Samsung nailed it with the Galaxy S8 and the S8 plus last year. The two devices supported top of the line specifications and design, along with a futuristic infinity display. A combination of beautiful hardware and best in class software performance helped the two phones attract universal praise. Owing to the success of the S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung was able to regain its position in the market after the Note 7 Debacle a year earlier.
Considering how big of an improvement the S8 and S8 Plus were over the S7 series, it was only natural that the S9 would be an incremental upgrade over its predecessors. This was confirmed by Samsung earlier this week when the South Korean based manufacturer launched the new Galaxy S9 and S9 plus. The new devices look a lot like the S8 and S8 plus. Despite supporting similar designs, there are some notable improvements, so let us take a look at all of the new features and changes included in the S9 and S9 plus.
Position of the fingerprint scanner
The Galaxy S8 and S8 plus were aesthetically beautiful. Since the launch of Galaxy S6, Samsung has mastered the art of designing phones with glass bodies and the S8 was no exception. The glass design along with the infinity display gave the phone a stunning look. About the only problem with the design of the phone was the placement of the fingerprint scanner. The sensor was placed too close to the camera because of which the users often had a problem locating it.
With the Galaxy S9 however, Samsung has moved the fingerprint scanner from the right side of the camera to beneath. The design change will make it easier for the users to access the scanner addressing the major complaint with the design of the S8. All the other design elements of the new devices are exactly same as the Galaxy S9. While a few people are criticizing Samsung for using the same design language since the Galaxy S6, the overall look of the device means that Samsung didn’t need to change anything. Once again the S9 and S9 plus looking stunning.
Changes in Hardware
The Galaxy S9 devices feature an all-new processor the Exynos 9810. The new processor will surely boost the performance of the S9. The users can expect lower app load times, better day to day performance and improvement in the graphics performance of the device. Other than the processor, Samsung hasn’t made any major hardware change in the S9 when compared to S8. The Galaxy S9 devices support the same 4GB and 6GB variants. Moreover, the two devices also support the same battery rating as last year.
The all-new camera
The headline feature of the Galaxy S9 and S9 plus is undoubtedly the all new camera. This year, Samsung has added a secondary camera which can change the aperture. The secondary camera can change the aperture according to the surrounding light. For example, in case there is sufficient light, the camera will switch to an aperture of f/2.4 to capture more background light. Similarly, in darker situations, the camera will switch to an aperture of f/1.5 to generate a brighter photo.
Along with the hardware changes, Samsung has also redesigned the camera interface. The software changes will make it easier for the users to switch between different modes. Moreover, some of the other improvements made in the camera software include better autofocus and noise reduction.
Perhaps the biggest camera change is the inclusion of ultra-slow motion video capture. The Galaxy S9 is capable of capturing video at 960 fps at 720p. The phone can turn a 2-second clip into a six-second one thus making it fun for the users to capture ultra-slow motion video. One particular difference between the Galaxy S9 and the S9 plus camera is that the S9 plus supports an additional wide angle lens whereas the S9 supports a single 12 MP rear camera.
A lot of people might complain that there is very little difference between the Galaxy S8 and S9. With a similar design, identical specifications and similar camera resolutions, these complaints might be justified. However, the Galaxy S8 and S8 plus were excellent smartphones. There was very little room for improvement and whatever changes Samsung has made will surely improve the end user experience. While the S9 is an incremental upgrade, it is an excellent smartphone which improves upon an already great predecessor.