Samsung Galaxy S9 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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Early Verdict

The Galaxy S9 seems like a perfectly fine phone that looks to fix many of the niggling complaints that surrounded the Galaxy S8, while also increasing performance and camera quality. That's a fine improvement, although it is rather hard not to think that the Galaxy S9+ might be the smarter buy, especially if you're purchasing outright.

The good

  • Camera app works well
  • Oreo onboard
  • I can find the fingerprint sensor!
  • Cool colour options

The bad

  • Will AR Emojis wear out their welcome?
  • Bixby button is still a thing
  • Looks just like the S8
  • The S9+ is better

Samsung Galaxy S9 at a glance
When did the Samsung Galaxy S9 come out? Handsets started shipping from 16 March 2018.
What’s new about the Samsung Galaxy S9? Upgraded processor, dual camera with Super Slow-mo, faster cellular modem.
How much does the Samsung Galaxy S9 cost? Prices start at $1199 for the S9 64GB and $1349 for the S9+ 64GB.

How well does the smallest member of the Galaxy S9 family really compare?

During Samsung's launch at Mobile World Congress 2018 for its Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+, I was able to spend some time assessing the new handsets.

That's nowhere near enough time for a full review, which will come through shortly, but certainly enough time to get a feel for where Samsung is going with its new premium flagships. While the Galaxy S9+ will get most of the attention thanks to its dual camera system, does that leave the Galaxy S9 as the less attractive option?

Early upsides

  • Camera looks to be a strong contender in the premium space.
  • Android Oreo provides plenty of new features and performance improvements.

Early downsides

  • A little too similar to the Galaxy S8.
  • The Galaxy S9+ represents better value for money.

Early verdict

  • An incremental improvement on the Galaxy S8 that doesn't reinvent the wheel.

Pricing and availability

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Galaxy line continues to evolve

A faster processor and a new operating system makes the Samsung Galaxy S9 a worthy successor to the S8. Available for purchase right now!

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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 5.8
Display resolution (pixels) 2960 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 570
Processor Exynos 9810
Height (mm) 147.7
Width (mm) 68.7
Depth (mm) 8.5
Weight (g) 163
Battery size (mAh) 3,000
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
256GB
MicroSD expansion 400GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.5-f/2.4
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/1.7
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 18
NFC support Yes
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Updated December 11th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Exynos 9810
6.4
2960 x 1440
128GB
512GB
Exynos 7885
5.6
2220 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 9810
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
Exynos 9810
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
Snapdragon 425
5
960 x 540
16GB
Exynos 8895
6.3
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 7870
5.2
1280 × 720
32GB
Exynos 7870
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 8895
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 8895
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
Exynos 7880
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 7880
5.7
1920 x 1080
32GB
Exynos 8890
5.1
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
Exynos 8890
5.5
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
Spreadtrum SC8830
5
1280 x 720
8GB
Spreadtrum SC9830
4.5
800 x 480
8GB

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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