Samsung has launched the much-awaited Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones in India. The new handsets come with improved cameras, face recognition, and AR Emojis. While the Samsung Galaxy S9 sports a single rear camera with variable aperture sensor, the Galaxy S9+ sports a dual rear camera setup. Additional features include Bixby Vision and AKG-tuned dual speakers. Now, the South Korean giant has launched a new Ice Blue color variant in China. Read more to find about Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Price in India, Specifications, and Features
Price and Availability
|Samsung Galaxy S9 Ice Blue variant
|CNY 5,499 (approx Rs 57,000)
|Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Ice Blue variant
|CNY 6,499 (approx Rs 67,400)
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is priced in India at Rs 57,900 for the 64GB storage model and Rs 65,900 for the 256GB variant. Whereas the Galaxy S9+ comes with a price tag of Rs 64,900 and Rs 72,900 for the 64GB and 256GB variant, respectively. Both devices were launched in Burgundy Red, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Sunrise Gold, and Titanium Gray color options
The new gradient color option (Ice Blue) is now up for pre-orders in China (exclusively in 128GB storage variants). While the Galaxy S9 model is priced at CNY 5,499 (approx Rs 57,000), the Galaxy S9+ model costs CNY 6,499 (approx Rs 67,400). Shipping starts for the Galaxy S9 starts shipping from November 20. The Galaxy S9+ will be available from November 26.
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 845/ Exynos 9 series 9810
|64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB (expandable up to 400GB)
|5.8-inch/ 6.2-inch, curved-edge Super AMOLED, QHD+, 18.5:9 aspect ratio
|Android 8.0 Oreo
|Primary (Rear) Camera
|12MP with flash
Both handsets are powered by a 10nm 64-bit octa-core (4 x 2.8GHz cores + 4 x 1.7GHz cores) Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. In some regions including India, the new smartphones will be backed by the company’s Exynos 9810 SoC (4 x 2.7GHz cores + 4 x 1.7GHz cores). While the Galaxy S9 comes with 4GB RAM, the Galaxy S9+ ships with 6GB RAM. Users can choose from multiple storage options – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB (expandable up to 400GB).
In terms of optics, the Samsung Galaxy S9 features a SuperSpeed Dual Pixel 12-megapixel autofocus sensor with OIS (optical image stabilization) and variable aperture (f/1.5-f/2.4). Whereas the Samsung Galaxy S9+ sports a dual rear camera setup with dual OIS. It combines a SuperSpeed Dual Pixel 12-megapixel autofocus f/1.5-f/2.4 wide-angle lens and a 12-megapixel autofocus f/2.4 telephoto lens. Both models feature an 8-megapixel autofocus front camera with f/1.7 aperture.
Samsung claims that the new smartphones can capture 28 percent more light than their predecessors. Additionally, a new multi-frame noise reduction feature reduces the noise by up to 30 percent. The super slow-motion camera is capable of recording at 960fps (frames per second). This export footage can be used as a GIF or an animated wallpaper on the smartphone.
Design and Display
The Samsung Galaxy S9 features a 5.8-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It measures 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm and weighs 163 grams. Whereas the Galaxy S9+ sports a 6.2-inch QHD+ Curved Super AMOLED display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It measures 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm and weighs 189 grams. Both models come in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, and Titanium Grey colors.
- Dual rear cameras
- AR Emojis
- Bixby Vision
- AKG-tuned dual speakers
- Dolby ATMOS
- IP68 certification
- Android 8.0 Oreo OS
- Gigabit LTE
- Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- USB Type-C
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Multiple color options
The new smartphones run Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. Connectivity options include Gigabit LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Both devices come with IP68 rating (water + dust resistance).
The new AR Emoji maps your facial expressions onto regular emojis. It lets you click a 3D picture of yourself and turn it into customized emoji. You can choose from 18 different expressions/emojis. These can then be used via the keyboard app.
The Bixby Vision in the camera app offers live translation features. It can recognize the objects in a frame and offer information about the number of calories in food items.
Additional features include dual speakers (tuned by AKG Acoustics) with one downwards firing speaker, and the earpiece doubling up as the other channel. Users can also use a toggle in Quick Settings to enable Dolby Atmos Surround Sound.
The new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ look almost identical to their predecessors. You can only spot minor design changes. While Samsung has reduced the size of the bezels at the top and bottom, most of the upgrades are made to the processors and cameras. What do you think of the Samsung flagship models? Let us know in the comments section below.