It’s true what they say – you don’t fix what’s not broken. And that’s what Samsung did for the Galaxy S9 – it didn’t change what was already great, it just tweaked specs wherever possible. And it has worked out just fine for them.
Futuristic is what we used to call the Galaxy S7 and S8 design, but now the iconic glass curves are just mainstream. You can see them shine on the cheapest of smartphones, even on knock-offs, all the way up to the current Galaxy S9 series. The shape might be wearing off, but Samsung has managed to keep its coolness for yet another year thanks to some stunning choice of colors.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Specifications
- Body: Polished aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back; IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple color schemes.
- Display: 5.8″ Super AMOLED Infinity, 2,960x1440px resolution, 18.5:9 (2.06:1) aspect ratio, 570ppi, HDR 10 compliant.
- Rear camera: 12MP, f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, OIS; multi-shot image stacking; multi-frame noise reduction; 2160p/60fps video recording; 1080p/240fps; 720p/960fps super slow-mo with automatic motion detection.
- Front camera: 8MP, f/1.7 aperture, autofocus; 1440p/30fps video recording.
- OS/Software: Android 8.0 Oreo; Samsung UX v.9; Bixby virtual assistant with Bixby Vision; KNOX with Intelligent Scan
- Chipset (review unit): Exynos 9810: octa-core CPU (4×2.7 GHz 3rd-gen Mongoose + 4×1.8GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G72 MP18 GPU.
- Chipset (US and China): Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: octa-core CPU (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver), Adreno 630 GPU.
- Memory: 4GB of RAM; 64GB / 128GB / 256GB storage; microSD slot for cards up to 256GB, UFS cards support.
- Battery: 3,000mAh; Adaptive Fast Charging; WPC&PMA wireless charging.
- Connectivity: Single-SIM, Dual-SIM available in certain markets; LTE-A, 4-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.18 downlink; USB Type-C (v3.1); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0.
- Misc: Fingerprint reader; iris recognition/face recognition; Stereo Speakers with Dolby Atmos; 3.5mm jack; bundled AKG headphones.
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It’s made of shiny glass, has stunning looks, you know it’s a Galaxy, and that one down there is the S9. Looking different hasn’t been on the Samsung’s checklists lately, but some designs age well and this curvy glass shape is one of these.
Samsung has been a master in the glass design domain and its rule continues with the Galaxy S9. The maker pushed this so-called glass-sandwich shape with a polished metal frame in-between and it’s still as attractive as in the beginning, if not more.
By trimming the screen bezels and bending the panels, the Galaxies have always had this futuristic look, because we all know everything will be round in the future, right? Unless it’s a Blade Runner/Altered Carbon-like future, of course.
The Galaxy S9 has a large 5.8 inch full screen display that fills almost the entire front face of the phone from edge-to-edge.
The Home button and Navigations buttons are incorporated within the touchscreen display.
Both front and rear panels are made of Gorilla Glass, with rounded edges as usual – somewhat of a trademark for the flagship Galaxies. And while Super AMOLEDs at the front hardly suggest the exact model, the back of the S9 is where things get different.
First, the fingerprint scanner is where it should have been a long time ago – just below the camera. That alone makes the Galaxy S9 easy to pick in a lineup of its glass siblings. But if that’s not enough, then there is the forever single LED flash and the heart-rate sensor placed on a new spot.
The display also has a form factor with a taller height to width Aspect Ratio of 18.5 : 9 = 2.06, which is 16% larger than the 16 : 9 = 1.78 on most Smartphones (and widescreen TVs) because the display now has the same overall shape as the entire phone. It is taller in Portrait mode and wider in Landscape mode. This provides extra space for Notifications and for displaying multiple Apps and content simultaneously on-screen side-by-side.
The main screen has rounded corners and is curved along both the left and right edges, which provides two additional user configurable Edge Screen areas that can be viewed from both the front or the sides, and even when the phone is placed face down. This is particularly helpful for status messages, notifications, memos, an Edge Clock, and a Night Clock in the Always On Display mode, which we cover below.back to menu ↑
Pros and cons
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- Premium water-tight design
- Class-leading AMOLED screen
- Among the fastest Android phones (in benchmarks)
- Great audio skills and stereo speakers
- Variable aperture camera
- 960fps slow-mo, automatic motion detection
- Class-leading still and video quality
- Excellent retail bundle
- Recycled design
- Only 720p resolution for 960fps and really limited duration
- Not the fastest charging around (it's been stuck like this since the Galaxy S5)