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as expected the Samsung Galaxy S9 is everything the Samsung Galaxy S8 was and more, again you had the sleek build, the infinity display and awesome camera .but now Samsung has reworked the things that people weren't happy with, there's not a lot left to complain about except well we might just be spoiled but there really isn't anything groundbreaking here .variable aperture is neat but it's hard to really see the advantages of the narrow f/2.4, and super slo-mo and animated emoji as we've seen before from competitors and they never really caught off .
Design
9
Display
9
Software
9
Performance
10
Battery Life
9
Camera
9
Value for Money
8
PROS:
  • Excellent retail bundle
  • Vivid HDR display
  • Class-leading still and video quality
  • Very good rear camera
  • 960fps slow-mo, automatic motion detection
  • Snappy all-round performance
  • Variable aperture camera
  • Good battery life
  • Great audio skills and stereo speakers
  • Stereo speakers
  • Among the fastest Android phones (in benchmarks)
  • Excellent build quality and compact design
  • Class-leading AMOLED screen
  • Premium water-tight design
CONS:
  • It's quite pricey
  • Attracts fingerprints easily
  • Not the fastest charging around (it's been stuck like this since the Galaxy S5)
  • Intelligent Scan feels clunky
  • Only 720p resolution for 960fps and really limited duration
  • Recycled design

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung is one of the heavy hitters of the smartphone industry, so everyone’s pretty excited about the new flagship the Samsung Galaxy S9, but does it bring enough to be worth an upgrade from the Galaxy S8, we are nasphones.com and this is our Samsung Galaxy S9 Review .

the Samsung Galaxy S9 brings back the design we loved in last year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 but with some refinements and upgrades.

the build is made of glass with an aluminum frame, all watertight and ip68 certified, glass foams are known to be slippery, but the Samsung Galaxy S9 introduces a sharp edge that makes it easier to grip and hold on too .

the Samsung Galaxy S9’s curved AMOLED display has even smaller top and bottom bezels than the Samsung Galaxy S8, but the screen diagonal and aspect ratio are the same resulting in a slightly more compact size .

the way the glass wraps around the sides brings back that immersive effect that we loved from last year, when the phone’s asleep you can see the time and notifications at a glance thanks to the always-on display . Read More : Samsung Galaxy A6 2018

but turn it on and you’ll see that the screen is quite bright and somewhat legibility is great, thanks to the curved edges and the deep blacks typical of an AMOLED watching content is really quite enjoyable and now listening the content is more enjoyable too thanks to the new stereo speaker setup, it’s louder and you can really hear the separation between the two sides giving a much fuller sound .

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8 we find that they are similar, there’s also support for Dolby 3d sound which has directionality to multi-channel audio .

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it’s a neat effect which is most noticeable through a pair of headphones, and with the 3.5 millimeter jack onboard there’s no adapter needed .

as for internal storage there’s quite a bit there are versions with 64, 128 or 256 gigs and it is expandable, the fingerprint reader is mounted on the back and the placement is much improved this year .

it’s now in the center under the camera and much easier to reach, registering the fingerprint is quite easy too, swipe your finger once or twice and it’s all setup . Read More : Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 Plus

the reader itself is accurate to wake up your phone but it’s not the fastest we’ve seen on a flagship, another method for unlocking is intelligent scan which uses either face or iris recognition which ever it reads first, on the Samsung Galaxy S8 you can only do one or the other .

Samsung is also bringing and improved biometric sensor system, which reads your finger to measure your heart rate or even blood oxygen level .

back again this here is the dedicated button for Bixby, the virtual assistant, it can be a source of frustration when it activates accidentally, thankfully there is an option to disable the button completely, though he still can’t remap it to a different function .

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now said Bixby is pretty helpful in that it allows you to have voice control over the functions of your phone, and Bixby vision is now able to translate things on the fly for you pretty reliably and it can even estimate calories from a picture of your food .

S9 lens

Lens at F2.4 left and Lens at F1.5 right

the UI of the Samsung Galaxy S9 is the newest version of Samsung’s user experience over Android 8.0 oreo, this quite similar to the interface we’re used to from Samsung’s recent phones, including the edge panel and the Bixby panel .

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you can store your apps in an app drawer and you can also customize your home screen through Samsung’s theme store, one new feature is a our emojis, snap a picture of yourself in the phone we use it to make your 3d avatar, you can then use this avatar to spice up your social media, the emojis are fun and actually do kind of look like you .

the Samsung Galaxy S9 runs on a next-gen chipset, a snapdragon 845 in the USA or China or an Exynos 9810 in other markets, in benchmarks the Exynos powered Samsung Galaxy S9 has outstanding performance, it’s in a whole different league than last year’s flagships scoring around 30% higher than the Exynos Galaxy S8 . Read More : Top 10 Smartphones in 2018

the increased speed of the processor is noticeable you seen the interface and opening apps feels nice and fluid, thankfully the increased speed hasn’t affected battery life too much.

