The long awaited Samsung Galaxy S9 is finally here. The brand new phone, along with the Galaxy S9 Plus, was unveiled at the MWC (aka Mobile World Congress, aka the biggest phone show of 2018) press conference in Barcelona.
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The Galaxy S9 will feature a new dual aperture lens, speakers that produce stereo sound and are 40 percent louder, audio with Dolby Atmos for the ultimate surround sound experience, and a refined edge-to-edge infinity display.
At first glance, you probably won't be able to see a difference between the new phones and last year's models. They look and feel exactly the same, but their dimensions are slightly different, which means you won't be able to use an S8 case on an S9. Plus, the fingerprint scanner has been moved from the right of the camera to below it, which will make it easier to use, but it definitely won't work with an older case.
The S9's 12- megapixel camera has an adjustable aperture, an autofocus sensor for quicker and more reliable focusing, 30 percent better low-light performance, and the ability to record slow-motion video at up to 960 frames per second (at 720p resolution). Samsung redesigned the camera app, which now allows for swiping between its various modes.
If emoji are your thing, you'll be happy to learn that the camera app has its own version of the iPhone X's Animoji called AR Emoji (except it's a human, not an animal, and the precision isn't nearly as accurate). From a picture of your face, the app creates 18 customizable animated GIF stickers that you can send using messaging apps.
The new phones will be available for preorder on March 2nd through the Samsung website and the Shop Samsung app, and they'll arrive in stores on March 16th. Choose between midnight black, coral blue, and lilac purple. The Unlocked Galaxy S9 is $719.99, and the Unlocked Galaxy S9 Plus is $839.99. If you trade in a qualifying phone, you can save up to $350.
For more information, you can watch the live stream of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus announcement here.