Samsung Galaxy S9 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Display

    5.8 inches

    1440 x 2960

  • Storage

    64GB, 256GB

  • Battery size

    3,000 mAh

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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.

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

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!


Samsung Galaxy S9 specs



Physical dimensions


Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.8 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2960
Pixels per inch (PPI) 570
Rear camera megapixels 12MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.5-f/2.4
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 8MP
Front camera aperture size f/1.7
Dimensions 147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm
Weight 163g
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 18
Processor Exynos 9810
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage



External storage support Up to 400GB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi

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