Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

6.2 inches

Display size

64GB, 256GB

Internal storage

12MP + 12MP

Rear camera

3,500 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.2 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 529
Rear camera megapixels 12MP + 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 158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm
Weight 189g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 18
Processor Exynos 9810
RAM 6GB
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage

64GB

256GB

External storage support Up to 400GB
Battery capacity 3,500mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi
Launch price (RRP)$1,349
Launch date2018-03
Samsung Galaxy S9+

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

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.

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 Galaxy S9+ specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 6.2 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 529
Rear camera megapixels 12MP + 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 158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm
Weight 189g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 18
Processor Exynos 9810
RAM 6GB
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage

64GB

256GB

External storage support Up to 400GB
Battery capacity 3,500mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi

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