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Samsung Unveils Galaxy S9 and S9+ at MWC 2018 in Barcelona

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At Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, Samsung has taken the stage to announce its next-generation flagship smartphone lineup: the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

The company took the stage and poked a little fun at Apple, saying that they are going to introduce an infinity display without the need for a notch. Also, the company said that the S9 will keep the fingerprint sensor. Samsung users will be happy to hear that the fingerprint sensor has now moved to be below the camera module, making it a lot easier to locate and more comfortable to press.

The device has a dual-aperture camera (f/2.4 and f/1.5), with automatic switching depending on your environment. The camera has a D-RAM memory chip built into the camera, which allows the company to perform image processing 4-times faster than a traditional smartphone camera. In addition to the increased performance, the extra horsepower also allows the S9 to record slow-motion video at an astounding 960 fps. The S9 also features AKG-branded stereo speakers, that are Dolby Atmos certified.

Much like their predecessors, the new flagship devices have the same IP68 water and dust resistance, fast wireless charging, and the same Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0.

The S9 will be the first Samsung device to feature the company’s equivalent of Animoji, which they are calling “Animated Emoji”. Users can customize their own “self” animated emoji by simply using the front-facing camera. Based on the demo shown on stage, the face-tracking features on the S9 are nowhere near as good as the iPhone X’s.

With the announcement of the S9, the company is continuing to push forward with its Bixby AI assistant. Bixby will be able to perform “Intelligent Scans” using the device’s camera combined with Samsung’s iris scan tech with facial recognition. Users will be able to use this to perform real-time text translation, try on new makeup products before they order, and capturing your food intake.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 features a 5.8-inch 2960×1440 Curved Super AMOLED display and the S9+ features a giant 6.2-inch 2960×1440 Curved Super AMOLED display, which is powered by an 8-core Snapdragon 845 (4 at 2.8 GHz, 4 at 1.7 GHz). The Galaxy S9 has 4GB of RAM, a “Super Speed Dual Pixel” 12MPf/1.5-f/2.4 with OIS, and an 8MP f/1.7 AF front-facing camera. The S9+ has the same camera system as the S9, however, it features an additional 12MP f/2.4 rear-facing telephoto lens with OIS.

The S9 and S9+ will cost $959.99 CAD and $1099.99 CAD outright respectively, and will launch on March 16th, 2018, with pre-orders starting on March 2nd. Both devices will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. The new models are available for pre-order from Best Buy Canada right now.

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  • Olivier

    even their keynote and photos looks exactly like that Apple does

  • Tony

    I honestly hate how the phone looks from the back in the asthetics department.

  • Joe

    Ah Samsung: such a shameless, derivative company. Though I must admit, on paper this phone looks great.

  • FragilityG4

    “Animated Emoji” hahaha well at least they got a notch joke in to keep their sheep happy! This iSheep loves his notch, Animoji and Face ID! Great for competition and a cheaper alternative to iPhone.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Who cares about animojis – this thing has a headphone jack, microSD and fingerprint reader like god intended.

  • Manpreet Singh

    Each year Samsung insults Apple with those cheesy jokes. They had the “guess what else it has, a headphone jack” joke with Note 7 launch and what happened to the handset? We all know.

    Apple, on the other hand, takes the stage to tell how great their phone is, not how it compares to others or how others are bad.

    Samsung actually needs to get their act together and fix the buggy UI they put over the Android system. It has been years and still their UI is a joke.

    I rather buy pixel then Samsung but iOS is amazing to me for past 8 years

  • FREE?REIGN ??

    My family does! We all are texting everyday and Animojis are fun to use. Whats so horrible about a fun to use feature? I use the lightning ear buds that come with the iPhone so I don’t understand what all the jack whining is about. If you can afford an iPhone then you can afford new wired or bluetooth headphones if you want something other than was supplied in the box. We use iCloud for added storage and 64GB is more than adequate. And FaceID is so much more convenient. I loved TouchID but Apple created something even better.

    Remember when Apple removed the floppy disk drive and how everyone got their panties in a bunch? Technology moves forward, not backwards.

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  • Aleks Oniszczak

    “I loved TouchID but Apple created something even better.” More steps to use Apple Pay is not progress. Slower to unlock is not progress. It’s just different. And slower. And more complicated.

    I use my 6th gen iPod touch to listen to podcasts. It’s great – you can wear it as a watch and the software is better than any app I’ve tried on my iPhone. Hence the reason I use it. So when I get a call, I can keep my headphones on and just switch jacks. I don’t have to carry around any bluetooth headphones or dongles.

    I agree that Animojis are fun, I just meant they are not important – especially since, as Samsung has shown, you don’t need a FaceID camera to have something about as good.

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