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Review: Samsung Galaxy S9

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – seems to be the motto behind Samsung’s S9. A phone that bears more than a passing resemblance to the S8, this 2018 flagship has all the goodness of the previous model with a few more add-ons to make it more irresistible. So, it’s got the premium metal-glass combo body, it’s sleek as ever, continues to have a headphone jack and IP68 water-resistant rating and the fingerprint sensor moves to a better position now – under the camera lens.

The 5.8-inch QHD AMOLED screen throws up amazing colours and great levels of contrast and brightness levels, however, Google Pixel 2 and iPhone X users may find it oversaturated. But you can’t deny that the experience of watching HD quality movies on the S9 is among the best on offer today. The biggest upgrade over the S8 is the S9’s 12MP rear camera. It continues to support image stabilisation and dual-pixel autofocus but in addition, there’s also a variable aperture lens that allows the S9’s camera to switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 almost instantaneously, offering much better low-light photography. We did compare it with the iPhone X and Pixel 2, and the S9’s low-light photos looked slightly better with more details. Like before, daylight images look brilliant with the kind of colour reproduction and detailing possible. Even 4K videos can be shot at 60fps and 960fps for slow-motion clips, and they look as good as professional ones.

Talking of goodness, Android 8.0 Oreo, bundled with Samsung’s UX v9 works seamlessly with a combination of Snapdragon’s 845 chipset and 4GB RAM. Makes multitasking a breeze. On the downside, it does heat up with 15mins of YouTubing or camera recording, and the 3000mAh battery won’t last a day for heavy users – 8 hours at the most. The latter is its biggest drawback. Everything else on the S9 works like it should on an Android flagship. Fluid operations, minimal bezels and the QHD screen offers a great experience. The curved side body panels ensure the S9 feels amazing to hold as well. A worthy flagship.

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