Samsung’s latest flagship series, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ made their debut at MWC 2018 this week. If you’re prying eyes on the new Samsung phones and happen to reside in India, you might not have to wait for long to grab one.
Samsung is gearing up to launch the smartphones in India in the first week of March. It is worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are already available for pre-order in the country from the day Samsung officially unveiled the devices at the global tech show. Users can pre-book the phone via Samsung official online store by making an advance payment of Rs 2000.
The Galaxy S9 duo looks identical to their predecessors in terms of display size and design language. But the smartphones do pack a few upgrades including enhanced image sensors, faster processors, placement of fingerprint sensor and ‘not so Animoji’, AR Emoji feature.
Talking about the important ingredients, the Galaxy S9 series feature variable aperture that automatically switches to f/2.4 when there is good light and stays at a f/1.5 aperture in darker conditions. Samsung claims that this will allow the Galaxy S9 flagships to capture 28 percent more light compared to the previous iteration. The Galaxy S9 features a single 12MP rear camera, while the Galaxy S9+ features dual camera setup with one having a wide-angle lens.
Another notable upgrade is the presence of a second speaker at the top of the front panel, tuned by AKG Acoustics and offering 40 percent louder output than the Galaxy S8. The phones have Dolby Atmos surround sound as well to deliver spatial audio experience. Further, the awkwardly placed fingerprint sensor has now been moved below the rear camera module for comfortable access and saving the lens from getting smudged.
Samsung says that it has trimmed the side bezels on the new flagship smartphones, and although both have similar screen size and resolution as the Galaxy S8 family, the display panels are claimed to be slightly brighter. The company has retained the 3.5mm headphone, unlike many leading OEMs that have swapped the port in favour of wireless or cdla headphone.
The Galaxy S9 duo is now powered by Qualcomm’s flagship SoC, Snapdragon 845 in the US & some global markets and in-house Exynos 9810 processor in other regions including India. Samsung has introduced a new storage variant- 256GB native storage (expandable up to 400GB using microSD card).
Both the phones ship with Android Oreo OS and have IP68-rated water and dust resistance. The new AR Emoji feature converts your image to a 3D character and creates 18 GIFs automatically once you save it. The devices come with Intelligent Scan as well that uses iris and face unlock for better authentication.
As for the pricing, Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ starting at $799 (approximately Rs 51,700) and $949 (Approximately Rs 61,400) respectively. The India pricing is yet to be announced. Click here for more details about the new Galaxy S9 series.