The Samsung Galaxy S9. Continuing on from the success of its predecessor (technology wise as their designs are indistinguishable), Samsung have improved many areas of the phone that needed attention – i.e. the stunning and innovative dual-aperture shutter, dual speakers and a better display. However, the biggest flaw with the previous iteration was the security – and this has been resolved as it is now easy to unlock the Samsung Galaxy S9 with your face or finger.
Samsung are the first to have f/1.5 in a phone camera, keeping them in the top spot for innovation. The ability for the S9 to seamlessly switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 means you can get the perfect shot with low or high lighting. The company has also improved the image processing for this year’s model, with multi-frame noise reduction – this stacks multiple frames on top of each other which strips out imperfections by as much as a third. The front-facing camera remains unchanged, keeping the 8MP sensor and f/1.7 aperture – still a great camera that is now able to turn you into an emoji.
The video recording on the Galaxy S9 has also seen significant updates; 4K now shooting at 60fps, for the first time super slow motion, and if you draw anywhere onscreen you can capture something like an action-replay as it will start recording as soon as it detects movement.
The software hasn’t had an overhaul, and there was no reason for this as the previous model was the best version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI so far, which is now running on the Android 8.0 Oreo. Samsung’s Exynos 9810 octa-core CPU is superb, able to deal with anything you throw at it be it gaming or browsing apps – it is faultless. You will still have 4GB of RAM, plenty enough for this phone and for fulfilling tasks, even running the Split View function it will be seamless. They have also made the CPU slightly faster and more efficient compared to the previous model, meaning battery life hasn’t been compromised so is still able to survive a whole day of use. Even if you’re running low, the fast charging will give you a full battery in an hour or so. The storage is maintained at 64GB, with the option of adding a microSD card for more.
As you can see, the externals of the phone seem identical to last years model, which they are – it was a perfectly good looking phone anyway. And is again brilliant to hold in your palm with the softly curved edges. The placement of the scanner on the rear of the phone has been moved slightly, making it far easier to utilise (no more constant smudging of the lens now.)
Overall it is seen massive improvement in tech areas, but maintaining the already beautiful external design. It may make you think twice about looking at other phones available.