The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus are finally here and they are elegant, powerful, flagship phones. We now know absolutely everything about these standout Android devices now, including the price, release date, pre-order date, available colours, retailers and more. So if you’ve been looking to get the definitive lowdown on these devices, then this Samsung Galaxy S9 guide is for you.
Samsung Galaxy S9 price
The Samsung Galaxy S9 wll cost £739 to buy. It will be available directly from Samsung, as well as select retail partners. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus will cost £869.
Samsung Galaxy S9 release date
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus will be available in the UK and worldwide, from March 16, 2018.
Samsung Galaxy S9 pre-order date
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus will be available to pre-order from 18:00 GMT on February 25th. If an order is placed before March 7th at 23:59 GMT then the buyer will get their device 7 days early of general sale on 9th March, 2018.
Samsung Galaxy S9 colours
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is available in three colour schemes: Lilac Purple (which is a new), Midnight Black and Coral Blue.
Samsung S9 design, build and screen size
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen. The screen’s aspect ratio is the on-trend 18.5:9 super widescreen and it boasts a pin-sharp 570ppi. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has a larger 6.2-inch screen with a slightly lower, but indistinguishable to the eye 529 ppi. Both
Both phones enjoy the same all glass and metal build as last year’s S8 and S8 Plus, however, this year the phone’s front-facing iris scanner and camera are hidden under the top bezel, creating a cleaner look. Both phones enjoy a 90 per cent screen covering at the front, too, granting them a futuristic aesthetic and feel.
The metal frame of both phones is only punctuated by a couple of buttons for Bixby and volume up and down.
Samsung S9 camera
Both the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus feature Samsung’s new 12MP rear dual-aperture camera system. This system works by adjusting how much light is let into the camera’s sensor depending on how light or dark the environment is.
In low light situations the S9’s camera lets more light in to compensate and, equally, if the scene is very light and potentially over-exposed then it lets in less light to prevent image blow out.
This camera system has also been outfitted with superior Super Slow-mo video capture capabilities, with the S9 and S9 Plus now capable of recording at 960 frames per second at 720p. In addition, Super Slow-mo footage benefits from automatic Motion Detection, meaning that users can simply point the camera at what they want to record in slow motion and then the system will automatically kick in and start recording as soon as it detects movement.
Samsung S9 specs – processor, RAM, storage and battery
The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage space, a 3,000 mAh battery, and Samsung’s new Exynos 9810 processor (asides from the US market which is getting Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 CPU).
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus comes with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a 3,500 mAh battery and the same Exynos 9810 / Snapdragon 845 in the US processor.
Samsung S9 face unlock, fingerprint sensor and audio
Samsung has moved the fingerprint sensor on both the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus to the rear centre of each device underneath the new dual-lens camera system. This makes accessing the fingerprint reader much more natural than before, when it was to the right of the S8 and S8 Plus’ camera, and it also means you don’t end up smudging the camera, too.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus also both feature a new set of AKG-tuned stereo speakers, which also support Dolby Atmos 360-degree audio. The Dolby Atmos mode can be used to enhance non Atmos-encoded files as well, enriching their volume and definition.
Both the S9 and S9 Plus feature a face unlock feature.
Samsung S9 AR Emoji and Bixby Vision
AR Emoji is Samsung’s take on Apple’s Animoji and allow Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus users to create a 3D virtual avatar of themselves to use in photos and gifs. The AR Emoji system is built-in to the S9 series’ camera application and all the user needs to do is take a selfie picture of themselves.
At this point a new data-based learning algorithm maps over 100 facial features from the image and maps a 3D model. Once the model is made users can dress and outfit the AR Emoji as they see fit, with a modest selection of clothes, hats and glasses available.
The new AR Emoji is then stored on the phone and can be used as an emoji with one of 18 pre-set expressions, or the user can hold the phone up to themselves and the AR Emoji will mimic their expression and pose, letting you send custom avatar emoji as well.
You can even record an audio snippet to play and the AR Emoji will mimic your mouth expressions, allowing for audio-visual emoji messages.
Original Samsung Galaxy S9 rumour hub now continues...
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will be two of the most powerful and polished flagship phones of 2018. We know the release date, a probable price, a whole bunch of Samsung S9 specs, and even what the new phones look like due to leaked photos.
The new Galaxy phones will be unveiled on Sunday 25 February at Mobile World Congress. As we count down to the event, here are all the key details we've learned about the new Galaxy smartphones so far. These details include official Galaxy S9 news and video teasers from Samsung and a whole load of leaks.
Samsung S9 release date
The Samsung Galaxy S9 launch event will take place on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 5pm GMT. The date was confirmed by Samsung Mobile's official Twitter account.
The Samsung S9 release date will be announced at the launch and if we follow the schedule of last year's Galaxy S8 release, we can expect pre-orders for the S9 to begin the day after the announcement, so on Monday February 26, with an official release date and S9 availability of mid-March.
