MWC 2018: Samsung Unveils Its Flagship Galaxy S9 And S9+

Monday, 26 Feb, 2018

Tech-giant Samsung on Sunday launched Samsung Galaxy S9 at Mobile World Congress 2018 here. Both devices will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. The Samsung Galaxy S9 sports a 5.8-inch super AMOLED display which offers a resolution of 1440×2960 pixels. Powered by Bixby you can simply point your camera and the Galaxy S9 will change the language in nearly an instant.

Moving to the big brother of S9, the Galaxy S9 Plus, it will come with a 6.2-inch curved display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The company has also added an improved optical sensor, which allows the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to keep track of users' Heart Load Factor, a new measurement of the real-time demand placed on the heart. This also promises great low light photography, since it has an adjustable aperture of f/1.5-f/2.4.

The real highlights of the two newly introduced smartphones are the improvements in the camera department - a variable aperture sensor on the primary rear camera on both phones, and a dual rear camera setup on the bigger Galaxy S9+.

Much like their predecessors, the new flagship devices have the same IP68 water and dust resistance, fast wireless charging, and the same Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. For all those that like to take in a good amount of media on your phones and don't want headphones plugged in (yes the headphone jack is still there) you may not have to worry about that tinny mono speaker of the past. The smartphones might be available in three colour variants - Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple.

And the S9 camera has a geeky but impressive trick on its aperture, the opening where light comes in.

Alternatively, EE is also stocking the Galaxy S9 - albeit at a higher price of £53 per month with an upfront cost of £150.

What does the Samsung Galaxy S9 look like? Are you a fan and will you be getting one?

The new phones' AR Emoji feature tracks your face to create animated videos.

Besides changes in the camera Samsung moved some things around and even made some additions. In terms of raw specifications, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are powered with Snapdragon 845.

The Galaxy S9 will be priced at £739, while the larger S9+ will be priced at £869. There's 64GB of internal storage on the phones which you can expand up to 400GB via a microSD card. An array of biometric security features are in place including an iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, and face recognition, with the option to pair both face recognition and iris scanning for added security. Pre-orders are also available via some telephone operators and other online platforms.

Nonetheless, you may have to pay more, though nothing quite at the level of last year's price hikes for the Galaxy S8.

Surround sound. The S9 and S9+ feature stereo speakers-one on the bottom of the phone, and a receiver at the top that can also emit sound-along with Dolby's Atmos tuning technology.

Pricing, availability, and colors: The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available in the Philippines on March 16.