsung Galaxy
ManufacturerSamsung Electronics
SloganThe Camera. Reimagined.
SeriesGalaxy S
Model
  • SM-G960x (S9)
  • SM-G965x (S9+)
  • (Last letter varies by carrier and international models)
First released16 March 2018; 8 months ago (2018-03-16)
Availability by Region
PredecessorSamsung Galaxy S8/S8+
RelatedSamsung Galaxy Note 9
TypeSmartphone (S9)
Phablet (S9+)
Form factorSlate
DimensionsS9:
147.7 mm × 68.7 mm × 8.5 mm (5.81 in × 2.70 in × 0.33 in)
S9+:
158.1 mm × 73.8 mm × 8.5 mm (6.22 in × 2.91 in × 0.33 in)
Weight
  • S9: 163 g (5.7 oz)
  • S9+: 189 g (6.7 oz)
Operating systemOriginal: Samsung Experience 9.0 on top of Android 8.0 "Oreo"
System on chip
CPU
  • Exynos: Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz)
  • Snapdragon: Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz) Kryo 385
GPU
MemoryS9: GB LPDDR4X RAM
S9+: GB LPDDR4X RAM
Storage64, 128 or 256 GB UFS 2.1
Removable storagemicroSD, expandable up to 512 GB
BatteryNon-removable
  • S9: 3000 mAh
  • S9+: 3500 mAh
Data inputsSensors:

Other:

  • Physical sound volume keys
  • Bixby key
Display
  • 2960×1440 1440p Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen Infinity Display
  • Gorilla Glass 5
  • S9: 5.8 in (150 mm), 570 ppi
  • S9+: 6.2 in (160 mm), 529 ppi
Rear cameraS9: 12 MP (1.4 μm, f/1.5/2.4), OIS, 4K at 30 or 60 fps (limited to 5 min),[1] QHD at 30 fps, 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, 720p at 30 and super slow motion at 960 fps (for 0.2 seconds).
S9+: Dual 12 MP (1.4 μm, f/1.5/2.4) + 12 MP ((1.0 μm), f/2.4), Dual OIS, 4K at 30 or 60 fps (limited to 5 min),[1] QHD at 30 fps, 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, 720p at 30 fps and super slow motion at 960 fps (for 0.2 seconds).
Front cameraMP (1.22 μm, f/1.7), autofocus
SoundStereo speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos surround sound
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80, MU-MIMO, 1024-QAM

Bluetooth 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, location (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou)

2G, 3G, LTE, LTE-A
Websitewww.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-s9/

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ (shortened to S9 and S9+, respectively) are Android smartphones produced by Samsung Electronics as part of the Samsung Galaxy S series. The devices were revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 25 February 2018, as the successors to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.[2]

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ have nearly identical features to the S8 batch, with the same display size and aspect ratio, just like their predecessor. One highly regarded change to distinguish between the models is the location of the fingerprint sensor. While the S8's is found beside the camera, the S9's is directly underneath it. Most notably, however, the S9 line is equipped with several camera improvements over the S8.

The phone has received generally favorable reviews, with critics mostly noting the enhanced camera and better positioned fingerprint scanner. Critics, however, still criticize the lack of improvement to other features compared to its predecessor.

Launch[edit]

Many Galaxy S9 features and design changes were leaked weeks before the official launch,[3] and the official launch video was leaked a few hours prior to the unveiling.[4]

Specifications[edit]

Hardware[edit]

On the front, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ look identical to the S8 and S8+. They both feature 1440p Super AMOLED displays, with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The S9 has a 5.8-inch panel, while the S9+ uses a larger 6.2-inch panel.[5]

In most countries, the S9 and S9+ both come with a Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC. Versions sold in the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Latin America come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC instead.[5]

The S9 comes with 4 GB of RAM; the S9+ comes with 6 GB of RAM.[6] Both devices come with storage options of 64, 128 and 256 GB, and feature the ability to use a microSD card to expand the storage to a maximum of 400 GB.[7]

The battery capacities are the same as their predecessors: 3000 mAh for the S9, and 3500 mAh for the S9+.[7]Just like its predecessor, the S9 supports AirFuel Inductive (formerly PMA) and Wireless Power Consortium's Qi wireless charging standards.[8]

The S9 and S9+ now have stereo speakers tuned by AKG and the phones also have Dolby Atmos surround sound support; furthermore, the S9 and S9+ are two of the few smartphones that still retain the 3.5mm headphone jack.[5]

Where the S9 and S9+ have the most noticeable change from the S8 line is on the back of the phone. The fingerprint sensor has been moved from the right of the camera to a more centralized location just below the camera like on the Galaxy A8 and A8+ for convenience. A more secure unlocking method has been added, where face recognition and iris scanning have been merged into one and called Intelligent Scan.[9]

The cameras on both phones received improvements. The S9+ has a dual-lens camera setup on the back, like on the Galaxy Note 8, while the S9 only has a single camera on the back. Both phones have a Dual Aperture rear camera which can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, depending on lighting conditions.[10] The phones can shoot 4K at 60 frames per second (limited to 5 min),[1] 1080p at 240 frames per second and 960 frames per second "Super Slo-Motion " video at 720p for 0.2 seconds.[5] AR Emoji, similar to Apple's Animoji feature on the iPhone X, is a new feature that lets the user make emojis based on themselves.[11] Third party app support is provided for this feature.

