Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

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9/10 (Expert Score)
Product is rated as #5 in category Samsung
the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus isn't an exclusive club of smartphones, that barely have any cons, for once you don't have to give anything up except for your hard-earned money and maybe a kidney .
Design
9
Display
9
Software
9
Performance
10
Battery Life
9
Camera
9
Value for Money
8
PROS:
  • Feature-rich custom software
  • Vivid HDR display
  • Universally great camera performance
  • Very good rear cameras
  • Universally great camera performance
  • Snappy all-round performance
  • Long (but not class-leading) battery life
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent display
  • Stereo speakers
  • High-end build
  • Excellent build quality
CONS:
  • Feature-rich custom software might be too feature rich for its own good
  • Attracts fingerprints easily
  • Heavy, almost Note8-heavy
  • Intelligent Scan feels clunky
  • Expensive

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

it’s been almost a year since Samsung released there a hyper successful Samsung Galaxy S8 phones, and after months of leaks and anticipation we finally have the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus .

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Review

of the two the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus seems to be more evolved thanks to the inclusion of the secondary telephoto camera, but is there more to this story is the high price tag actually worth it, we are nasphones.com and this is a Samsung Galaxy S9 Review .

like I said looks-wise the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus isn’t shockingly different from its predecessors, but that’s no surprise why would Samsung completely scrap one of their most successful and beautiful designs .

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still if you look carefully there are some cosmetic differences, on the back there’s now a vertical double camera setup and a fingerprint reader right below it where your finger naturally lens, this is a huge improvement to the s8 lineups ridiculous placement of the fingerprint reader .

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the phone also feels better in the hand, since the sides are more angular and the curve of the edges is less pronounced, it doesn’t feel like you’re trying to type on a bar of soap . Read More : Samsung Galaxy A6 2018

palm rejection is way better and typing is actually comfortable, this by the way is coming from a person who spent a weekend trying to get used to the s8 and then put it aside for fear of destroying it in frustration .

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speaking of frustration bixby is back, and if it’s not your thing you can disable the Bixby button from the get-go and just use it as a stress relief button .

the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is still a glass sandwich but with the glass that’s 20% thicker in a stronger aluminum inside, it might survive a fall or too but it’s super prone to micro scratches and we already picked up a few over the course of our review, thankfully there’s an IP 68 rating so it’ll be pretty hard for you to drown it .

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the 6.2 inch AMOLED display seems the same as last year, it’s large and it’s bright and it’s absolutely gorgeous, and rejoice there’s no notch .

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Samsung produces the screens for many top devices, so naturally they save the best tech for themselves, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has an excellent resolution and pixel density for its size but more importantly is color rendering is fantastic, it’s plenty bright too .

of course all these are about the same as on the s8 plus, however the media consumption experience is made even better, thanks to the new edition of stereo speakers, sound is louder and clearer with much better bass . Read More : Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 Plus

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the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is one of the few flagships left with a headphone jack intact, and if wireless headphones are your thing well Oreo includes high quality audio codecs .

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there is also the option of making a personalized sound profile which works with both wired and wireless headphones, if having the local music library is your thing internal storage goes up to 256 gigabytes and with the microSD slot you’re potentially looking at having a crazy 656 gigabytes of storage on your phone .

depending on your market the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus may come with either the snapdragon 845 or the Exynos 9810, making it one of the fastest phones around .

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playing games is a breeze and you won’t notice a slow down even with 15 apps open, thanks to the 6 gigs of ram, however it does get warm when using the camera for a longer period of time . Read More : Top 10 Smartphones in 2018

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the 3,500 mAh battery, it lets the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus last longer than its smaller sibling, but it’s a bit behind what the s8 plus can provide, furthermore the fast charging is not among the fastest and in a half an hour you only get from 0 to 38% of the battery charged, at least wireless charging means that you can use any cheat charger lying around, including the faster 9 watt ones .

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the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus features Android oreo 8.0 with the latest Samsung experience 9.0, although Samsung’s you I was once infamous for being bloated and slow you can now delete any up you don’t need and the UI is cleaner than ever before .

for example app shortcuts pop up with a long press and a task switcher gives you the extra option of ListView, of course a million hidden features and customization options remain, but they don’t bog down day-to-day use .

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beware though the search and settings can be confusing so you might want to dig in yourself, honestly most of the UI changes are pretty subtle, you can spice up the looks of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with edge lighting, transparent notifications and you design and color options for the always-on display .

