The Mobile World Conference has opened its doors in Barcelona and truth be told, my mobile phone is ringing like crazy with all the updates that I am receiving from my news apps. Most of the buzz is about the new Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus (no surprise there). So today Ctech News brings to you our impressions of the Galaxy S9/S9 Plus.
The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will both feature similar look and feel as the S8 but with few major differences. The most notable would be the fingerprint sensor moving to be placed under the camera instead of at the side of it like on the S8. This is a more natural and comfortable position and it’s a welcome change. On the S9 Plus, there is a dual camera setup, unlike its younger brother.
The hardware of the S9 family will no doubt set the standard of what the 2018 Android phone will look like. They will feature the all new Snapdragon 845, the latest mobile platform from Qualcomm and will also ship with Bluetooth 5.0, Stereo speakers, an Infinity Display and a Adreno 630 GPU for US customers while the International variants will all have a Exynos 9810 mobile platform and a Mali-G72 MP18 GPU. The S9 Plus will feature either 64 or 128 GB of internal storage which can be expanded and 4 or 6 GB of RAM, depending on the storage model bought, while the S9 will be limited to 4 GB of RAM. Both will feature USB Type C and Quick Charge though which version has not been stated. Of course the 3.5mm headphone jack is also included ( eh Apple?).
The biggest change in the S9 lineup is the inclusion of the first dual aperture camera in a smartphone. This should reportedly enable the phone to take better pictures and videos in good lighting conditions and in low light conditions as well. Also included is the ability to record 4k videos at 240 frames per second, as well as 720p at 960 frames per second, an astonishing feat that is a staple in the Sony Xperia lineup. The general UI of the camera has also been improved and now resembles the iOS camera app.
Software and Features
Not much is revealed about the S9 lineup’s features, but it is usually typical of Samsung to only reveal the main selling points of the phone and leave the rest for its customers to figure out (a delight I assure you). First and foremost is the new ARemoji that makes a digital augmented reality of the user and then uses it to talk to friends on the various social platforms. Another feature is the ability to send videos instantly after recording and this feature allows you to add music before sending, making it a mini studio. The third most major point of the S9 lineup is the fact that it ships Android Oreo out of the box, meaning that Picture-in-Picture mode and all the other goodness of Android Oreo is included. Also worth noting is that this phone will come with Project Treble, meaning that updates will be implemented in a timely basis and will not depend solely on the OEM anymore. It also means that the phone will be able to boot pure stock Android out of the box so developers can go crazy on them, and those with the Exynos CPU will not be left out, as was the case in the past.
The Galaxy S9 lineup and certainly any Galaxy S of a given year usually sets the precedence of what Android phones will be like in the given year and this year is no different. It poses a tough challenge for other competitors, inclusive of Apple and Google to overcome. With the inclusion of Project Treble, expect to see faster updates and more development on Custom Roms on the S9 lineup. The S9 will retail for around $720 USD while the Plus model will retail for $840 USD. Both go on sale on the 16th March, 2018