The all-new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are here. Well let’s admit it, from the looks the Galaxy S9 does look like the Galaxy S8s or the S8t, but hey, that’s just the looks. The S9 packs in a lot more – better camera hardware, a refined design, more power and many more. It’s got everything we wanted from the S8’s successor. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s take a quick look at the Galaxy S9 Plus.
We finally have the Galaxy S9 with us. It’s the Plus variant we have. Yes, Samsung just launched the S9 and S9 + in India. Let’s unbox the device:
Packaging and Design
Well the box is pretty much the same as the Galaxy S8. You get the fast charging adapter, the USB-C cable, a pair of nice AKG earphones.
There’s also a clear transparent case which is nice. Anyways, this here is the Galaxy S9 and again yes, it looks a lot like the S8. In fact some people have even called the S9 SAME-SUNG. Yeah, that’s kind of lame but it’s also fairly true. Having said that there are some important refinements, firstly the bezels on the bottom are even less when compared to the S8.
Secondly, the fingerprint scanner is now placed below the camera not alongside it. Thank God for this! We still don’t like the rectangular design of the scanner but it’s obviously better than the S8.
There’s also new dual stereo speakers which is something we think has been long overdue. The new speakers are said to be 60% louder than the S8 and they have been tuned by AKG so that is impressive. Well, we’ll be testing it out. Another minor change we noticed is that the IRIS scanner on the top is now hidden in the glass which is really nice touch.
Apart from these changes, the S9 is like S8, it has the same button placements, the same IP68 rating and unlike almost every new flagship phone out there this one has headphone jack, kudos to Samsung for that. We still drool over the S8’s look, so, yeah we really love how the S9 looks.
Moving on, the display is also the same gorgeous Quad HD+ Super AMOLED 5.8 inches on the S9 and 6.2 inches on the S9 Plus model. Samsung says this display here is brighter than the display on the S8 and that’s the only difference but we are not complaining, and why would we? Just look at it, it’s stunning, it’s got the same vivid colors and the deep blacks we all love. And the S9 recently got the award for the best display in a phone by DisplayMate, so, there’s that. Well right now the display does look perfect.
Now, let’s talk about the biggest upgrade in the S9 which comes in the form of the new cameras. Yes, the much high dual aperture camera. We are talking about the 12 megapixel camera with F1.5 and F2.4 aperture. Just to be clear, you cannot just choose an aperture of value in between 1.5 and 2.4 and you can only stick to either one of them. The dual approach works automatically on the auto mode. For well lit scenarios the S9 will use the tighter F2.4 aperture and for low-light situations it will use the wider F1.5 aperture. You can control the aperture in the pro mode though. Now, we all know that the S9 Plus is the new smartphone camera King when it comes to DxO Mark. And well, in a brief usage the photos do look great, they have ample detail and the colors just look great. We have the S9 Plus which also has the dual camera setup and that means portrait shots. And well they seem impressive too. We are already working on a camera comparison of the S9 and the Pixel 2. And well, it should be fun because S9 seems pretty well matched.
On the video front, the S9 camera takes 4k videos at 60fps, 1080p ones at 240fps and even 720p slow-motion videos at 960fps. The super slo-mo mode works very well too, you can just hit the record button and the S9 will automatically choose which part to slow down. Well, here’s one slow-mo video example, looks pretty amazing right?
Well the S9 Plus has a lot more camera tricks but we’ll get into all that detail in a full review. So keep visiting for that.
The front camera on the Galaxy S9 is an 8 megapixel F1.8 aperture camera which has autofocus and the light focus mode which is basically the portrait mode. Right now the selfie camera too seems pretty great but we will be testing it out more.
Processor and RAM
Under the hood the S9 is the first phone to be powered by the new Snapdragon 845 processor. RS 9+ here has the latest EXYNOS 9810 processor which is as good if not better than the 845. The S9 has 4 gigs of RAM while the S9 plus has 6 gigs of RAM. The phone feels super smooth right now but Samsung phones are known to lag after a few months which did not happen with the Note 8, so, we are hoping that it does not happen with the S9 as well. Anyways, we will be putting the S9 too throughout our tests later on so we should get a better idea.
Android and Features
Apart from that, the software here is pretty much the same experience UI from the S8 and the Note 8. But thankfully there’s Oreo on board and plus the S9 brings a few new tricks. Firstly, there’s AR emoji which right now does not seem as much fun as emojis on the iPhone 10. No matter how hard we tried, it did not capture expressions as well as the iPhone 10’s emojis. There are various Bixby improvements along with the new Food mode which brings you nutritional info of any dish.
Now that facial recognition is a big deal, the S9 brings improvements on that front as well. The device comes with intelligent scan which combines the IRIS scanner and the face recognition. So the S9 just switches between them depending on the scenario. For unlocking the phone, face recognition is used but when you need to authenticate payments the IRIS scanner jumps in. How well does it work? Well, we should get a better idea as we use the device more.
Lastly the S9 and S9 Plus have the same 3,000 and 3,500 mAh battery as the S8 and S8 Plus which does sound a bit on the lower side but there’s a new chipset here, so, we’ll have to see if it’s more battery efficient or it’s the same as the S8?
So those were our first impressions of the Galaxy S9. Sure, the device just seems like a refinement of the S8 but the improvements and features it brings are pretty remarkable. That camera sure seems impressive and while the design might be a year old, it’s still modern and beautiful. Basically the S9 seems like a winner but let’s not jump to conclusions right away. The S9 is priced at rupees 57900 while the bigger S9 Plus will go at Rs. 64900 which is a lot of money. So, if you’re confused about buying it, we’ll suggest you to wait for our full review.
Well, that was all when it comes to the first impressions of the Galaxy S9 Plus. If you have any questions regarding the S9 and S9 Plus, let us know in the comment section below and we’ll make sure to answer them in our full review. Also share this post to your friends who were looking to buy the Galaxy S9 or the S9 Plus.