What about the Samsung Galaxy S9?

Presented officially in February 2018 at the MWC (Mobile World Congress), Samsung’s latest Galaxy still generated a lot of enthusiasm.
S9 has a public release date of March 16, 2018, but it is already available for those who have purchased pre-order for a few days.
We will not hide it but the S9 is a copy of the S8 from an aesthetic point of view, but what is it technically worth?
This is what we will see in this article.

Characteristics

Before getting into the subject and as I regularly do each presentation of a new smartphone, here is the identity card, if I can afford the term of the Samsung Galaxy S9.

Screen 5.8 inches AMOLED
Definition 2960 x 1440 pixels at 570 dpi
Processor Exynos 9810 octo-core clocked at 2.7 GHz
Graphics chip ARM Mali G72 MP18
RAM 4 GB of RAM
Storage 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
MicroSD Yes up to 400 GB
connectivity Wifi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth 5.0 + A2DP + LE
GPS / GLONASS
NFC
Connectors nanosim
USB-C
Rear camera 12 megapixel camera “Dual Pixel”
Variable opening of f / 1.5 or f / 2.4 depending on the situation
Front camera 8 megapixel camera
Opening at f / 1.6
Autonomy 3,000 mAh battery
color White, Black, Gray or Purple
Dimensions 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 millimeters
Weight 163 grams
BONE Android O (8.0) + Overlay Experience 9.0

If all these figures are gibberish for you, here is a summary of information.
We have here a bright AMOLED screen of 5.8 inches with a double curved screen, it’s beautiful!
His color is really great, he is awesome purple and blue coral. If you are more classic, you can also buy it in midnight black and titanium gray.
The processor is fast and performs the necessary tasks while managing carefree games without worries.
A full battery will take you from morning to night but do not lie, navigation and streaming will exhaust faster.
Very bright photosensor, nice outdoor photos with no less than 12 megapixels.
The music is not forgotten, we have here a system with two speakers for a rich and powerful sound.
Improved placement of the fingerprint reader makes mobile payments more convenient.
Wireless charging and water resistance rating (IP68) give it an edge over most phones, as do previous Galaxy models.

The double-aperture camera makes many pictures gloomy, unrealistic and unclear. There are less contrast and texture than other phones.
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The 3D avatars you create with AR Emoji do not follow your expressions well and require many more customization options.
Intelligent Scan, a new unlock option that uses your face, is not secure and does not seem to solve an existing problem.
The camera switches too easily between modes, which is frustrating when you are not where you want to be.
With super slow motion video, the auto mode is not very useful and the image quality is lower than the normal resolution.

Verdict?

The Samsung S series are still great smartphones, we will not hide the face but this S9 has not really evolved since his little brother, the Galaxy S8, for my taste.
Indeed we have here a design and a very screen (or too much I should say) similar to the 2017 version.
The improved biometric data was badly needed and the camera is certainly a leap forward, but I was expecting a plus anyway.

The S9 has everything on his camera but photos in low light are often blurred and lack texture and contrast with the competition.
The 3D avatar software is tragically bad and this new face unlocking tool does not look very secure.
Besides, the Galaxy S9 is more expensive than the Galaxy S8 of last year.

It is a very good smartphone, do not veil the face but if you already have the S8, it is not necessary to pass the course.
I recommend instead to wait for the new version or why not the S9 Plus that I will present in the next article.