Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus – First Impressions

Usually I leave my impressions and opinions of the devices until the end of my posts, but not today. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are really great phones and they do bring a lot to the table, but if you own a Galaxy S8 or a Note 8, then it isn’t much of an upgrade. Let’s get started…


The only thing different with the display this time is that the screen comes slightly bigger than that of the S8, which is definitely great, but really there isn’t anything more to say about it. It’s still the same QHD infinity Super AMOLED display.

On the other hand, the speakers have become better after introducing immersive audio by Dolby Atmos. How good? Well, that’s a question that will only be answered when the phone is introduced in Lebanon.


The Galaxy S9 Plus uses a dual camera setup while the S9 has only one main camera. But it’s really the main camera that contains all the magic. Both phones contain “Dual Aperture”, in other words, both make use of a variable mechanical aperture, allowing users to change between a wide aperture of f/1.5 (great for low light photos) and f/2.4 depending on the lighting conditions.

Additional Camera Features:

  1. Super Slow-mo: Both phones are capable of taking slow-motion videos capturing 960 frames per second. The video only captures 0.2 seconds and extends it into 6 seconds long. Yes, that is definitely “super” slow motion, but users have to be very precise when recording the video. Super Slow-mo also contains a Motion Detection feature which starts recording once any movement is detected within the frame.
  2. AR Emoji: Users can use their cameras to create emojis that looks, sounds, and acts like them. The feature uses machine learning, which supposedly analyzes a 2D image of the user and maps out more than 100 facial features to create a 3D model that reflects and imitates expressions.

It’s great to introduce AR features but this didn’t really make much of a difference to me. Whether it’s AR Emoji or Animoji, such features will be used for a week or two and then completely abandoned.

What’s in the Box

What should you expect to receive in the box when you buy a Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus? Here’s a list:

  1. S9
  2. AKG tuned earphones
  3. Ejection pin
  4. USB cable
  5. USB connector (USB A to USB Type-C)
  6. USB Power Adapter

I certainly left some features and specifications that I didnt discuss, such as intelligent scan security feature that scans both the irises and the face, the new processor, and the newly introduced Bixby features. This is because I can’t possibly form an opinion of them before actually using them, and so they’ll be discussed in detail after personally testing the device. For now, my first opinion still stands that the device does bring a lot to the table, especially if you’re using a 2 year old device. However, when comparing them to Samsung’s last year flagships, it doesn’t seem much of an upgrade. I will wait and see if the S9 and S9 plus will be able to prove me wrong.

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