Samsung S9 review: a refined Android flagship with show-stealing camera
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is, in terms of hardware and design, an iterative update of last year's Galaxy S8. The S9 features the exact same screen as last year's phone, the same amount of RAM and storage, the same capacity battery, and an almost identical design, too. And, the same is true for the S9 Plus (check out our Samsung S9 Plus review for details), too.Indeed, only the Samsung S9 range's 12MP dual-aperture rear camera system is legitimately leap-ahead new, which explains at least in part why Samsung has been so keen to push its "The Camera Reimagined" slogan in the marketing run up to the phones' release date.However, Samsung's new camera system is, in many ways, the gateway to the S9's real new advancements and innovations, including a new upgraded version of Bixby (Samsung's AI assistant) with real-time object detection and recognition, AR Emoji (Samsung's version of Apple's Animoji), and Super slow-mo 960fps video recording.Of course, Samsung's new flagship Android phone also comes with a pretty darn hefty price tag and, with the S8 now considerably cheaper on the market, it is only natural to wonder whether these more holistic, every-day-use features on top of similar hardware is worth the expense.To discover whether this is a crippling blow or not to Samsung's 2018 Galaxy S8 read on.
SAMSUNG S9 REVIEW: PRICE, COLOURS, AND RELEASE DATE
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is available in three colours: Lilac Purple (the colour we tested here), Midnight Black and Coral Blue.The Samsung Galaxy S9 costs £739 to buy. The phone can be purchased directly from Samsung as well as select retailers.On contract the Samsung Galaxy S9 can be picked up with 16GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts for £59 per month (£29 upfront cost)over at Vodafone.Check out our Samsung Galaxy S9 deals page for the best S9 prices!
SAMSUNG S9 REVIEW: DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY
The Galaxy S9 has retained a headphone jack.
SAMSUNG S9 REVIEW: SCREEN AND HARDWARE
The S9's 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen is superb.
SAMSUNG S9 REVIEW: CAMERA
The Samsung Galaxy S9 features a 12MP rear camera with dual-aperture technology.
SAMSUNG S9 REVIEW: AR EMOJI AND BIXBY AI ASSISTANT
Creating AR Emoji is fast and easy, with the function built into the S9's camera menu.
SAMSUNG S9 REVIEW: AUDIO, BATTERY, SOFTWARE AND SECURITY
Users can select from a series of pre-set AR Emoji gifs or create their own.
SAMSUNG S9 REVIEW: VERDICT