Biggest upgrade with Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9 + is camera hardware
It’s hard to get excited about smartphones in 2018. Things are pretty much the same, and there’s really nothing here to impress us incredibly, or to require an upgrade from the current smartphone you have. And we’ll be forgiven if they feel there’s very little difference between the previous generation Galaxy s8 and the new Galaxy S9.
With the next generation flagship, Samsung is focusing on the camera department. Yes the bezels have been scaled down even a bit, yes the processors are now newer, yes there is more variation between the S9 and S9 +, but overall it’s the same phone but with different cameras.
And the camera change is pretty huge, because for the second time in history a smartphone has a dual aperture lens. I said second because the 2009 Nokia N86 could sort of do it.
With normal and larger lens cameras, it’s easy to have a variable aperture. The same cannot be said for the tiny lenses of smartphone cameras. But somehow Samsung managed to achieve two aperture variation states for the Galaxy S9 and S9 +, going from f2.4 in normal light to f1.5 in low light. Switching happens automatically when you switch to low light, but can be made possible manually in the camera’s pro mode.
In essence, it promises some really good low-light photographs, which I can’t wait to see in real life when I get my hands on the phone. The S9 and S9 + both have the 12MP dual aperture lens as the primary camera. But the S9 + gets an additional 12MP shooter (carried from the Note 8) but with fixed opening.
Having a phone with two cameras and one with a single shooter will obviously influence the sales of the different models, and it is obvious that many will opt for the Galaxy S9 +, which in addition to having a dual camera system, will also benefit from a display. bigger, more RAM and a bigger battery.
With artificial intelligence, the cameras will automatically be able to read and translate things for you live. It is therefore not necessary to take a photo of the characters and wait for the translation. We can also increase reality by mapping digital representations on the real world. It has a lot of promise with different app developers creating cool stuff.
The front camera has also received significant improvements. The 8MP shooter now features portrait mode, which Samsung has a new name for, and can shoot sharp images by focusing on the subject and blurring the background.
Samsung has also gone full cut and paste by bringing in something they call AR Emoji, a scam of the iPhone X’s Animoji. With AR Emoji, you can create an augmented reality version of yourself by saying things, etc. and share it as a GIF or video.
One of the best things about Samsung devices for me has been the Iris scanner and the Face Unlock features. With the Galaxy S9 and S9 +, Samsung has combined the two technologies, calling them smart scan.
Smart Scan combines the facial recognition capabilities of the front camera and the eye-unlocking functions of the iris scanner (which means you ultimately don’t have to choose between one), to make your unlocking safer, more fast and better even in low light.
I’m especially happy with that because with the S8, and even the Note 8, you couldn’t use Face Unlock in low light, you couldn’t use the Iris scanner in direct sunlight either, now both technicians are working. together.
As usual, the phone is water / dust resistant, wireless charging is supported, it is still a slippery device, the fingerprint location has been shifted slightly, the frequency monitor cardiac is still present, and overall it is obviously currently a better competitor for the best smartphone.
What excites you the most? I can’t wait to get my hands on the S9 and S9 + when they launch in Kenya in the next few days.
The S9 comes with 4 GB of RAM while the S9 + has 6 GB of memory. Both versions come with a base storage of 64 GB (expandable up to 400 GB via microSD). Both have the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (for US markets) and the new Exynos processor (worldwide). Both launch with Android Oreo out of the box. The S9 has a 3000mAh battery while the S9 + has a 3500mAh battery. Both have stereo speakers. And color options include: black, coral blue, lilac purple, and silver.
The launch date in Kenya has not yet been announced.