The Giant is here. Yes, you got it right. I’m talking about Samsung’ latest launched smartphone the Galaxy S9. The phone is new in the market and is being characterized as the biggest invention of 2018. Galaxy S9 apparently possesses all that is required for a phone to receive bells and whistles. The flagship phone has the same OLED ‘Infinity Display’ that was previously introduced in S8.
Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus both phones are somehow similar, but can be differentiated on a few hardware differences. Both phones contain Snapdragon 845 processor. However, Galaxy S9 Plus along with a bigger display of 6.2 inches as compared to 5.8 inches on S9, has 6GB of RAM as compared to the 4GB RAM of S9. Moreover, the difference is also there as S9 Plus has a dual camera the same as was previously featured in the Note 8.
Yes, there are differences between the two flagships, but it all depends on whether you’re ready to pay extra bucks for the versatile S9 Plus or are good to go with the smaller S9. So, let’s take a closer look to know whether one should go for S9 or not.
Galaxy S9: Key Features
|Price||$720 to $799|
|CPU||Snapdragon 845 Chipset|
|Camera||12 MP (f/1.5- f/2.4)|
|Front Camera||8 MP (f/1.7)|
|Micro SD Card Insertion||Up to 400GB|
|Battery Capacity||3000 mAh|
|Size||5.8 x 2.7 x 0.33 inches|
|Colors||Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue|
This newly launched 5.8 inches flagship is an easy to carry phone. Moreover, the curved edges and a beautiful frame make it a perfect sized smartphone. The power button is there on the right side that is making it easier for the user to use this button.
However, despite being compact in size, the volume button on the left side of Galaxy S9 is a bit hard to reach. Same is the case with S9 Plus. S9 possesses a USB type-C charging port since it has become unusual to see the premium flagships without one.
Stereo sound is being used in the phone. The AKG-tuned bottom firing speaker with Dolby Atmos surround sound is there to provide clear, room filling sound.
Back of the phone is drastically different from its counterparts. Here, Samsung has flipped the horizontal camera along with vertical setup of the fingerprint sensor. However, a loophole that is still there in the S9 is that fingerprint scanner is somehow closer to the camera, making it easy to touch the camera whenever you touch the fingerprint sensor.
Samsung’ Galaxy S9 is slightly shorter than its predecessor S8. However, thanks to the bezel less design that has enabled you to enjoy 5.8 inches of display even with a shorter size. And comparing both S9 and S9 Plus, one can say that S9 with 5.8 inch display is easier to hold as compared to S9 Plus with 6.2 inches of display.
Colorful yet Catchy Display
When it comes to displays, Samsung haven’t disappointed us this time too. One simply can’t stop himself from gazing at the colorful display of Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. Effort is done extremely well to blend the screen edges with the edges by taking off cameras and sensors that were used to be there on the bezel of the traditional smartphones.
AMOLED display makes the screen look incredibly vibrant and colorful. Quad HD+ resolution (2,960 x 1,440 pixels to be more precise) makes the screen sharp. However, the point to note over here is that S9 Plus has the same resolution as that of Galaxy S9. But the younger brother is sharper as it carries 570 ppi as compared to S9 Plus’ 529 ppi.
One more feature that the Galaxy S9 possesses is HDR10. So the apps like YouTube and Netflix will look best with this technology.
Speedy Overall Performance
Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, both phones carry Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipsets. And this new and improved processor provides great overall performance. Moreover, Galaxy S9 Plus with 6GB of RAM is a beast. Although S9, with 4GB of RAM, is less powerful as compared to S9, still the phone is extremely swift. The apps open and close quickly and the user interface is extremely fluid.
Similarly with the improved graphics, with Snapdragon 845 processor, it has become easier to play games. Moreover, the phone doesn’t get warm while playing high end games such as Taken etc.
Many tests have been conducted to check the overall performance of the phone. In some both the S9 and S9 Plus have beaten their rivals, while in some tests Samsung haven’t been able to close the gaps. In the following list we’ve mentioned the scores that Galaxy S9 has been able to achieve during some benchmark tests.
|Geekbench 4||377 single-core
|3DMark’s Slingshot Extreme||4,617 OpenGL ES|
The benchmark results we got for S9 are slightly lower as compared to the big brother S9 Plus. For example in 3DMark’s Slingshot Extreme Benchmark, that measures the Graphic performance of a phone, Galaxy S9 has scored 4,617 which is slightly lower as compared to the S9 Plus’s score of 4,634. The reason could be the less powerful 4GB RAM in S9 as compared to 6GB RAM of S9 Plus.
