Samsung unveils new flagship smartphones Galaxy S9, S9+

By John Reczon Calay

Tech giant Samsung Electronics has unveiled its highly-anticipated flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, during the Mobile World Congress 2018 at Barcelona, Spain on Sunday, Feb. 25 (Monday, Feb. 26 in the Philippines).

“The way we use our smartphones has changed as communication and self-expression has evolved,” Samsung Electronics president and head of IT and mobile communications division DJ Koh said.

“We have reimagined the smartphone camera. Not only does the Galaxy S9 and S9+ enable consumers to shoot the best photos and videos anywhere, it’s a smartphone that’s designed to help them connect to others and express themselves in a way that’s unique and personal to them.”

Both devices are running on Android 8.0 operating system and Samsung Experience version 9.0. The devices are powered by either high-end Snapdragon 845 octa-core or Exynos 9810 octa-core processors. The Galaxy S9 has 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory, while the S9+ has 6 GB of RAM available in 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB of internal memory.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are powered with 3,000 mAh and 3,500 mAh of battery, respectively, and supports wireless charging.

The camera reimagined

Both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are equipped with a Super Speed Dual Pixel (SSDP) sensor: a 12-megapixel optical image stabilization (OIS) on f/1.5 or f/2.4 maximum aperture rear camera and an 8-megapixel on f/1.7 maximum aperture auto focus rear camera. The S9+ rear camera includes another 12-megapixel OIS on f/2.4 max aperture.

The SSDP sensor has a processing power and memory that can combine up to 12 frames into a single photo. The sensor also boosts 960 frames per second when recording slow-mo videos with automatic motion detention.

The flagship phones feature augmented reality (AR) Emoji, a personalized and customizable emoji and GIF maker from the user’s selfies. This feature uses a data-based machine learning algorithm, which analyzes a 2D images of the user and maps out more than 100 facial features to create a 3D model that imitates human expressions such as winks and nods.

Samsung’s intelligence platform, Bixby 2.0, is integrated into the camera. It uses AR and deep learning technologies which provide information on the user’s surroundings. The intelligence platform instantly generates information, such as translation and currency exchange, directly on top of the image the camera is pointing at.

“The Galaxy S has been always about innovation. We’ve been delivering on the innovation promise year and year, and we’re not about to stop this 2018 with the Galaxy S9,” Samsung Philippines product marketing manager Lea Cua said during the Philippine launch.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ (64 GB and 128 GB) will be available starting March 16 at P45,990 and P52,990 (64 GB) and P55,990 (128 GB), respectively. Pre-orders will start from February 27 to March 6. The devices are in midnight black, coral blue, and lilac purple colors.

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