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Galaxy S9/S9+ revealed, launches March 16 and starts at $720

Samsung unveils its next-gen Galaxy S9/S9+ smartphones, starting at $720.

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Published Sun, Feb 25 2018 7:58 PM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:18 PM CDT

Samsung has officially revealed its new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones at their press conference before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

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The new Galaxy S9 rocks a 5.8-inch screen while the larger S9+ dons a 6.2-inch screen, Qualcomm's snappy Snapdragon 845 processor while Samsung's own in-house Exynos processor will be featured in the Galaxy S9/S9+ outside of the US.

On the back of the Galaxy S9+ we have an upgraded dual-camera set up that has been teased over the last few months, rocking a dual 12-megapixel rear-facing camera rig that is similar to the Galaxy Note 8. We have one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens with tools like Dual Capture and Live Focus included on the Galaxy S9+.

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Samsung powers the new Galaxy S9 and S9+ with the Snapdragon 845 which is joined by 4GB of RAM and other carriers will offer 6GB models, too. All versions of the S9/S9+ will include Android 8.0 Oreo.

The smaller Galaxy S9 includes a 3000mAh battery while the larger S9+ rocks a 3500mAh battery, while both smartphones support fast wireless charging and are water-resistant like their predecessors.

Camera

This is where the big differences are against the older Galaxy S8/S8+ is the camera, Samsung is offering the Galaxy S9/S9+ an interesting "Dual Aperture" shooting mode that lets two openings on the single lens. It's really just one apeture between two f-stops at f/2.4 and f/1.5.

AR Emoji

Samsung has also unveiled something else new with the Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets with their reply to Apple's not-so-game-changing Animoji feature with AR Emoji.

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AR Emoji creates an emoji of your face, but it's not perfect in its launch form by the looks of most reports from MWC.

Launch Date & Price

Samsung will sell the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ for $729 and $840, respectively. US telcos like AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile will sell them individually, and on monthly plans starting at $26 per month.

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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