Today, after months of speculation, Samsung has officially unveiled its much-anticipated Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus handsets. And with some great design tweaks, improved camera tech and stereo speakers, it promises to be a worthy upgrade on last year’s stellar S8 range.
Samsung’s 2018 flagships have a noticeably smaller lower bezel (frame), making even more room for the crisp AMOLED screen.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus feature a 2960 x 1440-pixel screen, measuring 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches respectively. Each has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio display to give you a cinema-style widescreen, ideal for streaming the latest blockbusters.
Samsung has also upped security, with better sensors that combine Iris and facial recognition tech for a faster, safer way to unlock the device.
And if you prefer more traditional biometric security, Samsung has moved its fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone to sit below the camera rather than next to it. So, unlike with the S8, you won’t accidentally smudge your camera lens when you’re trying to unlock your phone.
And speaking of the camera, the S9 has a single-lens shooter with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable aperture for better results, even in lowlight. And the S9 Plus goes one better, with an impressive dual-lens camera that promises perfect portraits.
Both phones will be able to shoot ‘Super slow-mo’ videos, at up to 960 frames per second. Which will add an incredible level of detail to your home movies.
Samsung has kept with its popular decision to buck the current trend for wireless earpieces by including the traditional 3.5mm headphone slot on both the S9 and S9 Plus. So you’ll still be able to plug in your favourite wired earbuds without the use of a bulky adaptor.
And you’ll be able hear your music loud and clear without your headphones too. In a first for the company, Samsung’s latest flagship will have stereo speakers. Tuned by AKG, the stereo speakers will provide surround sound using the bottom speaker and the earpiece which doubles as a second speaker.
The standard S8 comes with 64GB of storage and a healthy 4GB of RAM, while the larger S9 Plus comes with a whopping 128GB of memory and 6GB of RAM. And if that’s still not enough for you, there’s room to add a MicroSD card to boost your storage up to 256GB.
Unlike its predecessors, the S9 and S9 Plus are both dual-SIM and will come loaded with the latest version of Android Oreo 8.1.
At launch the phones will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple, with a Maple Gold colourway promised later.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are available for pre-order now.