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Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus: Is this the best camera till date?

Last updated on: March 06, 2018 17:59 IST

Ashish Narsale decodes all that is hot and all that is not about Samsung's latest phones.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 25.
Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters.


Both the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus look the same as their predecessors -- the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, respectively -- but they are packed with new and improved hardware and features.

Both phones host a camera with the best specs till date, and finally bring the Samsung Galaxy S series into the Artificial Intelligence (AI) race.

The much-awaited phones from the Samsung stable were unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 25.

Both phones can now be preordered on Flipkart.

The Samsung S9 Plus with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM costs ₹64,900.

The Samsung S9 with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM costs ₹57,900.

Both the variants are available in coral blue, lilac purple and midnight black.

Is the phone worth it?



Like its predecessors, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus measures 5.8-inch diagonally with 570 ppi and 6.2-inch diagonally with 529 ppi tall, respectively.

Both have super AMOLED display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio at the resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels.

A thin aluminum frame protecting the innards is sandwiched between Glass 5 Corning Gorilla glass, which protects the front dual curved infinity display and the back of the phone.

The curved display makes the phones appear bezel less, but it isn't. The top bezel incorporates sensors like proximity, iris scanner, camera and the bottom chin houses other electronics.

Samsung has also finally corrected the fingerprint position, which is now placed at the centre below the camera module for ease of use.


Both variants run on Octa-core, 10 nm SoC by Samsung's Exynos 9810 for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC (System on Chip) for the United States and China.

Both processors support AI processing, extended reality (human interaction with a combination of the real and virtual worlds aided with wearable devices), fast LTE Modem and faster processing at lowest power consumption.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is available in 4 GB RAM, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus comes with 6 GB of RAM. You can choose between a 64 GB or 256 GB ROM variant.

Both support external memory of up to 400 GB.

The phones support Samsung DeX (desktop experience), which means you can enjoy a PC-like experience by connecting the phone to a monitor via the DeX pad and access photos, video, check mails or surf internet.

The phones are also IP68 certified as water and dust resistant.


The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a 3,000 mAh battery and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is powered by a 3,500 mAh battery.

Both support wireless and fast charging.


Samsung keeps the 3.5mm audio jack, and introduces AKG tuned stereo speakers with Dolby ATMOS surround sound.


Samsung provides it own mobile security in the form of the pre-installed Samsung Knox app.

Apart from the password, pattern, pin, iris or fingerprint scanner options, Samsung has also added the face recognition feature. For added security, the face recognition and iris scanner work in conjunction.


Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

Photograph: Courtesy

Based on what we saw at the launch, the biggest innovation in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is the camera. We have seen dual cameras, dual pixels, but now we have a camera with dual apertures.

But iterations of the phone have a primary rear 12 MP camera with a dual aperture setup in a single lens. The two apertures are f/2.4 wide and f/1.5 telephoto for shooting in bright light and low light, respectively. The aperture automatically changes according to the lighting condition or can be manually changed in the camera app's pro mode.

The camera supports super slow-mo video of 960 fps at the resolution of 720p. The video captured at 960 fps in super slow-mo approximately for 0.2 seconds gives a playback of 6 seconds. The super slow-mo video can be overlaid with preloaded music or music of your choice.

The video can also be converted to an animated GIF using three looping styles as reverse, forward, or swing, and can be added to the lock screen.

While shooting slow-mo videos, you can even use motion detection as the slow-mo will start recording as the action happens.

All of this is possible due to integration of the DRAM Memory chip with dual pixel image sensor directly in the camera.

Only the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has a dual camera setup, so those who are interested in buying small form factor phones with dual cameras will be disappointed.

The dual setup's second camera is a 12 MP f/2.4 and also acts as 2x optical zoom.

Both the cameras in the dual setup of Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and the single camera in the Samsung Galaxy S9 support OIS.

The front camera is an 8 MP f/1.7 shooter; it supports autofocus and auto HDR.

Samsung has also added Augmented Reality (AR) Emoji; just like Apple iPhone X's Animoji it captures your facial expression and creates an animated avatar of you. The animated emoji can not only be customised according to your choice, it also not limited to Samsung devices; you can share them through any third party apps that support such sharing.

Additionally, with the help of Bixby Vision, the camera can translate different language signboards in real time and help you find a place when you pan the camera, detects food when you point the camera at it and give information regarding its calorie count, etc.


The camera might be the talking point, but it remains to be seen how well it performs.

It was expected that the Samsung Galaxy S9 would embrace AI, but if you are a Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus owner, you should wait for the next iteration, as the AI is in the incubation stage.

Ashish Narsale /