Today Samsung has officially announced the much leaked Samsung S9 and S9+ at this years MWC 2018.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are powered by 10nm 64-bit Octa-core processors, in 2.7 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad and 2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad configs respectively. They’ve also added some software improvements and upgraded the camera.

With the S9, the fingerprint reader is now situated below the rear camera, as opposed to the right. Likewise, the S9+ also benefits from the new fingerprint reader placement and goes the full dual-camera route, just like with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.

Camera

With Galaxy S9 release teased with the intriguing statement: “The camera reimagined”. In reality it seems less of a reimagining and more of a retooling of the S9’s camera, delivering a mechanical aperture that can switch between f1.5 and f2.4, the stated benefit is that in low light, the S9 will benefit from having the widest aperture on any flagship smartphone and in daylight it will automatically stop down to f2.4 to limit the light getting into the camera.

Samsung says the ability to switch between the two aperture settings will deliver more consistent high-quality camera performance in all lighting conditions. The combination of the S9’s high sensitivity dual pixel AF sensor, wider f1.5 aperture lens with optical image stabilisation and new 12-frame night capture mode make the S9 a formidable smartphone when it comes to taking pictures and recording videos in low-light conditions. The S9+ also features a dual camera (dual OIS) setup, adding the ability to zoom optically.

The phone’s camera module the S9 can now capture super-slow-mo video at 960fps @ 720p, with intelligent motion detection technology to help you capture the decisive dramatic moment every time. The slow-motion features have been implemented very well in the S9, making slow-mo intuitive to capture and easy to share. For selfies, the Galaxy S9 retains the front-facing 8MP f1.7 camera module from the S8 and S8+.

S9 AR Emoji

Samsung now supports 3D-face mapping to create personalised emoji, either from a captured photo or from a picture stored in your gallery. But instead of making poo emoji speak, you can be the emoji yourself, which is pretty neat. Analysing an image of your face the S9 will map over 100 facial features to imitate your expressions, such as winks and frowns in realtime. Once captured, the S9 saves the files in standard AGIF file format so that your personalised emojis can be shared in a wider variety of third party messaging platforms, such as Facebook messenger and assumably Whatsapp.

Bixby

Samsung’s intelligent assistant platform is further enhanced. Integrated with the S9 camera and benefitting from the phone’s improved processing power, Bixby uses augmented reality functions and machine learning tech to provide useful contextual information wherever you point the phone’s camera.

For example, the S9 can tell you how many calories are in your meals, show you highlights in your current location and provide live translation of text and signs when you’re on your travels

Specs

  • Snapdragon 845 (US & China-only), Exynos 9810 (UK, Worldwide)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5.8in (S9) and 6.2in (S9+) display
  • Two ‘Super Speed’ 12-megapixel cameras with OIS (F1.5/F2.4) or Single adjustable aperture lens
  • 64GB storage (up to 256GB with microSD card)
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint reader
  • Water-resistant IP68
  • Integration with Bixby
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • 3.5mm headphone jack included, with AKG stereo speakers
  • Android 8.0 Oreo

Design
Both devices are almost indistinguishable from their predecessors when in Midnight Black. With Coral Blue and even more with the on-trend colour of 2018 Lilac Purple.

Both phones have a water and dust resistance of IP68, fast QC 2.0 wireless charging and retain their respective battery capacities of 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh.

The price for S9 will be £739 and the S9+ will be £869, the S9/S9+ will start shipping from 16th March, if you preorder the device before 10pm on the 8th of March, 2018 will receive their device on the 9th of March, 2018 – 7 days early at least (VodafoneUK/Three/EE and O2 UK) will do.