On the surface, it looks familiar, but once you peel back the layers you’ll notice the contents are new. That’s not to say that the changes between Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S8 are insignificant. There’s a ton of them, but you have to look carefully to spot them all.
GALLERY: Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been unveiled ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona on Sunday.The new Samsung Galaxy S9 series smartphones feature improve cameras with variable aperture sensor on the primary rear camera, and the Galaxy S9+ sports dual rear camera setup. Other new features include on the handsets include face recognition and AR Emojis, Bixby Vision, AKG-tuned dual speakers, reduced bezels on the top and bottom, and faster processors. As for the release Galaxy S9 and S9+ launch date is March 16 in selected markets and pre-order ill begin in the US on March 2. The two handsets will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple and Titanium Grey colours.
This is the first Galaxy S flagship with Dual cameras (and Dual Optical Image Stabilization).
The setup here is similar to Note 8: two 12 megapixel cameras with one Wide Angle and one Telephoto Lens, and it offers similar extra tools like Dual capture and Live Focus(iPhone’s Portrait Mode).
The paired sensors are only available on the larger S9+, though, so fans of daintier handsets might have to make do with slightly reduced image quality.
A dual lens setup is only one of a slew of new camera features for the S9 and S9+. They both come with something the company is calling “Dual Aperture”. But really, it’s one aperture that jumps between two f-stops- f/2.4 and f/1.5.
While the mechanical shutter is on both phones, the S9+ only has it on the primary (wide-angle) lens. The shutter switches between the f-stops automatically by default, jumping to f/1.5 when the phone detects low-light conditions and f/2.4 in bright scenes. You can also manually control it in the camera’s Pro mode, but you can’t select any f-stops between the two — your only options are f/1.5 and f/2.4.
Still, the wide max aperture helps the S9 and S9+ let in more light, which makes for brighter and clearer images in the dark.
Another camera-related feature is AR Emoji.You can use the S9 to create a cute cartoon version of yourself by taking a photo of you staring straight forward. But the replication didn’t work as well for everyone. After you’re done customizing your emoji, the S9 auto-generates a set of animated stickers that you can insert from within the Messaging app’s keyboard (other apps can find these from the Gallery).
Another area where Samsung made major changes is Bixby — specifically in the augmented reality Vision section. Besides interface tweaks that make Bixby Vision look more in tune with the camera app, Samsung also added three new modes — Live Translate, Makeup and Food. The previously available shopping and landmark recognition features are now individual modes, too.
Like other selfie-makeup apps, it lets you apply digital makeup in real time and buy products you like without leaving the app. Bixby has a limited offering of color and pattern options, though, which limits its appeal. Still, this is something that’s easily addressed by software updates over time. Another new Bixby feature is its ability to estimate the number of calories in food you point the S9 at.
The front 8-megapixel camera and the iris scanner now work together for more reliable unlocking via what Samsung calls “Intelligent Scan.” According to the company’s reps, the iris scanner isn’t as effective in bright light as it is in the dark. With the new system, the S9 will try to sign you in with your eyes by default, but when that fails, it will use facial recognition.
Samsung built stereo speakers into the S9’s front and bottom, which make it 1.4 times as loud as the S8, according to the company. The latest flagship certainly sounded noticeably louder than its predecessor during our demo, although we had too short a time with it to evaluate audio quality.
In the US, both the S9 and S9+ will have Snapdragon 845 CPUs, with the smaller phone packing 4GB of RAM while the larger handset carries 6GB. They’ll ship with Android 8.0 Oreo, too.
Otherwise, the rest of the S9 remains largely the same as the S8. Their respective screens are the same size (5.8-inch and 6.2-inch), their batteries have the same capacity (3,000 mAh for the S9, 3,500 mAh for the S9+), they’re just as durable and water-resistant as their predecessors, and will still support fast wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 price
The Samsung Galaxy S9 price in the US starts at $719.99 (roughly Rs. 46,600) for the unlocked model, or $30 (roughly Rs. 1,950) per month on a 24-month financing option, while the Samsung Galaxy S9+ will be available at $839.99 (roughly Rs. 54,400) for the unlocked model, or $35 (roughly Rs. 2,300) per month on the 24-month financing option.
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