The premiere of Galaxy S9 smartphones is behind us. We know their prices and specifications, as well as pre-sale bonuses, which is still starting today. I had the opportunity to check the Galaxy S9 + and in this post I will present you my first impressions. What is the best Samsung smartphone? Is it worth ordering?
Samsung showed today at MWC 2018 in Barcelona two new flagship: Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 +. I had the opportunity to spend some time with this second model, which is better equipped and clearly more expensive. What is Samsung Galaxy S9 +? Is it worth being interested in? Here is my initial opinion about the best Samsung smartphone .
New flagships resemble predecessors
At first glance, Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 + resemble predecessors and this association is the most correct. Narrow frames, folded screens 18.5: 9, rounded backs , glass and metal – nothing new. We are clearly in the phase of a course that focuses on evolution, not revolution. Perhaps someone for bravado will recognize the new version of the Lilac Purple color. I will add that even choosing this option you will get a phone with a black front. A change worth noting is the delicate redesign of bends on the side edges. Now they are more subtle and it may seem to you that Galaxy S9 + is clearly wider than its predecessor. In fact, the difference is negligible (+0.4 mm). Exactly the same with the frames above and below the display, which have been shortened by just over 1 mm. In its place remained a virtual house key, reacting to the pressure. Other Android function buttons have not been enriched with this option. Larger differences can be found on the back panel, which I will talk about in the further part of the entry.
Samsung Galaxy S9 + has a dual camera
This year's flagship brands differ in their equipment much more than their predecessors. Let's start with the fact that the Galaxy S9 + has a dual camera , when the Galaxy S9 we find only a single camera. An additional "eyelet" is a telephoto lens, familiar to us from Galaxy Note 8. The manufacturer promotes it exactly the same as in the flagship notebook . The reason for this is very simple – in this category, little has changed. If you do not like the additional camera in the Galaxy Note 8, then you do not have to worry about its lack in the Galaxy S9.Much more has changed in the main camera. Samsung decided to introduce something new to the world of mobile technologies and implemented a variable aperture . This means that you can now change the brightness of the lens by selecting f / 1.5 or f / 2.4 . Remember that there is nothing between these values. The selection of the appropriate setting is done automatically, although in the professional mode there is an option to force a specific value. What does it actually give? The matter is extremely simple. Setting the brightness at f / 1.5 will make it easier to take a good picture in more difficult lighting conditions. Meanwhile, switching to f / 2.4 on a bright day will make the picture sharper (mainly on the edges), and the chance to burn the image will be reduced to a minimum. In theory it sounds great, in practice I had no way to check it, because with the phone I was in a closed room with studio lighting, and in such conditions closing the relative hole only worsened the quality of the photos. I am counting on the fact that Galaxy S9 + will go to full tests very quickly and I will have the opportunity to check it in all possible conditions. As for the quality of the pics, I must admit that they were a bit worse than I expected. Mainly because the Koreans boasted of new algorithms that create one image based on up to twelve samples . Unfortunately, I do not have any samples for you so that you can evaluate it yourself. However, you must remember that the copy I shared did not work on the final version of the software, so Samsung will almost certainly improve this issue. I hope it will happen.
New movie modes
Since we're at the camera, it's worth mentioning new video recording modes. The first one is 4K at 60 fps , which gives extremely detailed and smooth films of really high quality. The creators also introduced the H265 codec, which reduces the size of such films by 40%, which saves a lot of space. The second is known from the last flagship Xperia Super Slow Motion , recorded in HD resolution at 960 fps . This function allows stretching from 0.2 seconds to more than 6 seconds. I am glad that Samsung has prepared an automatic mode, which makes the decision to start recording material in slow motion based on motion detection. All you have to do is point to the right element and the software will take care of the rest. Thanks to this, the chance of missing a fleeting moment drops practically to a minimum. The only problem is the low resolution, so the films of this type will not be too good quality without appropriate lighting conditions.
Samsung also has its Animoji
Animoji from Apple is a kind of phenomenon that I can not understand. Animated emoticons is nothing more than a curiosity and a form of fun that quickly got boring. Samsung, however, recognized that it was something important and crucial, and therefore prepared its own Animoji. Using the front webcam, we can scan your face to create a three-dimensional, vivid picture in animated form. In the picture below you can see some modifications of my humble person:Samples are created automatically and we get different tools for their modification. It is interesting that our animated character can be displayed instead of us during a video call.
New protection – intelligent scan
Samsung found an answer to Animoji, but we could not find an answer to Face ID. However, there was an alternative in the form of an intelligent scan . One solution combines the operation of face recognition and iris scanner. Thanks to this the phone can be unlocked in all lighting conditions. Samsung considers the smart scan to be a really good way to block access to the device and as proof it allows you to approve payments or get to the safe. It works really well, but noticeably longer than a traditional fingerprint reader.Now that I've mentioned the fingerprint scanner, it was moved to the camera . This is a more convenient place than in the predecessor. Not exactly perfect, because I occasionally found the camera lens, but I still value this change positively.
Finally, stereo speakers
Koreans finally got better and implemented stereo speakers in their flagship. What's more, they have been developed together with AKG and are certified by Dolby Atmos. Are these the best speakers in smartphones?I do not think so. Samsung has decided on a solution known from many different smartphones and the talk speaker also works as a multimedia speaker, working with the main that has been embedded on the bottom edge. It is the proper speaker that takes on the greater part of the work when the speaker only buzzes . Let's fix it somehow with the appropriate software update.
Who is Galaxy S9 + for?
Samsung Galaxy S9 + is a very well-corrected predecessor . If you know the publishing cycle of the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, you should not be surprised by the evolutionary character of this phone. The new flagship of Samsung should be interested primarily those who are looking for a phone packed with the latest technologies. In this aspect, the Galaxy S9 + is a really good, almost complete device . I doubt, however, that the owners of the Galaxy S8 + decided to change, which only slightly differs from its successor, and it is noticeably cheaper.I spent about 2 hours with Galaxy S9 +, and it is definitely not enough time to get to know all its secrets and clearly define its advantages and disadvantages. That's why my opinion is preliminary and will be extended in the full test Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 +, which (I hope) will appear in the pages of gsmManiaKa in March. If you have any additional questions, ask them in the comments under the entry. I will answer them if I can.