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folders can be color coded and you can create a pair of shortcuts, for apps you often launch together, there is also support for dual messenger for those who need to manage multiple accounts .

instead of face or iris scanning there’s now an intelligent scan mode which combines the two, it’s not as fast at unlocking as a Oneplus 5T and it’s pickier about how far away your face needs to be but it’s relatively accurate .

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most notably the camera app has seen a redesign and now we just need a swipe to switch to a different camera mode, this makes experimenting with different features much easier . Read More : Samsung Galaxy S9 Long-Term Review

speaking of it’s time to look at the main reason you might prefer upgrading to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus VS anything else, the double camera setup, the main lens has a variable aperture that can go from F/1.5 to F/2.4 allowing it to better deal with different lighting extremes .

the second telephoto camera is the same as a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 it allows for 2 times optical zoom and better portraits, in daylight photos are excellent with tons of detail a great dynamic range and no noise or noise artifacts .

HDR seems to be always on regardless of what you set it too, colors are more saturated than the Google Pixel 2 or the Apple iPhone X, but that seems to be a trademark Samsung move at this point .

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in low-light images have lots of detail, little noise and no blur spots, with a variable aperture that drops to F/1.5, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus can shoot images with the low ISO, this means cleaner shots with fewer artifacts, it’s well matched in comparison to the pixel 2 .

well the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has a narrower dynamic range it has cleaner and sharper details, which is better well that depends on personal preference .

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as expected portrait mode is better than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and is almost identical to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, however the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has notably better skin tones than the no dates yellow hues .

the telephoto Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus seems to have difficulty with edge detection of inanimate objects, however if you use the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus as telephoto lens at night by turning it on in pro mode you can get some rather sharp zoom shots, especially when comparing it to the competition .

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videos have a great dynamic range, vivid colors and an accurate white balance, there free of noise but they struggle with grass and foliage, we didn’t notice any focusing issues and there’s OIS for both the wide and telephoto camera, however turning on eis makes the footage much smoother .

the new killer feature for both the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is the addition of 960 frames per second slow motion capture . Read More : Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Unboxing

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as long as you’re shooting in a well-lit area you can get some great shots, however for now it’s only in 720p, selfies look great and have tons of detail, the portrait mode isn’t too bad either although it’s not nearly as effective as a main shooter .

Samsung has also included our emoji in order to compete with apples and emoji, however unlike Apple, Samsung seems to be stuck in the uncanny valley .

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the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus isn’t an exclusive club of smartphones, that barely have any cons, for once you don’t have to give anything up except for your hard-earned money and maybe a kidney .

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however the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is Samsung’s most expensive phone right now and the new features it introduces barely make up for the difference in price compared to the s8 plus or the note 8 .

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sure the updated chipset is a lot faster and the stereo speakers sound great, but the older Galaxy phones will give you a lot more bang for your buck . Read More : Is the Samsung Galaxy S10 Worth It

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this doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus it’s just not competitively priced right now, so maybe wait a month or two for the price to drop and then pick it up .

Update - 2019.03.24

Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct

Specification: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Technology

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

2G bands

CDMA 800 / 1900 – USA, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)

3G bands

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – USA, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – Global, USA

4G bands

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700)

Speed

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (6CA) Cat18 1200/200 Mbps

GPRS

Yes

Edge

Yes

Announced

2018, February

Status

Available. Released 2018, March

Dimensions

158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 in)

Weight

189 g (6.67 oz)

Build

Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame

SIM

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Other Features

IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)

Display Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display Size

6.2 inches, 98.3 cm2 (~84.2% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~529 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

General Features

32-bit/384kHz audio, 3D Touch (home button only), Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Always-on display, HDR10

Operation System

Android 8.0 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)

Chipset

Exynos 9810 Octa (10 nm) – EMEA, Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) – USA/LATAM, China

CPU

Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA, Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA/LATAM, China

GPU

Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM, China, Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA

Memory Card Slot

microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only

Internal Memory

128 GB, 6 GB RAM – LATAM, 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM – China

Main Camera

12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom, Dual

Camera Features

LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama

Video

2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec.

Selfie Camera

8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6", 1.22µm, AF

Selfie Camera Features

Dual video call, Auto-HDR

Selfie Camera Video

1440p@30fps

Loud Speaker

Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack

Yes

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

NFC

Yes

Radio

FM radio (USA & Canada only)

USB

3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Sensors

ANT+, Bixby natural language commands and dictation, Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2, Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)

BATTERY

Fast battery charging 15W (Quick Charge 2.0), Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery (13.48 Wh), Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)

Colors

Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, Burgundy Red, Sunrise Gold, Ice Blue, Polaris Blue

Price

About 620 EUR

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