Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are Official: Specifications, Features, Prices, and Availability

After months of anticipation and many leaks which have spilled the beans on basically everything, Samsung has finally unveiled their new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Prior leaks have unveiled the design, hardware specifications, and most of the new software features, but today, Samsung finally confirmed everything during its Samsung Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. We also know when the phones will be available, what models there will be, what accessories they will come with, and finally how much they will cost.

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In a nutshell, these devices are pretty similar to last year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ besides some minor hardware upgrades and a major camera upgrade. With the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810, you can expect around 30% faster performance compared to last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or the Exynos 8895. With the new variable f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture camera, the camera will take great shots in both good and poor lighting conditions. Launching with Android 8.0 Oreo, the phone will offer the best of Google’s new software features such as picture-in-picture mode, support for the Autofill API, notification channels and snoozing, stricter background apps and service limitations for better battery life and memory usage, and much more. In addition, Samsung Experience 9.0 brings an overhauled keyboard app, new Edge Lighting effects, more lock screen customization, and a few new features unique to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 AR Emoji are horrifying

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Specifications

Galaxy S9Galaxy S9+
Display Size5.8” QHD+ (2960×1440) sAMOLED 18.5:96.2” QHD+ (2960×1440) sAMOLED 18.5:9
Glass TypeGorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 5
Display Color PaletteHDR10HDR10
System-on-chipQualcomm Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810Qualcomm Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810
RAM Capacity4GB6GB
Storage Capacity64GB/128GB/256GB + Micro SD Card slot (up to 400GB)64GB/128GB/256GB + Micro SD Card slot (up to 400GB)
Speaker SystemAKG Tuned stereo speakersAKG Tuned stereo speakers
Headphone JackYes, 3.5mmYes, 3.5mm
Front Camera8MP front camera with auto focus8MP front camera with auto focus
Rear Camera12MP with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable aperture12MP with f/1.5 and f/2.4 variable aperture + 12MP zoom lens f/2.4
Battery Capacity3,000 mAh battery3,500 mAh battery
Wireless ChargingYesYes
Fast ChargingYes, Samsung Adaptive Fast ChargingYes, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
BiometricsIris, Facial, and fingerprint recognitionIris, Facial, and fingerprint recognition
Water and Dust ResistanceIP68IP68
SoftwareAndroid 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Camera Upgrades

Samsung has been putting all of their focus on the camera, and the upgrades they’ve presented are proof of that. The Galaxy S9 is using Samsung’s new variable aperture technology that will allow the camera to intelligently switch between an aperture better for day time shots, f/2.4, and an aperture better for low light and night time shots, f/1.5. Doing so also helps reduce noise in low light pictures which is currently a problem with many smartphone cameras. The Galaxy S9’s bigger brother, the Galaxy S9+, has the same variable aperture camera but also adds a 12MP zoom lens. The second lens can be used for Samsung’s live focus mode which is just normal portrait mode that allows you to adjust the background blur after you take the picture.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus house support for Google’s Project Treble—the system expected to help OEMs deliver faster updates—according to a recent report. SamMobile broke the news earlier today, only a short time after we learned that the Oreo update on the Galaxy S8 would not support the new initiative.

Project Treble aims to help manufacturers roll out updates in a quicker fashion by providing a way for component makers and Android manufacturers to work on parts of the system independently, meaning less time and resources spent ensuring compatibility. It should work on any device running Android Oreo out of the box, though companies can also implement support on devices that are upgraded to Oreo from a previous version.

Samsung sometimes takes half a year or more to update its flagship phones following a new Android version. With Project Treble in place, the company should be much faster to get the S9 and S9 Plus up and running with Android P when it launches later this year.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ Pricing, Colors, and Availability

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Both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are coming in 2 new colors: Lilac Purple and Titanium Gray. That is in addition to the two colors that existed for the Galaxy S8, Midnight Black and Coral Blue, making a total of 4 color variants. The Coral Blue color seems a little bit darker than the baby blue color that was used on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S8.

In the United States, pre-orders will begin on March 2nd, 2018. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and Xfinity Mobile will be carrying the devices in stores starting March 16th as will Best Buy retail and online, Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart. Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will only carry the device in Midnight Black, whereas the others will carry it in Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, and Coral Blue.

The device will also be available direct from Samsung for $719.99 for $30/month for 24 months (Galaxy S9) or for $839.99 for $35/month for 24 months financing (Galaxy S9+). Trade-ins will begin on March 2nd, and those who pre-order can save up to $350 with a qualifying trade-in.

Here’s the pricing by carrier:

Carrier Galaxy S9 Galaxy S9+
AT&T$790.20 or $26.34 per month for 30 months ($790.20)$915 or $30.50 per month for 30 months ($915)
Verizon$800 or $33.33 per month for 24 months ($800)$930 or $38.74 per month for 24 months ($930)
T-Mobile$720 or $30 per month for 24 months ($720)$840 or $30 per month for 24 months with a $120 down payment ($840)
Sprint$792 or $33 per month for 24 months ($792)$912 or $38 per month for 24 months ($912)
Unlocked$720$840

 

List of LINEAGEOS 15 aka Android 8.0 OREO devices

LINEAGEOS 15 upon Android 8.0 OREO ready to hit:

As google is working on its latest android os 8.0 which is ANDROID OREO. GOOGLE releases its first developer preview few days back and LINEAGE OS is ready for that. Lineageos is now ready to develop its latest os LINEAGEOS 15 based on ANDROID OREO.

