Prasoon Jain April 13, 2018
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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Detailed Review: Dual Camera & Improvement.

There’s always an extraordinary feeling of expectation when any smartphone brand introduces latest flagship smartphone. This anticipation develops much excitement when it’s South Korean tech giant Samsung that it’s the nearest rival to Apple. Samsung launched the most awaited smartphone Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus & Galaxy S9 in the market with premium features. Galaxy S9+ the shiniest star in the galaxy of Samsung smartphones The Galaxy S9 Plus is viewed as an incremental update from the Galaxy S8 Plus. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are priced at Rs 57,900 and Rs 65,900 respectively for the 64GB variations, and the 256GB variants are valued at Rs 64,900 and Rs 72,900.The phones is available to purchase from Samsung India Store, Flipkart, and Airtel Store.

Design & Built

Samsung’s radical revolution of its ‘S’ series a year ago was the beginning of another trend in smartphones’ design.While there had been attempt to getrid smartphones of a thick bezel. The design of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is presently a year old. The Infinity Display came in mainstream by the Galaxy S8 is a year old also. In the year passed by, Samsung has used same design on the Galaxy Note 8 and the on the other hand on Galaxy A8+ which makes the plan rationality less exclusive today, than it was a last year. However Samsung’s switch to a bigger screen in a smaller body really worked. To such an extent, that despite the fact that every other brand gives off an impression of being stupidly replicating the iPhone X’s ‘Notch’, Samsung has stayed with essentially a similar design we saw last year.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Rear Panel

Both the S9 and S9 Plus element Samsung’s presently signature curved glass panels on the front and back, isolated by an aluminum frame. Those curved piece of glass make the smartphone comfortable to hold, relatively like they easily cradle into your palm. Seemingly, the greatest design reevaluate is the positioning of the fingerprint sensor. Rather than being situated nearly over the camera sensor, it now sits below it-and as a result it’s much easier to hit.

Samsung is still using the 3.5mm earphone jack i think it’s a good thing while other brands trying to rid of this in its smartphone. It is positioned at the bottom of the phone nearby the USB Type-C charging port and a Dolby Atmos stereo speakers. The Bixby Button and volume Rocker stay where they are – on the left side, while the power button is on the right. SIM and MicroSD card slot placed at top. The front camera is placed beside the iris scanner above the screen along with the notification LED light and a bunch of sensors.

The Rear of the phone has a perfect look, with a solitary Samsung logo accompanied by the new Dual camera framework and a heart-rate sensor. My Black unit is a flat out smirch magnet, significantly more than the black iPhone X. but how great it looks and how it still attracts scratches and smudges easily, something that is a bad dream for the individuals who like to keep their smartphones clean and sparkling. This time what is new in the appearance is the incorporation of another color variant called Lilac Purple. Rest of the design story continues as before.

Performance

s9+ benchmark

As we have noted in a detailed performance investigation of the Galaxy S9+ previously, the smartphone may be the fastest Android phone out there but it’s certainly not the fastest smartphone. Our bench-marking applications reveal the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus falls just short iPhone X, which is right now the most effective smartphone in the market. In spite of the Exynos 9810 chip-set which has been made on a 10nm LPE process, powering the Galaxy S9+, it’s no counterpart for the iPhone X’s A11 Bionic chip-set. Samsung has likewise used an under-clocked variant of the chip-set. While the Exynos 9810 can achieve a maximum clock speed of 2.9GHz, the Galaxy S9+ confines it to 2.7Ghz. That is likely to keep up consistency with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip set which powers the gadget in a few areas. The Snapdragon 845 can go up to 2.8Ghz.

Nevertheless, in spite of absent in benchmark comes about, the Galaxy S9+ which accompanies 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of capacity is an expert. It can deal with pretty much stuff you toss at it. Just not as proficient as, say, the iPhone X, but rather that is an entire diverse smartphone. It’s right up there with the Pixel 2 and the OnePlus 5T which are among the quickest Android smartphones. Samsung likewise guaranteed bearer aggregation for LTE network including Reliance Jio and Airtel with greatest speeds up to 250Mbps, yet in our certifiable tests, we got speeds just up to 8Mbps on Reliance Jio which is the standard 4G speed we get.

By looking Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, unmistakably Android performance has hit a pinnacle. There can be hypothetical lift in execution, however in reality you will hardly locate a perceptible distinction from a year ago’s leaders.

Display

A year ago’s Galaxy S8 saw a couple of issues with the display. Numerous clients reported that the display showed a strong red tinge, with others not very content with the brightness. Now Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung has dealt with these issues.

The 6.2-inch 18.5:9 aspect ratio AMOLED panel packs the same quad-HD+ 2560 x 1440 resolution out of the box, and it’s now brighter and even more stunning. This can also be down-scaled to HD+ if you’d like to save some battery life.

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Samsung S9 Plus 18:9 Infinity Display

Samsung has had the best phone displays available for all the time in market, and the Galaxy S9 series is no exception. Both Super AMOLED boards offer profound blacks, dynamic color, and brilliant edges with fabulous viewing angles. Truly — these displays are a delight to take a look for all the day, regardless of what you’re doing.

Samsung’s superb always-on display gives you the wonderful experience all the day. This continues to be one of the more useful always-on display implementations out there. You can check the current time and home time when you’re travelling, with battery percentage and all your notification. To quickly open the notification just Double-Tap on the Screen.

