Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphone on Sunday with an improved camera and augmented reality (AR) capabilities to challenging Apple’s iPhone X.
The South Korean electronics giant released two versions of the device: a 5.9-inch S9 and 6.2-inch S9+. Both feature an almost bezeless display that was introduced on the S8 last year.
Samsung Galaxy S9 also features dual aperture camera, a first of its kind. The Galaxy S9+ has a dual-lens camera system.
Samsung said pre-orders for the devices began Sunday with general sale on March 16.
Key features include:
- Dual pixel 12-megapixel camera(s) and 8-megapixel front-facing camera; Variable camera aperture.
- Bright and vivid edge-to-edge Infinity display.
- Improved features for Samsung’s smart assistant Bixby
- Stereo speakers that give a surround sound-like experience, tuned by AKG and supports Dolby Atmos
- Fast Wireless charging
- Headphone jack
As you can see thes phone itself does not look radically different to the Galaxy S8, but analysts said that might not be a problem because Samsung is trying to attract users on older phones.
All around the world, the most common Samsung flagship models in use are the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, which were released in 2016 with a combined market share of 5.26 percent, according to IHS. The Galaxy S6 from 2015, and the four-year-old Galaxy S5 are the next most popular smartphones.
This gives Samsung a large install base of users to target with the new S9, which compared to these older devices is a big upgrade.
The S9 pair maintain the S8’s attractive and efficient design, with extra tall 18.5:9 screens, curved sides, and glass front and backs.
The 5.8-inch (S9) and 6.2-inch (S9 Plus) screens are the same Super AMOLED panels with 2960 x 1440 pixel resolutions, though Samsung says they are slightly brighter this year.
Also interesting, though the phones look and feel the same as last year’s models, they have slightly different dimensions and weigh a little more, so don’t expect to be able to use an S8 case on an S9. Plus, S9 has a new placement for the fingerprint sensor, this time it has been placed below the camera as opposed to the side.
The Galaxy S9 runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor (in North America, other markets other US can expect to see Samsung’s latest Exynos processor); has either 4GB (S9) or 6GB (S9 Plus) of RAM. It comes with 64GB of internal storage and has support for microSD cards.
Backed up by 3,000mAh (S9) or 3,500mAh (S9 Plus) battery these will last a day easily.
Both smartphones are IP68 dust and water resistant; and supports both fast wired and fast wireless charging. Like the S8, the S9 is a gigabit phone, but this year it can support speeds up to 1.2Gbps.
The main focus on the S9 is on the cameras, AI and AR.
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