Samsung Galaxy S9: Here’s the full spec list for each model

After all the hype from leaks and teasers, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are here. We’ll have you covered wall-to-wall on Samsung’s Unpacked 2018 event in Barcelona, with addition to MWC 2018 all of next week.

There’s probably a handful of you who can accurately predict the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ specs, but in case you can’t, we have an in-depth look at all the official ones for you. This year’s Galaxy S Series models are full of high-end hardware and come with futuristic features. However, there aren’t any groundbreaking improvements over last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, rather more subtle changes made to chase perfection. For the first time in a while, the two models actually have some differences. These include size, battery, RAM, and camera. However, from a design standpoint, you won’t be able to tell the two devices apart.

Let’s take a look at the official in-depth Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ spec sheets.

Galaxy S9

  • Screen: 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED 18.5:9 Infinity Display (2,960 x 1,440)
  • Dimensions: 147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Exynos 9810
  • RAM: 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Expandable: Yes, microSD card (up to 256GB)
  • Graphics: Vulkan API, Adreno 630
  • Camera: 12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel rear-facing with f/1.5 – f/2.4, 8MP front-facing with f/1.8
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo, Google Assistant, Bixby
  • Sensors: Fingerprint reader, Iris scanner, Intelligent Scan, Enhanced Heart Rate, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Water and dust resistance: IP68
  • Battery: 3,000mAh capacity (non-removable)
  • Charging: Fast Wireless, Quick Charge 2.0 (via USB Type-C)
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray
  • Other notable specs: Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad, GPS, NFC, MST, AKG + Dolby Atoms stereo audio
  • Headphone jack: yes

Galaxy S9+

  • Screen: 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED 18.5:9 Infinity Display (2,960 x 1,440)
  • Dimensions: 158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 189g
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Exynos 9810
  • RAM: 6GB LPDDR4
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Expandable: Yes, microSD card (up to 256GB)
  • Graphics: Vulkan API, Adreno 630
  • Camera: Dual 12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel rear-facing with f/1.5 – f/2.4, 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.4, 8MP front-facing with f/1.7
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo, Google Assistant, Bixby
  • Sensors: Fingerprint reader, Iris scanner, Intelligent Scan, Enhanced Heart Rate, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Water and dust resistance: IP68
  • Battery: 3,500mAh capacity (non-removable)
  • Charging: Fast Wireless, Quick Charge 2.0 (via USB Type-C)
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray
  • Other notable specs: Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad, GPS, NFC, MST, AKG + Dolby Atoms stereo audio
  • Headphone jack: yes

 

In terms of design, both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ bring back the near bezel-less edge-to-edge Infinity Display. The aspect ratio is once again 18.5:9, which is taller and narrower to allow for more room on-screen. There’s no hardware button on front, which makes for a more immersive experience. The heart rate monitor has been improved to measure pressure Samsung Pay is once again on board.

For software, both handsets use Android 8.0 Oreo. This means they’re among Samsung’s first devices to run Google’s latest software. Samsung has also included Experience 9.0, which brings new software functions to the table including a new Smart Things app, AR emoji, improved security, and new camera modes including 960fps slow-mo and Bixby AR functionality. The camera itself has also been “Re-imagined” now including a dedicated DRAM chip that can process 4 times more info. There’s also auto-adjusting Dual Aperture for low-light, which maxes at the widest aperture ever included in a smartphone camera. As for security, there’s a new Intelligent Scan feature said to be more secure, which combines that of Iris and Facial recognition into one.

Bixby is here, but 2.0 is not. However, there is an update that brings Live Translation, Food Identification including automatic plugging in of nutrition details, the ability to make purchases (only in US, Canada, Korea, China), and try on clothes or makeup virtually. Samsung has also opened the AI digital assistant to the developer community and given Bixby lots of touch-ups to improve the core experience. Galaxy S9 owners will be glad to know that the Bixby hardware key has come over from the Galaxy Note 8 to launch Bixby Voice in less than a second. AKG audio has also made a much deserved return, and high-quality AKG earphones are included in every Galaxy S9 box. AKG combined with new Dolby Amos top and bottom stereo speakers should make for a fantastic listening experience.

Samsung will look to sell Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in record numbers by attracting new customers and bringing back past Galaxy owners. It’ll be interesting to see once these devices hit markets just how many people elect to upgrade. Samsung hasn’t provided a whole lot that’s new, yet, there’s so much to like here. One thing not to like is the high price tag, which will surely turn many to upper mid-range phones that have gotten a lot better. If you’re coming from a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8, the fingerprint relocation to a more centered position on the rear will be gratifying. Some other reasons to upgrade over recent generation Galaxy handsets are the improved battery life and far superior camera quality. If you’re coming from an older Galaxy, the device’s upgraded design should do a lot of convincing.

Surely, a Galaxy Note 9 could be around the corner and might be worth holding out for with rumors of an in-display fingerprint scanner. There’s also Galaxy X, which could be announced later this year. So all in all, there are lots of other options to think about. If you have a phone that’s more than 1-year-old, we’d say go for it if you can pay a pretty penny. There has been no better time to get invested in a growing ecosystem of Galaxy products, and the Galaxy S9 could be the start you need. If you bought a phone during 2017, your best bet is to hold out, as last year’s models still top the market. The question you have to ask yourself is, did Samsung do enough to justify the prestige asking price for the Galaxy brand? We’ll let you decide.

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are some of the best Android phones to date. They feature just about everything the average consumer could ever want in a modern-day smartphone. If you can tackle down the price, Galaxy S9 might just be worth it. Let us know your upgrade dilemma in the comments.

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Doug Demagistris is the Founder and current Editor In Chief of Droid Turf. He grew up in New York and now attends Bryant University where he is studying marketing and communication. He has been and always will be a Google enthusiast thanks to Android’s customization, flat design and exceptional integration with various Google services. Currently, Doug uses a Pixel 2 XL as his daily driver for its unique design, powerful hardware, exceptional camera, and stock experience. For shorter instances, he’ll glance at his Huawei Watch. And for more productive work, you’ll find him typing away on his Pixelbook. Doug is hopeful his productivity will make lives easier, more meaningful and help down the road.