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Samsung Galaxy S9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8022 reviews of Samsung Galaxy S9. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Views about the design and screen are overall positive. The performance and camera are also appreciated, but the GPS navigation and reliability get mixed opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy S9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Max Parker (trustedreviews.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9

 

Samsung Galaxy S9 review, price and release date: How does Samsung's latest flagship compare to the competition? Let's find out.

Fantastic display ; Feels great ; Much improved speakers

Average battery life ; Dual-sensor only on Plus model ; Some lag with Samsung’s software

Battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S9 is almost exactly the same as last year’s S8. Even with the switch to a more efficient mobile chip, it’s a shame Samsung hasn’t really been able to squeeze any more juice from the 3000mAh battery.

May, 2018

Expert review by : Robert Jones (t3.com)

Samsung S9 review: a refined Android flagship with show-stealing camera

 

Samsung has created the most premium and polished phone of 2018

12MP rear camera with dual-aperture technology ; Still fabulous Super AMOLED 18.5:9 QHD+ screen ; AR Emoji, while not perfect, are lots of fun

Similar specs to the Galaxy S8

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 review

 

Samsung's tweaking has made the S9 one of the best Android phones around.

Superb screen for video ; Powerful performance ; Dual-aperture camera is effective ; Well built ; Great design

Audio still lacks the last word in timing

Samsung has gone down the Apple route of only making minor tweaks, but this has resulted in one of the best Android phones this year

Mar, 2018

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Samsung Galaxy S9 review

 

The best Android phone in the world just got (slightly) better

Refined, stylish design with gorgeous curved screen ; Improved low-light camera, excellent slo-mo video ; All the features you'd want in a flagship

Improved camera still can't quite beat the best ; Hard to tell the S9 apart from the S8 ; Fingerprint sensor still a bit close to the camera

Easily the best all-round Android phone you can buy today

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Gareth Beavis (techradar.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 review

 

Where the S8 was great, the S9 is only fine

Swift biometric security ; Awesome low-light performance ; Very powerful

Design is identical to S8 ; Some camera snaps lack vibrancy ; Expensive

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is a great phone, but one that didn't really kick on from the Galaxy S8, bringing a very similar design and screen to 2017's version. The improved biometrics were sorely needed, and the camera is a leap forward, but the amazing...

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (recombu.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 Review: First essential smartphone of 2018?

 

Samsung's 2018 flagship phone looks like a direct clone of last year's model. So is the Galaxy S9 an essential smartphone, or should you save a bit of cash and grab the S8 instead? Here's our full review.

Smart camera tech ; Premium everyday experience ; Superb performance

No real upgrade ; Pricey ; Beaten by cheaper rivals

So, should you consider buying the Galaxy S9?

Mar, 2018

TechAdvisor Recommended

Expert review by : Chris Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy S9

 

It might be more appropriate to call it the S8 mk2, but the Samsung Galaxy S9 is stunning smartphone across the board. It's now on sale so find out what's new in our full review.

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy S9 review: Samsung's best-ever phone

 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is an impressive handset, but there's not enough here to justify the steep price

Excellent low-light camera ; The fastest Android smartphone yet

Slightly worse battery life ; More expensive than Galaxy S8

That makes it hard to wholeheartedly recommend the Galaxy S9, either as a general-purpose smartphone or as a best-in-class camera phone. There’s some impressive technology here, but Samsung needs to offer something more to justify a wallet-wilting £739.

Expert review by : Jonathan Bray (alphr.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 review: Very nearly brilliant

 

A great smartphone, but the Samsung Galaxy S9's improvements over the S8 are marginal, and it's much more expensive as well

Taken as a whole, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is impressive. It is better overall than the S8, despite slightly weaker battery life and a rather odd implementation of its low-light camera algorithms. It’s faster, the screen is just as good, it has better...

Mar, 2018

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy S9 review

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Samsung has just announced the new Galaxy S9, its latest high-end flagship smartphone. It looks very similar to last year's Galaxy S8, but the manufacturer says that improvements have been made across the board. Are these changes enough to warrant...

Feb, 2018

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:3000 / 3500
Browsing time (3G):11 / 13
Browsing time (4G):12 / 15
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):14 / 15
Continuous audio playback time:48 / 54
Continuous audio playback time (display off):80 / 94
Continuous video playback time:16 / 18
Talk time (3G):11 / 22 / 23
Wireless Charging:Y

Call management

Auto-redialing:Y
Call blocking:Y
Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speakerphone:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating Alert:Y

