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Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9+
Samsung Galaxy S9 logo.svg
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Samsung Galaxy S9 and the S9+
Brand Samsung Galaxy
Manufacturer Samsung Electronics
Slogan The Camera. Reimagined.
Series Galaxy S
  • SM-G960x (S9)
  • SM-G965x (S9+)
  • (Last letter varies by carrier and international models)
Compatible networks
First released 11 March 2018; 9 days ago (2018-03-11)
Availability by country
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+
Type Smartphone
Form factor Slate
Dimensions S9:
147.7 mm × 68.7 mm × 8.5 mm (5.81 in × 2.70 in × 0.33 in)
158.1 mm × 73.8 mm × 8.5 mm (6.22 in × 2.91 in × 0.33 in)
  • S9: 163 g (5.7 oz)
  • S9+: 189 g (6.7 oz)
Operating system Original: Samsung Experience on top of Android 8.0 "Oreo"
System on chip
  • Exynos: Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz)
  • Snapdragon: Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz) Kryo 385
Storage 64, 128 or 256 GB UFS
Removable storage microSD, expandable up to 400 GB
Battery Non-removable
  • S9: 3000 mAh
  • S9+: 3500 mAh
Data inputs



  • Physical sound volume keys
  • Bixby key
  • 2960×1440 1440p Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen Infinity Display,
  • S9: 5.8 in (150 mm), 570 ppi
  • S9+: 6.2 in (160 mm), 529 ppi
Rear camera S9: 12 MP (1.4 μm, f/1.5/2.4), OIS, 4K at 30 or 60 fps, QHD at 30 fps, 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, 720p at 30 fps
S9+: Dual 12 MP (1.4 μm, f/1.5/2.4) + 12 MP ((1.0 μm), f/2.4), Dual OIS, 4K at 30 or 60 fps, QHD at 30 fps, 1080p at 30 or 60 fps, 720p at 30 fps
Front camera MP (1.22 μm, f/1.7), autofocus
Sound Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos surround sound

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80, MU-MIMO, 1024-QAM

Bluetooth 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, location (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou)

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ (shortened to S9 and S9+, respectively) are Android smartphones produced by Samsung Electronics as part of the Samsung Galaxy S series. The devices were revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 25 February 2018, as the successors to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.[1]

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ has nearly identical features of the S8 batch, with the same display size and aspect ratio, just like its predecessor. One highly regarded change to distinguish between the models is the location of the fingerprint sensor. While the S8's is found beside the camera, the S9's is directly underneath it. Most notably, however, the S9 line is primarily equipped with several camera improvements over the S8.

The phone has received generally favorable reviews, with critics mostly noting the enhanced camera and better positioned fingerprint scanner, while criticizing the fact that they were rather very similar to the Galaxy S8 line as a whole.


Many Galaxy S9 features and design changes were leaked weeks before the official launch,[2] and the official launch video was leaked a few hours prior to the unveiling.[3]


Many leaks erroneously said the S9 and S9+ would be more expensive than their predecessors,[4] however in the United States, the unlocked S9 costs $719.99 and the unlocked S9+ costs $839.99, less than the S8.[5]

In Fiji, the price of the S9 ranges from FJ$2200 to FJ$2500 while the S9+ is from FJ$2500 to FJ$3000. [6]

In India, the S9 costs ₹57,900 and S9+ costs ₹64,900.[7]

In Kenya, the price for the S9 is KSh85,000 and KSh94,000 for the S9+.[8]



On the front, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ look identical to the S8 and S8+. They both feature 1440p Super AMOLED displays, with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The S9 has a 5.8-inch panel, while the S9+ uses a larger 6.2-inch panel.[9]

In all countries (except the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Latin America), the S9 and S9+ both come with a Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC. The United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Latin America versions instead come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.[9]

The S9 comes with 4 GB of RAM; the S9+ comes with 6 GB of RAM. Both devices come with storage options of 64, 128 and 256 GB, and feature the ability to use a microSD card to expand the storage to a maximum of 400 GB.[10]

The battery capacities are the same as their predecessors: 3000 mAh for the S9, and 3500 mAh for the S9+.[10]

The S9 and S9+ now have stereo speakers tuned by AKG and the phones also have Dolby Atmos surround sound support; furthermore, the S9 and S9+ are two of the few smartphones that still have the 3.5mm headphone jack.[9]

Where the S9 and S9+ have the most noticeable change from the S8 line is on the back of the phone. The fingerprint sensor has been moved from the right of the camera to a more centralized location just below the camera like on Galaxy A8 and A8+ for convenience. A more secure unlocking method has been added, where face recognition and iris scanning have been merged into Intelligent Scan.[11]

The cameras on both phones received improvements. The S9+ has a dual-lens camera setup on the back, like on the Galaxy Note 8, while the S9 only has a single camera on the back. Both phones have a Dual Aperture rear camera which can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, depending on lighting conditions.[12] The phones can shoot 4K at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 240 frames per second and 960 frames per second "Super Slo-Mo" video at 720p.[9] AR Emoji, similar to Apple's Animoji feature on the iPhone X, is a new feature that lets the user make emojis based on themselves.[13] Third party app support will be provided for this feature.


