19 Sam­sung Galaxy S9 and S9+ FAQs: Every­thing to Know

Namrata Gogoi

If you are planning to buy the new Samsung Galaxy S9 or the Galaxy S9+, I bet you must be fascinated by this year's flagship devices. But as they say, no buying decisions must be made without proper research. After all, thinking of buying a phone which cost north of $700 isn't a simple decision.

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Worry not, we have done the legwork and have curated the most frequently asked questions and facts about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ to help you get a clear picture.

As it's going to be a long one, let's jump straight in.

Hardware Specifications

SpecSamsung Galaxy S9Samsung Galaxy S9+
PropertyGalaxy S9Galaxy S9+
ProcessorOcta-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor or or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor or or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Display5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display
Screen Resolution2960 x 1440 pixel resolutions2960 x 1440 pixel resolutions
Charging TypeFast Charging via wired or wireless chargersFast Charging via wired or wireless chargers
Dual SIM1 Nano SIM +1 MicroSD or1 Nano SIM + 1 Nano SIM1 Nano SIM +1 MicroSD or1 Nano SIM + 1 Nano SIM
Size147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass, IP68 dust and water resistantCorning Gorilla Glass, IP68 dust and water resistant
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0

Camera Specifications

SpecSamsung Galaxy S9Samsung Galaxy S9+
PropertyGalaxy S9Galaxy S9+
Rear Camera12MP12MP Wide-angle camera
Aperturef/1.5 and f/2.4f/1.5 and f/2.4
Special FeatureSuper Speed Dual Pixel with 1.4µm pixel size, OIS1.4µm pixel size + 1.0µm pixel size, Dual OIS
Secondary Camera-12MP Telephoto camera
Video Resolution4K @ 30 fps/ 60fps4K @ 30 fps/ 60fps
Front Camera8MP8MP

Q1. What Are the Available Variants of the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+?

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is available in three variants of 64GB, 128GB, and 256 GB. However, the availability depends on the country and carrier.

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As far as the expandable memory is concerned, it can be expanded up to 400GB via a MicroSD card.

Q2. Does the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Feature a Headphone Jack and Expandable Memory?

Yes, fortunately, both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have retained the 3.5mm headphone jack. If you recollect the popular flagships of 2017 like the iPhone X and the Google Pixel 2 had ditched the headphone jack in favor of wireless options like Bluetooth headphones.

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As far as the expandable memory is concerned, the Galaxy S9/S9+ comes with 64GB of onboard storage. However, Samsung lets you upgrade up to 400GB with the aid of a microSD card.

Q3. How fast is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset?

The Snapdragon 845 is one of the latest offerings from Qualcomm. It boasts of a 25% boost in performance and this can be attributed to the new Kryo 385 cores.

Plus, the new chipset is also battery efficient and is expected to provide a longer battery life compared to the 2017 flagships.

Q4. Which Android Version Does the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Feature?

The Samsung Galaxy S9 series runs Android Oreo on top of Samsung Experience version 9.

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Q5. What Are the Major Upgrades in the Galaxy S9 series?

One of the major upgrades in the Galaxy S9/S9+ is the inclusion of a variable aperture on the rear camera. This means that the camera can switch between two aperture settings — f/2.4 and f/1.5.

The camera can switch between two aperture settings — f/2.4 and f/1.5

On the other hand, the S9+ has a dual camera setup and features a combination of 12-megapixel wide-angle and a telephoto lens. In this case, the primary wide-angle lens has the mechanical aperture feature.

Samsung Galaxy S9 16

The Galaxy S9/S9+ is powered by the new-age Snapdragon 845, which not only makes it powerful but also battery efficient. The other new features include a new unlock method which goes by the name of Intelligent Scan, AR Emojis, dual speakers and slimmer bezels among others.

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Plus, the Galaxy S9+ also features a dual camera setup along with 6GB RAM, the first time a Samsung phone has gone over the 4GB mark.

It's camera sensor comes with a faster and reliable autofocus mechanism.

Q6. What Is the Dual/Mechanical Aperture Feature in the Galaxy S9 and S9+?

The 2018 flagships from Samsung are the first smartphones to feature the dual aperture mode. As we all know, a wider aperture lets in more light, while a narrower aperture lets in less light but is great for low-light pictures.

Samsung Galaxy S9 X

Samsung lets you switch between both the modes automatically and thus results in better and clearer pictures, both during normal and low-light conditions.

Fun Fact: Did you know that you can actually see the aperture physically changing on the rear camera, similar to DSLR cameras?

Q7. Can You Select the Aperture Manually?

In the auto mode, the aperture switches automatically. However, you'd be able to switch between both the aperture manually in the pro mode.

