Samsung Galaxy S9Confident face
76.7%
User Satisfaction
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Unique Bokeh filter effects

"This is the first time I see this feature. You know, when you capture a portrait photo with a low aperture f-number lens in a DSLR, the bright light.."

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Camera

80% user satisfaction score (10 votes)
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This is the first time I see this feature. You know, when you capture a portrait photo with a low aperture f-number lens in a DSLR, the bright light areas appear like shiny bright sports in the background. The size depend son the diaphragm shape, the number of blades that the aperture has.With...

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After Apple has introduces its Animojis in he iPhone X, it's not a big surprise to see all the other leading companies follow suit and Samsung within them. The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with a new Animoji feature for its front-facing camera.Users can choose their favorite character and the character...

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The Samsung Galaxy s9 supports 960 frames per second slow-motion video recording. Just keep in mind that it only works with HD resolution. Yet the difference between 240fps and 960fps is significant as see on Samsung's website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1GogxOa1QEI actually got a chance to...

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F1.7 fast aperture selfie camera, improved over the S8

The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with a bright front-facing camera, featuring a f/1.7 aperture lens. This ensures better low-light image quality. Just so you know, the S8 camera with an f/1.7 aperture lens.

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4K video recording

Nothing new here, the Samsung Galaxy S9 supports 4K videos recording, as expected from a flagship smartphone. You can record videos at very high-quality that will look great on your 4K TV or computer display.

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Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for the main camera

An optical image stabilization (OIS) is a necessary camera features that helps to deliver sharp images, especially when shooting in low-light conditions with slow shutter speeds, and also improved video stabilization, making it more stable when recording and walking.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 feature san industry-leading aperture of F1.5. This will help to significantly improve the low-light performance of the phone, contributing to incredible picture quality and videos when shooting at night or in dark areas.Just for comparison, an F1.5 aperture lens allows 1.44x...

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Super slow-mo sacrifices resolution

If you want to capture a 960 fps slow-mo video, just so you know that it comes at the cost of resolution, and you can only record those videos at HD resolution.

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No dual-camera setup like the S9 plus

The S9 comes with a single rear camera, unlike the S9+ that comes with both a wide-angle and telephoto cameras which gives much more versatility and enhances creative possibilities for photos and videos.

Performance & Hardware
100% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Better face scan system compared to the competition

The Samsung Galaxy S9 features an Intelligent Scan, which is Samsung's answer to Apple's Face ID, but it's even better. It combines both iris and facial recognition so the scan is more accurate and works even in low or very bright lightning conditions.

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Display

100% user satisfaction score (3 votes)
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Latest version of Gorilla Glass, GG5

The Samsung Galaxy S9 uses the latest version of Corning's Gorilla Glass, Gorilla Glass 5. It's a hardened glass that provides an improved protection from drops compared to previous generation glasses made by Corning.

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Large display delivers a great viewing experience

The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with a 5.8-inch display. It's smaller than the S9+' 6.2in but still a large display that delivers excellent viewing experience all across the board, for movies, gaming, web browsing, reading emails, viewing photos and videos, etc.

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Super AMOLED display for deep blacks and vibrant colors

Super AMOLED display was designed to provide users with a fantastic viewing experience, including deep blacks, vibrant and saturated colors. I am a fan of these type of displays, they just make everything on the screen lively and exciting.

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Design

50% user satisfaction score (8 votes)
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Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back

The Galaxy S9 is made with Gorilla Glass 5 (latest version) on both the back and front side, giving the glass extra protection against drops and make it less likely to break on casual use.

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Beautiful sleek and elegant design

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is a gorgeous smartphone, easily makes the iPhone X look outdated. I love the curvy design, the rounded corners, the edge-to-edge display and the slim side, top and bottom bezels. Most of the front is screen, like I want it to be—a beautiful phone.

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Available in a variety of colors

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is available in a variety of colors, including: black, gold, blue and purple. We might see more colors added in the future.

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IP68 water resistant

The Samsung Galaxy S9 carries an IP68 water-resistant and dust-ingress certification. Which means that the phone can be submersed in fresh water in up to 1.5m depth for up to 30 minutes without being damaged. It's also dust tights, so no dust can enter the body of the phone.

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Fingerprint reader is still not easy to find by feel

I don't know why Samsung has so much trouble nailing the fingerprint reader properly, many other companies did nailed it right. It is in the right position, yet still it's not easy to feel its location.

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Back is a fingerprint magnet

The glossy back is a fingerprint magnet. I think it will be much more visible on the black version. I'm judging this based on the leaked images posted on The Inquirer that shows the back of the S9 and S9+.

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Fingerprint reader placement can lead to smearing on the lens

Samsung moves the fingerprint reader from the right side of the lens to right below it. This is more convenient, but people cam still cause smears on the camera lens that can impact image quality. So the finger touching the lens is still a problem with this design as well.

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Very similar design to the S8 of previous year

Call me a design freak, but I love seeing changes in design between new releases. The Galaxy S9 looks almost identical to the S8 from previous year, so in that aspect, I am quite disappointed.

Audio

100% user satisfaction score (3 votes)
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The good old headphone jack is here

Thanks Samsung for not removing the 3.5mm headphone hack. I personally enjoy listening to music with my 3.5mm JBL headphones, no need for adapters, just plug and enjoy good music.

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Bundled with earphones tuned by AKG

The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes bundles with earphones tuned by ARK. It's nice getting good quality earphones that you can use straight from day one if you don't have any. So thanks for that.

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Stereo speakers for better audio listening experience

Having stereo speakers is great, especially for gaming. Sometimes i just enjoy putting some music on the phone, putting the phone on the table and listen to music with high-quality without needing to use headphones.

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Software/Apps
100% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Comes with Android 8.0 out of the box

Obviously expected, the Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with the latest version of Android, Android 8.0 Oreo pre-installed, so you can enjoy the latest version of this brand new OS without needing to way for a future update.

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Connectivity

50% user satisfaction score (2 votes)
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MicroSD card slot

Users can expand over the built-in memory using microSD card. The S9 supports up to 400GB cards of extra space.

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Hybrid SIM card slot

The S9 features a hybrid SIM card slot. This means that the first slot can be used for either the second SIM card or a microSD card, you can't use them both. This is obviously a disadvantage compared to phones with triple-card slots.

Usability
100% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Lots of unlocking options to choose from

The user can choose from a wide variety of phone unlocking options, including Iris, Face, Fingerprint, Pattern, Password or Pin, what's comfortable and useful for you most.

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Battery
100% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Wireless charging support

The Samsung Galaxy S9 supports Wireless charging. This means that you can don't need to connect it directly to a power source via cable. You just place it on a compatible wireless charging pad and it will start charging itself automatically, a convenient feature.

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