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Samsung Galaxy S9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8849 reviews of Samsung Galaxy S9. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and screen. The performance and camera also get good opinions. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability. Many are critical about the GPS navigation.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy S9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Max Parker (trustedreviews.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9

 

Samsung Galaxy S9 review, price and release date: How does Samsung's latest flagship compare to the competition? Let's find out.

Fantastic display ; Feels great ; Much improved speakers

Average battery life ; Dual-sensor only on Plus model ; Some lag with Samsung’s software

Battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S9 is almost exactly the same as last year’s S8. Even with the switch to a more efficient mobile chip, it’s a shame Samsung hasn’t really been able to squeeze any more juice from the 3000mAh battery.

May, 2018

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Galaxy S9 vs. Xperia XZ2 shootout

 

Samsung has the Plus, Sony has the Compact, but the two companies see the base size differently. It's these regular versions that we'll now be taking a closer look at - this is the Galaxy S9 versus Xperia XZ2 camera comparison.

Apr, 2018

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus review: Excellent, not monumental

 

Despite not feeling like a major improvement over last year's flagship, the Galaxy S9 is still one of the best phones around.

Dual Aperture effective in low light ; Excellent cameras overall ; Speedy performance ; Long-lasting battery

Not a major improvement over last generation

Mar, 2018

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Julian Chokkattu (digitaltrends.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 review

 

The Galaxy S9 is a perfect-sized phone with a fantastic camera and great performance.

Excellent display ; Great 5.8-inch size ; Good speakers ; Strong performance ; Stunning low-light camera

Battery life is lower than competition ; Slow Android updates ; Camera not as versatile as S9 Plus

The Galaxy S9 is a comfortable and compact phone that offers a fantastic camera and great performance, but is it one of the best smartphones on the market?We do think the S9 Plus is worth it for the second, versatile camera, but the S9’s perfect size...

Expert review by : Jessica Dolcourt (cnet.com)

The Galaxy S10's arrival means a cheaper Galaxy S9 for you

 

The excellent Galaxy S9 will come in as a cheaper alternative to the upcoming Galaxy S10.

The Galaxy S9 once again proves Samsung's formula of a gorgeous 5.8-inch screen, sexy dual-curved design and terrific camera for well-lit shots can't go wrong. Whiplash-fast speeds, wireless charging and water resistance complete the package. And it...

Low-light photos often look blurry and lack the fine texture and contrast of competing phone cameras. The Galaxy S9's camera frequently, accidentally switches between modes. 3D avatar software is tragically bad, and a new face-unlock tool is inherently...

The Galaxy S9 can still hold its own among 2019's smartphones, but wait for it to go on sale after the Galaxy S10 launch.

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Robert Jones (t3.com)

Samsung S9 review: a refined Android flagship with show-stealing camera

 

Samsung has created the most premium and polished phone of 2018

12MP rear camera with dual-aperture technology ; Still fabulous Super AMOLED 18.5:9 QHD+ screen ; AR Emoji, while not perfect, are lots of fun

Similar specs to the Galaxy S8

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Michael Simon (pcworld.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+: Everything you need to know, all in one place

 

Samsung's flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ phones look like the S8 they replace, but they're all new inside.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ come in four colors: midnight black, titanium gray, lilac purple, and coral blue. The prices for an unlocked phone are as follows:

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 review

 

Samsung's tweaking has made the S9 one of the best Android phones around.

Superb screen for video ; Powerful performance ; Dual-aperture camera is effective ; Well built ; Great design

Audio still lacks the last word in timing

Samsung has gone down the Apple route of only making minor tweaks, but this has resulted in one of the best Android phones this year

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9

 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 puts the latest LTE bands and a great low-light camera into a smaller form factor than the S9+ for the best one-handed phone right now, but leaves a few things out.

Feels great in one hand. Excellent low-light camera performance. Better sound and network support than the Galaxy S8.

Not a radical upgrade from the Galaxy S8. Larger S9+ model has better cameras, more RAM, and stronger Wi-Fi performance.

