Samsung Unveils Galaxy S9 and S9+ Smartphones at MWC 2018, Highlighting New Camera Tech

The latest Samsung phones were just announced at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. Check out the details and specs!


Samsung just announced their brand new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones during their Unpacked live stream event at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. The phones definitely take aim at Google Pixel 2's stunning camera as well as the iPhone X's AR functionality. Check out the announcement video here.

The Samsung Galaxy S9's dimensions are 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm, weighing in at 163 grams. It features at 5.8 inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2960x1440) display with 570 ppi. 

The Samsung Galaxy S9+'s dimensions are 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm, weighing in at 189 grams. It boasts a 6.2 inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2960x1440) display with 529 ppi. 

Both new phones feature front-facing cameras with 8 MP AF sensors, a 80 degree field of view, and F.17 apertures. The rear cameras differ between the S9 and S9+ models with the Galaxy S9+ showcasing two camera sensors, similar to iPhone X.

Samsung is definitely taking aim at Google Pixel 2 with their updated camera technology.

Front & Rear Cameras will support VDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization), AR Emoji, Grid lines, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Motion photo, Location tags, Full view, Filters, Timer, Floating camera button, Stamps, and Quick launch features.

Apple's Animoji are clearly an inspiration for Samsung's AR Emoji.

Video recording support includes the following features: 

  • 4K video recording at 30 fps or 60fps
  • QHD video recording at 30 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Super Slow-mo video support 720p at 960 fps
  • Slow motion video support 1080p at 240 fps
  • Hyperlapse video support 1080p
  • VDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization)
  • Digital zoom up to 8x (Galaxy S9) or up to 10x (Galaxy S9+)
  • High CRI LED Flash
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Face detection
  • Tracking AF
  • Take 9.1-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video location tags

Both the S9 and S9+ smartphones will feature 10nm 64-bit Octa-Core processors with 4 high performance cores running at 2.8/2.7GHz depending on the market with the other four cores running at 1.7GHz. The Galaxy S9 will come with 4 GB of RAM and the S9+ will ship with 6GB of RAM. Both phones will have 64, 128, and 256GB storage options with an option to expand an additional 400GB of storage using a Micro SD card.

The S9 family of phones will be available in four colors: Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, and Midnight Black

The new Samsung phones will both run on Android 8.0 (Oreo) and are IP68 rated for water resistance. The Galaxy S9's battery capacity is 3000 mAh with the S9+ getting an added bump up to 3500mAh. Both phones will feature fast wired and wireless charging. 

But wait, there's more! Samsung's latest and greatest smartphones feature an improved Bixby virtual assistant. Bixby's new AR functionality includes vision allowing for translation of signs, shopping features, and image detection.

Shackers can preorder the Samsung S9 and S9+ smartphones March 2 at prices starting from $720 in the U.S. for the standard S9 and $870 for the S9 Plus, depending on your carrier. They are expected to begin shipping on March 16.


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      February 25, 2018 11:44 AM

      Dear god that Samsung video, hyperbole much

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        February 25, 2018 11:53 AM

        Really seem desperate. Google is eating their lunch.

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          February 25, 2018 11:58 AM

          They just need to release their folding phone

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        February 25, 2018 2:13 PM

        In 2012, Samsung unironically called the GS3 launch the event of the year. Not tech event, not product launch, event full stop. This was the same year as the London summer Olympics, which were mentioned almost as an afterthought during the GS3 presentation! So yes, it actually thought a new phone was more important than the Olympics.

        It's always funny how folks accuse Apple of being arrogant, but it's downright modest next to Samsung's "we are a gift to humanity" attitude.

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      February 25, 2018 11:48 AM

      It's like an iPhone, kind of!

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      February 25, 2018 12:23 PM

      Honestly, if they came out with a version around the same size as my Note 5 and with a stylus I probably be tempted to get that for my next phone. The only two smartphones I've ever owned were from Samsung and I've been pretty much happy with them.

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      February 25, 2018 12:59 PM

      According to Anand the US/China/Japan is getting the Snapdragon 845 instead of Samsung's newest chip.

      That's pretty shitty especially for the $900+ they want for the phone.

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        February 25, 2018 7:27 PM

        I'm surprised china and japan are getting snapdragon. I thought historically those regions got the exynos. There's been an ongoing rumour that samsung has to stick with snapdragon for the american market not just for the cdma modem but because of a clause in their contract with qualcomm providing the modem.

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      February 25, 2018 1:12 PM

      At last, a company that is not afraid of the number 9

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      February 25, 2018 1:23 PM


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      February 25, 2018 1:23 PM


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        February 25, 2018 4:14 PM

        You mean Nokia's Matrix phone? That 8801 looks cool at $97, hope it's available in something other than yellow. Perfect international travel phone to pop a pre-paid sim into or a nice backup to hold onto.

        Had the old Nokia 8800 before smart phones came along, and that was one of the most awesome phones of all time imo.

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          February 25, 2018 7:29 PM

          It comes in black and yellow colours.

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      February 25, 2018 4:22 PM

      Good on them for finally moving the fingerprint sensor to the correct location.

      As for the camera... I'm not going to be impressed by anything until I see a cell phone with a global shutter, probably.

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      February 25, 2018 4:33 PM


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        February 25, 2018 4:37 PM

        Yes and yes!

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        February 25, 2018 7:04 PM

        I don't know what buttons it has, but of course it will have bloat and will take forever to receive updates, which will stop about 2 years before they should.

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      February 25, 2018 4:37 PM

      Should probably fix this: (and = by an and that's micro sd not sim)

      "with an option to expand and additional 400GB of storage using a SIM card."

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      February 25, 2018 7:08 PM

      Also worth noting the S8 still doesn't have Oreo here yet a year after its release. Its coming soon though, so yay

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        February 25, 2018 7:34 PM

        That was my experience with both samsung flagships I owned. Never again. I’m not paying flagship phone money for no fucking updates.

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