Camera

There is one place where Samsung extremely centered (no pun intended),that is the camera of the phone. Samsung has enhanced its cameras a great deal over the recent couple of years, so it was fascinating to see where it could bring more development. Things being what they are, there was a lot of opportunity to get better.

A significant part of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus’ success spins around its camera. It’s the main aspect of the smartphone that truly feels like it’s seen a significant update, and in case you’re somebody who has a S8 then it’s likely the only feature to make you to think about upgrading to S9 Plus.

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ Camera Sample

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has dual back cameras and a front camera. At the rear the 12MP+12MP cameras are being touted to be unique in terms of aperture. Samsung has used its ‘Dual Aperture’ camera technology in one of the back cameras while the other one accompanies with a fixed like in some other Dual camera smartphones. The primary 12MP camera can skip from f/2.2 aperture all the way down till f/1.5, which is the lowest found in any smartphone so far. Samsung galaxy S9 Plus with f/1.5 aperture has a couple of benefits. It clicks a better portrait shot with a much-blurred background. In addition to this it enhances low light shot drastically.

AR Emoji

Samsung concedes this new feature is tied in with having “fun” with the Galaxy S9 Plus. Switching to AR Emoji mode on the camera application enables you to take a selfie and change over it into a cartoonish character. The character the phone makes will never look as you, which is the place the fun elements comes in action.

What AR Emoji appears to do is make a more exaggerated variant of the demeanor of your face. It can put on a show of being creepy however undoubtedly makes for some fun circumstances with companions. That is, till the novelty wears off.

Verdict

The Samsung S9 Plus is a strong contender of flagship range in 2018. The Smartphone comes with delicate yet premium design and also has saturated & immersive display, with good quality Dolby Atmos stereo Speaker, ample Ram & Storage,best in class processor along with impressive Dual Camera & Well-performing battery.

The focus of Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus seems to be its “reimagined camera”.We could’ve said it as an all-rounder yet some place we think the weight on the camera is more than other aspect. Some way or another it appears like Samsung has taken a leaf from Apple’s 2017 handbook yet neglected to change the iPhone X part. How Apple used to redesign its gadgets consistently, Samsung has done that. The mantra appears to center vigorously around one feature(in this case the camera) and change other highlights and present a flagship gadget.

 Specification

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Display

5.8-inch Curved Super AMOLED
2,960 x 1,440 resolution (Quad HD+)
570 ppi
18.5:9 aspect ratio
6.2-inch Curved Super AMOLED
2,960 x 1,440 resolution (Quad HD+)
529 ppi
18.5:9 aspect ratio

Processor

Global: 10 nm, 64-bit, octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.8 GHz quad + 1.7 GHz quad)

U.S.: 10nm, 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Global: 10 nm, 64-bit, octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.8 GHz quad + 1.7 GHz quad)

U.S.: 10nm, 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

GPU

ARM Mali-G72 (Exynos)
Adreno 630 (Snapdragon)
ARM Mali-G72 (Exynos)
Adreno 630 (Snapdragon)

RAM

4 GB6 GB

Storage

64 GB
microSD expansion up to 400 GB
64 GB
microSD expansion up to 400 GB

Cameras

Rear: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12 MP AF sensor with OIS, f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures

Front: 8 MP AF sensor, f/1.7 aperture

Rear: Dual camera with dual OIS
Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12 MP AF sensor with OIS, f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
Telephoto: 12 MP AF sensor, f/2.4 apertureFront: 8 MP AF sensor, f/1.7 aperture

Battery

3,000 mAh
Non-removable
Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0
Fast Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
3,500 mAh
Non-removable
Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0
Fast Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA

IP rating

IP68IP68

Network

Enhanced 4X4 MIMO / CA, LAA, LTE Cat. 18Enhanced 4X4 MIMO / CA, LAA, LTE Cat. 18

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz)
VHT80 MU-MIMO
1024QAM
Bluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps)
ANT+
USB Type-C
NFC
Location: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz)
VHT80 MU-MIMO
1024QAM
Bluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps)
ANT+
USB Type-C
NFC
Location: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou

Sensors

Iris
Pressure
Accelerometer
Barometer
Fingerprint
Gyro
Geomagnetic
Hall
HR
Proximity
RGB Light
Iris
Pressure
Accelerometer
Barometer
Fingerprint
Gyro
Geomagnetic
Hall
HR
Proximity
RGB Light

Authentication

Lock type: pattern, PIN, password

Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition, Intelligent Scan

Lock type: pattern, PIN, password

Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition, Intelligent Scan

Audio

Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology

Audio playback format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF

Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology

Audio playback format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF

Video

MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBMMP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Virtual reality

Gear VR with controller (SM-R325NZAXAR)

Google Daydream View

Gear VR with controller (SM-R325NZAXAR)

Google Daydream View

Software

Android 8.0 OreoAndroid 8.0 Oreo

Dimensions and weight

147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
163 g
158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
189 g

Colors

Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, Titanium GreyMidnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, Titanium Grey

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Samsung Galaxy S9+

64900.00
8.6

Design

9.0/10

Display

9.0/10

Software

8.0/10

Performance

8.0/10

Battery Life

9.5/10

Camera

8.0/10

Value for Money

9.0/10

Pros

  • Dual Aperture Camera
  • Stellar performance
  • Astoundingly bright display
  • Superior build quality

Cons

  • Cluttered UI
  • No Android 8.0 Oreo
  • AR Emoji are just bad

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