The main characters MWC 2018: a brief review of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Position Samsung can only envy – its flagship handset remains the most coveted Android smartphones. By and large you could just release the Galaxy S8 in a new body colour and with the new firmware — and everyone would be happy. However, Koreans were not limited to such cosmetic upgrade and has rolled out a more ambitious update with new hardware, dual camera and software of chips in the spirit of the time. Like last year, the flagship Samsung Galaxy comes in two versions – S9 and S9+. But the differences between them was now reduced not only to the screen size and battery capacity, but also to the built-in camera. First, in the older model now is a double module, with an additional telephoto lens. And secondly, the main (wide) the camera has learned some new tricks, including variable aperture.
Ironically, such features are not present in any current smartphone, but in 2009 it was implemented, for example, in the Nokia N86. Samsung can not be called a pioneer in this field, but I’m sure closer to the middle of the year variable aperture (and not a software simulation) will appear in the new products of other manufacturers. About the smooth aperture adjustment is out of the question – the Galaxy S9 and S9+ offer only two values: F1,5 and F2,4. It turns out that it is also the fast camera among mobile devices, the closest competitor will be the Huawei Mate 10 Pro – his F1,6.
Sensor resolution remains at 12 Megapixels, and the equivalent focal length is 26 mm, the autofocus works in a hybrid phase-contrast mode, which helps technology Dual Pixel. Still here and optical stabilization. In all this Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the same, but Galaxy S9+ has a second camera on the back. It has a sensor resolution of 12 MP, the same optical stabilization and autofocus, and aperture is strictly fixed — F2,4. Switching between wide angle and tele similarly, two-fold optical zoom. In normal mode the camera shoots great, but I can’t say how much better compared to the Galaxy S8 will check it out in March during the preparation of a detailed review. But the presentation more was said about the new features of the camera. This is, firstly, the possibility of shooting video with a frequency of 960 frames per second. Second, pumped Bixby functions – roughly speaking, from the camera application, you can now shop. And third is an animated Emoji that are created after scanning the faces of the built-in camera; called AR Emoji. Yes, we all together laughed about it during the presentation of the iPhone X, but now these functions are at all. Indeed, the innovations that we deserve.
Fast mode is made possible due to the placement of memory modules directly on the CMOS sensor. Same thing last year Sony did to their Xperia and Xperia XZ1 XZ1 Compact. Memory bit, so you can shoot indefinitely in slow motion is impossible – it can be done only in the periods when the button is pressed (or each time you fire, possible in automatic mode) will get about 6 seconds of video with a frame rate of 960 fps. Implementation is about the same as in the Sony smartphones, and this all seems terribly inconvenient, to be honest. May require some skill. But I would prefer even a lower frame rate (the same 480 fps), but without restrictions on duration.
As for Bixby, the overall is still pretty strange and neudalimye stray, which works very unstable and practically useless in Russia. Among the innovations it Galaxy Galaxy S9 and S9+ hit the app selection make-up. It in real time shows the colors of shadows, lipsticks, powders and other things, but any option one touch are available in the online store. Sold surprisingly great. But the bad news is that in Russia all this will not work. At the time of launch of the smartphone such purchases will be possible only in USA, Canada, UK and China.
Another feature of the updated Bixby lets you use the camera to recognize the food on the plate and display relevant information about the products and calories. Of course, all this is working very conditionally and no artificial intelligence can not be distinguished Snickers, consisting mainly of fast carbs, protein bar offering 20 grams of protein. In General, in the coming years is, in principle, impossible to take seriously, but the audience desperately wants something new. And manufacturers are forced to reckon with.
