Samsung Galaxy S9 review: specs and price

Samsung Galaxy S9

Why is Samsung Galaxy S9 better than the average?

  • Pixel density
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    570ppivs350ppi
  • Resolution
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    1440 x 2960pxvs1.84MP
  • CPU speed
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    4 x 2.9GHz & 4 x 1.9GHzvs12.18GHz
  • Internal storage
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    256GBvs79.31GB
  • Video recording (main camera)
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    2160 x 60fpsvs51781.79fps
  • Download speed
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    1200MBits/svs677.21MBits/s
  • Wide aperture (main camera)
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    f/1.5 vsf/1.9
  • Bluetooth version
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    5vs4.48

Price comparison

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$108

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$167
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$408
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$185
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User reviews

Overall Rating

Samsung Galaxy S9
8.9
15 User reviews
Samsung Galaxy S9
8.9/10
15 User reviews

Features

Build quality

9.7/10
14 votes

Display quality

9.7/10
14 votes

Battery life

7.0/10
14 votes

Photography

8.8/10
14 votes

Performance

9.4/10
14 votes

Comments

Gabriel

Gabriel

5 months ago

8 / 10

About the Samsung Galaxy S9 Pros and Cons

Gabriel

Gabriel

5 months ago

8 / 10

Pros

  • Solid performance
  • Great camera
  • Great screen with SAmoled display
  • 960fps slow-mo mode
  • Stereo speakers

Cons

  • The battery could make bigger
  • Only 720p resolution for slow-mode and limited duration
3 users found this helpful
Familola oluwadamilare

Familola oluwadamilare

8 months ago

7 / 10

Samsung s9 is good phone to me...

Familola oluwadamilare

Familola oluwadamilare

8 months ago

7 / 10

Is it Good using phone...

Pros

  • Good

Cons

  • Cost
1 users found this helpful
Isabel

Isabel

4 months ago

10 / 10

Gama alta de años anteriores aún vigente.

Isabel

Isabel

4 months ago

10 / 10

Excelente equipo en todos los aspectos. Rendimiento, pantalla, materiales. Es mejor un gama alta antiguo que casi cualquiera de la actual línea A de Samsung (gama media).

Pros

  • Cámara
  • Pantalla
  • Diseño y composición
  • Rendimiento (Snapdragon)
  • Lector de iris y cardíaco

Cons

  • Batería de poca potencia para un teléfono exigente en rendimiento y pantalla, precisamente por la calidad de ambos incisos se hace insuficiente.
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Design

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
We consider a thinner chassis better because it makes the product more compact and portable. Thinness is a feature highlighted by many manufacturers of mobile devices, but it is essential for a wide range of products.
3.width

68.7mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.
4.height

147.7mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
5.weather-sealed (splashproof)
Samsung Galaxy S9
The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
The waterproof depth rating indicates how well the device is protected against water ingress and water pressure. Devices which can withstand more water pressure are better for swimming or diving.
7.volume

86.25cm³

Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by the product's chassis or, in simpler terms, the space the product occupies.
8.lowest potential operating temperature

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The minimum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
9.maximum operating temperature

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The maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.

Display

The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays are formed of organic materials that emit light. They have higher contrast ratios and wider viewing angles compared to LCDs. AMOLED and POLED are types of OLED displays.
3.has an IPS screen
Samsung Galaxy S9
IPS (In-Plane Switching) is a technology used for LCDs. It was designed to overcome the main limitations of conventional twisted nematic TFT displays: limited viewing angles and low-quality color reproduction. PLS (Plane-to-Line Switching) is a type of IPS screen developed by Samsung, with increased brightness and lower production costs.
Pixel density is a measurement of a screen's resolution, expressed as the number of pixels per inch (PPI) on the screen. A higher pixel density translates into more clarity and sharpness for the images rendered on the screen, thus improving the quality of the viewing experience.
5.resolution

1440 x 2960px

Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
The frequency at which the screen is refreshed. Higher frequency results in less flickering (less noise) and more natural movement representation in action-intense scenes.
7.brightness

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A nit is a measurement of the light that a display emits, equal to one candela per square meter. Brighter displays ensure a screen's contents are easy to read, even in sunny conditions.
Damage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.
Gorilla Glass is one of the most popular brands of chemically strengthened glass, manufactured by Corning. Several versions have been developed, the newer ones being more durable and providing better damage resistance.

