Samsung announced the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on Sunday at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona.
Whether you’re a Galaxy S8 owner or you’ve been keeping up with the S9 rumors, little about Samsung’s new smartphone is new. The Galaxy S9 retains the overall design of the Galaxy S8, but Samsung listened to criticisms about the placement of fingerprint sensor and adjusted its location, which should make it easier to unlock the phone with your fingerprint.
The biggest advancement in the Galaxy S9 is the camera. Samsung said the new camera could outperform its own Galaxy S8, which was one of the best smartphone cameras you could buy. With some improved camera tech, the Galaxy S9’s camera has the potential to take on the Google Pixel 2 as the best smartphone camera.
And for the first time in a Galaxy S phone, the cameras on both new models are not equal. Samsung gave the S9+ a dual-lens camera system while the regular S9 has a single lens system.
Check out the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ from Samsung:
There are two new Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+
Much like the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch quadHD AMOLED display with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio, which is now pretty standard among the top flagship smartphones.
The Galaxy S9+ has a 6.2-inch quadHD AMOLED display, also with a 18:9 aspect ratio.
The overall design of the Galaxy S9 hasn’t changed much since the Galaxy S8.
The Galaxy S9 will be hard to beat in low-light photography.
Samsung boasts that the Galaxy S9 will have a dual-aperture camera that will help with low-light camera performance. It’ll also perform better in well-lit settings. Both new devices have a wide f/1.5 aperture that allows more light to hit the sensor than smartphones with narrower apertures. We’re unaware of a smartphone with a wider aperture.
If the Galaxy S9 only had a wide f/1.5 aperture, it could potentially allow too much light for brighter settings, and photos could come out overly exposed and void of detail. As part of the dual-aperture system, the Galaxy S9 camera aperture can narrow down to f/2.4 for brighter settings.
You can adjust the aperture width in the Galaxy S9’s camera app in pro mode, too.