Samsung Galaxy S9 review

In my Samsung Galaxy S9 review I take a look at Samsung’s new flagship smartphone. There are lots of familiar things with this phone when compared to the S8, but a re-imagined camera that adapts to the surrounding light in a similar way to the human eye makes photography on this phone amazing


Samsung Galaxy S9 Design



The Samsung Galaxy S9 keeps the familiar look and sleek lines of the Samsung Galaxy S8, visually these two models look very similar. The Galaxy S9 has a Super AMOLED Infinity Display that is almost bezel-less. The 5.8-inch Quad HD+ display has a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels.


The display is longer than usual, with a 18.5:9 screen aspect ratio, this is great when watching movies in landscape mode. This aspect ratio also displays more of the page when web browsing so there is less scrolling around.


The Samsung Galaxy S9 has been released in four colours, Midnight Black, Titanium Grey. Lilac Purple, and Coral Blue. The phones has the same slim dimensions as its predecessor coming in at just 8.5mm thick. The Samsung Galaxy S9 weighs in at 163g and the chassis includes IP 68 certification for dust and water resistance.


Samsung Galaxy S9 Features



The processor gets a boost on the Galaxy S9, the 2.7GHz octa-core processor is paired up with 4GB RAM, so gaming, multitasking and web browsing are impressively smooth and lag-free.


Security also gets a step up with an iris scanner with facial recognition, for a security feature called Intelligent Scan. In addition to being more secure, Intelligent Scan enables unlocking in low light.


Those that prefer a fingerprint sensor for security will find it in the more natural position on the back. Either security option will give you secure and protected access to the Secure Folder where you can keep photos, videos, documents and apps private.



The Galaxy S9 has 64GB of internal memory and this can be boosted with a microSD card up to 400GB. To help free up the device memory you can save photos and videos online with Google Photos cloud storage.


The Samsung Galaxy S9 has the latest Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. This gives you pre-loaded Google apps and Samsung has added a few of their own including Bixby virtual assistant and Edge Screen.


The Always On Display can be customised in numerous ways, such as themes and Face Widgets or you can pin images or memos.


The sound on the Samsung Galaxy S9 is excellent thanks to the three dimensional sound created by the stereo surround sound speakers. These have Dolby Atmos and are tuned by AKG. The phone also includes a pair of AKG tuned headphones in the box.



The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a 3,000mAh battery, this should give up to 80 hours of music playback or up to 14 hours of internet browsing.


The battery is compatible with wireless charging, this will require an additional accessory that is not included.


Samsung Galaxy S9 Camera



The 12MP camera on the Samsung Galaxy S9 has been developed with a dual aperture lens and this adapts to light like the pupil of the human eye. This means the aperture will automatically adjust to low light or bright lighting to capture the scene perfectly.



The camera on the Galaxy S9 comes with some new features and some familiar ones. This makes the Samsung Galaxy S9 camera one of the best I have ever tried out. Features include Super slow-mo at a rate of 960 frames per second, you can capture 20 HD images over 0.2 seconds. These play back in a video that lasts six seconds. Other shooting modes include Food, Panorama. Selective Focus for bokeh effects and 4K video capture.



The new AR Emoji feature uses the 8MP selfie camera to turn you into an emoji with the same hair and facial characteristics.




Samsung has gone all out on the camera on the Galaxy S9, and it shows. The boost in power makes for an impressive performance making the Samsung Galaxy S9 one of the best smartphones of 2018.


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