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Samsung Galaxy S9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5713 reviews of Samsung Galaxy S9. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and screen. The camera and performance are also mentioned favorably. Views about the GPS navigation and reliability are mixed.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy S9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Galaxy S9 vs. Xperia XZ2 shootout

 

Samsung has the Plus, Sony has the Compact, but the two companies see the base size differently. It's these regular versions that we'll now be taking a closer look at - this is the Galaxy S9 versus Xperia XZ2 camera comparison.

Apr, 2018

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus review: Excellent, not monumental

 

Despite not feeling like a major improvement over last year's flagship, the Galaxy S9 is still one of the best phones around.

Dual Aperture effective in low light ; Excellent cameras overall ; Speedy performance ; Long-lasting battery

Not a major improvement over last generation

Mar, 2018

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Julian Chokkattu (digitaltrends.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 review

 

The Galaxy S9 is a perfect-sized phone with a fantastic camera and great performance.

Excellent display ; Great 5.8-inch size ; Good speakers ; Strong performance ; Stunning low-light camera

Battery life is lower than competition ; Slow Android updates ; Camera not as versatile as S9 Plus

The Galaxy S9 is a comfortable and compact phone that offers a fantastic camera and great performance, but is it one of the best smartphones on the market?We do think the S9 Plus is worth it for the second, versatile camera, but the S9’s perfect size...

Expert review by : Jessica Dolcourt (cnet.com)

Galaxy S9 is finally on sale! Here's what we loved most

 

Although the Galaxy S9 is cheaper than ever, wait a month -- or seven.

The Galaxy S9 once again proves Samsung's formula of a gorgeous 5.8-inch screen, sexy dual-curved design and terrific camera for well-lit shots can't go wrong. Whiplash-fast speeds, wireless charging and water resistance complete the package. And it...

Low-light photos often look blurry and lack the fine texture and contrast of competing phone cameras. The Galaxy S9's camera frequently, accidentally switches between modes. 3D avatar software is tragically bad, and a new face-unlock tool is inherently...

The Galaxy S9 is a nice incremental upgrade, but its low-light camera isn’t a game-changer and some new features fall far behind the iPhone X. S8 owners can skip, but it's a good upgrade from older Androids.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Michael Simon (pcworld.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+: Everything you need to know, all in one place

 

Samsung's flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ phones look like the S8 they replace, but they're all new inside.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ come in four colors: midnight black, titanium gray, lilac purple, and coral blue. The prices for an unlocked phone are as follows:

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9

 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 puts the latest LTE bands and a great low-light camera into a smaller form factor than the S9+ for the best one-handed phone right now, but leaves a few things out.

Feels great in one hand. Excellent low-light camera performance. Better sound and network support than the Galaxy S8.

Not a radical upgrade from the Galaxy S8. Larger S9+ model has better cameras, more RAM, and stronger Wi-Fi performance.

Bottom Line: The Samsung Galaxy S9 puts the latest LTE bands and a great low-light camera into a smaller form factor than the S9+ for the best one-handed phone right now, but leaves a few things out.

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Michael Simon (pcworld.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 review: Incrementally better in all the right places

 

Samsung's Galaxy S9 isn't the revolutionary design breakthrough that the Galaxy S8 was, but it's no less of a great phone.

The Infinity Display is even better than the one on the S8. ; Camera takes fantastic pics in all kinds of light. ; Fingerprint sensor is in a much better location.

Camera features like Dual Aperture and Super Slow-mo are a little gimmicky. ; AR Emoji is fun but not as advanced as Apple's Animoji. ; The single camera is great, but the S9+'s dual camera would have been better.

Anyone who’s in the market for a new phone should seriously consider buying an S9. It might be an insignificant upgrade in terms of physical design, but that’s a concern only if you really, really want people to know you have the latest and greatest...

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (theverge.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 review: predictably great, predictably flawed

 

The Galaxy S9 is all of the good and all of the bad we've come to expect from Samsung

Great design ; Beautiful display ; Fast performance ; Capable camera ; A headphone jack!

Average battery life ; Gimmicks galore ; Bixby still sucks ; Samsung has a poor history of updating its phones

Predictably, Samsung has made yet another excellent flagship phone. But, just as predictably, it still has plenty of room for improvement.

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Andrei Frumusanu (anandtech.com)

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Review: Exynos and Snapdragon at 960fps

 

Samsung's Galaxy S series over the years are the devices that most people associate with flagship Android experience. The company has been a constant in the mobile landscape while we've seen other players, either successfully or unsuccessfully, attempt...

Finally the recommendation of the Galaxy S9 will be based on which market you are in and which variant you’ll be able to purchase. The Snapdragon 845 variant in the US, China and Japan is a healthy upgrade over its predecessors and I don’t really have...