HERE IS THE LIST OF SOME DEVICES WHICH CAN RECEIVE LINEAGEOS 15: 

ASUS DEVICES:

Asus ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL) – P024

Asus Zenfone 2 (1080p) – Z00A

Asus Zenfone 2 (720p) – Z008

Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE500CL) – Z00D

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser (720p) – Z00L

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser/Selfie (1080p) – Z00T

BQ DEVICES:

BQ Aquaris E5 4G – vegetalte

BQ Aquaris M5 – piccolo

BQ Aquaris X5 – paella

GOOGLE DEVICES:

Google Android One 2nd Gen – seed

Google Nexus 10 – manta

Google Nexus 4 – mako

Google Nexus 5 – hammerhead

Google Nexus 5X – bullhead

Google Nexus 6 – shamu

Google Nexus 6P – angler

Google Nexus 7 (LTE, 2013 version) – deb

Google Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi, 2013 version) – flo

HTC DEVICES:

HTC One (M8) – m8

HTC One (M8) Dual SIM – m8d

HTC One M9 (Verizon) – himawl

HUAWEI DEVICES:

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G – mt2

Huawei Honor 4/4X (Unified) – cherry

Huawei Honor 4x (China Telecom) – che10

Huawei Honor 5X – kiwi

LG DEVICES:

LG G Pad 7.0 (LTE) – v410

LG G Pad 8.3 – v500

LG G2 (AT&T) – d800

LG G2 (Canadian) – d803

LG G2 (International) – d802

LG G2 (T-Mobile) – d801

LG G2 Mini – g2m

LG G3 (International) – d855

LG G3 (Sprint) – ls990

LG G3 (T-Mobile) – d851

LG G3 Beat – jagnm

LG G3 S – jag3gds

LG G4 (International) – h815

LG G4 (T-Mobile) – h811

LG Optimus L70 – w5

LENOVO DEVICES:

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro – kingdom

MOTOROLA DEVICES:

Motorola Droid 4 – maserati

Motorola Droid Bionic – targa

Motorola Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX (CDMA) – spyder

Motorola Moto E – condor

Motorola Moto E 2015 – otus

Motorola Moto E 2015 LTE – surnia

Motorola Moto G – falcon

Motorola Moto G 2014 – titan

Motorola Moto G 2014 LTE – thea

Motorola Moto G 2015 – osprey

Motorola Moto G 4G – peregrine

Motorola Moto G3 Turbo – merlin

Motorola Moto G4 – athene

Motorola Moto G4 Play – harpia

Motorola Moto X 2014 – victara

Motorola Moto X Play – lux

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition/Style (2015) – clark

Motorola RAZR/RAZR MAXX (GSM) – umts_spyder

NEXTBIT  ROBIN DEVICES:

Nextbit Robin – ether

NVIDIA DEVICES:

Nvidia Shield Portable – roth

Nvidia Shield Tablet – shieldtablet

ONEPLUS DEVICES:

OnePlus 2 – oneplus2

OnePlus 3 – oneplus3

OnePlus One – bacon

OnePlus X – onyx

OPPO DEVICES:

Oppo Find 7a – find7

Oppo Find 7s – find7s

Oppo N3 – n3

Oppo R5/R5s (International) – r5

Oppo R7 Plus – r7plus

SAMSUNG DEVICES:

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 (LTE) – lt03lte

Samsung Galaxy S II – i9100

Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T) – d2att

Samsung Galaxy S III (International) – i9300

Samsung Galaxy S III (Sprint) – d2spr

Samsung Galaxy S III (T-Mobile) – d2tmo

Samsung Galaxy S III (Verizon) – d2vzw

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A (GT-I9506) – ks01lte

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (International 3G) – serrano3gxx

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (International LTE) – serranoltexx

Samsung Galaxy S5 – klte

Samsung Galaxy S5 (AU) – kltekdi

Samsung Galaxy S5 (China) – kltechn

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Korea) – kltekor

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Sprint) – kltespr

Samsung Galaxy S5 (US Cellular) – klteusc

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Verizon) – kltevzw

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Vodafone) – kltedv

Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos – klteduos

Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos (China) – kltechnduo

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 – mondrianwifi

SONY DEVICES:

Sony Xperia M – nicki

Sony Xperia SP – huashan

Sony Xperia T – mint

Sony Xperia TX – hayabusa

Sony Xperia V – tsubasa

WILEYFOX DEVICES:

Wileyfox Swift – crackling

WINGTECH DEVICES:

Wingtech Redmi 2 / Pro / Prime – wt88047

XIAOMI DEVICES:

Xiaomi Mi 3 / Mi 4 – cancro

Xiaomi Mi 5 – gemini

Xiaomi Mi Max – hydrogen

Xiaomi Redmi 1S – armani

Xiaomi Redmi 3/Prime – ido

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 – kenzo

YU DEVICES:

YU Yunique – jalebi

YU Yuphoria – lettuce

YU Yureka / Yureka Plus – tomato