The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are both finally official, and they bring lots of new stuff to the table. Spec wise both are running the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset in the US or the Exynos 9810 internationally, and both feature at least 64GB of internal storage with microSD card support. Both designs have the same size screens as last year; 5.8 inches for the smaller S9, and 6.2 inches for the S9 Plus. They’ve even got the same size batteries as last year, and both sport 12-megapixel cameras. What’s different, you might ask? The smaller Galaxy S9 rocks 4GB of RAM, while the S9 Plus bumps that up to 6GB of RAM. The larger S9 Plus also features a dual camera system, just like the Note 8, and both move the fingerprint scanner underneath the camera for a much easier use than last year’s awkward position.
The camera game on both phones sports a brand new concept to smartphones: a truly adjustable aperture. Samsung has explored and implemented an aperture that can move between f/1.5 and f/2.4 automatically depending on light. Samsung utilizes the smaller f/1.5 when brightness gets under 100 lux, or less light than would be comfortable to read a book. Those that want a little more manual control over their photos and videos will be able to adjust this aperture with the touch of a button. Samsung has also changed the UI quite a bit on its latest flagships, but maybe not for the better. It’s utilizing the same swipe style between modes as the iPhone, which doesn’t always work so well with manual mode sliders and other options.
On the bright side, however, Samsung is implementing some new AR features that allow you to make a virtual avatar and create animations and videos using that avatar. Think Apple’s Animoji meets Microsoft’s Xbox avatars and you’ll get the idea. Samsung is also pushing the slow motion videography up to Sony’s standards with 720p super slow motion video at 960 frames per second (FPS), meaning this is now tied with the best slow motion videography on the market. Want to see them in action? Head on over to the video below, and don’t forget to subscribe to us on YouTube!