Q8. How Different Is the Portrait Mode of the Galaxy S9+ from the Galaxy Note8?

The portrait mode is almost similar to the one on the Galaxy Note8. It features the same Live Focus mode, where the background blur of the image can be manually adjusted.

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However, thanks to the dual aperture, the pictures in the Galaxy S9+ are crisper and more vivid.

Q9. Does the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ Come with EIS and OIS?

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ comes with both OIS and EIS. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ comes with Dual OIS on the rear camera.

Q10. What Is the New Selfie Focus Mode?

Though the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the S9+ don't sport dual cameras on the front, they let you capture amazing selfies in the portrait mode. This feature goes by the name of Selfie Focus and is achieved via software processing.

Q11. Where Is the Fingerprint Sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S9?

Thankfully, the fingerprint reader in the Samsung Galaxy S9 series has been given a little makeover. Unlike 2017's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note8, the fingerprint reader isn't in a horizontal setup, but is, instead of a vertical setup.

Samsung Galaxy S9 17

This new setup makes it easier to reach and operate.

Q12. What Is the Intelligent Scan Unlock?

The new Intelligent Scan Unlock is a combination of iris scanning and Face Unlock.

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According to Samsung, this new method of scanning automatically determines the optimal mode of authentication. The first priority is given to the Iris unlock which scans your eyes. If it's unable to do so, thanks to glasses, it would rely on the face unlock method.

Samsung Galaxy S9 X4

However, compared to Apple's Face ID, Intelligent Scan isn't secure since it doesn't map the face using infrared dots.

Q13. Does the Galaxy S9 Come With a Dedicated Bixby Button?

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ still has a dedicated button for Bixby. Though Samsung has updated Bixby a little, they still don't let you re-purpose the button.

Samsung Galaxy S9 14

Other than that, both the phones sport a heart rate monitor, similar to the older Galaxy phones.

Q14. What Are the Other Camera Features of the Galaxy S9?

The new Samsung flagships can capture amazing videos in slow motion. If we talk numbers, these phones are capable of recording videos at up to 960 frames per second, and that's the reason this feature is called Super Slow-mo.

Galaxy S9 Camera Slow Mo Img

Interestingly, you can add music or create GIFs right from within the built-in image editing software.

Q15. Has Bixby Seen Any Upgrade from Last Year?

Though Samsung has considerably improved Bixby, the major areas of improvements are in Bixby Vision. It lets you translate text in real-time while letting estimate the calories in your food.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Faqs 3

All you have to do is capture pictures and the calorie calculator would do the rest.

Q16. Are the AR Emojis Cooler than the Animojis on the iPhone X?

Similar to the iPhone X, the AR emoji feature of Samsung lets you create a slew of animated avatars. Though it lets you customize them, it'll take a while to reach the iPhone level.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Faqs 2

That said, the AR Emojis aren't only restricted to Samsung users but can be used to broadcast to other Android phones.

Q17. What Are the Improvements on the Sound Department of the S9 Series?

Another area of improvement is the sound department. The Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ comes with dual stereo. Here, the earpiece also acts like a speaker thus, providing an enhanced audio experience.

To add to it, the 2018 flagships also comes with Dolby Atmos to give a theatre-like experience. Similar to the Galaxy S8, the speakers of the Galaxy S9 are also tuned by AKG.

Q18. What Is the DeX Pad and How Important Is It?

The DeX Pad has also seen some improvements this year. Unlike the DeX dock, The phone can lie flat thus, doubling up as a trackpad.

02 Samsung De X Now The Phone Is A Touchpad

DeX Pad is generally meant for marketing or salespeople who would love to carry their presentations on phone.

Q19. What Are the Available Colors of the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ and When Can You Buy them?

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and the S9+ are available in multiple colors — Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, Midnight Black and Titanium Gray.

Samsung Galaxy S9 X2

The Silver variant isn't available for the US and Indian buyers. The Galaxy S9 is available for pre-order now is available for $719.99 onwards, while the Galaxy S9+ will retail from $839.99.

The Indian variants are priced at Rs 57,900 while the Galaxy S9+ is for Rs 64,900, for the 64GB variant. The 256GB variant are priced at Rs 65,900 and Rs 72,900 respectively.

Will You Buy It?

Samsung has truly re-imagines the camera in the Galaxy S9 series and it shows up in the pictures. Plus, it packs a horde of features. So, what are your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S9/Galaxy S9+? Do drop us a line or two in the comments below.

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Namrata loves writing about products and gadgets. She has been working for Guiding Tech since 2017 and has around three years of experience writing features, how-tos, buying guides, and explainers. Previously she worked as an IT Analyst at TCS, but she found her calling elsewhere.