Launching at the same time with the Samsung Galaxy S9 at the just-concluded MWC was the Galaxy S9+. Obviously, this would be the bigger brother of the South Korean OEM’s flagships for this year. The first major difference on both units, as should be, is on the screen.
The Galaxy S9+ also makes use of the same bezel-less design and curved screen technology, even going on to feature the company’s new Infinity Display, but that is just as far as the screen resemblance goes. While the Galaxy S9 was just under 6 inches, the Plus version gets a decent 6.2 inches of screen instead.
On the back is a decent arrangement of dual camera sensors, marking the first of Samsung’s flagships to carry such a configuration. Perhaps much more interesting than the camera setup is the technology behind it, the chipset that brings on AI support for camera and the way the screen shapes up to take real-life photos.
Overall, every other Android OEM will be looking to out the Samsung Galaxy S9+ in the market for not only the current year in review but a couple of years to come
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ key specs
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ Features
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ full specs
- Samsung Galaxy S9+ alternatives
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Key features
- OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo)
- SIM Type: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- 4G LTE: YES, LTE
- Screen Size: 6.2 Inches, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Screen Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~529 ppi density)
- Processor Type: Octa-core Exynos 9810 Octa – EMEA
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 – USA & China
- RAM: 6GB
- Internal Storage: 64/128/256 GB
- External Storage: microSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
- Back / Rear Camera: Dual – 12MP + 12MP
- Front Camera: 8MP
- Battery: 3500 mAh (non-removable)
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Features Overview
The first thing that would catch anyone’s attention on the Galaxy S9+ is its distinctively curved, phablet-esque 6.2 inch of screen built on the same Infinity Display technology as with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ from last year.
A resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels is not something we see every day. Working into around 529 pixels per inch, the 18:9 aspect ratio screen is easily one of the best on the market. That is little surprise, given that Samsung’s Super AMOLED screens have always blown other screens out of the water.
The glass on the screen is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5 technology. Speaking of protection, an IP68 rating that ships with the Galaxy S9+ promises that the smartphone can stay underwater for as long as 30 minutes without recording any damages to its hardware components. That is provided the said body of water is not more than 1.5 meters deep though.
Moving on, the Android 8 Oreo-based smartphone will run on two different chipsets, depending on what market it is going to. Those in the US and China will get theirs with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset under the hood while other regions will make use of the equally powerful, in-house Exynos 9810 chipset.
Both SoCs models of the Galaxy S9 Plus will have a total of eight cores that will clock a maximum of 2.7GHz. These will then be married to a massive 6GB of RAM.
Internal memory will be based on user-preferred configurations. That means buyers can choose to have theirs with 64GB, 128GB or 256GB memory spaces on board. No matter which the user goes for though, an option to expand the memory to 400GB will be available on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. That option will only be possible for those who get the dual SIM hybrid variant where the second SIM slot will double as a microSD card slot.
On the back of this unit is a nice dual camera setup (12MP + 12MP) while a single 8MP unit keeps the massive screen on the front company. Samsung made sure to pack their flagship full of sensors so much, it could be disguised as a mobile machine.
Asides the conventional fingerprint sensor which was nicely embedded into an elliptical cut-out on the back, an additional iris scanner provides added security to your data. There is also a heart rate sensor in the Galaxy S9 Plus to help users better manage their health.
Coming with support for Bixby virtual assistant, the Samsung Pay platform and a bezel-less design, the Galaxy S9+ will be powered by a non-removable 3500mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus price and availability
The base version of the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (64GB internal memory configuration) is supposed to sell for about 990 EUR. Some outlets are already pre-ordering the same unit for around #320,000 in Nigeria.
For now, it has not been announced for a lot of markets yet. As soon as the announcement comes, that will do more to determine how expensive the smartphone will be in affected regions.
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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Best Alternatives
A great alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S9+ is its little brother – the Galaxy S9. It has nearly all the features as its big brother, save for a bigger screen, more RAM configuration and lack of an extra camera sensor on the back, to mention but a few.
Last year’s flagships form the same manufacturer – the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ – are also still hot options on the market. Since there are new flagships in S9 line-up now, these two will be selling at a lesser price than they were last year.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Detailed Specs
|4G Network||Yes, LTE (Global Support)|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Status||Announced: February 2018
Coming soon. Exp. release 2018, March
|Dimensions||– 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
– Weight: 189 g
|Colors||Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple|
|Cover||Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frameFront/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame|
|Type||– Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
– 18:9 Screen aspect ratio
|Size||6.2 inches, 1440 x 2960 pixels (~529 ppi density)|
Memory And OS
|Card slot||microSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only|
|OS||Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|Processors||– Octa-core 2.7 GHz CPU
– Exynos 9810 Octa – EMEA
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 – USA & China
– Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
Adreno 630 – USA & China
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Audio port||3.5mm jack|
|Bluetooth||Version 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX|
|GPS||A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Primary||– Dual: 12 MP + 12MP, OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, LED flash
– Features: Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
|Video||2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec.|
|Secondary||8 MP Camera with Auto HDR|
|Capacity||3500mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery|
|Sensors||Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|Miscellaneous||– Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support
– Bixby natural language commands and dictation
– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor- Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
– IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes- HDR10 compliant
– 3D Touch (home button only)
– Always-on display
|Price level||About 320,000 naira (990 EUR)|