Samsung Galaxy S9 plus release date was March 16, 2018
$840 (AU$1,349) marks a jump in price
Its nevertheless cheaper than an iPhone XS
The approved Samsung Galaxy S9 plus pardon date was Friday, March 16 2018, two weeks after pre-orders opened upon February 25 (UK and Europe), and March 2 (in the US).
Its price was more costly at establishment than the S8 plus in the US and UK. In the US, it costs $839.99 for the S9 plus unlocked through Samsung’s approved website. That’s deserted $10 more costly than the S8 plus at launch, but its now $120 more costly than the normal-sized S9. The gap is widening amongst the two sizes.
Of course, US carriers gone Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint break this full price into digestible monthly fees, even though Verizon and AT&T case $100 more in the long run. But just not quite all American carriers allow $350 for recent phone trade-ins.
In the UK, the Galaxy S9 plus costs £869. That’s a huge price hike higher than the S8 Plus, which cost £779 at establishment – you can check out the best Galaxy S9 plus deals here. That’s 90 more in one year. Ouch. In Australia it costs AU$1,349.
Those are establishment prices even though and if you shop all but you can now get it cheaper. In the UK we’ve seen it from all but £620 for example, even though in the US you can choose it in the works from all but $700.
|Network||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|Status||Available. Released 2018, March|
|Body||Dimensions||158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 in)|
|Weight||189 g (6.67 oz)|
|Build||Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|– Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)|
|– IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)|
|Display||Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.2 inches, 98.3 cm2 (~84.2% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~529 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|3D Touch (home button only)|
|Platform||OS||Android 8.0 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)|
|Chipset||Exynos 9810 Octa (10 nm) – EMEA|
|Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) – USA/LATAM, China|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA|
|Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA/LATAM, China|
|GPU||Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA|
|Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM, China|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only|
|Internal||64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM – China|
|128 GB, 6 GB RAM – LATAM|
|Main Camera||Dual||12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS|
|12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom|
|Features||LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec.|
|Selfie camera||Single||8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6″, 1.22µm, AF|
|Features||Dual video call, Auto-HDR|
|Sound||Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|– 32-bit/384kHz audio|
|– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|Comms||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|Radio||FM radio (USA & Canada only)|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Features||Sensors||Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2|
|– Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)|
|– Bixby natural language commands and dictation|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery (13.48 Wh)|
|Charging||Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 2.0)|
|Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)|
|Misc||Colors||Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, Burgundy Red, Sunrise Gold, Ice Blue, Polaris Blue|
|Price||About 620 EUR|
|Tests||Performance||Basemark OS II: 3297 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 3354|
|Basemark X: 42134|
|Display||Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.537 (sunlight)|
|Camera||Photo / Video|
|Loudspeaker||Voice 68dB / Noise 74dB / Ring 80dB|
|Audio quality||Noise -92.6dB / Crosstalk -93.4dB|
|Battery life||Endurance rating 86h|
Update: The Samsung Galaxy S9 plus now has the likes of the Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS to compete with, but it remains a top phone and is now understandable at a slightly humiliate price. However, the Samsung Galaxy S10 plus is quick approaching.
Other than the newer Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the Galaxy S9 plus is Samsung’s most liberal huge phone thanks to its oversized screen and superb cameras even if it all looks identical to last years S8 Plus. It’s also Samsung’s best phone. In fact, all but a year after establishment it remains at the top of our best phones list.
Without dramatic changes to the design, its deserted an iterative update to the S8 plus but its an iterative update to an Android phone that sat close the top of our best phones list for all but a year. Thats important to remember.
Weve tested the Galaxy S9 plus for months now, and its low-light photos and huge screen are the two most obvious highlights. Its nevertheless Samsungs grandiose 6.2-inch curved Infinity display that will sell you upon this more costly phone higher than the 5.8-inch Galaxy S9, but both handsets have an better 12MP camera that boasts a f/1.5 maximum aperture.
This is the first camera phone gone such a wide aperture, giving the S9 and S9 plus low-light and noise-defeating powers that, in many situations, are more liberal than those of even the Google Pixel 2, our previous best phone camera, and extra LG G7 ThinQ gone its AI camera.
That said, the newer Google Pixel 3, Huawei Mate 20 plus and iPhone XS now have it prominence in our best camera phone ranking.
The S9 plus encouragement from a rear dual-lens camera, too, giving it the similar telephoto capabilities as the previous years Note 8 (the S9 has one lens upon the back). Its primary lens can also take possession of super-slow-motion video at 960 frames per second if youre great not quite video and, if youre not, uses its 8MP front-facing camera to paint your incline gone AR Emoji props and masks. It’s Samsung’s spin upon Apple’s Animoji, but don’t get too in flames not quite it. It’s rather unimpressive, unlike the get out of of the phone.
Samsung has listened to the negative feedback all but last years handsets, and has wisely moved its offset rear fingerprint sensor to a center-aligned position. Its a more natural location, although you may not even compulsion it thanks to the incline unlock and iris scanning onboard and enthusiastic at the similar time. Addressing another shortcoming of the S8 Plus, Samsung finally gives its flagship phones stereo speakers for well ahead sound.
If youre thinking a unexpected prominence upon stereo speakers, incline unlock, AR Emoji and vertically stacked 12MP dual cameras sounds as if these are Samsungs believe upon iPhone X features, you’re right.
The S9 plus tries to be in agreement anything Apple can do, but at a larger screen size (at least until the iPhone XS Max arrived) and gone a 3.5mm headphone jack and it also bests the Google Pixel 2 XLs low-light photography in some scenarios. The night mode of the Huawei P20 plus beats it in some low-light scenarios, but not all.
Whats engaging is that Apples and Googles handsets arent the fiercest competition for the S9 plus its Samsungs own phones. The now-cheaper Galaxy S8 plus is an incremental downgrade, ideal for anyone put off by the high S9 plus price, even though the Galaxy Note 9 is ideal if you have a penchant for the S Pen and a slightly better screen.
Still, the Note 9 couldn’t quite unseat the S9 plus as our favorite phone, in view of that if you don’t compulsion a stylus you should categorically save reading.