There are also several construction improvements compared to S8 and S8+ models, mostly to increase physical durability, such as thicker glass, thicker metal rim and different (less prone to deformation) metal alloy used for the frame.[12]

Software[edit]

The S9 and S9+ ships with the Android 8.0 "Oreo" mobile operating system with Samsung's Samsung Experience 9.0 skin on top of it. It features a tighter integration with Bixby, such as using the camera for live language translation.[13] In addition, the phone can be used horizontally, even on the home screen.[9]

Reception[edit]

John McCann from Techradar complimented the improved camera and the new location of the fingerprint sensor, but criticized that it was too similar to its predecessor (Galaxy S8) and had limited AR Emoji functionality.[14]

Brian Heater of TechCrunch reviewed the S9+ on March 8, 2018, and said that the phone is built on the "success [of the S8] in a number of ways".[15]

Computer World gave the phone a positive review and said it was "measurably better than its predecessor", but did note there wasn't a new feature that was particularly "exciting".[16] PC Magazine also gave the Galaxy S9 and S9+ positive reviews.[17]

CNBC's Todd Haselton said on March 8 that the S9+ was superior to the S9, for reasons such as the larger screen and second camera, as well as more RAM and battery power.[18]

Samuel Gibbs from The Guardian gave the S9+ 5/5 stars, with the headline it was "the best big-screen smartphone by miles". Screen and camera were praised, but the review noted battery life could be better. He also appreciated the inclusion of a headphone jack, despite many other phones not having one.[19]

The larger S9+'s camera received a score of 99 from DxOMark, which, at the time was the highest score awarded by them to a mobile device camera.[20] It was soon surpassed by the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, which scored 102 and 109 respectively.[21]

Dan Seifert of The Verge gave the S9 a score of 8.5, stating that its performance, camera and design were satisfactory. However, he was not amused by the average battery life and the addition of Bixby, also saying that Samsung has a poor history of updating their smartphones.[22]

Sales[edit]

Samsung has described the sales of the Galaxy S9 as "slow" in their Q2 2018 earning report. Analysts predicted that the phone would be the worst selling Galaxy S flagship since the Samsung Galaxy S3.[23]

Issues[edit]

Touchscreen issues[edit]

About a week after the release of the devices, users started experiencing an issue in the touchscreen, where it would fail to register input in any particular area of the screen, even after a factory reset.[24] This was termed as "dead zones" by the users.[25] Samsung has responded by issuing a statement that they were "looking into a limited number of reports of Galaxy S9/S9+ touchscreen responsiveness issues".[26]

Black Crush issues[edit]

Some users of the Galaxy S9 have reported the so-called "Black Crush" issues, where the display has issues displaying different shades of dark colors. Samsung has responded with a statement that they are aware of "a limited number of reports of Galaxy S9/S9+ displaying dark colors differently than intended in certain instances" but has not provided an official fix for it yet.[27][28]

Battery issues[edit]

After users with the Exynos variant of the phone experienced sub par battery life, analysts discovered that there was a poor job by Samsung in tuning the four custom cores made by Samsung resulting in poor battery life.[29] This issue however, has been addressed in part with the release of the August 2018 update.[30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Galaxy S9 has a 5-minute rule on recording 4K 60fps video
  2. ^ "Samsung announces the Galaxy S9 launch, teases "reimagined" camera". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  3. ^ "Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  4. ^ "Samsung's Galaxy S9 launch video leaks out". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  5. ^ a b c d "Review: Samsung's new Galaxy S9 phones make excellence routine". computerworld. March 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S9 review: A fantastic phone for the masses, but not an exciting one". Android Central. 2018-03-08. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Galaxy S9 Vs. S9 Plus: Which One Should You Buy?". forbes. March 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S9 Specifications". Samsung. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Samsung Galaxy S9 review". gsmarena. March 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "This is the best look at the Galaxy S9's variable aperture you'll ever get". theverge. March 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Galaxy S9: What you need to know about AR Emoji". CNET. March 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Samsung's Galaxy S9 Has A Great Secret Feature". Forbes. March 1, 2018.
  13. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+: Everything you need to know, all in one place". PC World. April 2, 2018.
  14. ^ McCann, John. "Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S9 review". techradar. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S9+", TechCrunch, Brian Heater, March 8, 2018
  16. ^ "Review: Samsung's new Galaxy S9 phones make excellence routine", Dan Rosenbaum, Computer World, March 12, 2018
  17. ^ "With the Galaxy S9, Samsung's Redemption Is Complete", Tim Bajarin, PC Magazine, March 12, 2018
  18. ^ "If you're looking to buy the new Samsung phone, get the Galaxy S9+ instead of the Galaxy S9", CNBC, Todd Haselton, March 8, 2018
  19. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: the best big-screen smartphone by miles", The Guardian, Samuel Gibbs, March 8, 2018
  20. ^ "Samsung's Galaxy S9 Plus earns best-ever DxOMark camera ratings". CNET. 2018-03-01. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  21. ^ Salman, Ali (2018-03-27). "Huawei P20 Pro Features DxOMark Score Greater Than Any Other Smartphone To Date". Wccftech. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  22. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S9 review: predictably great, predictably flawed". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  23. ^ "Samsung says the Galaxy S9 isn't selling very well". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  24. ^ "Galaxy S9 screen not responding? Here's how to let Samsung know". CNET. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  25. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus touchscreen issue causing havoc on some handsets". Android Authority. 2018-03-22. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  26. ^ "Samsung is 'looking into' Galaxy S9 touchscreen issues". Engadget. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  27. ^ Elder, Duncan. "Some Galaxy S9 Plus users are reporting "black crush" screen issues". Android Authority. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  28. ^ Michaels, Philip. "Galaxy S9 Screen Complaints Grow (Update: Samsung Responds)". Tom's Guide. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  29. ^ Bader, Daniel (2018-04-03). "Samsung Galaxy S9 battery problems, explained: Exynos vs. Snapdragon". Androidcentral. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  30. ^ "Battery Life Of Exynos Galaxy S9 Models Improved With New Patch | Android News". AndroidHeadlines.com |. 2018-08-15. Retrieved 2018-10-22.

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