Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
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They're stunning but are they worth the premium price? We take Samsung’s new flagship phones for a spin.

There’s no getting around it: the Samsung Galaxy S9 is likely to be the best phone of 2018 – or perhaps second best, with the larger Galaxy S9+ arguably even better.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ were already the best in the business, so perhaps it’s not surprising that Samsung has stuck with essentially the same design, with most enhancements largely incremental. Most notably, however, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ offer major upgrades to their already excellent rear cameras.

As with the previous models, the Galaxy S9 has a 5.8in screen, while the S9+ has a 6.2in display. Another difference is the rear camera, with the S9+ now coming with stunning dual cameras.

Not that there’s anything wrong with the Galaxy S9’s rear camera – in fact, it has the best low-light camera we’ve seen.

We managed to get our hands on the both new smartphones at this year’s Mobile World Congress to see what they offer. We’ll review them in depth when we’ve spent more time with it and run them through our benchmarks, but in the meantime, here are our first impressions of the Galaxy S9 and S9+, which are available for pre-order from today (27 February), with shipping to start from 12 March.

Here’s a quick comparison of the specs.

  Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9+
Outright price From $1,199 From $1,349
Display 5.8in curved Super AMOLED, with 2960 x 1440-pixel resolution (570ppi) and 18.5:9 aspect ratio 6.2in curved Super AMOLED, with 2960 x 1440-pixel resolution (529ppi) and 18.5:9 aspect ratio
Processor 64-bit octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7GHz quad + 1.7GHz quad)
Memory 4GB RAM 6GB RAM
Storage 64GB or 256GB + MicroSD Slot (upto 400GB)
Rear camera Super Speed' Dual Pixel 12MP with OIS (F1.5/F2.4) Dual camera with dual OIS: Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4); Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor (F2.4)
Front camera 8MP AF (F1.7)
Battery 3,000mAh 3,500mAh
Water and dust resistance IP68
Size 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm, 163g 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5, 189g
OS Android 8 (Oreo)

We’ll look in more detail at the Galaxy S9+ later, but first, the flagship.

Next: Samsung Galaxy S9 first looks

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