Galaxy S9 plus – Should you buy it in 2020?

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Samsung has been known to make premium devices with stunning designs. The recent launch of its Galaxy lineup, the Galaxy S20 series has been making news owing to its stunning design and impressive performance. Honestly, Samsung struck Gold after the launch of the Galaxy S6. The S6 completely changed people’s image of Samsung. Earlier, a lot of people considered Samsung as a brand known for making phones made up of plastic with a laggy interface. The Galaxy S6 blew people away with a design that was way ahead of its time. The phone also had a refined and smooth UI. Back in 2018, Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 series which was again a game-changer. The phone had a breathtaking design with a curved screen and an almost bezel-less display. The phone also had phenomenal hardware and was available in amazing colors.

The S9 plus is currently available at a price of $300. So should you buy it in 2020? Let’s find out.

Design of Galaxy S9 plus –

The device has a design that is still very desirable to people. The phone has an aluminum frame and has a curved glass front as well as back. Both sides are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and the phone looks absolutely stunning. The phone has the following dimensions – 6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 in. It weighs a mere 189 g which makes it just a gram heavier than the iPhone 11 Pro. The phone also has a hybrid SIM slot which makes it compatible with an SD card as well. So if you are looking to buy this phone, then storage is not a worry. The phone is also IP68 dust/water resistant and has Samsung Pay support as well. So it’s pretty clear that this phone can still compete with the smartphones of today in terms of design.

Display of Galaxy S9 plus-

When this phone was launched back in 2018, the phone had the best display in its class. The display is still is better than most phones out there. It has a 6.2 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors. It has a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels which is higher than most flagships out there. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and supports a lot more features. The display supports HDR 10 and is also an always ON display. The home button also supports 3D touch. So in terms of display, this phone is definitely better than a lot of current-generation phones.

 

Hardware and Software of Galaxy S9 plus-

The phone rocks the 2018 flagship Android chipset, Snapdragon 845. This chipset is still very powerful and can run heavy games like PUBG and Call Of Duty easily. The Adreno 630 GPU underneath is still young and has a lot of potentials. The CPU is an octa-core chip with the following cores – 4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver. The phone has 6 GB of RAM and comes in 2 storage options, 128 GB and 256 GB.

In terms of software, this phone was launched with Android 8.0. The phone got 2 major updates and supports Android 10.0 now. It also supports One UI 2.0. Unfortunately, looking at Samsung’s trend of providing only 2 major updates to their flagship devices, this could be the last major Android update for this phone. One can always install a custom ROM or just use the phone as it is as Android 10.0 support will easily last for another 4-5 years.

 

Camera –

This phone was the one to beat in terms of camera performance. It was one of the first phones to offer super slow-motion video recording. It has a 2 lens setup which is still better than most of the phones out there. The primary lens is a 12 MP shooter with a variable aperture of f/1.5-2.4. It is 26mm wide and has a shutter speed of 1/2.55″, 1.4µm. The lens also supports features like Dual Pixel PDAF and OIS. The second lens is a 12 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.4. It is a 52mm telephoto lens with a shutter speed of 1/3.6″, 1.0µm with features such as AF, OIS, and 2x optical zoom. The camera setup also supports additional features such as LED flash, auto-HDR, and panorama. The rear setup can also record videos at 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps with additional features like HDR, dual-video rec, stereo sound rec and gyro-EIS & OIS (30fps).

The front camera setup is a dual-lens setup with a 2 MP lens specifically dedicated to the iris scanner. The second lens is an 8 MP shooter with an aperture of f/1.7. It is 25mm wide with a shutter speed of  1/3.6″, 1.22µm and also has AF. It can also record at 1440p@30fps. with features such as dual video call and auto HDR. If you are looking for a mobile camera less than $400 then the S9 plus is the one to go for.

Battery and Speakers –

The phone has a 3500 mAh battery with 15 W fast charging support. The device also supports wireless charging and also has Snapdragon’s Quick charge 2.0 support. The device has a stereo speaker setup tuned by AKG which sounds amazing. The phone also has a headphone jack. In terms of sensors and additional features, the phone supports Samsung DeX, ANT+ and Bixby natural language commands and dictation. The phone has all the basic sensors and features some like – Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, and SpO2. The heart rate sensor has not been found on any Galaxy device after the S9 plus.

Conclusion –

With a beautiful build, solid camera, great hardware and a ton of features, this is the one to go for if your budget is about $300.

 

Want to go for the Samsung flagship? Check out my blog on the Galaxy S20 family –

Samsung Galaxy S20 series : The new kids of the block