Review: Samsung Galaxy S9

Galaxy s9

After a lot of speculations and leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are finally launched at MWC 2018. The phone will be available for purchase starting 16 March. Notably, not many changes have been made in the Galaxy S9 compared to its predecessor, S8.   The biggest change one can see in S9 compared to the S8 is its camera.


Talking about the design of the phone, it has a metal and glass finish with the vertically placed rear camera on the back. The overall dimensions of the handset are quite similar to S8. The device is IP68 certified compared to iPhone X’s IP 67, which means it can remain in water for long period of time and in more depth. Overall, the phone looks premium.

The Galaxy S8 and Note 8 have been heavily criticised for their fingerprint sensor location as users finding it difficult to use. Samsung, this time, has listened to the complaints regarding the issue and placed the fingerprint sensor at a comfortable place, below the camera setup.


Samsung’s top-end smartphones are known for its display technology and the S9 is no exception. The phone sports Super AMOLED 5.8-inch display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and Quad HD+ resolution (2960 x 1440). The display is super sharp and it is similar to the Galaxy S8 in terms of size and resolution, but a bit lighter. It is surely one of the best screens one can find among smartphones.


Coming to the processor, the Galaxy S9 is powered by the 2.8GHz and 1.7GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (In US and China) and company’s own Exynos 8910 chip. Snapdragon 845 is probably the most advanced processor of Qualcomm and it surely gives a smooth user experience with a combination of 4GB RAM.


The camera is said to be the highlights of the phone. Notably, the tagline of the flagship is “The Camera. Reimagined.” The flagship has a 12Mp camera with 1.4µm pixels and OIS and two aperture mode (f 2.4 to f 1.5). The user can switch between f/2.4 and f/1.5 depending on the shooting conditions. On the front, it has 8 MP sensor. The primary camera is also capable of shooting videos at 960fps, which company calls a “super slow motion.” Overall, the camera of the phone is absolutely amazing and can compete with any high-end smartphone.

Apart from it, Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with the features like AR Emoji. It makes user turn into an emoji, just by taking a selfie as it creates a 3D model of the face. The Bixby is also got improved with feature like Live Translation, which works in a combination of the camera. The user can translate languages, can count meal calories etc with Live Translation.

Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Apple iPhone X are one of the best flagships in high-end smartphone market. Both the devices feature cutting-edge specs and features. The Apple device was launched last year in September. Samsung and Apple are long standing rivals in smartphone market and this legacy will continue with Galaxy S9 and iPhone X.

Shailesh Sharma

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