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March 18, 2018 at 4:42 PM #6217Boluwatife BanjoParticipant
Review Price: £739
5.8-inch OLED quad HD+ Infinity Display
Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810
4GB RAM & 64GB/256GB storage + microSD up to 400GB
12 megapixel single rear camera with mechanical variable aperture of both f/2.4 and f/1.5
8MP front camera with f/1.7 aperture
Super slow-motion 960fps video in HD
Dolby Atmos support
3000 mAh battery, wireless fast charge
Samsung has been the king of the Android phone market for some time now. But is this set to change in 2018 with the release of its latest flagship? Does the S9 have enough to beat the Google Pixel 2, iPhone X and iPhone 8?
Offering up a beautiful design, top specs and one of the most interesting camera setups around, on paper at least the S9 has the capabilities to be 2018’s phone of the year. And yes, it’s a great Android phone – but it still feels like a minor update.
Samsung Galaxy S9 – Design
With the Galaxy S8 last year, Samsung introduced a shift in phone design that followed through market-wide. A big bezel was out, to be replaced by a larger screen that pushed right to the edges. It was a much-needed change in a market where phones had started to feel stale.
The Galaxy S9 retains this familiar overall look, which is hardly something to complain about when you consider that, a year on, the S8 is still one of slickest phones around.
Samsung Galaxy S9
The S9 sees the bezel thickness above and below the display reduce further. In addition, the fingerprint scanner has been moved to a more suitable location beneath the camera, rather than being tucked tightly beside it. However, it still feels a tad on the small side, and there’s noticeable lag as it jumps you to the homescreen.
The metal and glass body retains its curved display, IP68 water-resistance rating and microSD card slot. The aluminium rim has been strengthened and the Gorilla Glass 5 coating the screen has been thickened. As someone who smashed a Galaxy S8 after knocking it off a bed onto a carpeted floor, this is a welcome upgrade.
You’ll find a dedicated Bixby button below the volume rocker, with the lock-switch on the other side. I dislike the fact that the extra button can only be used with a virtual assistant – I turned it off completely after a day of use – but Bixby remains a huge push for Samsung and, hopefully, it might get a bit better when version 2.0 hits later in the year.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Having used both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, I much prefer the smaller model over its larger brother. I think the 5.8-inch display is big enough, while the phone itself is perfectly sized to use in one hand. There are lots of Android phones that are bigger than this, but the S9 sets itself apart by fitting all the high-end specs into something a little smaller.
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