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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Review

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Box

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus box is quite similar to what we had last year; plain black with the S9+ logo in a metallic blue.

And if we bring in the S8+ case, you’ll see that they look almost identical, and with the device as well, if you’ve seen some of my previous coverage, it is an incremental update the design.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Version

Another thing to quickly mention is that this is the European version which has the 64-gigabyte base.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus inside box

In the UK, the base model is 128GB. I thought that this is going to be the case across the board, and at the time that’s all the information that I had.

However, in the US as well, you are going to be getting a 64GB.

You’re not losing out in any way because the 64-gigabyte version is cheaper compared to the 128-gigabyte version that we get here in the UK.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Charger

Inside the box you get a :

-SIM card ejector tool. We’ve got a
-USB A to USB type C cable which you’ll use to charge and sync the device.
-AKG earphones. Now, these sound pretty decent.
-Braided cable. Braided cables are awesome and don’t tangle up as much as regular cable, so that’s great.
-Spare earpieces for different sizes for the earphones.
-Power brick and this is the European power brick with the two pins. It will vary depending on where you are.
-Fast charging. Fast charging is available on the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
-Wireless charging which is great.
-USB connector. This is USB type A to USB type C. This is going to make it easier to transfer your files from an older device, also if you want just to plug in a USB stick.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Wireless charging

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus looks and feels very premium, very similar to what we had last year with the S8+.

But I’ve also said that the S8+ had one of the best designs last year, so this is something that I’m not hugely bothered about.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Display

Small phone manufacturers these days do tend to keep a similar or same design for at least a couple of years now. So taking a look around, firstly at the front, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has a beautiful 6.2-inch display.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Display

This 6.2-inch screen is one of the best display in the business.

DisplayMate have given this the highest grading on any smartphone display if you’re into that, but from personal experience, I can tell you, this display is great, very bright, Super AMOLED technology with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and Quad HD resolution.

Blacks are very deep, and the colors are very vibrant. I don’t think anybody’s going to be disappointed with this display and it is an infinity display, so you’ve got minimal bezels.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Camera

At the top, there is a front-facing camera which is 8 megapixels with a f/1.7 aperture as well as auto-focus.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has the latest and greatest processors, Exynos.

Exynos processor samsung galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus camera does support selfie focus which is a portrait mode. It’s going to blend the background. This is something that I still need to spend some more time with.

There is also the iris scanner which, this time you can’t see because it’s plain black.

There’s also facial recognition. This year we also have Intelligent Scan which is going to use both facial recognition as well as the Iris Scanner in combination to give you more security.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Audio

The earpiece doubles up as a secondary speaker because this year Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has stereo speakers which are 1.4 times louder compared to last year, tuned by AKG and they also support Dolby Atmos.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus jack

The second speaker is actually at the bottom in a similar place and a mic as well as a USB type C input.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. I’m so glad that Samsung has decided to include this on the S9 and S9+.

Right-hand side there’s a power button, nothing else.

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The left-hand side we have a volume rocker as well as a dedicated Bixby button, at the top, there’s a secondary mic as well as the SIM card tray.

You also have space for a micro-SD card, and you can expand this by up to 400 gigabytes.

Some markets also have a dual SIM option. Now let’s move onto the back where the real changes are.

Now first things first, before I start getting comments saying, “Oh this is fake because why are the FCC labels, whatever, here at the bottom?” Well in the UK and Europe we still have this label.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus AMOLED

They have not got rid of this label, so we still have FCC label at the bottom. This is something that we can’t do anything about.

Samsung logo in the middle, the fingerprint scanner this time in a much more accessible position.

Having fingerprint right at the top did make it very difficult to reach, especially on the large devices. This time it’s just below the cameras in the middle which is great.

We’ve got an LED flash as well as the heart-rate sensor and dual cameras.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Fingerprint

So one of the cameras is telephoto like we had in the Note 8, this is going to give you Optical Zoom, and it has a f/2.4 aperture.

It’s also going to allow live focus which is a portrait mode and you can adjust the blur, but the primary camera which is the same also on the S9+.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus only has one camera, and this is what the talk is all about. This camera has something called duel aperture which is the first that I’ve seen on any smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus bottom

It’s going to allow you to switch mechanically between f/1.5 as well as f/2.4.

Why is that? Well, on f/2.4 it’s going to be great for most situations. It’s going to have more things in focus, give you a more crisp shot in general.

But if you are below 100 lux of light, then it’s going to automatically switch to the f/1.5 aperture which is the widest on any smartphone right now.

With this default setting give you some awesome low-light shots. You can also switch between the apertures manually if you’d like in Pro mode.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Slow-Mo Video Recording

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus have 4k at 60 frames a second video recording, at 60 frames a second you don’t need stabilization.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus also have super slow-mo 960 frames a second at 720p which is insane.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus build is still very premium with the metal frame and the curved glass panels on the front and back, which in my opinion, look very good.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Water & Dust Resistance

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus still got IP68 water and dust resistance which is great but one of the things with this build, because of the glass, if you do drop it on concrete or something, then you are likely to break that glass.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Curved

So this is the Samsung Galaxy S9+ review, a very promising device. What do you guys think of it? Drop me a comment below and let me know.