Samsung Galaxy S9 launched in South Africa – How it improves on the S8

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones are now available in South Africa.

The new flagship devices offer notable improvements over current smartphones, and the previous-generation Galaxy S8 and S8+.

New features

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ boast a new dual-aperture rear camera, which allows for high-quality photos regardless of whether they are taken in bright or low-light conditions.

Samsung has also added powerful video features to the Galaxy S9’s camera, allowing it to record slow-motion video at a staggering 960 frames-per-second.

Extra features built into the camera app – like Bixby Vision, which allows you to automatically translate real-world text – are included, too.

The Galaxy S9 retains the InfinityEdge display implemented on the Galaxy S8 range, and backs it up with a more powerful and power-efficient CPU.

The device also no longer places the fingerprint sensor next to the camera lens, but below it. This allows for easier accessibility and prevents users from smudging the glass over their camera lens.

The specifications of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S8, along with their recommended pricing at launch, are detailed below.

Galaxy S9 vs Galaxy S8

Specifications Galaxy S9 Galaxy S8
Dimensions 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm
Weight 163g 155g
OS Android 8 Android 7
Display 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED
Rear camera 12MP f/1.5 and f/2.4 12MP f/1.7
Front camera 8MP f/1.7 8MP f/1.7
Storage 64GB, MicroSD 64GB, MicroSD
RAM 4GB 4GB
Processor 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz Octa-core Exynos 9810 2.3GHz + 1.7GHz Octa-core Exynos 8895
Battery 3,000mAh 3,000mAh
Cellular LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 16
SIM Nano (Single/Dual) Nano (Single/Dual)
Durability IP68 IP68
Biometrics Fingerprint, iris, face Fingerprint, iris, face
RRP R15,499 R15,499

Galaxy S9+ vs Galaxy S8+

Specifications Galaxy S9+ Galaxy S8+
Dimensions 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight 189g 173g
OS Android 8 Android 7
Display 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED
Rear camera Dual 12MP: f/1.5 and f/2.4 wide-angle f/2.4 telephoto 12MP f/1.7
Front camera 8MP f/1.7 8MP f/1.7
Storage 128GB, MicroSD 64GB, MicroSD
RAM 6GB 4GB
Processor 2.7GHz + 1.7GHz Octa-core Exynos 9810 2.3GHz + 1.7GHz Octa-core Exynos 8895
Battery 3,500mAh 3,500mAh
Cellular LTE Cat. 18 LTE Cat. 16
SIM Nano (Single/Dual) Nano (Single/Dual)
Durability IP68 IP68
Biometrics Fingerprint, iris, face Fingerprint, iris, face
RRP R17,999 R17,499

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