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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Samsung Galaxy S9 Hands-on and Initial Impression; Is It Worth Buying?

INTRODUCTION:

After a long wait, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are now unveiled, together with improved features, including the incredible 960fps slow motion video and the cool AR Emoji feature. We just got to spend a little time to experience these new flagship devices, but first, let us have the standard Galaxy S9. Take a look at our hands-on and first impressions.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Hands-on and Initial Impression; Is It Worth Buying?
Samsung Galaxy S9 Hands-on and Initial Impression; Is It Worth Buying?


PHYSICAL:

As we take a look closer to the physical aspect, the Galaxy S9 is basically just the previous model, the Galaxy S8 with the exception of the fingerprint scanner placement.

As within the bezels around the corners, it is now quite smaller than its predecessor. It feels very comfortable in our hands, and it's very light, weighing 168 grams. Also, the IP68 water and dust resistant are still intact, so you'll not have a worry if you accidentally drop the phone in a swimming pool for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Just don't plunge it saltwater areas.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Front
Front

Above the display are the sensors and the 8MP selfie camera with f/1.7 aperture and Auto-HDR. Speaking of display, the 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen remains as one of the main highlights. The details are nice and it's great for reading under direct sunlight.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Back
Back

Delightedly, the aforementioned fingerprint scanner has been moved below the camera, which is nice. On the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the biometric reader has a chance of not reaching by one of our five thumbs and there's also a chance of smudging the camera lens. Good job Samsung! Just above the sensor, we have the 12MP camera lens with an amazing super speed dual-pixel autofocus that helps to capture images in low-light situations. On the right side are the phase detection sensor and the LED flash.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Top
Top

The hybrid dual-SIM card tray and the microphone sit on the upper part.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Bottom
Bottom

The single-firing stereo speaker, the earpiece, USB Type-C port and the 3.5 mm jack are located below.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Left
Left

The volume rockers and the dedicated Bixby button are located on the left side.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Right
Right

While on the right, we have the power button.

For those who are looking for the redesign, nothing much changed overall. But, the coveted premium design on this high-end handset is one of the best ever looking and one of the best-constructed smartphones in terms of craftsmanship.

See Also: Samsung Galaxy S9 versus Samsung Galaxy S8; To Upgrade or Not?


FIRST CAMERA SAMPLES:

Samsung Galaxy S9 Main Camera Sample - Building
Building (Auto)
Samsung Galaxy S9 Main Camera Sample - Lap Pool
Lap Pool (Auto)
Samsung Galaxy S9 Main Camera Sample - Flowers
Flowers (Close-up)
Samsung Galaxy S9 Front Camera Sample - Selfie
Selfie (Indoor)

The Galaxy S9 camera is indeed what you would expect from a Samsung top-tier handset. The initial images produced both by the main shooter and secondary are crisp and full of details


INITIAL IMPRESSION:

Our early verdict, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is still one of the best flagship devices ever. Though there's not much update versus the predecessor, still, this handset has really a POTENTIAL, especially for those coming off from other brands, or even from Samsung's flagship two years ago.

We haven't tested fully the device, like the performance (including benchmark testing), the battery life, the Bixby, and the connectivity speed (WiFi and data connection plus the GPS reception), as we have only short or limited time. As an early indication of the retail unit, the Galaxy S9 leaves us positive impressions. Our final judgment will be published when we come out on the full review unit from the Korean tech giant.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Specs:

  • Dual Nano SIM, dual standby, supports up to 1.2Gbps LTE connectivity
  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED WQHD+ (2960x1440) Infinity display, 84.2% screen-to-body-ratio
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, front, and rear
  • IP68-certified, dust, and waterproof over 1.5 meters for 30 minutes
  • Dimensions: 147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 168 grams
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9 on top
  • Bixby Vision 2.0
  • 2.9GHz quad-core Custom CPU + 1.9GHz quad-core Cortex-A55 CPU, ARM Mali-G72MP18 GPU, Samsung Exynos 9810 10nm FinFet chipset
  • 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • 64GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via micro SD card, uses SIM 2 slot
  • 12MP OIS dual aperture (f/1.5 & f/2.4) Dual Pixel PDAF main camera with dual-tone LED flash, 4K (2160p) video recording at 30fps, 720p slow-mo video recording at 960fps
  • 8MP f/1.7 autofocus secondary camera
  • Multimedia player
  • Dual speaker powered by AKG
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • USB Type-C v3.1
  • Bluetooth v5.0
  • NFC
  • Iris + Face scanner
  • Samsung DeX (desktop experience)
  • Sensors: fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate
  • Battery: 3000mAh Li-Po, non-removable, supports fast charging and wireless charging
  • Colors: midnight black, lilac purple

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