Samsung S9 price
The Samsung Galaxy S9 price will be £739 (about $1040) at launch. That's according to a leak that TechRadar obtained while speaking to a "trusted source" in the UK mobile phone industry.
A previous leak, also reported by TechRadar, claimed that the Samsung S9 price would be £789 (about $1100).
Given that the iPhone X was priced at £999 at launch, the above margins of price increases for the Galaxy seem feasible.
Whatever the actual price, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ prices will almost certainly be a little more expensive than last year's Galaxy S8 prices. That handset originally retailed for £689 in the UK and $755 in the US SIM-free, with the S8+ coming in at £780 in the UK and $825 in the US SIM-free.
How much can you expect to pay for the new Galaxy? For a detailed rundown of S9 prices and deals, check out our dedicated Samsung Galaxy S9 deals page.
How to watch the Samsung S9 launch live
Samsung S9 design, build and screen size
Brace yourselves for another pair of gorgeous-looking phones when the Samsung S9 and S9 Plus break cover. We've seen shots of the phone (including the one above) leak out from very reputable sources, with the bezels disappearing even further at the edges of the screen.
Renowned tipster Evan Blass posted what look like genuine renders on Twitter, following that reveal up with another showing off the upcoming flagship in Lilac Purple, a brand new colour for the phone series.
We're hearing that Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Orchid Grey, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, Rose Pink and Maple Gold are going to be the colour options this year, though availability may vary depending on where in the world you live.
According to reports the screen-to-body ratio is going to be as high as 90 per cent on both the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, while the continuation of the same aspect ratio is to ensure uniformity across Samsung's new smartphone range. Based on case leaks we've seen, the dimensions will be pretty similar to last year's models.
In terms of screen size, a major leak on February 19 says that the Samsung Galaxy S9 screen will be a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED 18:5:9 with 1440 x 2960 resolution, while the Galaxy S9+ will come with a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED 18:5:8 with that same 1440 x 2960 resolution.
Samsung S9 camera
Samsung Galaxy phones always excel in terms of their cameras and it seems we'll get a significant bump in this area. Samsung itself is using "The Camera. Reimagined." as the tagline on its Galaxy S9 event, so which strongly suggests the camera will be a key focus on the new smartphone.
Expect a new slow motion video mode, improved performance in low lighting conditions, as well as better overall quality no matter what the lighting.
One report suggests super-slow-mo video will offer up to 1,000 frames-per-second if you need it for that real sense of detail. We've also heard rumours about HDR video capture and variable aperture over the last few months, making it easier to capture shots in low light, so it sounds like there's lots to look forward to.
More details about the Galaxy S9 camera leaked on February 8. This new leak suggests that not only will the camera be able to shoot at 1,000 FPS, but it will be able to shoot in slo-mo in two different modes.
Most sources point to a 12MP sensor (or two on the Plus model) for the rear camera, matching the Galaxy Note 8, with an 8MP snapper on the front for all your selfie needs. Whether or not we'll also see some smart, advanced 3D face recognition technology remains to be seen.
On February 19, German site Winfuture reported that the S9 camera would be able to record at 960 frames per second in HD. The same source confirmed a 12-megapixel single rear camera on the Galaxy S9 dual 12-megapixel cameras on the Galaxy S9+.
Oh and what have we here? Leaked internals from the Samsung Galaxy S9, that's what, showing a single camera sensor and a rejigged fingerprint sensor.
Samsung has released a trio of S9 teaser videos that appear to show footage shot on the new camera. The videos show extreme sports in super slow motion, some very clear low light footage and a face morphing into a 3D emoji. Check out the sports footage in the video below.
Then on February 15, Samsung teased the camera again in a new video, this time hinting short video loops, new social sharing functionality and perhaps a new type of flash.
One thing is for certain here – Samsung thinks the S9 camera is going to be a really big deal.
Samsung S9 specs – processor, RAM, storage and battery
Samsung has revealed its latest custom smartphone processor, the Exynos 9 Series 9810, which almost certainly will feature in its upcoming flagship Galaxy S9 range of phones, with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 replacing it in certain parts of the world.
That Snapdragon 845 should be blisteringly fast – 25 percent faster than the processor which is in last year’s Galaxy S8, according to benchmarks that seem to be impressing everyone in the industry. Qualcomm says that not only is the new processor faster, but it will extend battery life, too.
In terms of Exynos 9810 specs, it has four performance cores than can reach speeds of up to 2.9GHz, and four efficiency cores for extending battery life when the device is in a low-power mode or application.
The Exynos-powered Samsung S9+ has also been benchmarked, with Sammobile reporting that it also performs well.
