Samsung Galaxy S9 remains one of Samsung’s top phones even though it’s been well over a year, and there have been other releases. As we all know that Samsung phones, especially the S-series and other high-end smartphones, are highly-priced, Samsung Galaxy S9, however, broke the norm as it offers a flagship cut-price experience.
During its launch, Samsung S9 provided a cut-price flagship experience at ₦230,000 but today, you’d find it at a much lower price in Nigeria and across the globe.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 features the same design as the Samsung Galaxy S8, but a little different under the hood with a few upgrades, insignificant of all; the camera.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Galaxy S9 didn’t kick on from the Samsung S8 as it looks exactly like its predecessor maintaining the nice premium build as well as the screen size and aspect ratio. However, it has a lesser bezel above and below the screen, which makes it bigger. The smartphone is a little smaller and thicker but might not be so obvious when holding it.
The classy smartphone is also made up of the same combination of Aluminium and glass body as the S8. It also retains the pressure-sensitive home button, and the newly improved Bixby also has its button on the left side of the phone alongside the volume rocker.
One highly significant physical change that distinguishes the Samsung S9 from its predecessor is the location of the fingerprint sensor. While it was criticized in the S8 for placing it in an awkwardly beside the camera, the critics won, and Samsung moved it underneath the camera for easy accessibility.
Although Galaxy S9 wasn’t much of an upgrade from the S8, it remains one of the best smartphones to date because it corrected a lot of mistakes from the S8, most significant of all, the Biometrics.
In the S8, there were issues with the biometric unlocking features, which almost made it unusable; the fingerprint scanner was hard to reach, the iris scanner was unreliable, and the facial recognition was just too weak.
But in the Samsung Galaxy S9, all three features have been improved to seamlessly while complementing one another. The Intelligent Scan works alongside the iris scanner, and the new facial recognition technology to make unlocking your phone with your face a lot easier and faster. And also, the fingerprint scanner has been repositioned to allow easy access without having to strain your finger.
For those who haven’t invested in a pair of Bluetooth headphones, or don’t want to use an adaptor with their favourite pair of wired pieces just yet, Samsung continues to offer the 3.5mm headphone jack port which is well placed on the bottom of the phone to the left.
Galaxy S9 still has a little issue with the brightness where you can only toggle between manual brightness and auto-brightness. That, however, can’t be a problem since the phone learns your brightness preferences, noting when you boost or dim the screen in certain situations, and mimics those settings for you in similar conditions.
Samsung Galaxy S9 is available seven different colour variants, which include Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Titanium Grey, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, Sunrise Gold, and Burgundy Red though all colours may not be available in all countries.
The device is also IP68 certified, which makes it dustproof and capable of surviving for 30 minutes when immersed in 1.5 metres of deep water.
The Samsung S9 carries a curved 5.8-inch super AMOLED display, which is the same as the S8’s except for being a bit bigger. It also maintains those specs we loved, like the 18.5:9 aspect ratio, which allows you to have more screen space without being unnecessarily large. The screen offers a near-bezel-less edge-to-edge infinity display, which provides one of the best colour production, and sharpness. It also provides one of the best when it comes to reflective displays, as it allows you everything on the screen in a well light room or under direct sunlight.
The Galaxy S9 features an Always-On feature that displays information like date and time on the lock screen. It can also be customised to show more or less information.
By default, the Super AMOLED display runs on a full HD resolution, which can be changed in the settings if you want to care to save your battery. Also, you’ve got the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on your Samsung Galaxy S9, which offers more protection against impacts and scratches. The screen also has HDR10 and 3D Touch on the home button.
The Rear and Front Cameras
The marketing material for the smartphone already indicated the camera as the major improvement, which makes it rank as one of the best cameras on a smartphone in 2018. Although the Galaxy S9 still comes with a single 12MP rear camera, it comes with whole new features.
The highlight of the new camera is the dual aperture, which allows you to switch between f/1.5 bright aperture and f/2.4 darker one, depending on the lighting conditions. The dual aperture improves the intelligence of the sensor so that it can analyse and improve your images more effectively.
The device can shoot 4K at 60 frames per second (limited to 5 min), 1080p at 240 frames per second, and 960 frames per second “Super Slo-Motion ” video at 720p for 0.2 seconds of recording and 6 seconds of playback for each shot.
In addition to the 12MP rear camera, the revolutionary camera has a DRAM chip mounted on it, which delivers power directly to the camera for much quicker processing speed.
