Samsung Galaxy S9, analysis, price and opinions


Samsung Galaxy S9 Seal

Talking about the Mobile World Congress is talking (almost always) about a new Samsung Galaxy S. And this year is no exception. Samsung's new flagship terminal, the Samsung Galaxy S9, arrives to become the absolute protagonist of the fair. A mobile that improves some concepts seen in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and releases others. An even more infinite screen , a brighter camera, a design resistant to dust and water with a new color ”¦ But we better tell you all these features, in detail, in these first impressions after its presentation.

Wider screen

If we take a look at its design we see that Samsung is continuous. Few news can be seen at a glance in the Samsung Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 +. However, the critical eye can appreciate that the infinity screen gains even more ground at the front of the terminal , further reducing the frames. Of course the screen is still curved and with SuperAMOLED technology. Of 5.8 inches in the S9 you, with QuadHD resolution and widescreen 18.5: 9. It looks really good, although there is no great news.

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Samsung Galaxy S9

screen5.8-inch, 18.5: 9 Curved SuperAmoled QuadHD
Main chamber12 megapixels with autofocus f / 1.5-2.4 with Optical Image Stabilizer, slowmotion 960 frames in HD
Camera for selfies8 megapixel AF, f / 1.7, Full HD video
Internal memory64/128/256 GB
ExtensionmicroSD up to 400GB
Processor and RAM10nm, 64-bit eight-core, 4GB RAM
Battery3,000 mAh with fast charging and fast wireless charging
Operating systemAndroid 8 Oreo / Samsung Touchwiz
ConnectionsBluetooth, GPS, USB Type-C, NFC
DesignMetal and glass, IP68 certified, fingerprint reader. Black, blue and purple.
Dimensions147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm (163 grams)
Featured FeaturesSmart scanner (simultaneous face recognition and iris reader), AR Emoji, noise reduction photography, super slow motion, Bixby vision to calculate calories in food
Release dateMarch 16 (March 8 with pre-order)
Price845 euros

It is striking that Samsung already protects its top of the range with IP68 certification . So it is not damaged by dust or accidental splashing or immersion in water. We also liked the decision to move the fingerprint sensor away from the rear camera so as not to make a mistake when looking for it. By the way, the 3.5 mm Jack port for headphones remains.

In addition, three colors have been confirmed upon arrival in Spain. Midnight Black or black, Coral Blue or electric blue and, the novelty, Lilac Purple or purple . A risky color but really beautiful and striking.

Dual aperture camera

But if there has been a section that we liked about these Galaxy S9 and S9 + it has been the photographic one.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a main 12 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual opening . This characteristic allows applying an aperture of 2.4 in bright environments, or 1.5 if there is no light. So every image is perfect no matter the conditions. It also includes multiframe noise reduction technology , which consists of taking up to 12 images at a time to identify and eliminate noise or imperfections from the capture. The result is sharper photos with a higher quality feel.

dual aperture camera

Selfies are taken with an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus and aperture of 1.7 . That is, the images are really bright and detailed.

But what draws the attention of these cameras are not only the photos, but the rest of the functions that they can carry out. On the one hand there is the super slow motion . Thanks to the extra RAM memory built into the main sensor, it is possible to capture images at 960 frames per second in HD resolution. This results in very amazing slow motion videos. You can also add sound, send them as GIF or leave them as wallpaper.

Of course Samsung has not missed the opportunity to jump on the bandwagon of animated Emoji. In their case they are called AR Emojis and it allows detecting up to 100 points of the user's face to imitate their expressions. You can take photos and videos and create GIFs to share on applications like WhatsApp. The result may not be as detailed as on the iPhone X, but there are very varied options to create an alter ego or get into Mickey Mouse's ears. There are up to 18 predefined expressions to transform our features and send them as a photo, video or GIF.

AR Emoji

In addition, Bixby vision appears again on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 + to recognize food dishes and tell us what it is about and how many calories it has , among other extra data. The process only takes a couple of seconds and is very surprising. Although it remains to be seen if it is practical on a day-to-day basis.

Power and memory

So far we have not been able to thoroughly test these terminals, but their technical sheet promises. Inside the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 + we find Samsung's own processor. An Exynos manufactured in 10 nanometers, 64 bit and with 8 cores . Enough power to move absolutely everything with total ease.

power and memory

The differences come in RAM and storage. The Samsung Galaxy S9 has 4 GB of RAM and the Samsung Galaxy S9 + goes up to 6 GB . Both phones can be found in three models with 64, 128 and 256 GB capacity. But if that's not enough, its microSD card slot with a capacity of up to 400GB can do the rest.

Without a doubt, he arrives prepared for whatever they throw at him: applications, games, Augmented Reality ”¦

Autonomy and security

Regarding the battery of the new Samsung flagships, we find differences between the two models. While the Samsung Galaxy S9 has a 3,000 mAh battery , the S9 + goes up to 3,500. Both with fast charging technology and also wireless fast charging technology. Although it will be necessary to test first hand if this variation is remarkable, taking into account the difference in size. Of course, if the processor is as efficient as it sounds, you won't need to worry about finding a plug at the end of the day with the Samsung Galaxy S9.

autonomy and security

Also included are already common security features such as Samsung Knox, to protect the contents such as documents that we carry on the mobile. Or a smart scanner that combines what is seen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with an iris scanner and facial recognition. By the way, it's really fast.

Accessories of all kinds

Of course, Samsung brings, along with the Galaxy S9, a good number of covers of all kinds to personalize and protect the terminal. Some with support to enjoy their large infinity screen, both when covered and when not. And it is that its magnets and design allows its use in canvas format so as not to have to keep the terminal screen in view with your hands.

accessories of all kinds

They have also presented a new version of Samsung DeX, the workstation that transforms this mobile into a complete computer. A different design that allows us to use the mobile as a touch mouse so we don't have to carry one with us. All this being able to personalize the experience in the work environment such as blocking the use of certain applications when the mobile is placed in the DeX station.

First impressions

The Samsung Galaxy S9 arrives, at first glance, ready to upgrade the Samsung Galaxy S8 offering. It is a really powerful mobile with innovations in terms of camera and improvements in many other aspects . An exquisite design, a truly capable camera and entertaining functionalities make us want to give it a thorough test. The mobile promises improvement in everything known, although it will have to prove that it is above the artificial intelligence of the competition or the advances of Apple. Without a doubt, an arduous task for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 +.

first impressions

Samsung Galaxy S9 Celestino Garcia