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Daniel Schmidt (notebookcheck.net)

Samsung Galaxy S9 Smartphone Review

 

Galactic evolution. The Galaxy S9 is a great smartphone with powerful specifications and an excellent camera. Samsung unfortunately waives a dual-camera for this smartphone and reduced the RAM, but the price has nevertheless increased. We check if it...

appealing design ; great display ; fast SoC ; LTE Cat. 18 ; protected against water and dust ; expandable storage ; Dual-SIM SKU available (Duos) ; good sensor equipment ; USB 3.1 with DP, HDMI, and OTG ; great camera ; wireless charging ; Ultra HD...

can overheat under load ; videos at 60 FPS with a limited runtime ; no Dual-VoLTE ; long charging time ; warranty excludes damages caused by liquids

We prefer the Samsung Galaxy S9 over its larger sibling S9+. It is not as bulky and the dual-camera is not worth the additional price. The Korean manufacturer once again delivers a really great smartphone, but it is more of a facelift of last year's...

Mar, 2018

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:3000
Browsing time (3G):11
Browsing time (4G):12
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):14
Continuous audio playback time:48
Continuous audio playback time (display off):80
Continuous video playback time:16
Talk time (3G):22
Wireless charging:Y

Call Management

Auto-redialing:Y
Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speakerphone:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating alert:Y

Camera

Auto focus:Y
Built-in flash:Y
Digital Zoom:8
Face detection:Y
Flash Type:LED
Front camera aperture number:1.7
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Geotagging:Y
Image Stabilizer:Y
Maximum frame rate:60 / 960
Night mode:N / Y
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.55
Rear camera aperture number:1.5
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@30fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@30fps / 1280x720@960fps,1920x1080@240fps,3840x2160@60fps
Self-timer:Y
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160
Video recording:Y
Video recording modes:720p,1080p,2160p
Video stabilizer:Y
Zoom capability:Y

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):1.18
Body SAR category (EU):A
Head SAR (EU):0.362

Design

Brand color:Coral Blue / Lilac Purple / Midnight Black / Sunrise Gold
Color name:Coral Blue / Lilac Purple / Midnight Black / Sunrise Gold
Color of product:Black / Blue / Gold / Grey / Lilac / Purple / Silver
Face recognition:Y
Fingerprint reader:Y
Form Factor:Bar
International Protection (IP) code:IP68
Product color:Black / Blue / Gold / Grey / Lilac / Purple / Silver
Protection features:Dust resistant, Splash proof / Dust resistant, Water resistant

Display

Aspect Ratio:18.5:9 / 18:9
Display Diagonal:5.8
Display number of colors:16 million colours
Display Resolution:1440 x 2960 / 2960 x 1440
Display Type:SAMOLED
Orientation sensor:Y
Pixel density:570
Screen shape:Curved / Curved edge screen
Second display:N
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y
Ambient light sensor:Y
Face recognition:Y
Gyroscope:Y
Magnetic sensor:Y
Pressure sensor:Y
Proximity sensor:Y

Messaging

Chat:Y
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AMR, APE, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, Mid, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, APE, FLAC, IMY, M4A, Mid, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, APE, FLAC, IMY, M4A, Mid, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, WAV, WMA, XMF
Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WBMP,WEBP
Playback Modes:Zoom
Speakers:Stereo
Supported video modes:2160p
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y
Barometer:Y
BeiDou:Y
Electronic compass:Y
GLONASS:Y
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE,GPRS,GSM / GSM
3G:Y
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA,HSPA+,HSUPA,UMTS / HSDPA,UMTS / TD-SCDMA,UMTS,WCDMA / UMTS
4G:Y
4G bands supported:700,800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2300,2500,2600 / 700,800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:N / Y
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVCTP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, Pan, PBAP
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 5.0 / 5.0 LE
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Hybrid Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB / USB Type-C
Headset included:N / Y
Interface adapters included:Micro USB-B male - USB Type-C female / Micro USB-B male - USB Type-C female,USB Type-C male - USB Type-A female
Quick start guide:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Quick charge:Y
Support for contact groups:Y
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

ANT+ enabled:Y
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:3.1 (3.1 Gen 1)

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.7 / 1.8
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Samsung Exynos
Processor frequency:2.7
Processor lithography:10

Software

Operating system installed:Android / Android 8.0
Operating system version:8 / 8.0 Oreo
Platform:Android

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:128 / 256 / 64
Maximum memory card size:200 / 400
RAM capacity:4 / 6
USB mass storage:Y
User memory:50.3

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.335
Height:5.81
Weight:5.75 / 6.67
Width:2.7 / 2.71