Samsung Galaxy S9 – What You Need to Know Before Buying



It is trending. It’s the all-new Galaxy S9 day! On Friday, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 went on sale across the globe. At this point, you’re probably asking yourself: Is the Galaxy S9 the correct hot, new phone to buy? Or is this beautiful, powerful phone the best that money can buy? While there’s a top-of-the-line spec combined with excellent design, internal speeds and outdoor photography, and the Samsung’s hardware remains at the top of the market, which makes the Galaxy S9 an excellent all-rounder that can handle the usual roster of activities and last a work day on a single charge, it isn’t without it’s shortfalls. Let’s fill you in on the latest tech beauty before you buy it.


The Good
·         Screen: its bright, 5.8-inch AMOLED screen with a dual-curved display feels great.
·         Battery life: once full, battery should take you from morning to night. Navigation and streaming will drain it faster.
·         Processor: Fast Snapdragon 845 processor gets tasks done, handles graphic-intensive games.
·         Camera: outdoor photos are bright and pretty with the 12-megapixel camera.
·         Look: it comes beautiful in lilac purple, coral blue, midnight black, and titanium grey.
·         Audio: dual-speaker system makes for loud, rich audio.
·         Headphone: same good old-fashioned jack!
·         Fingerprint reader: the fingerprint reader placement is slightly improved and makes mobile payments more convenient.
·         Entertainment: Super Slow-mo lets you see the things you could have missed in the blink of an eye. Set the video to music or turn it into a looping GIF and share it with a tap. Then sit back and watch the reactions roll in.
·         Smart extras: wireless charging and water-resistant rating give it an edge over most phones, just like previous Galaxy models.

The Galaxy S9 once again proves Samsung’s formula of a gorgeous 5.8-inch screen, sexy dual-curved design and terrific camera for well-lit shots can’t go wrong Whiplash-fast speeds, wireless charging and water-resistance complete the package. And it looks stunning in purple and blue.

The Downsides
·         Wobbly dual-aperture camera: this makes many low-light photos unrealistically bright and blurry. There is less contrast and texture than other phones have.
·         Annoying Camera switches: The camera switches too easily among modes, which is frustrating when you are not where you want to be.
·         Risky Intelligent Scan: This new unlock option that uses your face, is not secure and does not seem to solve an existing problem.
·         Poor 3D avatars: The 3D avatars you make with AR Emoji track your expressions poorly and need far more customisation options.
·         Niggling Video Automatic Mode: With super slow-motion video, automatic mode isn’t that useful, and image quality is lower-resolution than regular slow-motion. Stick to manual mode.

Low-light photos often look blurry and lack the fine texture and contrast of competing phone cameras. The Galaxy S9’s camera frequently, accidentally switches between modes. 3D avatar software is tragically bad and a new face-unlock tool is inherently insecure. The Galaxy S9 costs more than last year’s Galaxy S8.
Specifications
Network
GSM / HSPA / LTE
Status
Launched; available. Released 2018, March
Size
Multitouch
5.8 inches
Yes
Weight
163 g (5.75 oz)
Build
Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminium frame
SIM
Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
IP68 certified – dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Display
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
Resolution
1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~570 ppi density)
OS
Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Memory
Card slot: microSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only
Internal: 64/128/256 GB, 4 GB RAM
Camera
Primary       12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.5″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF), phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, check quality
Features: Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video
2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec., check quality
Secondary: 8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6″, 1.22 µm), autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
Sound
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack: Yes; 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Connection
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth
5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPS
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC
Yes
Radio
To be confirmed
Messaging
SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
The Verdict
The Galaxy S9 is a nice incremental upgrade, but its low-light camera is not a game changer and some new features fall far behind the iPhone X. S8 owners can skip, but it’s a good upgrade from older Androids.

Price: From N320,000

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