Move on to other elements of the Galaxy S9 and S9+. From the point of view of technical characteristics, they differ, but not as much as could be, all the details are presented in the summary table. Well, traditional detail – the use of two hardware platforms. In the U.S. both models will be built on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and in Europe and in Russia – on the basis of Exynos 9810. Large differences in performance and the need to use different platforms due to the support of the required frequencies and LTE bands, as well as certain legal aspects.
|Samsung Galaxy S9+||Samsung Galaxy S8+||Samsung Galaxy S9|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, eight cores or Exynos 9810, eight cores||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, eight cores or Exynos 8895, eight cores||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, eight cores or Exynos 9810, eight cores|
|Display||AMOLED, 18,5:9, 6.2 inch, 1440 × 2960||AMOLED, 18,5:9, 6.2 inch, 1440 × 2960||AMOLED, 18,5:9, 5.8 inch, 1440 × 2960|
|RAM||6 GB||4/6 GB||4 GB|
|Flash memory||64/128/256 GB + slot microSD||64/128/256 GB + slot microSD||64/128 GB + slot microSD|
|SIM card||2 x nano-SIM, the second slot is connected with the connector for memory card||2 x nano-SIM, the second slot is connected with the connector for memory card||2 x nano-SIM, the second slot is connected with the connector for memory card|
|Wireless modules||Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), NFC, Bluetooth 5.0||Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), NFC, Bluetooth 5.0||Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), NFC, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Camera||Double: 12 MP (EFR 26 mm, a variable aperture of f/1.5 or f/2.4) + 12 megapixels (camera 52mm, f/2.4), optical stabilization, phase detection autofocus, led flash||Single: 12 megapixel (f/1,7), optical stabilization, phase detection autofocus, led flash||Single: 12 megapixel (EGF 26 mm, a variable aperture of f/1.5 or f/2.4), optical stabilization, phase detection autofocus, led flash|
|Front camera||9 MP, without autofocus||9 MP, without autofocus||9 MP, without autofocus|
|The fingerprint scanner||Is back||Is back||Is back|
|Connectors||3.5 mm audio Jack, USB Type-C (3.1)||3.5 mm audio Jack, USB Type-C (3.1)||3.5 mm audio Jack, USB Type-C (3.1)|
|Battery||3500 mAh||3500 mAh||3000 mAh|
|Operating system||Android 8.1||Android 8.0||Android 8.0|
|Release date||March 2018||spring 2017||March 2018|
For the first time, protection against dust and water (IP68 level, as before) did not prevent Koreans to establish and implement a two speaker stereo. I remain convinced that listening to music through the external speaker permanently closes the entrance to Paradise, but dubbing a video from social networking he’s doing pretty good. In itself, the appearance of the second dynamics – in General a trifle, but it just so happened that in the iPhone it was implemented a few years earlier. However, if we talk about sound, the most enjoyable moment should be to have a 3.5 mm audio Jack. On the iPhone it is not a long time, as well as in a Google Pixel 2, HTC U11 and now in Sony Xperia XZ2. Samsung is still not going to abandon this harmless contact.
The design has not changed much compared to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Except that the new 6.2-inch model, the back is a two lens camera, arranged vertically. Otherwise no differences are seen. The edges of the screen still folded and create a feeling of bezremontnoy, and the case is all glossy and incredibly soiled. Even a short hold in the hand destroys the pristine appearance. For anybody not a secret – it only needs to smartphone looked nice in the window, the practical side of the question the manufacturer cares little.
At the presentation of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ were presented in four colors, but we already know that in Russia at first, coming only three: black diamond, titanium and UV. The most beautiful blue that is visible in some photos is likely to be sold, we will not. At least in white retail. It remains to add that the sales of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ start on 16 March at a price of 59 990 rubles for the Galaxy S9 and 66 990 rubles for Galaxy S9+. Top of the range older model will cost at an impressive 74 990 rubles. Prices in Europe will be approximately Euro 840 for the Galaxy S9 and 990 Euro for Galaxy S9+.
Conclusion until there is only a preliminary review. But one thing is for sure: Samsung once again did not disappoint. And despite the fact that the S9 and S9+ are not so different from the flagships of the previous generation, on the background of the novelties of the nearest competitor at MWC 2018, they look superb. So looking forward to both handsets in our lab. Do not switch!