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like last year the Samsung Galaxy S9 has a 3000 milliamp hour battery, battery life is mostly the same in our proprietary tests, scoring 78 hours overall .

charging speed hasn’t seen any improvements, still nowhere as fast as the competitors, we go from 0 up to 38% and half an hour, there is the option for wireless charging though just like last year .

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the Samsung Galaxy S9’s camera is the 12 megapixel single shooter, with OIS and SuperSpeed dual pixel face detection autofocus, thanks to the new chipset the camera has improved image processing and noise reduction and four times faster readout of the sensor which reduces rolling shutter .

 

one issue though is has swiping on the screen now switches between different camera modes, so if you’re not super precise when adjusting camera settings you might end up switching to another mode instead .

the cameras highlight feature is the variable aperture lens, I can switch from a narrower f/2.4 and good lighting to a wider f/1.5 when it detects low-light conditions .

the f/1.5 lets more light into the sensor, so you can shoot at lower ISO and pictures have less noise, it’s not only the wide aperture, the multi frame image processing and OIS helped a lot too, as you can see the image quality is great, with loss of detail, little noise and no blurry spots .

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Samsung Galaxy S8 on the left, Samsung Galaxy S9 on the right

regardless of aperture daylight shots come out superb, among the best we’ve seen, with great detail high dynamic range in almost no noise .

the narrower f/2.4 aperture provides slightly better sharpness and contrast and good lights, for the pixel peepers among you .

sharpening is not as excessive as on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, you can see a bit better definition in fine details, yes knives camera is great to bring for a sunny day at the park, but it’s not the only one of its kind .

Samsung Galaxy S9 plus it has a virtually identical main cam and we both walked away with some nice photos, but unlike the Samsung Galaxy S9, the plus as a secondary telephoto cam 2 which allows for lossless zoom and bokeh effect .

Samsung Galaxy S9 does have its own bouquet mode but the background blur is done through software only and it requires you to be much closer to your subject .

compared to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, both do a decent job, but blur on the Samsung Galaxy S9 is more accurate around the edges and strands of hair .

the Samsung Galaxy S9’s front facing cameras 8 megapixels and it has autofocus, selfies are impressive, nice and sharp with plenty of detail .

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we tried the selfie bokeh mode while out at the park too, it’s enjoyable but far from perfect, selfie videos can be shot in QHD and look really good, in this challenging scene the phone was able to maintain a decent exposure of my face at all times .

when it comes to videos from the main cam Samsung Galaxy S9 shoots great 4k@30fps and HEVC codec saves space, we were surprised to see that the real frame rate is around 25 fps though, it’s something we didn’t observe on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus .

the Samsung Galaxy S9 can also shoot in 4k@60fps, which is a first for Samsung, just like the 30fps videos they look awesome, with the added benefit of being much smoother .

however the recording length is limited to only 5 minutes, another first is super slow-mo video capture, it records a short burst @960fps allowing you to freeze a specific moment in time .

we’ve seen a similar feature in Sony’s XA2, but here there’s the option for motion activation which makes capturing some moments much easier .

so yes, as expected the Samsung Galaxy S9 is everything the Samsung Galaxy S8 was and more, again you had the sleek build, the infinity display and awesome camera .

but now Samsung has reworked the things that people weren’t happy with, there’s not a lot left to complain about except well we might just be spoiled but there really isn’t anything groundbreaking here .

variable aperture is neat but it’s hard to really see the advantages of the narrow f/2.4, and super slo-mo and animated emoji as we’ve seen before from competitors and they never really caught off .

if you’re looking for that cutting-edge Samsung device and money is no issue the Samsung Galaxy S9 or his brother the Samsung Galaxy S9+ are the way to go .

otherwise you can find almost the same in last year’s model at a more reasonable price, while to see if Samsung pushes the envelope a bit more for the next one .

Update - 2019.03.23

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

Specification: Samsung Galaxy S9

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

147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm (5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 in)

Weight

163 g (5.75 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

5.8 inches, 84.8 cm2 (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~570 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Other screen features

3D Touch (home button only), 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

64/128/256 GB, 4 GB RAM

Main Camera

12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, OIS, dual pixel PDAF

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

General Features

32-bit/384kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

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

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

BATTERY

Fast battery charging 15W (Quick Charge 2.0), Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery (11.55 Wh), Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)

Colors

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

Price

About 490 EUR

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