Bottom Line: The Samsung Galaxy S9 puts the latest LTE bands and a great low-light camera into a smaller form factor than the S9+ for the best one-handed phone right now, but leaves a few things out.

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Michael Simon (pcworld.com)

Samsung Galaxy S9 review: Incrementally better in all the right places

 

Samsung's Galaxy S9 isn't the revolutionary design breakthrough that the Galaxy S8 was, but it's no less of a great phone.

The Infinity Display is even better than the one on the S8. ; Camera takes fantastic pics in all kinds of light. ; Fingerprint sensor is in a much better location.

Camera features like Dual Aperture and Super Slow-mo are a little gimmicky. ; AR Emoji is fun but not as advanced as Apple's Animoji. ; The single camera is great, but the S9+'s dual camera would have been better.

Anyone who’s in the market for a new phone should seriously consider buying an S9. It might be an insignificant upgrade in terms of physical design, but that’s a concern only if you really, really want people to know you have the latest and greatest...

Mar, 2018

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:3000 / 3500
Browsing time (3G):11 / 12 / 13
Browsing time (4G):12 / 15 / 48
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):11 / 14 / 15
Continuous audio playback time:48 / 54 / 80
Continuous audio playback time (display off):16 / 80 / 94
Continuous video playback time:16 / 18
Talk time (3G):11 / 22 / 23 / 25
Video recording time:14
Wireless Charging:Y

Call management

Auto-redialing:Y
Call blocking:Y
Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speakerphone:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating Alert:Y

Camera

Auto Focus:Y
Built-in Flash:Y
Digital Zoom:10 / 8
Face detection:Y
Flash type:LED
Front camera aperture number:1.7
Front camera flash:N / Y
Front camera pixel size:1.22
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Front camera sensor ratio:4:3
Front camera sensor size:1/3.6
Front camera type:Single camera
Geotagging:Y
Image stabilizer:Y
Maximum frame rate:60 / 960
Night mode:N / Y
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.55
Optical Zoom:2
Rear camera aperture number:1.5 / 2.4
Rear camera dual aperture number:1.5/2.4
Rear camera field of view (FOV) angle:77
Rear camera flash:Y
Rear camera pixel size:1.4
Rear Camera Resolution:4032 x 3024
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Rear camera sensor ratio:4:3
Rear camera sensor size:1/2.55
Rear camera type:Dual camera / Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@30fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@30fps / 1280x720@960fps,1920x1080@240fps,3840x2160@60fps
Second rear camera aperture number:2.4
Second rear camera field of view (FOV) angle:45
Second rear camera pixel size:1
Second rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Second rear camera sensor ratio:4:3
Second rear camera sensor size:1/3.6
Self-timer:Y
Smile detection:Y
Time lapse mode:Y
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160
Video recording:Y
Video recording modes:720p,1080p,2160p
Video stabilizer:Y
Zoom capability:Y

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):1.18 / 1.35
Body SAR category (EU):A
Head SAR (EU):0.294 / 0.362

Design

Brand colour:Coral Blue / Lilac Purple / Midnight Black / Sunrise Gold
Colour name:Coral Blue / Lilac Purple / Midnight Black / Sunrise Gold / Titanium grey
Colour of product:Black / Blue / Gold / Grey / Lilac / Purple / Silver
Face recognition:Y
Fingerprint Reader:Y
Form factor:Bar / Clamshell
International Protection (IP) code:IP68
Iris recognition:Y
Product colour:Beige,Blue / Black / Blue / Gold / Grey / Lilac / Purple / Silver
Protection features:Dust resistant, Splash proof / Dust resistant, Water resistant / Dust resistant,Splash proof / Dust resistant,Water resistant

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 18.5:9 / 18:9
Display diagonal:14.7 / 15.8
Display glass type:Gorilla Glass
Display number of colours:16 million colours
Display Resolution:1440 x 2960 / 2960 x 1440
Display Type:AMOLED / SAMOLED
Orientation sensor:Y
Pixel density:529 / 570
Rounded display corners:Y
Screen shape:Curved / Curved edge screen / Flat
Second display:N
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y
Ambient light sensor:Y
Face recognition:Y
Geomagnetic sensor:Y
Gyroscope:Y
Hall sensor:Y
Heart rate sensor:Y
Magnetic sensor:Y
Pressure sensor:Y
Proximity sensor:N / Y

