Samsung just unveiled their latest Samsung S9 Galaxy smartphone at this years MWC event in Barcelona. The latest generation flagship sees minimal aesthetic differences from last years Galaxy S8 model. The best of which is the correct placement of the fingerprint scanner, which is now below the camera. But the internals, as well as the software does have some significant improvements.
There are some rather interesting new features on the S9. Let’s take a look at these features and determine whether you will even use them or not.
Introducing the Samsung S9
Samsung actually paid careful attention towards the secrecy of the S9. The reason I say this is because the internet was loaded with tons of hands-on reviews almost instantly after the unveiling. This meant that everyone involved with the S9 actually had the device a day or more before the official unveiling at Mobile World Congress. But, at least one poor soul did manage to mess up by accidentally uploading the official trailer for the Galaxy S9 a whole day before the unveiling.
This mistake actually leaked most, if not all of the new features of the Samsung S9. New features that actually seem groundbreaking as well as gimmicky. Using AR Emoji as well as Super Slow-Mo Video is totally up to you. Both the S9 and S9+ have almost identical features. The main differences are the larger screen, battery, and RAM on the S9+.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Features
– 148x69x8.5mm, 163g / 158x74x8.5mm, 189g
– 5.8in / 6.2in QHD+ Super AMOLED curved display (570ppi / 529ppi)
– Samsung 10nm Exynos 9810 CPU (4x 2.7GHz, 4x 1.9GHz)
– 4GB RAM / 6GB RAM
– 3,000mAh / 3,500mAh batteries
– 64GB / 128GB storage with microSD expansion up to 400GB
– Cat 18 LTE support (1.2Gbps download speeds)
– Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, front-facing iris scanner
– 12MP Dual Pixel camera with OIS (f/1.5, f/2.4) / Vertical dual rear-facing camera, 8MP front-facing camera
– Bixby AI assistant with dedicated button
– USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
– Stereo speakers
– Wireless charging support
– IP68 water and dust resistance
– Built-in FM radio
– Updated DeX Pad
– Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue, Lilac Purple variants
All of the features listed here are very useable and can be considered as reasons to buy the S9 or S9+. Even Bixby is improving in regards to it AI and AR functionality. You can get Bixby to translate signs in a foreign country using the S9’s camera.
The Dex Pad turns your Samsung S9 into a computer once docked and connected to a monitor. You will be able to access a desktop version of your smartphone and continue working with the files and apps that are stored on your phone. This may seem like a gimmick for most people, but I can truly see myself using this. I have worked on Android-based desktop systems before. The Dex Pad also converts the S9 into a keyboard/mouse when docked.
More stunning features are the rear camera’s dual aperture mode, Super Slo-Mo, AR Emoji, and Stereo Speakers (The S8 only had a single speaker). I will go more in-depth with these features in a later post. Dual aperture is a first for this kind of smartphone and it is a tiny version of what you get on a high-end camera. The camera will shink during bright environments to allow less light and vice versa.
Super Slo-Mo is achieved at a staggering 960fps. The crazy videos that you take in slo-mo can then be converted into Gifs as well as live wallpapers within the Android 8.0 Oreo-based OS. AR Emoji seems like Samsungs answer to Apples Animoji. You can take a picture of your self and then turn it into an Emoji. You can also add detailed facial expressions and then send the emoji to friends.
More on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Event in MWC 2018
The above video is a heavily edited summary of the hour-long event in Barcelona. Almost everything you need to know is here. Please give the Video a like and check back here at 2 Minute Reviews for more Samsung S9 News and Features during the course of this week.
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