Galaxy S9 and S9+ don’t differ much from their predecessors. In fact, you may easily mistake an S9 for an S8. Samsung says the top and bottom bezels have been reduced even further, but the difference is mostly negligible.

While the S9 and S9+ are still made almost entirely from glass (and are just as water- and dust-resistant with IP68), there’s been a change in the metal frame’s design – it has to do with the finish, which is now somewhere between the high-gloss finish of the S8 and the matte frames of past devices, like the S7. So, it’s neither very matte, nor entirely polished. Whether you like this or not will be personal preference. With this new frame, however, we do notice that its edges have become somewhat sharper. If you compare the in-hand feel of the S9 and the S8, the S8 definitely feels smoother and more seamless, while the frame of the S9, although still nice, is a tad harsher.

There are just two more design changes to talk about, but they are important: first, the fingerprint sensor has been re-positioned below the camera, so it’s now considerably easier to reach and find by touch. This is an especially important change for the S9+, where the higher position naturally makes the fingerprint scanner harder to reach. And second, there’s good and bad news concerning the color variants.

Screen sizes in the Galaxy S9 and S9+ remain the same as in their predecessors: 5.8″ and 6.2″, respectively. Resolution is also unchanged, at 1440 x 2960 pixels, guaranteeing superb screen clarity and legibility. One small change Samsung mentions is that it’s managed to hide the various cameras and sensors in the top bezel, for a cleaner look. Other than that, the screens are a joy to look at. Text and graphics are very sharp, colors are clear and vivid, but it may still be a smart idea to use some of the included display color modes to get a more natural-looking image.

The earphones that come in the box of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the same as before; they are AKG-branded and are capable of outputting some pretty decent tunes. However, these in-ear headphones have the tendency to not fit tightly and easily enough, and are quick to slightly slip out of the ears. With that, low frequencies are dramatically reduces.

There’s a lot going on in terms of biometric security on the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Perhaps most importantly, Samsung has heard user feedback and moved the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner to a new position – right below the camera, where it’s easier to reach without accidentally smudging the camera lens.

In addition to that, the Face Recognition and Iris Scanner features are back, and Samsung says they’ve been enhanced to be faster and more secure. But the more intriguing thing here is the new Intelligent Scan mode. To understand what it does, let’s first take a look at Face and Iris recognition:

Face recognition: There isn’t too much fancy tech in this one. The phone uses the front camera to record a picture of you, and then does some clever processing to be able to recognize that it’s you, when you want to unlock your phone, while restricting access for others.

Iris scanning: This one is a bit more complex and makes use of some additional sensors positioned in the top bezel of the Galaxy S9 and S9+. The iris scanner can be very quick, or it can easily fail, depending on how you look at it, literally. It’s very secure, but people having any kind of epileptic symptoms are advised to Intelligent Scan: avoid it.

And now for the big daddy – when you have to technologies that seem to cover each other’s weaknesses, it makes sense to combine them in some way, and that’s what Samsung has done. Intelligent Scan uses a combination of Iris scanning and Face recognition to deliver both faster and more secure unlocking solution.

RAM memory gets a slight upgrade, but only on the Samsung Galaxy S9+, which now sports 6 GB RAM, while the S9 remains at 4 GB. It looks like this year Samsung is willing to differentiate the S9+ from the S9 a bit more, and the extra amount of RAM is a good step towards justifying the higher price. You can expect the 6 GB of RAM to be helpful in extending the useful lifespan of the Galaxy S9 plus; and, if you’re used to jumping in and out of apps constantly, it might come with slightly fewer hiccups.

Storage-wise, Samsung’s new phones again come with the nicely balanced option of 64 GB, and there’s also the good old micro SD card slot, in which you can insert cards of up to 400 GB in capacity, preferably reserved for media storage.

With identically sized bodies, Samsung couldn’t fit bigger batteries in this year’s S9 and S9+. As a result, their capacities remain identical, at 3000mAh for the S9, and 3500mAh for the S9+. Our battery test results show near identical battery life for the S9+, and a slightly shorter one for the S9, compared to the previous generation. The S9 managed to run the test continuously for 7 hours and 23 minutes, while the S9+ did so for 8 hours and 5 minutes. It’s a great thing that Samsung includes its awesome Adaptive Fast Charger in the box with its flagships, so this guarantees your phone will be up and running in no time. Both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ charge from 0 to 100% in about an hour and 45 minutes… about 5 minutes more, than the S8 series. And of course, there’s also wireless charging if you’d invest in a charging pad.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are subtle upgrades to last year’s S8 line. The most significant improvements are found in the fingerprint scanner position, the new intelligent face scan feature, the AR Emoji 3D avatars, and the camera, but only for the S9+, which gets the secondary zoom camera of the Note 8. In any case, if you’re a current Galaxy S8 user, we’d say an upgrade to the S9 would be completely unnecessary, but that’s expected. For owners of older devices, like the S7 or S6, the Galaxy S9 will feel like a major step forward.


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