Messaging

Chat:N / Y
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y
Text prediction system:Y

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AMR, APE, AWB, FLAC, IMY, M4A, Mid, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, APE, FLAC, IMY, M4A, Mid, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, RTX, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, APE, FLAC, IMY, M4A, Mid, MIDI, MP3, MXMF, OGA, OGG, OTA, RTTTL, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA,AAC,AMR,APE,AWB,DFF,DSF,FLAC,IMY,M4A,MID,MIDI,MP3,MXMF,OGA,OGG,OTA,RTTTL,RTX,WAV,WMA,XMF / 3GA,AAC,AMR,APE,AWB,DFF,DSF,FLAC,IMY,M4A,MIDI,MP3,MXMF,OGA,OGG,OTA,RTTTL,RTX,WAV,WMA,XMF / 3GA,AAC,AMR,APE,AWB,FLAC,IMY,M4A,MID,MIDI,MP3,MXMF,OGA,OGG,OTA,RTTTL,RTX,WAV,WMA,XMF / 3GA,AAC,AMR,APE,FLAC,IMY,M4A,MID,MIDI,MP3,MXMF,OGA,OGG,OTA,RTTTL,RTX,WAV,WMA,XMF / 3GA,AAC,AMR,AWB,DFF,DSF,FLAC,IMY,M4A,MID,MIDI,MP3,MXMF,OGA,OGG,OTA,RTTTL,RTX,WAV,WMA,XMF
FM radio:Y
Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WBMP,WEBP
Playback modes:Zoom
Speakers:STEREO
Supported video modes:2160p
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,ASF,AVI,FLV,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV / 3G2,3GP,AVI,M4V,MKV,MP4,WEBM,WMV

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y
Barometer:Y
BeiDou:Y
Electronic compass:Y
Galileo:Y
GLONASS:Y
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):800,900,1800 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE,GPRS,GSM / EDGE,GSM / GSM
3G:Y
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA,HSPA+,HSUPA,UMTS / HSDPA,UMTS / TD-SCDMA,UMTS,WCDMA / UMTS / UMTS,WCDMA
4G:Y
4G bands supported:700,800,850,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 700,800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2300,2500,2600 / 700,800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 700,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2300,2500,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:N / Y
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVCTP, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, Pan, PBAP
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 5.0 / 5.0 LE
MIMO:Y
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Hybrid Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a,Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac),802.11b,802.11g,Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other features

Google applications:Gmail,Google Maps,Google Music,Google Play,YouTube / Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB / USB Type-C
Ejection pin:Y
Headset included:N / Y
Interface adapters included:Micro USB-B male - USB Type-C female / Micro USB-B male - USB Type-C female,USB Type-C male - USB Type-A female
Quick start guide:Y
Screen protector:Y
SIM card ejector pin:Y
USB connector leaflet:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y
Graphics adapter:Mali-G72 MP18
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock,Calculator,Calendar / Alarm clock,Calculator,Calendar,Events reminder,Notes,To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons,Menu,Shortcuts
Quick Charge:Y
Support for contact groups:Y
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

ANT+ enabled:Y
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):N
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) / 3.1 (3.1 Gen 1)

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.7 / 1.8
Processor Cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Samsung Exynos
Processor frequency:2.7 / 2.8
Processor lithography:10
Processor Model:9810

Software

Operating system installed:Android / Android 8.0
Operating System Version:8 / 8.0 Oreo
Platform:Android / Asha
Virtual assistant:Samsung Bixby

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:128 / 256 / 64
Maximum memory card size:200 / 400 / 512
Memory card slot type:Dedicated slot
RAM capacity:4 / 6
USB mass storage:Y
User memory:50.3

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:158.1 / 8.5
Height :147.7 / 158.1 / 8.5
Weight:163 / 189
Width:68.7 / 73.8