Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ offer better camera, 'Slow-mo' videos

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 26, 2018 12:27 hrs
Samsung Galaxy S9 (AP Photo)

Barcelona: Samsung on Sunday unveiled the Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones that come with "Super Slow-mo" video, a new "Dual Aperture" lens powering an innovative low-light camera and "AR Emoji" for creating personalised experiences.

Although prices are yet to be announced, S9 may cost around $720 and S9+ nearly $840.

In terms of specifications, both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are powered with Snapdragon 845 processor making them the world's first phones to run on the chipsets.

The S9 houses 4GB RAM whereas the S9+ has 6GB RAM. The S9 comes with 3000mAh battery whereas the S9+ houses 3500mAh battery.

"The way we use our smartphones has changed as communication and self-expression has evolved," said DJ Koh, president and Head of IT and Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics.

The "Infinity Display" screen comes with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a QHD+ resolution.

"With the Galaxy S9 and S9+, we have reimagined the smartphone camera. Galaxy S9 and S9+ enable consumers to shoot great photos and videos anywhere," Koh told the packed house at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) here late on Sunday.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ cameras have a "Super Speed Dual Pixel" sensor with dedicated processing power and memory to take high-quality pictures.

"The new phone's biggest selling point is a collection of minor improvements to its camera, which is already among the best in the smartphone business . The S9 promises even better low-light shots, while offering a video mode that appears to freeze fast-moving objects, matching a feature in some Sony phones. The S9 can automatically detect when there's high-speed motion to record, such as a cork popping off a bottle of champagne. A fifth of a second of video gets stretched out into six seconds," Anick Jesdanun of Associated Press wrote.

For the first time in a major phone, the phones sporting "dual aperture" (F1.5 / F2.4) will also let you change the camera's aperture to let in more light, making for better images in dark settings, Samsung claims.

The "Super Slow-mo" video captures 960 frames per second. The "Slow-mo" videos can also be turned into GIFs.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also offer automatic "Motion Detection", a feature that detects movement in the frame and automatically begins to record - all users have to do is set up the shot.

After capturing the "Super Slow-mo" video, users can select background music from 35 different options or add a tune from their favourite playlist.

Taking on Apple Animojis, with "AR Emoji", Samsung lets users create an emoji that looks, sounds and acts like them.

"AR Emoji" uses a data-based machine learning algorithm, which analyses a 2D image of the user and maps out more than 100 facial features to create a 3D model that reflects and imitates expressions, like winks and nods, for true personalisation.

Samsung's intelligence platform "Bixby", integrated into the camera, uses Augmented Reality (AR) and deep learning technologies to provide helpful information about a user's surroundings.

With real-time object detection and recognition, "Bixby" instantly generates information directly on top of the image that the camera is pointing at, the company said.

The devices now support expandable memory of up to 400GB with a Micro-SD Card.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available, starting March 16, in select markets and will be offered in Midnight Black, Titanium Grey, Coral Blue and a new hue, Lilac Purple.

Here's what a few of the top reviewers have to say about the phone:

First up, the Mr Mobile review:

And here's MKBHD:

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