Samsung Galaxy S9+ Review 2020

Samsung Galaxy S9+ review

The Galaxy S9 Plus is a large and cheap smartphone – in 2020

Samsung has released the Galaxy S9+ in 2018, marking it the first time when a Galaxy Plus version didn’t just mean a plus in size. The Galaxy S9+ also came with a larger battery and an extra camera on the back. It made prospective buyers more interested in getting the Galaxy S9+ since it wasn’t just a larger S9, but an improved model.

The dual-lens camera setup helped the S9 Plus to make a stand when it came to low-light conditions. Galaxy S9+ has great stereo speakers, the fingerprint scanner position is placed under the cameras, which is an improvement compared to the S8 Plus.

Let’s see the pros and cons of the Galaxy S9+ and then the specs, performance, and see if the Galaxy S9+ is still a good purchase in 2020 now that we have not just the Galaxy S10 (2019), but also this year’s S20 Plus on the market.

Samsung Galaxy S9+: Pros and Cons

+ Pros: great camera performance in low-light conditions, loud speakers, great position of the fingerprint sensor

– Cons: battery should have been bigger, expensive (at launch)

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Samsung Galaxy S9+: Technical Specifications

  • Display:2″ Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’, 2,960x1440px resolution, 18.5:9 (2.06:1), 529ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (octa-core), Adreno 630 GPU // Exynos 9810 (octa-core), Mali-G72 MP18 GPU
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB, expandable up to 400GB via microSD
  • Camera

Rear – Main camera: 12MP, Type 1/2.55″ sensor, f/1.5-2.4 aperture; Secondary camera – 12MP, Type 1/3.6″ sensor, f/2.4 aperture. Features – autofocus, OIS; 2x zoom. Video Recording: 2160p/60fps

Frontal camera – 8MP, f/1.7 aperture, Video Recording: 1440p/30fps

  • Battery: 3,500mAh Li-Po, Adaptive Fast Charging, QuickCharge 2.0 support, wireless charging
  • Ports: USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint sensor: rear-mounted
  • Other features: NFC; Bluetooth 5.0, iris/face recognition, 3.5mm jack, AKG headphones

Samsung Galaxy S9+: Design and Display

Rocking an elegant glass and metal design, the Galaxy S9+ looks stylish and not different from the S8+. However, the repositioning of the fingerprint scanner was a good idea and now you won’t smudge the camera lens anymore. A downside would be the size of the scanner – it is tinier than most scanners on other Android smartphones.

The size of the S9+ is a bit shorter now that the bezels got slimmer. Handling an S9+ will be difficult, but then again, it is a Plus model, mostly chosen by those with bigger hands. If you’d rather want a smaller smartphone, the S9 is a great alternative.

In terms of display, the S9+ has a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED curved screen, with a 90% screen and only 10% bezels – that are a bit thicker on top and on the bottom. There is no notch, no in-screen fingerprint sensor and the Infinity Display is unchanged.

The 18.5:9 aspect ratio of the display is now a standard and the large screen can display vibrant colors, also coming with a high contrast ratio.

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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