Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 128GB
Samsung in February 2018 announced Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. There two succeed the Galaxy S8 and S8+ of 2017. This review is about the Galaxy S9, S9+ has been reviewed in yet another article. Check it and other smart phones out at www.phonpleacekenya.com. Below are the key features of the Galaxy S9+. It is the S9+ because it has some notable added features the regular S9 doesn’t.
Front/back glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
Single SIM or Hybrid Dual SIM (nano SIM with dual standby)
2G, 3G and 4G network support.
IP68 water and dust resistant (over 1.5m and for 30 min)
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen
6.2 inches display
1440 x 2960 pixels (529 ppi density) display
Always On Display
*Android Oreo 8.0
Exynos 9810 Octa or Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
*Octa core (4 x 2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4 x 1.8GHz Cortex A55) or
Octa core (4 x 2.7 GHz Kyro 385 Gold & 4 x 1.7 GHz Kyro 385 Silver) CPU
*Mali G72 MP18 or Adreno 630 GPU
128 GB expandable internal memory + 4GB RAM
Dual 12MP primary camera, IOS, LED flash
8MP primary camera (1440p@30fps), dual video call, Auto HDR
2160p@30fps video recording
USB 3.1 Type C
Rear mounted fingerprint scanner
Quick Charge 2.0
Non removable 3500mAh battery
Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray and Lilac Purple
Design and build
The design and builds of Samsung smart phones get better by each released they do. Samsung are ever futuristic with their designs and are never scared of taking risks with this section of their smart phones. Just to mention, Samsung pioneered the curved edge on smart phones. Anyway away from that, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 128 GB somewhat resembles its predecessor the S8. Hear this, there is a rear mounted fingerprint scanner below the dual primary camera(s) and Samsung branding. It has been kept clean as that on the back, maybe the only addition we see is the LED flash that is to the right of the primary camera.
The front features the edge to edge display (curved of course) with very slim top and clean bottom bezels. The top one has the selfie camera, an iris scanner, sensors and call speaker.
It is made of glass and aluminum frames where there isn’t glass.
Dispaly and camera
As already mentioned, the display of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 128 GB is a curved one. In my opinion, Samsung has the best display in the market since the beginning of SUPER AMOLED. This technology is top notch and very impressive, and Samsung knowing that included it on the Galaxy S9+. It is a 6.2 inches phablet device with 1440 x 2960 pixels (529 ppi) resolution, multi touch and corning gorilla glass 5 protection. I love that there is the Always On Display features on this phone to allow you view you notifications and or time without having to turn on your display. A very impressive display it is, probably the best in the market as at now (MAR 2018).
It comes with a dual 12MP primary camera with IOS, phase detection, autofocus, 2x optical zoom and an LED flash. It shoots video up to 2160p@30fps quality with this camera. Some of the features available here include geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video recording, face/smile detection, Auto HDR and Panorama modes.
It is a super and impressive 8MP shooter (1440p@30fps) with dual video call and Auto HDR features.
On a scale of 1-10, camera performance on this phone is 8.
Performance and memory
It comes running on Android Oreo 8.0 with either an Exynos 9810 Octa or Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, an Octa core (4 x 2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4 x 1.8GHz Cortex A55) or
Octa core (4 x 2.7 GHz Kyro 385 Gold & 4 x 1.7 GHz Kyro 385 Silver) CPU and a Mali G72 MP18 or Adreno 630 GPU. The former versions are EMEA while the latter USA & China.
Internal memory can be expanded up to 400 GB using an SD Card. You get 128 GB internal memory with 4GB of RAM.
Its 3500mAh battery will last you a whole day of usage and there is support for fast battery charging, Quick Charge 2.0.
This is a high end flagship smart phone. You spend quite some amount to acquire the Galaxy s9+, and the truth is, you get all the value for your money with the Samsung Galaxy S9+. Buy yours today! It comes with the choice of three colors: Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray and Lilac Purple, have your choice.