March 12, 2018

First look at the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

By Team Ventev Topic: Tech Specs

Smartphone manufacturers have done a fantastic job of delivering sleeker, slimmer phones. Just about every component inside the phone has gotten both smaller and better.

One exception: batteries. They can only get so small before they start sacrificing performance.

My happiness level and cell phone battery life span are entirely interconnected

Device makers have compromised, delivering smartphones that mix some degree of faster charging or better power management.  

Samsung has done both with the Galaxy S9 and S9+. While it hasn’t increased the size of the batteries — 3,000 mAh and 3,500 mAh, respectively — the phones should use that power much more efficiently.

That’s important because Samsung has packed a lot of energy-hungry features into this phone, like a brighter display capable of daylight visibility and the loudest speakers ever on a Samsung phone.

Under the hood of the S9 and S9+ is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which can support fantastic AR and VR applications, an immersive camera experience, and gigabit-speed LTE connectivity. This is a fast, powerful phone.

The Snapdragon 845 also manages power well, reducing the power consumption for 4K UHD video capture by 30 percent. Gaming and other performance-intensive uses get a boost too. The processor promises 30 percent improvement on power usage for VR or AR gameplay.

That means your phone is likely to last all day, and even if it doesn’t, it won’t take long to fill up. On the charging front, the S9 and S9+ will support both Qi and fast wireless charging in addition to the tried-and-true Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 2.0 wired charging.  

One of the most talked-about features on this phone is the camera. The S9 and S9+ both offer a 12 megapixel primary camera with a variable aperture, meaning the lens opens wide for low light and narrows to increase the depth of field so more objects are in focus.

There is also a motion-activated “super slow-mo” mode. Users simply tap the button to begin recording, but it doesn’t capture in slow-mo until the camera detects motion. That’s going to get used in a lot of fun and surprising ways.

With all that said and as we’ve noted before, major phone manufacturers don’t always include the best charger in the box. As we do with every phone, we’ll put the S9 and S9+ through rigorous testing to see which chargers get you to 100 percent the fastest.

Until then, stay tuned, and stay charged.  

Key Specs:

Galaxy S9 Galaxy S9+
Screen Size 5.8″ Super AMOLED 6.2″ Super AMOLED
Camera 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera Dual 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
Battery 3,000 mAH 3,500 mAH
Storage (GB) 64GB (expandable memory up to 400GB) 64GB (expandable memory up to 400GB)
Colors Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple


New Features:

  • Screen has an extremely thin bezel
  • Dual speakers (Dolby Atmos)
  • New Lilac Purple color
  • AR Emojis – Think Wii People (Mii’s) meets Snapchat filters
  • Live translations (Google translate) with the camera

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