NEW DELHI: Samsung has finally launched its much-awaited flagship smartphones for the year 2018, Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. The company launched the two smartphones at pre-Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC) conference at Barcelona, Spain. The duo succeeds the company’s current flagship smartphones the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. As widely speculated, the highlight of the smartphones is their enhanced camera experience among other features.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Price and Availability
Samsung Galaxy S9
will be hitting select markets starting March 16 this year. The smartphones will be available in Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple colour variants. In the US, the Galaxy S9 is priced at $720 (roughly Rs 46,700) and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ is priced at $840 (roughly Rs 55,000). Samsung has not yet revealed when the smartphones will be hit the retail stores in India. But considering the importance of the Indian market for the company, the devices should launch here in the very first phase of their global rollout.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ Specifications
Samsung Galaxy S9 runs Android 8.0 Oreo (Knox 3.1) out of the box. It has a 5.8-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED screen with 18.5:9 aspect ratio, while the Galaxy S9+ has a 6.2-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED screen onboard.
The South Korean tech firm is touting the cameras of the two new smartphones. The Galaxy S9 features a 12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel camera with autofocus sensor and OIS. The smartphone’s camera has a new dual aperture lens that automatically shifts from F1.5 to F2.4 based on dark and light environments. The Galaxy S9+ has an additional 12MP rear telephoto camera lens with f/2.4 aperture. At the front you get an 8MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture.
Running on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor made using 10nm process, the Galaxy S9 sports a 4GB RAM, while the Galaxy S9+ boasts of 6GB RAM. Both come in three variants based on storage capacities – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. The device also supports microSD card up to 400GB.
The Galaxy S9 packs 3000mAh battery with fast wired charging tech. It also comes with wireless charge support. The S9+ on the other hand packs a 3500mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ extra features
Besides the camera, two other features that Samsung is heavily marketing for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ are AR Emoji and Bixby.
AR Emoji uses AI to analyse 2D image of the user and creates a 3D model reflecting the user’s facial expressions. “AR Emoji shares users’ real-life emotions not only in video but also with a range of stickers and uses a standard AGIF file format so users can share their emojis across most third-party messaging platforms,” says the firm.
Bixby too has been upgraded. It can now generate information directly on top of the image that the smartphone camera is pointing at. It can also translate foreign languages and currency in real time.
The Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ support Dolby Atmos and are compatible with the next-gen DeX docking system. “With the DeX Pad, a new docking system, users can easily connect the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to a larger monitor, keyboard and mouse to expand the mobile experience with enhanced document editing or even full-screen gaming,” says the firm.
On the design front, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ appear similar to that of the Galaxy S8 handsets. However, the fingerprint sensor has been moved from the side of the rear camera to the bottom of the setup.