Camera

Auto Focus:Y
Built-in Flash:Y
Digital Zoom:10 / 8
Face detection:Y
Flash type:LED
Front camera aperture number:1.7
Front camera flash:N / Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Front camera type:Single camera
Geotagging:Y
Image stabilizer:Y
Maximum frame rate:60 / 960
Night mode:N / Y
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.55
Optical Zoom:2
Rear camera aperture number:1.5 / 2.4
Rear camera dual aperture number:1.5/2.4
Rear camera flash:Y
Rear Camera Resolution:4032 x 3024
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Rear camera type:Dual camera / Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@30fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@30fps / 1280x720@960fps,1920x1080@240fps,3840x2160@60fps
Second rear camera aperture number:2.4
Second rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Self-timer:Y
Smile detection:Y
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160
Video recording:Y
Video recording modes:720p,1080p,2160p
Video stabilizer:Y
Zoom capability:Y

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):1.18 / 1.35
Body SAR category (EU):A
Head SAR (EU):0.294 / 0.362

Design

Brand colour:Coral Blue / Lilac Purple / Midnight Black / Sunrise Gold
Colour name:Coral Blue / Lilac Purple / Midnight Black / Sunrise Gold
Colour of product:Black / Blue / Gold / Grey / Lilac / Purple / Silver
Face recognition:Y
Fingerprint Reader:Y
Form factor:Bar
International Protection (IP) code:IP68
Product colour:Beige,Blue / Black / Blue / Gold / Grey / Lilac / Purple / Silver
Protection features:Dust resistant, Splash proof / Dust resistant, Water resistant / Dust resistant,Splash proof / Dust resistant,Water resistant

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 18.5:9 / 18:9
Display diagonal:14.7 / 15.8
Display glass type:Gorilla Glass
Display number of colours:16 million colours
Display Resolution:1440 x 2960 / 2960 x 1440
Display Type:AMOLED / SAMOLED
Orientation sensor:Y
Pixel density:529 / 570
Rounded display corners:Y
Screen shape:Curved / Curved edge screen / Flat
Second display:N
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y
Ambient light sensor:Y
Face recognition:Y
Gyroscope:Y
Magnetic sensor:Y
Pressure sensor:Y
Proximity sensor:Y

Messaging

Chat:Y
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y
Text prediction system:Y

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AMR, APE, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, Mid, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, APE, FLAC, IMY, M4A, Mid, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, APE, FLAC, IMY, M4A, Mid, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA,AAC,AMR,APE,AWB,DFF,DSF,FLAC,IMY,M4A,MIDI,MP3,MXMF,OGA,OGG,OTA,RTTTL,RTX,WAV,WMA,XMF / 3GA,AAC,AMR,APE,AWB,FLAC,IMY,M4A,MID,MIDI,MP3,MXMF,OGA,OGG,OTA,RTTTL,RTX,WAV,WMA,XMF / 3GA,AAC,AMR,APE,FLAC,IMY,M4A,MID,MIDI,MP3,MXMF,OGA,OGG,OTA,RTTTL,RTX,WAV,WMA,XMF / 3GA,AAC,AMR,AWB,DFF,DSF,FLAC,IMY,M4A,MID,MIDI,MP3,MXMF,OGA,OGG,OTA,RTTTL,RTX,WAV,WMA,XMF
Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WBMP,WEBP
Playback modes:Zoom
Speakers:STEREO
Supported video modes:2160p
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV / 3G2,3GP,AVI,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y
Barometer:Y
BeiDou:Y
Electronic compass:Y
Galileo:Y
GLONASS:Y
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):800,900,1800 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE,GPRS,GSM / GSM
3G:Y
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA,HSPA+,HSUPA,UMTS / HSDPA,UMTS / TD-SCDMA,UMTS,WCDMA / UMTS / UMTS,WCDMA
4G:Y
4G bands supported:700,800,850,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 700,800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2300,2500,2600 / 700,800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 700,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2300,2500,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:N / Y
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVCTP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, Pan, PBAP
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 5.0 / 5.0 LE
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Hybrid Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other features

Google applications:Gmail,Google Maps,Google Music,Google Play,YouTube / Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB / USB Type-C
Ejection pin:Y
Headset included:N / Y
Interface adapters included:Micro USB-B male - USB Type-C female / Micro USB-B male - USB Type-C female,USB Type-C male - USB Type-A female
Quick start guide:Y
Screen protector:Y
SIM card ejector pin:Y
USB connector leaflet:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock,Calculator,Calendar / Alarm clock,Calculator,Calendar,Events reminder,Notes,To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons,Menu,Shortcuts
Quick Charge:Y
Support for contact groups:Y
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

ANT+ enabled:Y
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:3.1 (3.1 Gen 1)

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.7 / 1.8
Processor Cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Samsung Exynos
Processor frequency:2.7 / 2.8
Processor lithography:10

Software

Operating system installed:Android / Android 8.0
Operating System Version:8 / 8.0 Oreo
Platform:Android / Asha

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:128 / 256 / 64
Maximum memory card size:200 / 400 / 512
Memory card slot type:Dedicated slot
RAM capacity:4 / 6
USB mass storage:Y
User memory:50.3

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:158.1 / 8.5
Height :147.7 / 158.1 / 8.5
Weight:163 / 189
Width:68.7 / 73.8