The S9 and S9+ ship with the Android 8.0 "Oreo" mobile operating system with Samsung's Samsung Experience 9.0 skin on top of it. It will feature a tighter integration with Bixby, such as using the camera for live language translation. In addition, the phone can be used horizontally, even on the home screen.[11]


John McCann from Techradar complimented the improved camera and the new location of the fingerprint sensor, but criticized that it was too similar to its predecessor (Galaxy S8) and had limited AR Emoji functionality.[14]

Brian Heater of TechCrunch reviewed the S9+ on March 8, 2018, and said that the phone is built on the "success [of the S8] in a number of ways."[15]

Computer World gave the phone a positive review and said it was "measurably better than its predecessor," but did note there wasn't a new feature that was particularly "exciting."[16] PC Magazine also gave the Galaxy S9 and S9+ positive reviews.[17]

CNBC's Todd Haselton on March 8 said that the S9+ was superior to the S9, for reasons such as the larger screen and second camera, as well as more RAM and battery power.[18]

Samuel Gibbs from The Guardian gave the S9+ 5/5 stars, with the headline it was "the best big-screen smartphone by miles." Screen and camera were praised, but the review noted battery life could be better. He also appreciated the inclusion of a headphone jack, despite many other phones not having one.[19]

The larger S9+'s camera received a score of 99 from DxOMark, which is currently the highest they have awarded a mobile device camera.[20]

Dan Seifert of The Verge gave the S9 a score of 8.5, stating that its performance, camera and design were satisfactory. However, he was not amused by the average battery life and the addition of Bixby, also saying that Samsung has a poor history of updating their smartphones.[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Samsung announces the Galaxy S9 launch, teases "reimagined" camera". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-02-24. 
  3. ^ "Samsung's Galaxy S9 launch video leaks out". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S9 pricing leaks, S9+ could cost nearly 1000€ in Europe". 9to5Google. 2018-02-22. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  5. ^ "buy". Samsung Electronics America. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  6. ^ "buy". Samsung Electronics India. Retrieved 2018-03-06. 
  7. ^ "Vodafone And Samsung Launch New Samsung S9 And S9+". Fiji Sun. Retrieved 2018-03-16. 
  8. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S9 Specs and Price in Kenya,Nigeria & Ghana". Smatt Geeks Media. 2018-01-03. Retrieved 2018-03-09. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Review: Samsung's new Galaxy S9 phones make excellence routine". computerworld. March 12, 2018. 
  10. ^ a b "Galaxy S9 Vs. S9 Plus: Which One Should You Buy?". forbes. March 13, 2018. 
  11. ^ a b "Samsung Galaxy S9 review". gsmarena. March 9, 2018. 
  12. ^ "This is the best look at the Galaxy S9's variable aperture you'll ever get". theverge. March 13, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Galaxy S9: What you need to know about AR Emoji". CNET. March 13, 2018. 
  14. ^ McCann, John. "Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S9 review". techradar. Retrieved February 26, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S9+", TechCrunch, Brian Heater, March 8, 2018
  16. ^ "Review: Samsung's new Galaxy S9 phones make excellence routine", Dan Rosenbaum, Computer World, March 12, 2018
  17. ^ "With the Galaxy S9, Samsung's Redemption Is Complete", Tim Bajarin, PC Magazine, March 12, 2018
  18. ^ "If you're looking to buy the new Samsung phone, get the Galaxy S9+ instead of the Galaxy S9", CNBC, Todd Haselton, March 8, 2018
  19. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: the best big-screen smartphone by miles", The Guardian, Samuel Gibbs, March 8, 2018
  20. ^ "Samsung's Galaxy S9 Plus earns best-ever DxOMark camera ratings". CNET. 2018-03-01. Retrieved 2018-03-02. 
  21. ^ "Samsung Galaxy S9 review: predictably great, predictably flawed". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-03-19. 

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