Performance

The internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
Random-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
A newer version of Android generally provides a better user experience. Major Android releases include new features and improvements to performance, as well as important security updates.
AnTuTu is one of the most important benchmarks for Android devices. The score reflects the overall performance of a device by summing up results of individual tests that various parameters, such as RAM speed, CPU performance, 2D & 3D graphics performance.
Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures a processor's multi-core performance. (Source: Primate Labs, 2022)
Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures a processor's single-core performance. (Source: Primate Labs, 2022)
7.CPU speed

4 x 2.9GHz & 4 x 1.9GHz (Samsung Exynos 9810)

The CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
8.has an external memory slot
Samsung Galaxy S9
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) that enables you to extend the built-in internal storage with affordable memory modules, or easily retrieve data, such as photographs, from the memory card.
The graphics processing unit (GPU) has a higher clock speed.

Cameras

The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the main camera. A higher megapixel count means that the camera is capable of capturing more details. However, the megapixel count is not the only important element determining the quality of an image.
The number of megapixels determines the resolution of the images captured with the front camera. A higher megapixel count means that the front camera is capable of capturing more details, an essential factor for taking high-resolution selfies.
Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.
With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
6.Has a dual-tone LED flash
Samsung Galaxy S9
A dual-tone flash has LED lights with different color temperatures, delivering a better color balance to photos and videos.
7.has a BSI sensor
Samsung Galaxy S9
A BSI (backside illuminated) sensor is a camera image sensor which captures better quality images in poor lighting conditions, and offers better overall sharpness and image quality.
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
Phase-detection autofocus is much faster than a contrast detection autofocus, allowing for sharper images.

Audio

1.has stereo speakers
Samsung Galaxy S9
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
With a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.Has a radio
Samsung Galaxy S9
A built-in FM radio tuner allows you to listen to most of the live-broadcasted FM radio stations without using the internet.
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
5.Has dedicated media keys
Samsung Galaxy S9
Phones with physical keyboards have dedicated media keys, such as: play, stop, next, previous, volume up/down, etc.

Battery

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
2.has wireless charging
Samsung Galaxy S9
It supports a wireless charging standard such as Qi. To charge the device, you simply put it down on a compatible charging pad.
3.Supports fast charging
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Fast charging technologies, like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge or MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
The device can be used as a wireless charging station to power other gadgets.
5.has a removable battery
Samsung Galaxy S9
The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.
The ultra power-saving mode, also called low power mode, is an effective way to extend the battery life of the device. Usually, it involves limiting screen brightness and contrast, disabling location services, restricting connectivity, and turning off nonessential apps.
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
9.has a rechargeable battery
Samsung Galaxy S9
The battery can be recharged and used over again.

Features

1.has Mail Privacy Protection
Samsung Galaxy S9
Mail Privacy Protection is a feature built into the default email app that blocks senders from using “tracking pixels” to see when you’ve read an email. It also hides your IP address from senders.
On-device machine learning is used to recognize people, places, and more in the Photos app. The algorithms run on the device, where this sensitive data is then kept. Competing services upload the photos and perform this on their servers, which requires the sharing of personal data.
3.has clipboard warnings
Samsung Galaxy S9
This privacy feature alerts you with a small notification when an app copies data from your clipboard.
4.has location privacy options
Samsung Galaxy S9
This privacy feature allows you to share your approximate location with an app instead of your precise location.
You can enable or disable an app’s access to the camera or microphone on your device. There are also indication icons to show you when an app uses the camera or microphone.
6.can block app tracking
Samsung Galaxy S9
Some apps track your activity even when the app is not in use. This privacy feature allows you to block this tracking, either across all apps or on a per-app basis.
7.blocks cross-site tracking
Samsung Galaxy S9
This setting (in the default browser) allows you to block cross-site tracking cookies and data to help protect your privacy.
Theme customization allows you to easily change the appearance of the user interface (UI). For example, by changing the system colors or the app icons.
Split screen allows you to use two apps side-by-side.

Miscellaneous

1.Price (global median value)

258.88 €

Updated on Sun Aug 29 2021
The global median price is determined by calculating the median value of all the prices available for a product, taking into account all markets.

Price comparison

Buy used:

$108

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$167
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$408
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