Published: Thu, March 01, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Hands-On Look at the New Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus

Hands-On Look at the New Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus

While Samsung has just launched its much-awaited Galaxy S9 at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona, Google's Pixel 2 XL was launched in October previous year as an all-encompassing Android favorite.

But, if you want the best Samsung has to offer you're going to have to pay big money to own it.

Telecom operator Airtel has confirmed that it will be offering new Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus and is offering pre-registration for the handsets on Airtel Online Store which is open till 4 March. It allows you to essentially turn yourself into an emoji, that looks just like you. And T-Mobile will cut prices from last year's models.

The Galaxy S9 Plus begins near a cost of $840 in the USA, which is Rs 54,000. And will likely get updated to Android P and possibly Android R. Although, Samsung does not promise two years of operating system upgrades, like other companies out there.

The company also touted an edge-to-edge display, powerful speakers and health measurement capabilities.

Samsung introduced several enhancements on the Super Speed Dual Pixel camera.

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Just by looking at the specifications of each phone, it seems as if the Galaxy Note 8 falls behind. The camera also employs some AI technology in the form of Bixby Vision, an intelligent camera feature that can translate currency and foreign languages in real time, among other nifty features.

AR Emoji on Samsung's Galaxy S9 is shown beside Animoji on the iPhone X. In the US, the price of the Galaxy S9 starts at $719.99 (roughly Rs. 46,600). The demo that the company had set up was clearly designed for a device with a camera positioned in the center, but I tried doing it with my iPhone X anyway.

In case you are looking to buy a new high-end Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S9 might be a wise choice.

A microSD card slot for extra storage expansion up to 400GB is also available.

The latest Galaxy S9 Plus arrives with a 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display running at a resolution of 1440x2960pixels, and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. It was the first smartphone camera to include dual apertures, with one f/2.4 aperture for wonderfully crisp pictures of well-lit scenes, and a second f/1.5 aperture for shockingly clear low-light photos. The S9 Plus will launch in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple, while the Note 8 is now available in Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deep Sea Blue.

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