|Type||Quad HD+ Super AMOLED|
|Screen Resolution||1440 x 2960 pixels|
|Screen Size||5.8 inch (14.7 cm)|
|Resolution||Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP Wide-Angle|
|Front Facing||8 megapixels|
|Video Camera||4K video recording, QHD, 1080p HD, 720p HD, Super Slow-mo, Slow Motion|
|Audio Formats||MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DFF, DSF|
|Video Formats||MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM|
|Battery (3G Talk)||Up to 22 hours|
|Battery (Standby)||Not available|
|App Store||Google Play|
|Processor Type||Octa-Core (4 x 2.8GHz + 4 x 1.7GHz), Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Operating System||Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|Release Date||March 2018|
|Main Connectivity||4G LTE|
|Maximum Data Speed||1200 Mbps (Cat.18)|
|WiFi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4G + 5GHz)|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Networks||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|Data Networks||LTE (FDD) Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66/71, LTE (TDD) Bands 38/39/40/41/46|
|Expandable||Up to 400GB|
|Text Messages (SMS)||Yes|
|Picture Messages (MMS)||Yes|
Joseph Hanlon (WhistleOut)
Samsung's latest Galaxy is probably its best, even if it's just a minor update on the winning formula we saw last year in the Galaxy S8. Which makes you wonder whether you should save a few bucks and buy last year's phone instead?
*Editor's note: we used for the Galaxy S9+ 64GB model for this review and it is the handset you see in our photos.
Every year we waited for Samsung to draw back the curtain on its latest Galaxy S flagship. Some years we've been flawed by the new technology; other years we've seen a great phone minus a meaningful step forward in design or features.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ fall into the latter category. Both are beautifully crafted phones with all the latest features, but neither are the sort of phone that demand you upgrade the phone you have in your pocket.
If you've been following the launch of the Galaxy S9 you'll know what I mean. The headlines focused on how the fingerprint scanner has moved (about 2cm) and is now easy to use, and about how the new handsets come in a plum-colored purple. Not exactly groundbreaking stuff.
There was also a lot of conversation about the aperture in the phone's camera, which is something to discuss in more detail below.
Though I have to say, the fingerprint scanner is easier to use, and its peculiar, pinky shade of purple is quite fetching. It's certainly unlike the various variations of Rose Gold we see from the other phone makers.
The headlines do overlook the things we might take for granted. For instance, the phone is a pleasure to use. It's about as fast as any phone I've seen lately, the qHD resolution display is gorgeous to look at, and the silky glass chassis is nice to hang onto all day. These elements are the core of the smartphone experience, and Samsung nails it again.
Building on the introduction of iris scanning phone security introduced last year, Samsung introduces 'Intelligent Scan'; a combined face detection and iris scan. The result should be something to rival Apple's superb Face ID scanner in the iPhone X, but in practice it is slower and less accurate.
It's fairly quick and easy to set up both elements, and you'll know that it is trying to work by the big, red light that appears on the front of the phone when you wake up the display. A successful scan usually take a bit of teamwork. While the phone tries to scan your bits, you need to gently tilt the phone, and your head, and try to line it all up.
It just isn't accurate enough to replace a fingerprint scan. Especially now that the fingerprint scanner is easier to find without looking. Meanwhile, the iPhone X can scan almost instantly even when the phone is facing you at an acute angle.
Happily, the Samsung system still allows for multiple security methods to be active at the same time. For me, I have Intelligent Scan, Fingerprint Scan and a pattern password set up at the same time, and use whichever is