Samsung Galaxy S9 hands-on review: Same design but excellent camera

Samsung officially unveiled the world’s highly anticipated flagship phone, Galaxy S9 following months of endless rumors and reports. The South Korean marked a strong return last year, thanks to the launch of the Note 8. With the S9, Samsung is hoping to retain its number one position in the smartphone market.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 does not offer revolutionary changes over the S8, but there are a lot of big things that help the company stand out on the market. With the S9, the South Korean company poured a lot of love into the camera, making it one of the best camera phone ever released to the public.

In this article, we are going to give you a brief review of the Galaxy S9, so you can catch a glimpse of Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone.

  1. Release date and price

Last year, Samsung announced the S8 in April following the March launch event. This year, the South Korean company unveiled the S9 earlier than expected. According to Samsung, the pre-orders for the S9 are now online in Europe and starts on March 2 in the US, with the public release arriving on March 26.

When it comes to pricing, the Galaxy S9 will start at $719.99 in the US, which is more expensive than its predecessor. However, you can get the phone for a lower price tag if you choose to sign up for a carrier’s payment plan.

  1. Design

If you are expecting to an overhauled design from the S9, then you may be a little bit disappointed.  Basically, there is not much difference between the S9 and its predecessor. However, if you take a closer look at the device, you may notice that Samsung has trimmed down the bezels above and below the display, thus making the phone a little bit smaller.

The iris scanner sits in the bezel above the display, while the power/lock key is situated on the right side of the phone. This setup offers more comfortable hands-on experience. The Bixby button is still there, on the left side of the phone, giving users a quick way to trigger Samsung’s virtual assistant.

The microSD card tray sits on the top edge, while the two speakers are built on the front of the phone. Samsung says that the S9 includes support for Dolby Atmos, thus offering a much improved audio quality. The fingerprint scanner has been repositioned below the camera, allowing you to quickly unlock your phone. The change in position shows that Samsung has learned so much from the terrible fingerprint scanner on the S8.

  1. Display

When it comes to the S9’s display, there is not much to tell. Samsung retains the same 5.8 inch QHD+ screen from the last year’s model. This means that the device still uses Super AMOLED technology and Infinite Display. The S9’s display offers an exceptional experience, ranging from watching videos to playing games.

  1. Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with a huge improvement when it comes to the camera. Samsung bakes what’s best of camera techs into its phone, making it the best camera phone on the market. The Galaxy S9 comes with a 12 MP rear shooter on the back, with support for Samsung’s dual-aperture technology. The new tech allows the camera to automatically adjust the lighting for better picture quality.

The camera on the S9 still includes support for the slow-motion functionality, but it has been much improved. With the S9, you can record slow-motion videos at 960fps (720p HD) and 240 fps (Full HD). One of the big things here lies in Motion Detection, allowing the camera to sense movement for automatic recording. Another camera feature is Bixby Vision. With the help of Bixby, your Galaxy S9 now can quickly translate the words into your native tongue. All you need to do is to point the camera at text and you will get your desired language.

  1. AR Emoji

AR Emoji is one of the highlights of the S9 and Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Animoji. The feature is exclusive to the S9 and S9 Plus, allowing you to create a 3D animated character. AR Emoji works slightly different than iPhone X’s Animoji, as it captures your face and then creates cool 3D characters.

Also read: Samsung Galaxy S9: What we know so far

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