The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have now been officially launched.
The new smartphones are Samsung’s answer to the iPhone X, wich Apple released last year.
The new handset don’t include any major design changes, with Samsung instead opting to make small but significant improvements to the camera and fingerprint sensor.
A new range of colours is also available on the S9 and S9 Plus, which Samsung will be hoping is enough to tempt users of the S9’s predecessors to upgrade.
Here’s everything you need to know about Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones.
Design and display
Samsung has chosen to use an almost identical design on the S9 and S9+ to that found on their predecessors, which is no bad thing. The S8 and S8+ were arguably the most attractive phones released last year.
The S9 features the same best in class 5.8 inch 2,960 x 1,440 Infinity Display as on the S8, and is the same story on the S9+, which features the 6.3 inch display found on its predecessor.
The only slight difference with the design is that both the S9 and S9+ are slightly shorter and thicker than the S8 and S8+, with the new handsets boasting a bigger screen to body ratio, although only the most eagle eyed of users will be able to tell the difference.
The biggest change on the design of the S9 is on the reverse where Samsung has moved the fingerprint sensor to below the camera.
It’s now in a much better position, with one of the biggest complaints from S8 users being the position of the fingerprint sensor being too close the camera, making it difficult to use. It’s good to see that Samsung have addressed the issue this time round.
The S9 is available in a choice of four colours: Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, Midnight Black and Titanium Grey, but this will only be available in selected markets and not Thailand.
The camera on the S9 and S9+ is being touted by Samsung as it biggest feature, especially the new dual camera setup found on the larger handset.
The S9 camera features a 12MP sensor with optical image stabilisation alongside what Samsung is calling “dual aperture” which can switch between f/1.5 and f/2 which can ensure the best shots in a variety of different lighting conditions.
For example, when shooting at night, the camera will let more light or when it is bright, less light will be let in to ensure the perfect picture.
It’s a handy feature, which on paper at least, sounds like it could be a big draw for those users who take smartphone photography seriously.
The S9+ has a different camera setup, featuring a wide angle 12MP sensor that also includes the same dual aperture feature, alongside a 12MP telephoto lens which combine to take clear photos with more depth than is typically capable with a smartphone.
During the unveiling, Samsung demonstrated how the S9 and S9+ can shoot super slow mo videos, which can be shared as GIFs and even set as the background on your lock screen.
Both phones have an 8MP front facing camera.
Specs and battery
The S9 and S9+ are powered by the same 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh batteries found in the S9 and S8+, respectively.
Both handsets support wireless charging and fast charging via the USB-C port.
The S9 comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded to 400GB via MicroSD.
The S9+ has 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is also expandable.
Both phones run Android 8.0 Oreo and also include a headphone jack.
Release date and price
Thailand will be one of the first countries where customers can get their hands on the smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available to pre-order from Samsung, DTAC, True Move and AIS, as well as on Lazada, from 27th February at 10.30am.
Pre-orders will be open until 5th March, with orders ready to collect from 9th to 11th March.
Prices are as follows:
Galaxy S9 64GB – 27,900 Baht
Galaxy S9+ 64GB – 31,900 Baht
Galaxy S9+ 128GB – 33,900 Baht
There is also a 256GB version of the S9+ which will retail for 37,900 Baht but that isn’t available to collect until 29th-31st March.