Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus review

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

For the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, the best part of this phone is the camera. Upgrading to the Galaxy S9+ there are many improvements I Upgraded to the Galaxy S9 from the Galaxy S3.

You might struggle to tell the difference between the new Galaxy S9 Plus from its predecessor but there are improvements especially on the camera which was reimagined by Samsung.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Design

At a quick glance, you’ll find it hard telling the difference between the Galaxy S8 Plus from Galaxy S9 Plus. From the front, both phones look the same. The Galaxy S9 Plus has a screen size of 6.2-inch. The array of sensors and iris scanner on the top of the S9 Plus are hardly visible. The power button is at the right edge of the phone and the volume rocker is on the left edge above the Bixby button. The Bixby button is used to call up digital assistant this button can’t be remapped without third-party software.

At the bottom of the Galaxy S9 Plus, the headphone jack was retained making it the only 2018 flagships to have the 3.5mm port.

At the back of the S9 Plus, you’ll find the Galaxy S9+ label on the bottom of the phone and you also have a dual camera with an LED flash support.

The S9 comes in different colors Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue, Sunrise Gold, Burgundy Red, and Polaris Blue.



Samsung S9 Plus colors
Samsung S9 Plus colors

The fingerprint sensor is below the camera at the center which can easily smudge the camera. This is an improvement from S8 Plus, although the fingerprint sensor pad is smaller than other Android phones.

The S9 easily attracts fingerprints easily especially the midnight black color option which reveals more fingerprints.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Display

The Galaxy S9 Plus’ AMOLED screen features a Quad HD+ (2960 x 1440) resolution, cramming 529 pixels per inch. The result is an incredibly sharp, bright screen. On the S9 Plus, the default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ in Settings. The S9 Plus also has an infinity display and a near bezel-less, full-frontal, edge-to-edge screen.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Camera

Samsung S9 Plus Dual Camera
Samsung S9 Plus Dual Camera

The S9 Plus has a dual-lens, dual aperture camera. The rear camera on the S9 Plus comes with a wide-angle camera with a 12-megapixel lens with a variable aperture.

  • SuperSpeed Dual Pixel
  • 12MP AF sensor
    • Sensor size: 1/2.55″
    • Pixel size: 1.4µm
    • Sensor ratio: 4:3
    • Dual Aperture: F1.5 mode/ F2.4 mode

The S9 Plus also has a Super Slow Motion camera mode, which can capture 960 frames per second.

The front-facing camera of the S9 Plus comes with an 8 megapixel and a 1.7 aperture.

  • 8MP AF sensor
    • Sensor size: 1/3.6″
    • Pixel size: 1.22µm
    • Sensor ratio: 4:3

Finally, there’s AR Emoji a replica of Apple’s Animoji, but with an awful looking cartoon faces that mimic your facial expressions. You can create your own emoji to animate using motion-tracking technology.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Performance

The Galaxy S9 Plus features Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810, Internal Memory: 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM – China,  Internal Memory:  128 GB, 6 GB RAM – LATAM.

its improved graphics performance shows. high definition games run without flaw, offering a fluid experience. Another area on the Galaxy S9 Plus with improved performance is the audio. The S9 Plus supports Dolby Atmos a software boost, a button you press to simulate a 360-degree sound. The S9 Plus also has stereo speakers tuned by AKG. They offer a pure sound that’s 1.4x more powerful than previous Galaxy phones.

The S9 also offers support for 1Gbps LTE download speeds where it’s available and a Bluetooth 5.

The signal strength and Wi-Fi performance on the S9 Plus is breathtaking.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Battery Life

The Galaxy S9 Plus has a battery capacity of 3500mAh with a fast charge capacity. The battery life on the S9 Plus is about average when compared to other smartphones in its class.

If you’re a heavy user, you’ll see the phone last you almost a day and you’ll need to charge it. You can also optimize the battery in the device management settings, so you can get the most amount of time with your phone.

The S9 Plus also supports wireless charging. Charging is via the USB-C port on the bottom of the device, or through a Qi wireless charging pad. The Qi wireless charging pad is sold separately.


Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Software

The S9 Plus runs Android 8.0 (Oreo). The software on the Galaxy S9 Plus offers attractive icons and fluid movement making the experience on the S9 Plus better.

The software on the S9 Plus offers biometric unlocking technologies available on the phone which comes with an iris scanner, fingerprint reader, facial recognition which can be used to unlock the S9 Plus even in low light. The phone can combine face recognition and iris scan to unlock the phone when face recognition needs help, iris scan kicks in to verify you.

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus?

Yes, S9 Plus is a great phone.

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S9.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Specification

Sim Type Dual Sim, GSM+GSM (Hybrid Slot)
Dual Sim Yes
Sim Size Nano+Nano SIM
Device Type Smartphone
Release Date February 2018
Dimensions 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
Weight 189 g
Type Color Super AMOLED screen (16M colors)
Touch Yes, with Multitouch
Size 6.2 inches, 1440 x 2960 pixels
Aspect Ratio 18.5:9
PPI ~531 PPI
Screen to Body Ratio ~ 84.2%
Features Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Screen Protection
Storage 64 GB
Card Slot Yes, (Hybrid Slot), upto 512 GB
3G Yes
4G Yes
Wifi Yes, with wifi-hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v5.0
USB Yes, USB-C v3.1
Wireless Charging Yes
GPS Yes, with A-GPS Support
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Face Unlock Yes
Sensors Iris Scanner, Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Heart Rate, SpO2
3.5mm Headphone Jack Yes
Extra NFC
Water Resistance Yes, 1.5 m up to 30 min
IP Rating IP68
Dust Resistant Yes
Rear Camera 12 MP + 12 MP with autofocus
Features Face detection, Smile detection, Geo-tagging, Panorama, Touch to focus
Video Recording 4K @ 60fps UHD
Flash Yes, Dual LED
Front Camera 8 MP with Autofocus
OS Android v8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset Samsung Exynos 9810
CPU 2.8 GHz, Octa-Core Processor
GPU Mali-G72 MP18
IP Rating IP68
Java No
Browser Yes, supports HTML5
Supports MMS, Instant Messaging, Voice Commands
Email Yes, with Push Email
Music MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC
Video MP4, DivX, XviD
FM Radio No
Document Reader Yes
Type Non-Removable Battery
Size 3500 mAh, Li-ion Battery
Fast Charging Quick Charge 2.0

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