In an age where more and more people are expressing themselves through images, videos and emojis, Samsung is here heed the modern call. Promising the smartphone of not just today, but tomorrow and beyond, the global tech brand has officially announced the Galaxy S9 (and S9+). Among the gadget’s bevy of innovative features you’ll find Super Slow-mo video, top shelf camera technology and a new augmented reality platform called AR Emoji. That’s joined by an expectedly sleek and sturdy body, and stunning Infinity Display, hold the notch.
With companies like Snap, Instagram and WhatsApp setting and driving trends among smartphone users worldwide, it’s no wonder that Samsung is focussed on communicating through images, videos and effects. Accordingly, the Galaxy S9 touts a best in class low light camera with new Dual Aperture lens and supremely wide aperture. Suffice to say, the Galaxy S9 camera aims to capture every spare detail with striking clarity, regardless of whether it’s dark or light out.
Meanwhile, thanks to new Super Slow-mo capability, users can slow time to a crawl in their videos, or set moments to music and then share with friends. As if that wasn’t enough, the Galaxy S9 camera also includes personalised AR Emoji, which enables a full range of nifty effects and allows each user to create a My Emoji replica of his or her face. That replica can then be used in tweets, texts and posts.
As one might expect, the Samsung S9 (and S9+) smartphone will also tout a stunning AMOLED Infinity Display. That display runs edge-to-edge for a brilliant full screen experience, and Samsung definitely wants you to know there won’t be any notches getting in your way. Throw in advanced speakers tuned by AKG, and rich Dolby Atmos sound, and you end up with immersive visuals and sonics alike. PS. The 3.5mm headphone jack stays in…this time around at least.
Naturally, Bixby is back and better than ever. Samsung’s built-in AI platform comes integrated into the camera to provide real-time object recognition. Not only that, but Bixby will automatically relay information on screen about specific images in the frame. That’s joined by Bixby’s legion of other uses, such as language translation, currency conversion, calorie counting, product purchasing and more.
Put simply, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ wants to keep you connected like never before. For instance, it’s the first smartphone to support the new SmartThings app, which creates a central hub for all your various smart products and devices. For all the hustlers out there, an optimised Samsung DeX docking system allows you to turn your phone into a desktop (or vice versa) with the utmost alacrity. Meanwhile, improved optical sensors give users a painstakingly accurate window into their own vital metrics like heart rate.
Last but not least, Samsung is offering more protection than Fort Knox. That means not just the highest tier of water and dust resistance, but a full suite of biometric authentication options, including iris scanning and facial recognition. It’s but the icing on Samsung’s cake of innovation and imagination.
Available in Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will begin their official reign in select markets starting March 16, 2018. See below for a full breakdown of the specs.