Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+: Everything you need to know!
It's been a long time coming, but the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are here. Well, almost.
Samsung's latest phones are definitely iterative updates over last year's dramatically redesigned Galaxy S8 series, but that's OK: Samsung fixes a lot of the original's issues while making drastic improvements to the camera and biometrics systems.
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What are the big changes over the S8 series?
In a word, the camera. Samsung has kept the primary sensor at 12 megapixels, but that's where the similarities end. The S9 and S9+ have adjustable apertures, switching seamlessly between f/1.5 and f/2.4. The Galaxy S9+ also gets a second 12MP sensor with a "telephoto" lens that provides 2x lossless zoom, and facilitates Live Focus, Samsung's version of portrait mode that debuted with the Galaxy Note 8.
In terms of specs, the Galaxy S9+ has an extra two gigabytes of RAM over the regular S9, which is different from last year's models. And, obviously, the fingerprint sensors have been relocated to a much more sensible place on the back of the phone — below the now-vertical camera modules.
Should you upgrade?
The big question is whether you should upgrade to the Galaxy S9. If you're running a Galaxy S6 or S7, the answer is absolutely. If you're rocking a still-new Galaxy S8 or even a Note 8, the answer is no. While there are substantial differences that clearly make the Galaxy S9 a better phone, the S8 isn't even a year old at this point, and is poised to get some major improvements when it's updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.
Which phone is better?
There are so many phones on the market right now — how do you decide which one to buy? This section will get longer as we spend more time with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, but for now, here are our looks at the new phones compared to some of the best devices on the market.
Which Galaxy S9 should you buy?
OK, so you've made up your mind to buy the Galaxy S9 — but should you get the S9 or the larger, slightly better S9+? That's a difficult question to answer, but we tried to help you make that decision more easily.
What colors are available?
Like last year, there are multiple colors of the Galaxy S9 series to purchase: Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue and Titanium Gray. U.S. buyers only get access to three of the four — silver is only available internationally — and both blue and purple are slight updates over last year.
When and where can you buy it?
The Galaxy S9 goes up for pre-order on March 2, and the on-sale date is March 16 worldwide.
The Galaxy S9 will cost between $720 and $800 in the U.S., while the Galaxy S9+ will go for between $870 and $915. For all the details, take a look at our roundup of the best Galaxy S9 deals.