Samsung' new, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones are now available for purchase at U.S. wireless network providers and retail stores.
The phones come in three colors: Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and the new Lilac Purple. The Galaxy S9 has a suggested retail price of $719.99, while the Galaxy S9+ is available for $839.99. Both unlocked and carrier versions of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are also available for purchase on Samsung.com.
Samsun foocuses on the cameras for both devices, which were announced last month.
They feature Samsung's most advanced smartphone camera, and come with a Dual Aperture (F1.5 - F2.4, on rear camera wide angle lens only), in order to adjust to different lighting conditions. In addition, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ capture up to 12 versions of the same photo to create an optimal image with high contrast, and less noise and grain.
In addition, the Galaxy S9 and S9+'s Super Slow-mo captures footage at 960 frames per second - so a video that lasts for 0.2 seconds can be slowed down to six seconds. And with automatic Motion Detection, it's easy to capture even the quickest moments, as Super Slow-mo will start recording the instant there's movement in the frame. With AR Emoji, users can turn a 2D selfie into a dynamic 3D avatar and choose from preloaded characters or create one that looks just like them. The personalized AR Emojis are also automatically turned into 18 animated GIFs, which can be sent and shared via any app that supports the format.
Built with deep learning technology, Bixby adds some smart functions to the camera, including instant translation of text from one language to another, ability to recognize food and overlay approximate calorie count, and information about nearby landmarks and places. With Bixby, users can even identify products they are looking at, and purchase them from a list of retailers.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ also feature powerful stereo speakers tuned by AKG and the brightest Super AMOLED Infinity Display on a Galaxy device (default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings)..
Both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ support the new SmartThings app. Through the app, users can monitor and control their compatible connected Samsung and non-Samsung devices.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ come with IP68 water (submersion in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes)and dust resistance, expandable memory, fast and wireless charging and a headphone jack. In addition, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ support the fastest network speeds, including gigabit LTE up to 1.2 Gbps.
With the purchase of a new Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ on Samsung.com, owners are eligible for a free month of Samsung Premium Care - a support program that comes to you at your home, office or coffee shop. The service also includes damage protection, an extended warranty and quick turnaround service or a replacement device.
In addition, Samsung recently announced an expansion of its in-person support for mobile devices with the addition of more than 300 Samsung Care authorized uBreakiFix service locations across the U.S.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ specifications
|Galaxy S9||Galaxy S9+|
|OS||Android 8 (Oreo)|
|Display||5.8-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 , (570ppi)||6.2-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 , (529ppi)|
|Body||147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm, 163g, IP68||158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm, 189g, IP68|
|Camera||Rear: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor with OIS (F1.5/F2.4)||Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS|
|Front: 8MP AF (F1.7)||- Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4)
- Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor (F2.4)
- Front: 8MP AF (F1.7)
|AP||10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (max 2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)|
|Memory||4GB RAM||6GB RAM|
|64GB + Micro SD Slot (up to 400 GB)||64GB + Micro SD Slot (up to 400GB)|
|Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0|
|Fast Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA|
|Network||Enhanced 4X4 MIMO / CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)|
|Sensors||Iris sensor, Pressure sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, HR sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor|
|Authentication||Lock type: pattern, PIN, password|
|Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition, Intelligent Scan: biometric authentication with iris scanning and facial recognition|
|Audio||Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos enabled surround sound, Audio playback format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF|
|Video||MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM|