Last night, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.
Looking very similar to last year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+, the new phones feature the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch screens and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Both phones feel very similar to last year’s models as well, with similarly curved sides, glass front and back, and bezel-less design. The S9 features a single rear camera, while the S9+ features dual rear cameras, first seen on the Galaxy Note 8 released last year.
The most significant upgrade touted by Samsung is the new mechanically adjustable aperture on the rear camera. The Samsung Dual Aperture system allows you choose an aperture of either f/1.5 or f/2.4. It does not, however, allow you to select any values in between.
Another small but welcome change is the position of the fingerprint sensor, which has shifted from the right of the rear camera to below it. It is now easier to find and reach with your finger, especially on the larger S9+.
Most other specs remain unchanged. However, a slight change in the dimensions of the phone means that last year’s accessories are not compatible with the S9 and S9+.
Stay tuned for our hands-on review and further news on local pricing and availability.