Samsung Galaxy S9 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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 motion, 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!

Promoted
  • Samsung sells the Galaxy S9 outright for $1199 with 64GB of onboard storage.
  • Contract options are also available from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus.
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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 August 18th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage
Exynos 9810
6.4
2960 x 1440
128GB
512GB
Samsung Galaxy A8
Samsung Galaxy A8
Exynos 7885
5.6
2220 x 1080
32GB
Samsung Galaxy S9+
Samsung Galaxy S9+
Exynos 9810
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9
Exynos 9810
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
256GB
Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro
Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro
Snapdragon 425
5
960 x 540
16GB
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Exynos 8895
6.3
2960 x 1440
64GB
Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro
Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro
Exynos 7870
5.2
1280 × 720
32GB
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
Exynos 7870
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8
Exynos 8895
5.8
2960 x 1440
64GB
Samsung Galaxy S8+
Samsung Galaxy S8+
Exynos 8895
6.2
2960 x 1440
64GB
Samsung Galaxy A5
Samsung Galaxy A5
Exynos 7880
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Samsung Galaxy A7
Samsung Galaxy A7
Exynos 7880
5.7
1920 x 1080
32GB
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7
Exynos 8890
5.1
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Exynos 8890
5.5
2560 x 1440
32GB
64GB
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
Spreadtrum SC8830
5
1280 x 720
8GB
Samsung Galaxy J1(2016)
Samsung Galaxy J1(2016)
Spreadtrum SC9830
4.5
800 x 480
8GB

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