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Samsung Galaxy S9 series: Is it worth the hype?

SAMSUNG RECENTLY UNVEILED THE NEWEST MODELS OF THEIR FLAGSHIP GALAXY S SERIES WITH S9 AND S9+. DOES IT LIVE UP TO OUR EXPECTATIONS? TECH SAVVY HASSAN SARAYA GIVES US THE 101 OF THIS NEW MODEL


 

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Judging by the looks, the S9 series looks almost identical to the S8 series from the front. However, it is a whole other case once you flip the phone. Aside from the gorgeous new lilac purple colour, the fingerprint sensor now conveniently lies under the camera for an easier reach. In addition, the plus model received an additional lens.

In terms of performance, Samsung spared no effort on the internals. Both models carry within a powerful octacore processor with a 4 GB ram on S9, 6 GB ram on S9+, guaranteeing a smooth operation that stands strong for your day-to-day use. And with a built-in storage ranging from 64 to 256 GB, you will be able to store thousands of photos, videos and music on your phone “with an external storage up to 400 GB.” Do not worry about battery life, as S9 supports 12 hours of 4G use, while S9+ boosts 15 hours.

This is all fancy talk, but the most important purchase decision-making factor in a smart phone nowadays is the camera. The S9 series promises a reimagined camera, boosting a series of new functions to wow its customers. Samsung is famous for being the best in low light photography. The S8 series has proven its worth with a 12MP sensor supporting an f/1.7 aperture. This year’s series comes in with the first variable aperture in a smart phone, a variable aperture functions like your eye in different lights. It opens up the most in a low light environment to capture the most light and reflect it in the shot (f/1.5), giving you a more focus on the object. Then narrows down in well-lit surroundings (f/2.4), to provide you with a crisp picture that spreads focus on various areas.

Both models support this lens with an additional telephoto lens on the S9+ for a 2x zoom with a live focus feature that creates a shallow depth of field, similar to portrait mode on iPhone. Even after taking the shot, you can adjust the blur around the focused object. Video capabilities have been improved to accommodate a super slow mode, shooting 960FPS to give you a cinema like slow mode quality.

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The verdict: The S9 series is worth the hype. It does not replace a DSLR camera, yet poses one of the strongest performing cameras in a smart phone.