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Samsung unveils Galaxy S9 with ‘human eye’

by JohanDid you know...27/02/2018

Samsung unveils Galaxy S9 with ‘human eye’
As expected, Samsung unveiled its new top smartphone for 2018 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The main eye-catchers of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the significantly improved camera and the so-called AR Emoji: animated emoticons that imitate your facial expressions.

Screen and design

As the Samsung Galaxy S8 was totally redesigned last year, they have not tinkered much with the design of the new top device. On the S9, the 5.8-inch Infinity Display, or 6.2-inch on the larger S9+, again takes up virtually the whole of the front. The AMOLED screen curves slightly at the edges and has a resolution of 2,960 x 1,440 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. That is slightly longer than a standard 16:9 screen and seems a little nicer to use. Striking: the new devices are a good millimeter shorter, thanks to the even narrower bezels, but half a millimeter ‘thicker’. In practice, however, you don’t notice the difference in thickness at all.

Cameras

Smartphone optics have been completely overhauled. The new Super Speed Dual Pixel sensor on the Galaxy S9 is driven by its own processor. So it is powerful enough to combine twelve separate shots to make one super-photo with the highest quality.

According to Samsung, the 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization is ideally suited to take photos in less favorable light conditions thanks to a feature known as the Dual Aperture. With the ‘variable lens aperture’ of F1.5 - F2.4, the camera automatically lets in more light when it is dark and less light when it is bright, mimicking the working of the human eye. The result, according to Samsung, is photos that are sharp and bright in all circumstances.

The Galaxy S9+ has a little extra in the form of a separate F2.4 long-focus lens that brings objects closer, a function debuted last summer on the Galaxy Note 8. The selfie camera has 8 megapixels on both smartphones.

Super slow-motion

The Super Slow-mo function can film at an impressive 960 frames per second, so that the Galaxy S9 equals the record of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. This extremely slow reproduction creates spectacular photos. Just think of an exploding balloon or an insect beating its wings a few hundred times per second.

Personalized emoji

This was already an ‘important’ feature of the iPhone X and now Samsung has jumped on board, too. With AR Emoji, users can create animated emoticons that look like them. Via an advanced machine-learning algorithm, over a hundred points of a 2D image of a face are analyzed and converted into a 3D-model with life-like facial expressions. You can share them via social media as a moving emoji or in the form of stickers.

Other specifications

The Galaxy S9(+) is driven by Android 8.0 Oreo and a fast octa-core processor, is equipped with 4 or 6 GB of working memory and comes with storage capacity of 64, 128 or 256 GB. These are also the first Samsung smartphones with the new SmartThings app, designed to make it easier to manage all gadgets relating to your smart home or office.

We should also mention the stereo loudspeakers tuned by AKG with Dolby Atmos for 360° sound, the water- and dust-resistant casing and the 3,000mAh battery, or 3,500 mAh for the S9+, with Fast Charging technology – wireless if you wish.

Availability and prices

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple with a memory of 64 and 256 GB as of 16 March 2018. The Galaxy S9 is on sale from €702.47 (excl. VAT). The Galaxy S9+ has a recommended retail price from €785.12 (excl. VAT).

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

9/10

Pros:
  • Great camera with variable lens aperture
  • Impressive slow-motion films
  • Superb, large AMOLED screen
  • Outstanding sound
  • Dust and water-resistant
Cons:
  • The S9 and S9+ are a fraction thicker than their predecessor

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