The official release of Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S9, is set for March 16th, 2018, but the smartphone was introduced at the World Mobile Conference (WMC) in Barcelona on February 25th, 2018 along with all its cutting-edge features. With 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage space, and Samsung’s Exynos 9810 chipset, there’s no doubt it’s smarter and faster than its predecessors. It shoots better photos, has a sharper screen display, and has the finest speaker system on the smartphone market.
Whether you need a new phone or you want to stay at the leading edge of new technology, here are 8 reasons you should get the Samsung Galaxy S9.
1. Superior Display
DisplayMate has dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S9 as having the best smartphone high-definition display on the market. Samsung has called it “infinity display,” as the screen curves over the sides of the phone for a full edge-to-edge frame. It has a 18.5:9 display ratio and a pixel density of 570 pixels per inch (ppi) which shows stunning detail and provides a cinematic experience.
2. Dual Aperture Camera
Samsung has reinvented its camera system for its latest smartphone, which features the first-ever dual aperture camera on a phone. The sensor on the rear camera lets the lens control how much light it takes in, much like the pupils of your own eye, automatically enabling you to take brighter and clearer pictures in the dark without flash, and sharper pictures in bright daylight.
Of course, it has all the bells and whistles of Samsung’s previous version, including HDR, image stabilization, OIS, face ID and LED flash.
3. Stereo Speakers
The GS9 is the first Samsung smartphone with built-in stereo speakers. Its Harman stereo speakers supported by Dolby Atmos surround sound system and fine-tuned by AKG. The speakers play 1.4 times louder than previous Samsung Galaxy phones and the surround sound system creates a three-dimensional audio experience. Of course, this experience is limited to audio content that supports the format.
4. AR Emoji
Augmented Reality (AR) Emoji is Samsung’s response to the iPhone X’s Animoji. Using the GS9’s front camera, you can create your own personalized 3D animated emoji-like avatars that follow your movements and facial expressions. You can change the hair, clothing and other features of your animated emoji’s appearance before saving it. Then, you can send it in texts or post it on third-party apps, like social media networks, as GIFs. This is a notch up from Animoji, which only lets you send personalized emojis through the iPhone’s messenger app. On apps that don’t support animated GIFs, you can still post your personal emoji as a still image.
Another thing AR Emoji does is let you turn your selfie into a personalized Disney or Pixar character, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and superheros from the Incredibles.
5. Improved Power Efficiency
The Galaxy S9 contains the same 3,000mAh cell battery as the Galaxy S8, but the GS9’s upgraded processing technology makes it more power efficient and faster to charge. Also, the phone comes with its own unique charger which offers faster charging than standard chargers. Alternatively, it can be charged wirelessly using its charging pad, which props the phone up at a comfortable angle for using it.
6. Ergonomic Fingerprint Sensor Placement
After Samsung received many complaints about the placement of its fingerprint sensor used to unlock the Galaxy S8, it moved the sensor from next to the camera to a more ergonomic placement under the camera. The sensor is easier and faster to reach, so you can unlock your phone a lot more naturally.
Besides using your fingerprint, you can also unlock your phone using a password, pin or pattern. Alternatively, use the phone’s built-in Intelligent Scan, which combines facial recognition and iris sensor.
7. Improved Artificial Intelligence (Bixby)
Samsung’s artificial intelligence platform, Bixby, which was featured in the GS8, has been upgraded for the GS9. It provides several augmented reality features you can use with its camera. Its Live Translation feature, powered by artificial intelligence, lets you translate words in a foreign language instantly into your own language just by pointing the camera at them. By showing the camera each nutrition label from the foods you eat, the phone can track the calories you’re consuming each day. Point the camera at your surroundings, and it can tell you the name and address of your location.
On the beauty front, you can use the GS9’s front camera to apply different makeup products to your face and view them with augmented reality. It works like Snapchat filters by layering makeup over your face, so you can try on products any time or place without having to clean up. Samsung partnered with ModiFace to integrate this technology into its camera, so if you’ve ever used Sephora’s app to virtually test makeup products, you’ve used this technology before.
8. Improved Video Capture with Slow Motion Feature
The G69’s camera features noise reduction for video capture, and for the first time on a smartphone, you can use a slow-motion feature to capture video at 960 frames per second. This lets you capture details that would be missed by other phone cameras; in fact, it can display the splash of a water droplet or the burst of a bubble in stunning detail. Video capture also has action-detection, which activates the Super-Slow-mo features upon detecting movement.
Once a video is captured, it’s saved in video format and as shareable GIFs that allow you to add effects, loop them, and reverse them. You can set one of these GIFs as your phone’s wallpaper.
Should you get Samsung’s latest smartphone? If you care about significantly improving the quality of the photos you take and share on through your phone, there’s no better phone on the market. It’s also best for streaming high-quality video and audio at high speeds. Made to out-do Apple’s latest iPhone X, the Samsung Galaxy S9 may be the most top-notch smartphone on the market today. Ultimately, its users will decide but you can stop by your nearest Samsung Melbourne store and compare the S9 with other models to see what you think.