In terms of memory, reports suggest we're looking at 6GB of RAM in these phones, though one leak on Chinese website Weibo claims that the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus will feature more RAM (and storage) than the standard S9.
The rumour, which comes from an "insider", claims that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be available in two variants: a 4GB RAM/64GB model, and a 4GB RAM/128GB model, while the larger Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus will be available in three variants: a 6GB RAM/64GB model, a 6GB RAM/128GB model, and a 6GB RAM/256GB model.
In addition, the rumour states that Samsung could, if the demand is shown to be there, explore releasing a 512GB edition of the S9 Plus, as well. The extra RAM and storage does make sense to us for the larger handset, but we will be interested to see in which territories these models get a release.
That leaves the Galaxy S9 battery. While initial reports from Asia did say that the battery is going to get a major upgrade this year (the packs inside the S8 phones weren't particularly huge), more recent leaks suggest the same 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh sizes will be used.
A second leak confirms the same battery sizes. Let's hope Samsung applies some under-the-hood trickery to eke out more battery life instead.
Samsung S9 face unlock, fingerprint sensor and audio
What else can we expect from these phones? Dig into Samsung's Exynos 9810 press materials and we read that it "enables a depth sensing feature to scan the user's face in 3D for face tracking filters as well as strong security when unlocking a device with one's face."
Now to us that sounds incredibly like the sweet Face ID tech loaded into the iPhone X and, after seeing how slick and well implemented it was on Apple's flagship, it makes perfect sense that Samsung would work it into its latest handset.
More details of how the Samsung Galaxy S9's facial unlocking might work were uncovered in a patent application. If this tech is used in the new Galaxy, unlocking will be enabled by a combination of remote sensor and iris scanning.
Meanwhile, while a recent patent application doing the rounds shows the fingerprint sensor might return to the front of the device via a notch down at the bottom of the screen, the general consensus is that it'll stay around the back, though in a smarter position than the one on the S8 phones.
And there's good news for fans of wired headphones. The Galaxy S9 will feature a headphone socket, according to this leaked image. The same image shows a redesigned DeX, Samsung's portable docking station which turns your Galaxy into a PC-style device.
Also on an audio note, the S9 is apparently getting stereo speakers – one on the top and one on the bottom.
Samsung S9 3D emoji and upgraded Bixby
The source for that stereo speakers leak also claims that the S9 will feature 3D emoji. That Samsung has developed its own set of 3D stickers to compete with Apple's Animoji was also claimed by SamCentral back in January.
It looks like the S9 might be getting more smarts, too. A report on BGR.com posted on November 21 links to a tweeted image of a presentation slide naming Samsung’s Galaxy AI UX, featuring a Bixby logo on the same slide.
What does this mean? More artificial intelligence baked into the phone, especially in the Bixby assistant, probably. This isn't a big surprise as AI is a huge focus for phone makers now and perhaps that's why the S9 will feature a dedicated Bixby button.
A video which leaked on Sunday 25 February also confirmed that Bixby would provide on-the-fly translation of text in images taken with the phone's camera, via a feature called Bixby Live Translation.
Samsung S9 for mobile workers
That same video which showed the Bixby Live Translation functionality focused almost entirely on features that should appeal to mobile workers: better security, split-screen multitasking and the DeX pad, which lets you use your phone with a larger monitor, providing a PC-like experience.
So if that video is genuine, it seems Samsung really wants you (or your employer) to buy a Galaxy S9 or S9+ for work use.
Samsung S9 early hands-on review appears online
Just when we thought pretty much everything about the new Galaxy smartphones had been leaked, an anonymous user on Reddit (who has since deleted their account and replies to the thread) said they had spent 20 minutes with the Galaxy S9.
This user posted their thoughts on the model which was apparently "very close to production" in an Ask Me Anything thread.
Samsung S9 new ringtone
'Over the Horizon' has been the default ringtone of Galaxy devices since 2011. It gets rearranged each year, and for 2018 Samsung has enlisted Icelandic composer Pétur Jónsson to reimagine the melody.
"You will find that the notes arouse the most pure, fundamental elements of the human sentiment that often remain hidden in our daily lives," according to Samsung. "In this way, the latest version of Samsung’s brand sound has the power to relax the mind and heal the soul, thus resonating with all who hear it, regardless of their age."
Who knew a ringtone could have such mystical powers? if you like watching ringtone performances, you can check it out in the video below.
Samsung S9 cases
HyperKnit is a woven fabric that has previously been used in sportswear such as running trainers. So now you'll be able to sportily accessorise your smartphone with your sneakers.
Another website got its hands on more photos of the official S9 and S9 Plus case options.
So there we have it! Over a series of leaks and official teases from Samsung we've got a very good idea of the specs for the new Galaxy S9. Should you buy it? We'll be able to help you decide that once we've got a sample in for review. We're looking forward to putting it through its paces.