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Exclusive First Looks: Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

By Zachary Chan - 4 Mar 2018

Hardware Specs

The nitty-gritty hardware details

Hardware on the S9 and S9+ is really just an incremental upgrade model to the S8 series due to the use of next-generation processors. There's nothing much to focus on here, but here are some of the highlights.

As before, there will be two variants using different processors depending on the region the devices are sold. Both the new Exynos 9810 and Snapdragon 845 processors are 10nm 64-bit octa-core parts running a 4x4 big.LITTLE configuration though, so performance should be similar. One will run at 2.7GHz, while the other variant will run at 2.8GHz. (For further reading, here's a complete lowdown of the Snapdragon 845.)

Along with the new processors, the S9 and S9+ will support Gigabit LAN (LTE Cat. 18), and will come with Andoid 8 Oreo OS.

Besides the display size mentioned, here are the other main differences between the S9 and S9+:

  • The S9 will feature 4GB of RAM, while the S9+ will have 6GB, though both phones will support microSD expansion capability and support cards up to 400GB in capacity.
     
  • The S9 will feature a 3,000mAh battery, while the S9+ will have a 3,500mAh battery.
     
  • The S9 and S9+ will feature a new 12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel AF sensor with OIS and variable aperture (F1.7/F2.4) lens as their main cameras, while the S9+ will additionally have a second 12MP F2.4 telephoto camera. Both phones have an 8MP, F1.7 front camera.

The following is the latest official spec sheet provided by Samsung at the time of writing:

 

Galaxy S9

Galaxy S9+

OS

Android 8 (Oreo)

Display

5.8-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 (570ppi)

6.2-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 (529ppi)

 

Body

147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm, 163g, IP68

158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm, 189g, IP68

Camera

Rear: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor with OIS (F1.5/F2.4)

Front: 8MP AF (F1.7)

Rear: Dual Camera with Dual OIS

  • Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4)
  • Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor (F2.4)
  • Front: 8MP AF (F1.7)

AP

10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.7 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)

10nm, 64-bit, Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)

Memory

4GB RAM

6GB RAM

Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB + microSD Slot (up to 400 GB)

SIM Card

Single SIM:  Nano SIM

Dual SIM (Hybrid SIM): Nano SIM + Nano SIM or microSD slot

Battery

3,000mAh

3,500mAh

Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0 standard

Fast Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA

Network

Enhanced 4X4 MIMO / CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM, Bluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)

Payment

NFC, MST

Sensors

Iris sensor, Pressure sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, HR sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor

Authentication

Lock type: pattern, PIN, password

Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition, Intelligent Scan: multimodal biometric authentication with iris scanning and face recognition

Audio

Stereo speakers tuned by AKG, surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology,

Audio playback format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, APE, DSF, DFF

Video

MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

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