Today is the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and Samsung has taken the wraps off of its latest flagship, the Galaxy S9.
After totally revamping the Galaxy S line last year with the Galaxy S8, the S9 is more of a follow up to last year’s phone. You get more-or-less the same design with a revamped camera, improved fingerprint reader placement, and a newer processor.
As usual there are two versions, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
First up, the new specs.
The S9 is one of the first phones announced with the new 2.8Ghz Snapdragon 845 SoC in the US, while the international version will most likely get an Exynos 9810. Qualcomm is promising a 25-percent faster CPU and 30-percent faster graphics compared to the Snapdragon 835.
The rest of the base S9 specs look a lot like last year, with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 3000mah battery, and a 5.8-inch 2960×1440 OLED display.
The S9+ gets the usual bigger screen (6.2 inches @ 2960×1440) and bigger battery (3500mAh), but one improvement over last year is a RAM bump to 6GB. Neither RAM option is really outstanding for a phone this expensive, considering the much cheaper OnePlus 5T will give you 6GB and 8GB options for RAM at a much lower price. Both S9 models have headphone jacks, MicroSD slots, a new stereo speaker setup (one bottom firing, one doubles as the earpiece), IP68 dust and water resistance, wireless charging, and ship with Android 8.0 Oreo.
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