The Samsung Galaxy S9 has finally been unveiled at MWC 2018

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has finally been unveiled, while there may not be many aesthetic changes, there are subtle changes which make it an even better phone than the Galaxy S8.

The first thing you will think when you look at a picture of the Galaxy S9 will be, it looks very similar to the Galaxy S8. This is not necessarily a bad thing, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 are gorgeous phones, the software is also nearly identical except the fact that the Galaxy S9 comes with Android Oreo as standard. It’s the little changes that do stand out though, tuned speakers from AKG now produce stereo audio that is 40% louder than on the Galaxy S8. The new camera has a lot of welcome/new features which do make it stand out from the competition.

Let’s get to talking about the new features of the Samsung Galaxy S9 –

Camera 

The camera is Samsungs main talking point about the Samsung Galaxy S9, it features a single camera on the Galaxy S9 and a dual camera on the Galaxy S9 Plus. The new main camera features a mechanically adjustable aperture, it can switch between a very open and bright f/1.5 to a f/2.4 aperture. The f/2.4 aperture stops overexposure when taking photos in bright conditions, making photos in the sun look a lot better, the f/1.5 aperture will give the camera great images in low light conditions. You can only switch between these two apertures though, you cannot pick an aperture in between these two values.

The Galaxy S9’s 12-megapixel camera also features second-generation dual-pixel autofocus technology, this will give it better faster & better focusing, better multi-frame noise reduction and the ability to record slow motion videos at 960 frames per second at a 720p resolution. The multi-frame noise reduction will apparently make the Galaxy S9 30% better in low-light conditions.

The Galaxy S9 Plus’ secondary camera doesn’t feature a variable aperture, it is basically the same as the Note 8’s second camera, it is a f/2.4 aperture lens that gives you 2x loss-less zoom. It also allows you to use ‘Live Focus’ (background blur/bokeh effects)

Selfie lovers will have the same front cameras as last year, they’re 8-megapixel with a f/1.7 aperture and feature autofocus.

AR Emoji

AR Emoji is Samsungs take on the iPhone X’s animoji feature. It captures a photo of your face and scans it to gather 100 points on your face, then creates a 3D model of you which is custom to you. The app will then create 18 animations that are accessible on the keyboard, it’s a lot like bitmoji with a twist as you can use these animations in apps other than snapchat. It’s definitely not as accurate as the iPhone X’s animoji but it is still a lot of fun to use, you can also edit your characters hair, clothes and add glasses. The edge it has over the iPhone X animojis is being able to use them on a bigger range of messaging apps and giving you that personalisation, making it more personal to you.

AKG Stereo Speakers

The Samsung Galaxy S9 features upgraded speakers over the Galaxy S8. The AKG tuned stereo speakers now give you stereo sound and audio that is 40% louder than it’s previous iteration. It’s not the best in class but is a noticeable upgrade if you put the devices together. The audio sounds good and crisp, stereo speakers are a great upgrade, it adds the second speaker above the display.

Fingerprint sensor 

The fingerprint sensor has now been moved to below the camera (finally), allowing you to easily reach the sensor without smudging the camera. This was seen as the Galaxy S8’s biggest shortcoming, people hated the placement of the fingerprint sensor, it’s good to see that Samsung has now fixed this. The fingerprint sensor is still lightning quick but not the quickest on the market, good enough for most people though.

New processor

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will feature the Snapdragon 845 in the US and the latest Exynos elsewhere. The new chipsets offer more power and better efficiency when it comes to battery life. The new power makes the Samsung Galaxy S9 feel even quicker than the Galaxy S8 and it’s very snappy. The better efficiency is great for the battery (which is the same as the Galaxy S8’s) and should hopefully offer a longer battery life, software changes should aide this as well.

Screen

The Galaxy S9 screen is not massively different, on the Galaxy S9 it is 5.8-inches at the 18:5:9 aspect ratio, the S9 Plus has a 6.2-inch screen with the same aspect ratio. They are the same Super AMOLED panels as last year with a 2960 x 1440 resolution but Samsung has tweaked it to make it 15% brighter. It is noticeable when you use it, it makes colours look more vivid and bright which is a welcome change, giving it the best screen on a Samsung phone.

 

These are the main new features of the Samsung Galaxy S9, tell us what you think of the new device in the comments! Can’t wait? Get a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus