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Monday, July 16, 2018

Samsung Galaxy S9+ review blog: This is the Android flagship of the year

Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: The new flagship Samsung phone has a new dual-rear camera with dual variable aperture technology, but is that all? Here's our daily live review of the Galaxy S9+ and its main features.

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If there is a calendar year for smartphone flagships, then it is clearly divided between into post-Apple iPhone launch and post-Samsung Galaxy S series launch periods. These two giants of the tech world have been pushing the envelope when it comes to smartphone specs and experience and setting the path for everyone else to follow. This year, Apple threw a bit of a curveball with the iPhone X which did not really fit to its product cycles. It was expected that Samsung will react with something different. However, the Korean tech leviathan has stuck to its guns — and product plans — by releasing the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. The phone has been announced for the Indian market and with the first sales expected later this week, we look at different aspects of living with this new Android flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ price in India – Rs 64,900

Samsung Galaxy S9+ review updates

Today, we are looking at the Samsung Galaxy S9+ camera


  1. 9:20AM
    16 Mar, 18
    The Android flagship of the year

    Samsung might not have gone for any big gimmicks, if you forget the AR emoji. But in the process, it has made the Galaxy S9 a solid phone with top of the line processing, the best Android camera and the best iteration of almost every other feature that you want in a flagship phone. This is clearly the Android flagship to beat this year.

  2. 4:45PM
    15 Mar, 18
    Let us talk about super-slow motion on Galaxy S9

    Samsung has also pushed super slow motion to this camera. However, the feature is limited by the way Samsung has made the app, and hence you lose out on spontaneity. Still if you plan a shoot, with the right light, the results can be good. Remember, slow motion is not something you want to try out in low light.   

  3. 9:24AM
    15 Mar, 18
    The S9 has a great Pro Mode

    The Pro mode on the S9 lets you play around with light, shutter speed and aperture. However, the UI here should have been better. If you don't do it right, the camera shifts the mode instead of changing the setting you were fiddling with. With the Pro mode helping you take full advantage of this camera, I would say the S9 has the best Android camera, especially when it comes to low light. For full resolution images from the Galaxy S9 camera, click here

  4. 9:19AM
    15 Mar, 18
    See the S9+ test photos

    The camera shifts seamlessly from F1.5 when it low light to F2.4 when it gets too bright.

    The photo above has been shot in the bright early summer son. But the one below has been shot in the night. The camera is up to both the challenges.

  5. 9:17AM
    15 Mar, 18
    S9+ has the best Android camera I have used

    Samsung wants you to look at the S9+ phone for its camera capabilities and has been talking only about this aspect in all of its promos. And the camera is where the engineers in Seoul are pushing the envelope. Of course, the S9+ has dual lens, but is also has dual apertures. This Samsung style "reimagining of the smartphone camera" gives you a clicker that is the best in low light.

    The image above has been shot in pitch dark, but you can still see the red flowers. And that is great for any smartphone camera.

  6. 9:27PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Do you look at benchmark? Read on

    If you are the type that takes benchmarks seriously, then you should know that the benchmark score of the Galaxy S9+ is as high as it can be. But while most of us run benchmark tests, very few look at what's happening on the phone. Scores can be deceiving, but the graphics and multi-tasking virtualisations during the benchmarking give a good idea of how the experience will be. And that is where the S9+ gives you a very good feeling. 

    Again, noticed a bit of warmth after the benchmark got over. Battery temperature was at 36 degrees, while it stayed at 27 degrees till that point. 

  7. 9:03PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Bixby is a killer app

    Smartphones are supposed to be smart. But then the S9+ is smarter. And thank Bixby for that. I would love to have this smart assistant on the phone just for its ability to translate languages by just looking at it. For someone who travels a  lot within India, especially in places where I can't read the local language, this will be a great help. This is what technology should be.

  8. 9:14AM
    14 Mar, 18
    Why isn't Samsung talking about performance?

    If you saw how Samsung has launched the S9 and promoted it since, you will be forgiven for thinking this phone does not even have a processor inside. Samsung hasn't spoken a word about the processing power, though it has its top of the line Exynos 9810 processor for the units selling in India. But it's not about the specs while you use a phone, it all about the experience and that is one area you will have no complaints with the S9 . This is flagship performance all the way.

    However, I did notice that the phone gets a bit warm at times, especially when you are playing video on full screen. 

  9. 6:41AM
    14 Mar, 18
    That's interesting

    Was woken up by the Samsung Galaxy S9+ alarm today. Interestingly, after a bit of music it speaks out the weather. I think this is a really interesting tweak. 

