The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are coming…

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In the first of this year’s big smart phone releases, Samsung has released details of its new flagship phones – the Galaxy S9 series. Unveiled on 25 February at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, the S9 and S9 plus are set to launch in the UK on 8th March. As with the launch of every new Samsung handset, there’s a lot of buzz around the S9. Let’s take a look at the buzz, the features and the all-important details…

The strapline for Samsung’s S9 series of smartphones goes some way to telling us the area of focus for this reiteration of their Galaxy handset. ‘The camera. Reimagined’.

There’s no doubt that the functionality and features of the camera on the S9 are impressive. It was revealed at the recent Mobile World Congress that the camera on new Samsung S9 and S9 plus will now feature a variable aperture, with a choice of two settings. Samsung has also improved its slow-motion video capture, with the standout feature of the S9’s camera being its capacity to slow down video while keeping it in high-definition resolutions - delivering 960 frames per second in 720p and 480fps in 1080p.

There has also been quite a bit of buzz about another of the phone’s features – its AR emoji tool that allows you to create and send yourself in emoji format.

Samsung says the speakers on the Galaxy S9 are 1.5 times noisier than those on the S8 and to address one of the bugbears of the S8 - the placement of the phone’s fingerprint scanner, which appears to the side of the camera - Samsung have moved it in the new model to appear below the rear camera.

So aside from the camera improvements, tweaks and new features, what else can we expect from the S9?

Much like the S8, the S9 will feature a 5.8in Infinity Display, with a 6.2in version on the larger S9+.

The S9 series also has a number of other familiar features as seen its predecessor the S8, such as:

  • Quad-HD+ SuperAMOLED display
  • Super Speed Dual Pixel 12Mp rear camera
  • IP68 Water & Dust Resistant
  • Stereo speakers tuned by AKG
  • Iris Scanner
  • 64GB Memory/4GB RAM
  • Wireless charging (pad sold separately)

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available in three colours: midnight black, coral blue and the new shade of lilac pink. There are rumours of a grey version, but this won’t be available initially in the UK, the US or Europe.

Price wise, Samsung has raised the bar from the S8, with the S9 being launched at £739 and the S9+ at £869.

Although some have criticised the lack of ‘game-changing’ features in the new release, there’s no denying that the S9 and S9+ are, on paper, set to be great phones. The camera improvements, along with improved sound quality and general improvements to ease of use will be enough for an army of Galaxy fans to rush to get their hands on the latest model.

Wherever you are in the world, you can get your hands on the new S9 and S9+ via forward2me’s parcel forwarding service. To place your order now, visit http://www.samsung.com/uk/smartphones/galaxy-s9/