Samsung's Galaxy S9 is only weeks away its official release, so here's everything you need to know about Samsung's next premium handset.
When does the Samsung Galaxy S9 come out? Handsets will start shipping from 16 March 2018
What’s new about the Samsung Galaxy S9 Upgraded processor, dual camera with super slow motion, faster cellular modem
How much will the Samsung Galaxy S9 cost? Prices start at $1199 for the S9 64GB and $1349 for the S9+ 64GB
Every year, Samsung typically has two major phone releases within its Galaxy branding. The stars of Samsung's Galaxy range are its S and Note phones, with the S series typically announced at or around the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, while the Note makes its way to market later in the year.
In 2017, the announcement of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ was delayed somewhat, with Samsung instead opting to use Mobile World Congress to launch the Samsung Galaxy Book and Galaxy Tab S3 ranges after the battery issues with the Galaxy Note 7.
This year, however, Samsung stuck to its game plan and announced the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at the 2018 Mobile World Congress. The Galaxy S9 packs plenty of exciting new features to help it stand out from its competitors. Samsung owns a huge share of the profit-making side of the Android smartphone business, so having a hit with the Galaxy S9 is vital for the South Korean electronics giant.
The Galaxy S9 continues the tradition of offering a smaller (although this is quite relative) 5.8 inch display on the regular model, while the Galaxy S9+ comes with a 6.2 inch display. As it has done for some years now, Samsung is using its own Super AMOLED displays, leveraging a new AMOLED technology that is said to offer higher display fidelity.
There was considerable rumour-mongering around the fingerprint sensor to be included on the Galaxy S9, with some sources believing that Samsung would stick to having it rear mounted. This turned out to be correct, with Samsung shifting the sensor below the camera lens on the back of the handset to avoid accidentally smearing your finger across the lens.
Samsung has also added a secondary 12MP rear camera to the Galaxy S9+ specifically, similar to its Galaxy Note 8 handset. The Galaxy S9, meanwhile, retains its single 12MP rear camera. Both handsets benefit from new low-light video recording capabilities as well as a super slow-motion function which records videos at 960fps.
Underneath the display will sit either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Samsung's expected Exynos 9810 processor, depending on whether you purchase local Australian stock or import from overseas. Both processors offer both performance and battery life boosts over today's current CPU choices.
The Galaxy S9 also boasts impressively fast network speeds. Samsung has already announced its own Cat 18 LTE modem, capable of download speeds of up to an impressive 1.2Gbps, and Telstra has already confirmed that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will support Cat 18 speeds on its network.
Premium phones have to stand on the strength of their cameras, and the recently launched Galaxy Note 8 gives us the clearest picture of what to expect from the Galaxy S9. Both smartphones feature dual cameras, ensuring that Samsung can keep up with the vast majority of its competitors.
One key suggestion here is that Samsung has adopted technology similar to the super slow motion feature found in the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, with up to 960fps slow motion.
Samsung has made a point of having all of its premium smartphones (and even the mid-range Galaxy A series) offer a stated level of water resistance, and that holds true with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Both handsets boast IP68 water-resistance, meaning they're rated for surviving submersion at a maximum depth of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes.
Both the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ went up for pre-order through Samsung on 26 February, with mobile providers opening up pre-orders on 27 February. The handsets themselves are set to officially launch on 16 March.
The Galaxy S series is Samsung's premium phone line, and as such it's always attracted high outright prices. This remains true with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. If you're looking at purchasing either handset outright, here's what you can expect to pay:
|Samsung Galaxy S9 Pricing||Price|
|Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB||$1,199|
|Samsung Galaxy S9 256GB||$1,349|
|Samsung Galaxy S9+ 64GB||$1,349|
|Samsung Galaxy S9+ 256GB||$1,499|
Samsung Australia has also typically been pretty generous with pre-order goodies for its smartphones, and this time around it's throwing in a free wireless charger worth $119 with all pre-orders of Samsung Galaxy S9 handsets.
Plenty of Australian mobile providers are offering the Samsung Galaxy S9 on their plans, too, with Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Woolworths Mobile and amaysim all opening up pre-orders prior to the official launch. You can compare all current Samsung Galaxy S9 plans here.
- Product Name
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Display Size
- 5.8 inches (6.2 inches for S9+)
- 1440 x 2960 Pixel
- 570ppi (529ppi for S9+)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (4x 1,7 + 4x 2,6 GHz) or Samsung Exynos 9810, Octa Core-CPU (4 x 2.9GHz + 4 x 1.9GHz)
- 4GB (6GB Galaxy S9+)
- Operating System
- Android 8.0
- Front camera
- 8MP F/1.7
- Rear camera
- 12MP, F/1.5-F/2.4 (Dual Sensor 12MP, F/1.5-F/2.4 and 12MP F/2.4 for S9+)
- 3000mAh (3500mAh for S9+)
- 147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm (158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm for S9+)
- 163g (189g for S9+)
- Starting at $1199 for S9 and $1349 for S9+
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