  10. 10:16PM
    13 Mar, 18
    The Samsung Galaxy S9+ battery is quite impressive

    Tomorrow, I will talk about performance. But one thing that is already obvious to me is the fact that this phone has very good battery life. Today, I left home at around 9.45 am with about 80 per cent juice on the phone. Exactly 12 hours later, the phone has 33 per cent battery life. That is quite good for a phone that has had its screen on all through, powered an internet hotspot for close to an hour, shots photos and videos and helped for AI driven translations. This could be one of the best features in this phone. 

  11. 7:20PM
    13 Mar, 18
    The Lilac Purple is not that bad

    I hadn't realised it till a colleague pointed out. Yes, I was wearing lilac and it seemed I was doing it by design. But this isn't a colour that I would pay for and usually I hide review devices that are not black or gray. With the S9+, I didn't quite mind flaunting the shiny glass. 

  12. 9:51AM
    13 Mar, 18
    What is with this AR Emoji

    One of Samsung’s innovations from the S9 is the new AR Emoji feature. Samsung thinks so highly of this feature it has been woven right into the camera app. Basically, the feature clicks a picture of the user and converts it into an animated emoji which can be shared wherever the user chooses. At least, that is what it is supposed to be. But in real life, or should I say augmented reality, the app looks at your face and maps you against a set of preset emojis.

    Even this mapping can go really awry if the light is not right. Samsung accepts that accuracy is not what it is aiming for as it is just gunning for some fun. But why would I share an emoji that does not look even a bit like me? Beats me and makes my emoji say NOOOO!!! 

  13. 6:55AM
    13 Mar, 18
    A selfie from the heart

    Samsung has activated a new feature that is quite handy, no pun intended. Now, you can use the heart rate sensor -- which is placed right next to the camera module -- to click a selfie. As soon as you finger touches the sensor it takes a selfie. I love this feature as it makes it easier to click selfies, after you have figured out where the sensor is. However, the problem with this is that finding and touching the sensor means there is a bit of shake on the camera in the process.  

  14. 6:12PM
    12 Mar, 18
    Testing face recognition of the Samsung Galaxy S9+

    The Samsung Galaxy S9+ uses face recognition to unlock the phone. You can also use Iris scanning, fingerprint, pattern and pin, in place of or in conjunction with, the face recognition. You better. Because for me, the success rate with the face recognition was quite poor whatever the light or conditions. It does work, but the times it did not are what stay at the top of you might. I set up the phone with PIN as the backup -- like I did with Apple iPhone X -- and it was irritating to have to key in the numbers each time. Then I added fingerprint scanning and life became a bit easier.

    I then realised that the amount of facial hair seems to have an impact on the accuracy of face recognition.

  15. 1:52PM
    12 Mar, 18

    The display is on at all times and shows the time and some other icons

  16. 1:46PM
    12 Mar, 18
    Samsung Galaxy S9+ stands out with always on infinite display

    It is pointless talking about the quality of display on a Samsung flagship. It is a given that the display will be good; it almost comes naturally to Samsung. The S9+ is no exception. The phone has an infinity display and it is on all the time. The always on display means the phone has something to show all the time. On the lock screen you can see time, date and a bunch of notifications icons. This is a black and white screen, but very useful for when you are just glancing at the phone to see if you have missed out something.

  17. 9:14AM
    12 Mar, 18
    Samsung Galaxy S9 review: Easy to grip

    The phone, despite its size, is easy to grip. This is important with the fingerprint scanner at the back. Any wider and you will not be able to reach it. The edges are smooth and do not irritate you while gripping the phone tightly as some of us tend to do, mostly with expensive phones. There is a Bixby button on the left, which one can click to summon Samsung’s smart assistant.

  18. 9:12AM
    12 Mar, 18
    Samsung Galaxy S9 : The Lilac Purple colour phone is here

    Anyway, Samsung has introduced a new colour in the Lilac Purple. Being a staunch black and gray person, I broke into a bit of a cold sweat when I saw the two Ls on the box of the review unit. But having used it for a day, I have grown to like this colour. It is loud but in a sophisticated way, like someone who wears a yellow tie but manages to cover up with the rest of his outfit. There are small changes in comparison to the S8 , but you will not figure that out until you read about it. The fingerprint sensor is right under the dual camera setup and you will get used to having your finger there, especially since Samsung is using the sensor to initiate selfies.

  19. 9:11AM
    12 Mar, 18
    Samsung Galaxy S9 holds the design, but adds some colour

    The one thing you will notice first about the Samsung Galaxy S9 as you take it out of the now familiar black box, is that the design is what you would expect. Like Apple with the iPhone, Samsung wants it S series to look the same. So if you were looking for a breath of fresh air, you have just been hit by a desert storm. There is nothing wrong here and the most iconic designs have all been enduring ones -- like with the Fiat Mini, for instance.