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Samsung Galaxy S9 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

  • Camera app works well
  • Oreo onboard
  • I can find the fingerprint sensor!
  • Cool colour options
  • Will AR Emojis wear out their welcome?
  • Bixby button is still a thing
  • Looks just like the S8
  • The S9+ is better

5.8 inches

Display size

1440 x 2960px

64GB, 256GB

Internal storage

12 MP

Rear camera

3,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
5.8 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2960px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
570 ppi

Camera

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

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm
Weight
163g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 18

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Exynos 9810
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB, 256GB
External storage support
Up to 400GB
Battery capacity
3,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
Qi
Launch price (RRP)$1,199
Launch date2018-03
Samsung Galaxy S9

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.
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Early verdict

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

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Specifications

Display

Display Size
5.8 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2960px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
570 ppi

Camera

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

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm
Weight
163g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 18

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Exynos 9810
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB, 256GB
External storage support
Up to 400GB
Battery capacity
3,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
Qi

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