Samsung, at an event in New Delhi today unveiled its flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ as successors to last year's Galaxy S8 and S8+. The Galaxy S9 flagship devices were first unveiled in Barcelona at the recently concluded MWC 2018. Just a week later, the South Korean electronics giant has brought the device to India, and pre-bookings started for the same since the launch day itself. The company has also collaborated with e-retailer Flipkart and telecom operator Airtel for the online sale of the Galaxy S9 and the S9+. Both the phones will start shipping from March 16 in India, on the same day as several other countries. Both the phones will also be available across Samsung stores in the country, their official website and popular e-commerce platforms.
Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ Camera
Samsung promised “The Camera, Reimagined” for its Galaxy S series and delivered the same as per various international publications. The South Korean phone maker has integrated a dual aperture lens in Galaxy S9 series camera. The camera in Galaxy S9 and S9+ also comes with improved slow-motion recording capabilities.
The Galaxy S9 comes with a single rear 12MP rear camera. The S9 features dual variable aperture, which allows the device to adjust between f/1.5 and f/2.4. This automatically adjusts based on the lighting in order to ensure best photos even in low-light conditions. The Galaxy S9 also has an 8MP front camera.
The Galaxy S9+ camera, on the other hand, features a dual rear camera, which is the highlight of this new generation Samsung flagship. The dual rear combo uses a 12MP telephoto and 12MP wide-angle lenses with an aperture of f/2.4 and f/1.5 respectively. There is of, course, autofocus and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on both the lenses.
Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ Specs
The highlight of Galaxy S9, S9+ is they both pack the top line Exynos 9810 SoC that comes with 10nm, 64-bit octa-core CPU. The Galaxy S9 comes with 4GB of RAM, while the S9+ is equipped with 6GB of RAM. Both come in multiple storage options ranging from 64GB and 256GB. They also offer up to 400GB of expandable storage via microSD card.
The Galaxy S9 sports a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio, while the Galaxy S9+ offers a larger 6.2-inch screen. A 3000mAh battery fuels the Galaxy S9 while the bigger S9+ is backed by a larger 3500mAh battery.
Samsung has introduced the 'Intelligent Scan', a new verification on both S9, S9+ that intelligently uses both iris scanning and facial recognition technology to unlock a user's phone. In addition, there’s the fingerprint scanner have now been placed below the camera module at the rear.
Like last year's Galaxy S8 duo, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are IP68 water and dust resistant smartphones. And they even come with support for 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, dual SIM card slots, NFC, Samsung Pay, Samsung DeX support, USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Both the devices also come with stereo speakers tuned by AKG, and audio with Dolby Atmos. The Galaxy S9 flagships run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
Additional features such as real-time language translation using Bixby Vision, AR Emoji are also present on both the phones.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ India Pricing
Samsung has partnered with Paytm and HDFC Bank to offer Rs 6,000 cashback on purchasing the Galaxy S9 duo. Users purchasing on Paytm Mall and HDFC Debit/Credit card will receive this cashback. The Samsung Galaxy S9 will start at Rs 57,900 for the 64GB storage variant, and the S9+ will set you back by Rs 64,900. Both the phones will be made available in 64GB and 256GB storage options and will be available in lilac, purple blue and black colour options. The 256GB variant of the S9 costs Rs 65,900, followed by the S9+ 256GB variant at Rs 72,900. Pretty decent pricing by Samsung India.