Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

The Galaxy S9+ has its share of gimmicky nonsense, but a serious upgrade in camera optics, combined with top-notch performance and battery life make this an exceptional phone in the premium space.

The good

  • Dual aperture camera works well
  • Great application performance
  • Landscape icon mode
  • Great battery life
  • Headphone jack still present

The bad

  • Fingerprint sensor still tricky to hit
  • AR Emoji is a dumb gimmick
  • Bixby button can't be easily remapped

Samsung Galaxy S9+ at a glance
When did the Samsung Galaxy S9+ come out? Pre-orders for the Galaxy S9+ opened on 26 February, with the phone officially launching on 16 March.
What’s new about the Samsung Galaxy S9+? Dual rear-facing cameras, upgraded Exynos CPU, Super Slow Motion video recording
How much does the Samsung Galaxy S9+ cost? $1,349 for the 64GB model and $1,499 for the 256GB model

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are Samsung's premium flagships, replacing last year's Galaxy S8 family as well as offering improved performance over its own Galaxy Note 8 phablet device.

As you'd expect, there's a lot of hype around Samsung's new handsets, but then, let's face facts. The vast majority of premium Android handset sales go to Samsung, so it's very much Samsung's market to lose to competitors such as Sony, LG, Huawei or Nokia to name but a few.

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Any of Samsung's competitors would kill to have its market position, and that means its flagship devices really have to deliver to keep wowing the masses.

Hype is one thing, but in a mature smartphone market where the points of differentiation between premium and mid-range devices are blurring with astonishing rapidity, you've got to have something to live up to that hype.

Design

  • Continues the elegant design of the Galaxy S8 series, albeit with a more comfortably positioned fingerprint sensor
  • Stereo speakers expand the audio capabilities of the Galaxy S9+

Camera

  • The new dual-lens camera array is capable of truly exceptional photography
  • AR Emojis, on the other hand, are a disappointing gimmick

Performance

  • The Galaxy S9+ packs more than enough power for most phone users, especially when gaming
  • Android Oreo is a welcome addition, but Samsung's track record suggest Android Pie support might be a ways off

Battery life

  • Thanks to some excellent optimisation, the Galaxy S9+ delivers impeccable battery life that stands as the best in the premium space
  • Qi wireless charging and a bundled fast-charger provide plenty of options when you do need to juice up

Verdict

  • The Galaxy S9+ is simply one of the best options in the premium smartphone market
  • That said, the improvements are only incremental over the previous Galaxy S8 line

Pricing and availability

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Playing with power

Samsung has reasserted its title as the flagship Android manufacturer with the Galaxy S9+. See why for yourself by purchasing the phone outright or on contract from Telstra, Vodafone or Optus.

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  • Samsung sells the Galaxy S9+ outright for $1,349 for the 64GB model and $1,499 for the 256GB version.
  • The Galaxy S9+ is also available on contract plans from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus.
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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 6.2
Display resolution (pixels) 2960 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 529
Processor Exynos 9810
Height (mm) 158.1
Width (mm) 73.8
Depth (mm) 8.5
Weight (g) 189
Battery size (mAh) 3,500
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
256GB
MicroSD expansion 400GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 6
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.5
Rear camera (2) resolution 12
Rear camera (2) aperture f/2.4
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 20th, 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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