Both S9 and S9 Plus give you the liberty to expand phone’s storage by inserting the Micro SD card of up to 400 GB. This memory boosting option is a plus giving an edge to Samsung’ S9 and S9 Plus over Apple’s iPhone X.
And one can’t go without saying that Galaxy S9 has the ability to deal with gaming and multitasking without any hassle.
Software Performance: Why Bixby Vision and AR are in the limelight?
Yes, the most powerful Android phone till date, Samsung Galaxy S9 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo. Moreover, the phone is being layered with Samsung Experience 9.0 user interface that is aimed to give a fresh look and a plenty of customization options to the users.
Bixby assistant, Samsung’s Artificial Intelligence, was first introduced in Galaxy S8, but was unable to impress the world much. However, with Galaxy S9 Samsung has attempted to make some improvements to its Bixby assistant. Bixby Vision is one such improvement that is aimed to do translation of the text, menu or any other sign.
With Bixby Virtual makeup tool you can try anything from blusher to lipstick to eye shadow and can buy them from Sephora if you like any of them. You can also get calorie count by pointing your camera toward a particular food item.
Galaxy S9 is also adorned with AR Emoji feature. Although this feature lets you turn your face in to an animated character, it isn’t as much impressive as it should be. Moreover, it is probably the problem of visual style that Samsung’s AR feature doesn’t offer any competition to Apple’s Animoji feature.
Doesn’t Possess Dual Camera? Not a Big Deal
Samsung Galaxy S9 doesn’t possess a dual camera like that of Galaxy S9 Plus. Which means you can’t enjoy the luxuries such as 2x optical zoom and a portrait mode used specifically to blur out the background effects.
Camera is the major difference between Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, but S9’s camera isn’t behind any modern camera phone. The killer 12MP camera with variable aperture is all set to provide you excellent images. Dual aperture is able to adopt both bright and low light automatically like that of a human eye.
The camera opens to f/1.5 aperture mode when it’s dark. In this way enough light is pulled in and you get a clear photo. In the case of day time, the camera opens f/2.4 aperture mode and makes your picture sharp and bright.
Galaxy’s S9 plus’s second camera is worth the extra bucks. But, if you aren’t one bothered enough to have 2x optical zoom and a portrait mode, you’re good to go with S9’s dual aperture camera.
Battery Life of Galaxy S9
Galaxy S9 has the same battery capacity as that of its predecessor. The phone possesses a 3000mAh battery. That is good to go all day long with a single charge. Moreover, Qualcomm has promised that GPU that is there in Snapdragon 845 chipset has 30 percent battery efficiency. If you’re a user found to take pictures, watch YouTube videos and play games, you might be charging it frequently after such heavy usages.
Samsung Galaxy S9 supports fast charging which comprises of both wireless and wired charging. And with plenty of charging options available you can easily charge your phone whenever battery gets drenched.
The price of Galaxy S9 varies from $720 to $799, depending on from which retailer you’re buying it and which plan you’re taking. Samsung has also offered one year warranty in order to protect your phone from manufacturing faults.
Starting at $720, Galaxy S9 is way cheaper than iPhone X ($999). Moreover, Samsung lets you enjoy almost the same display with much less price.
What are the Available Alternatives?
Google’s Pixel 2 is also there offering a compact design. But the phone looks quite outdated as it doesn’t feature a bezel less design. Apple’s iPhone X is offering a compact design along with stylish look, but the problem is there in its price. The price of iPhone X is starting at $999 and this is what making iPhone X quite expensive as compared to Samsung’s Galaxy S9.
Galaxy S9 is undoubtedly better than some of the best Android phones available out there. Low light photography that it offers is best as f/1.5 aperture is the widest available aperture on any smartphone. Stereo speakers provide loud and clear sound and you can enjoy bright and sharp display as well with Galaxy S9.
Beautiful design, great camera and a few interesting features is what Samsung is offering in the form of Galaxy S9. Moreover, its perfect size is something hard to ignore if you aren’t a fan of gigantic smartphones.