The Galaxy S9 Plus, the biggest version of Samsung’s latest Galaxy S9 smartphone is said to be one of the best, refined smartphones in today’s digital market. Samsung has introduced a new design structure with the Galaxy S8 in 2017, a design that has been addressed in recent years and is not yet ready to present something new, but It’s perfectly fine, because the Galaxy S9 Plus is still undeniably alluring in so many ways. Are small improvements in design and hardware worth the high price? Well, here’s everything that you’ll need to know!
If you have used or seen a Galaxy S8 Plus, you will have difficulty identifying the differences from the Galaxy S9 Plus with a quick glance. Both phones have the same frontal appearance. The Galaxy S9 Plus is a bit shorter, keeping the same 6.2-inch screen. This is only possible because Samsung has slightly reduced the bevels surrounding the screen, improving the relationship between the screen and the body. The series of sensors and the iris scanner on the top of the S9 Plus are now barely visible. However, it helps S9 Plus to look a little more elegant.
The 6.2-inch screen is ideal for video. To enhance the experience, Samsung has added for the first time stereo speakers tuned by AKG, the superior quality headset works in tandem with a lower trigger speaker and support for Dolby Atmos technology. Music can fill a large room at maximum volume. There are not many lows, but the audio is clear and rich.
The fingerprint sensor, which has generated much criticism on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, is under the camera, in a much more accessible position. While a lot of consumers appreciate the new position, some users still believe that Samsung could further refine it, since it is easy to spot the camera lens. The sensor feels a little too small for our fingers, but reacts quickly and does the job well. You can also use fingerprint gestures to open the notification drawer with a slide on the sensor, which is useful for such a large phone.
Specs and features
The Galaxy S9 Plus runs with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 processor and shows its best graphics performance. It can run smoothly with games like Tekken, The Sims: Mobile and Sonic Forces perfectly, offering a seamless experience.
Daily performance is excellent, with applications that open quickly and facilitate split screen operation. The S9 Plus comes with 6GB of RAM, which is more than enough for almost everyone, but you should know that the normal S9 has only 4GB.
The S9 Plus comes with 64GB of internal memory, but can also acquire a model with 128GB or 256GB. A MicroSD card slot allows you to add more storage if you really need it.
Infinity Display has not changed much compared to last year’s Galaxy S8 Plus, but it’s still an outstanding feature. The Galaxy S9 Plus AMOLED screen increases Quad HD + resolution (2,960 x 1,440), compressing 529 pixels in every inch. The result is an incredibly clear and bright screen.
The colors are beautiful and do not seem overly saturated while using the device. Watching the HDR10 content in applications such as Netflix is a dream, as the improved contrast makes the every movie and series more exciting to watch.
The extraordinary functionality of the Galaxy S9 is its reinvented camera. Both the S9 and S9 Plus have a 12-megapixel lens with a variable aperture. Here’s more:
The camera has two circular plates in the lens that limit the amount of light the camera can absorb. One of these has an aperture of f/1.5, which means the hole is wider, allowing more light for better shots in low light conditions. However, the camera can switch to f/2.4 aperture, narrowing the hole for less light, which is ideal for most lighting conditions during the day. The narrower the hole (or aperture), the sharper the photograph will be. This is why photographs taken with an aperture of f/1.5 are not as detailed or crisp as photographs taken with the f/2.4 aperture. That’s why the camera mainly uses the f/2.4 aperture and automatically switches to f/1.5 aperture in low light conditions.
Fortunately, you do not need to know anything about that to take good pictures. Everything happens automatically and the user experience remains incredibly simple. However, if you really want to control the aperture yourself, there’s a Pro mode that lets you change it manually. The camera application has been redesigned to simplify our user experience, although its slightly imitating the existing camera application on an iPhone.
There is more! Samsung also added a feature called “multi-frame noise reduction”. It is an image processing technique that takes 12 photos at the same time when you tap the shutter button, then compiles them to eliminate as much noise as possible.
Also, there is also a Super Slow camera mode, which can capture 960 frames per second (32 times slower than real life), like the recent Sony Xperia phones. It takes a while to get used to it, because you need to synchronize the retarder accurately in manual mode, or you need to learn how the automatic mode works. Once you’re down, it’s a very fun feature to have on your phone.
The Galaxy S9 Plus runs Android 8.0 Oreo, with the Samsung Experience 9.0 layered user interface. It looks elegant, minimalist and enhanced with the infamous TouchWiz user interface on previous Samsung phones. Android 8.0 Oreo features a number of features such as image-in-picture mode, unread badges in application icons for new notifications, a simplified setup application, and more. The software experience in the Galaxy S9 Plus is better than ever.
The battery life of the Galaxy S9 Plus is almost the average, if not slightly lower, than most smartphones in its class. If you are a power user who ends up using the phone for more than 3 hours per day, you will probably need to juice up your phone a little towards the end of the day, because it’ll eventually last up for a whole day. There is also a way to optimize the battery according to your needs in the device management settings, so you can take more time with your phone.
The Galaxy S9 Plus supports fast wireless charging and quick charging of the cable, so it does not take long to recharge.