Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone on Sunday with an emphasis on visual applications for social media, hoping to attract tech-savvy young consumers to whether a market slowdown.
The S9 and S9+ have the same bezel-less designs with the tall 18.5:9 aspect ratio screens.
The 5.8-inch screen in the S9 and the 6.2-inch screen in the S9+ are the same Super AMOLED panels as before, but Samsung claims to have boosted the brightness levels this time around.
While the design remains the same, the new phones are slightly different in terms of the dimensions, which means if you are upgrading, the same cases and covers may not work.
While some markets will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB or 6GB RAM, other markets such as India will get Samsung’s latest Exynos processors.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be offered in Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue and a new hue, Lilac Purple.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are officially going on sale in international markets like the US, etc on March 16. The India launch should take place after this, though Samsung is also accepting pre-bookings on its online store for an amount of Rs 2000. Samsung will likely launch this phone in India by March given that pre-bookings are open.
Samsung Galaxy S9 starts at a price of $720 in the US which is Rs 46,000 plus on conversion in India. The Galaxy S9+ starts at a price of $840 in the US, which is Rs 54,000. Of course, the final pricing in India could be higher.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones come with "Super Slow-mo" video, a new "Dual Aperture" lens powering an innovative low-light camera and "AR Emoji" for creating personalised experiences.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ cameras have a "SuperSpeed Dual Pixel" sensor with dedicated processing power and memory to take high-quality pictures.
Samsung`s "Dual Aperture" (F1.5 / F2.4) - the world`s first such feature in any smartphone -- automatically lets in more light when it`s dark and less light when it`s too bright, taking photos that are crisp and clear.
The "Super Slow-mo" video captures 960 frames per second. The "Slow-mo" videos can also be turned into GIFs.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also offer automatic "Motion Detection", a feature that detects movement in the frame and automatically begins to record -- all users have to do is set up the shot.
After capturing the "Super Slow-mo" video, users can select background music from 35 different options or add a tune from their favourite playlist.