Hands On: Our First Impressions Of The Samsung Galaxy S9

Hands On: Our First Impressions Of The Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung's announcement comes ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) the mobile phone trade show which opens on Monday in Barcelona.

Both devices are nearly indistinguishable from their predecessors when in Midnight Black.

Samsung's head of IT and Mobile Communications division, DJ Koh, took to the stage and made his way through the history of phones, mentioning his firm's invention of the phablet, before revealing the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. Sporting an 18.5:9 aspect, it was one of the first devices to make this change and Samsung is sticking to it. In terms of RAM, the S9 comes with 4GB RAM and the S9+ comes with 6GB RAM.

The firm today launched its highly-anticipated flagship "iPhone X killers", the Galaxy S9 (£739/$720) and S9 plus (£869/$839).

But! The rear cameras on each phone (only the "main" rear camera on the S9+) feature adjustable aperture-f/1.5 and f/2.4.

The water and dust resistant devices also refine the edge-to-edge Infinity Display introduced on previous flagships and they have moved the fingerprint sensor away from the camera. For all those that like to take in a good amount of media on your phones and don't want headphones plugged in (yes the headphone jack is still there) you may not have to worry about that tinny mono speaker of the past. The colors from which you can choose are Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple.

It has a f/2.4 lens that gets you two times closer to your subject than the wide-angle camera and allows for portrait-mode blurring effects (which Samsung calls "Live Focus"). While Samsung isn't going to be ramping up the megapixels, it is offering innovation on the Galaxy S9 in the form of a dual aperture function. Users can also transform the Galaxy S9 and S9+ into a TouchPad with the DeX Pad.

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So, Should You Buy One? It's usually a static image, though you can produce an animated version - much like the iPhone X's Animoji feature.

Both the Galaxy phones will run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset in the USA, while models in the rest of the world will be powered by the Exynos 9810, which is way faster. These are an evolutionary change over previous year, not a revolutionary one. The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with a 5.8-inch display and Galaxy S9 Plus with a 6.2-inch screen, both with Super AMOLED panel and Quad HD resolution. For the S9, that display is largely the same, except for an added 15 per cent increase in brightness that puts it on par with the Galaxy Note 8.

By pre-ordering your S9 or S9+, you'll not only be among the first to have the brand's new top-of-the-range smartphone, but you can also relax and know you won't miss it due to stocks running out. Both benefit from fast charging, both wired and wireless.

Samsung has packed a couple of new Bixby improvements on the S9. The phones offer an upgrade to the camera, storage and speed compared to the S8, including new AR options, and will be slightly more expensive than the previous generation from Samsung. Samsung is also using both the facial recognition and iris scanners to unlock your smartphones more securely.

Should you pre-order now?

The Galaxy S9 is scheduled for release in South Korea and the U.S. on March 16.

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