The camera also boasts of Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) with up to 8X digital zoom, dual-pixel autofocus, Bokeh effect, and image stacking support, which is capable of the new noise-reduction procedure with 4-frame stacking.
It has an 8MP front camera for better wide-angle selfies, which also reduces noise in pictures taken. The new 4-frame noise reduction produces pictures with 30% less noise than the S8 images. With the front camera comes with f/1.7 aperture, variable focus, and Auto HDR.
The Galaxy S9 comes with a fair battery capacity of 3000mAh, just like in the Galaxy S8. The S9 comes with an Always-On Display, which is turned off by default, but if on consumes the battery, thereby reducing its Endurance rating of 78 hours, down to 50 hours.
However, unlike in the S8, the S9 setup conserves power with some functional power autonomy enhanced by the efficient AMOLED and the new 10nm chipset, which makes the battery manageable. There is also fast charging (Quick Charge 2.0) using the USB Type-C connector, which fills 38% of a depleted battery in half an hour, while a full charge takes about 1 hour and 40 mins. Samsung S9 also supports Qi / PMA wireless charging.
The Galaxy S9 is capable of withstanding 15 hours looping videos, 14 hours browsing the web over Wi-Fi and up to 12 hours and 11 hours on 4G and 3G respectively, and voice calls for almost the whole day.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with 4 GB of RAM, and storage options of 64, 128 and 256 GB, and feature the ability to expand the storage to a maximum of 400 GB with a micro SD card.
The Samsung S9 supports GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE network technology
The phone supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO and the LTE connection speed of up to 1.2Gbps (Cat-18) per second.
Additionally, the device features Bluetooth 5.0 LE
ANT+, NFC, GPS, and GLONASS
The Samsung Galaxy S9 ships with Android 8.0 “Oreo” alongside the Samsung Experience user interface and software suite. And in December 2018, Samsung released the Android 9.0 Pie for the S9. This update introduces a significant revamp of Android user experience known as One UI, which enables the intentional repositioning of key user interface elements in stock apps to improve the usability on large screens.
For the best activity performance, the smartphone comes with Samsung’s Exynos 9810 (10 nm), which is the latest and fastest chipset available in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). It also comes the Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm), which is the best on the market in the USA and China. These top-grade chipsets are supported for optimum multitasking speed.
Other Specs and Features of Samsung Galaxy S9
- Iris scanning for more foolproof security, that’s nearly impossible to replicate. It provides a handy option for unlocking your phone really fast.
- Intelligent Scan combines iris scan and the new facial recognition technology. This makes unlocking easy; even in low light.
- You get to create an augmented reality version of yourself with the help of AR Emoji by taking a selfie.
- Live translation comes as a result of the newly updated Bixby personal assistant. Live translation is Bixby’s offered language translation, which makes translating text from images easier.
- Multi-Device Experience allows you to share your screen with your other Samsung screens, hassle-free. You can now easily share photos and videos you’ve made by syncing your Samsung devices through your Samsung Account.
- Another (long overdue) upgrade is the sound stereo speakers setup. Samsung opted for its own AKG by Harman speakers with Dolby Atmos support, which provides rich and vibrant sound, giving you a theatre-like audio experience. The first speaker is placed behind the earpiece grille, just like on a bunch of Huawei and iPhones. The other one is at the bottom of the phone.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Current Price in Nigeria
Samsung Galaxy S9 Price in Nigeria ranges between ₦120,000 to ₦180,000 depending on the deal, location.
The price of a new Samsung Galaxy S9 on Jumia, Nigeria is between ₦129,000 – ₦150,000.
In SLOT, you can purchase it at ₦140,000 – ₦155,000.
The price of a new Samsung Galaxy S9 on Konga is between ₦125,000 – ₦149,000.
The UK used price of Samsung Galaxy S9 in Nigeria ranges between ₦90,000 – ₦120,000 – depending on your location in Nigeria.
Samsung Galaxy S9 FAQ
How much is Samsung s9 in Nigeria?
Samsung Galaxy S9 Price in Nigeria ranges between ₦120,000 to ₦180,000 depending on the deal, location.
Is Samsung s9 dual SIM?
Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is a dual SIM model smartphone and you can use a microSD.
Is Samsung s9 a good phone?
Samsung Galaxy S9 remains one of Samsung’s best phones even though it’s been well over a year, and there have been other releases.
Is Samsung s9 waterproof?
Yes. The Samsung S9 is IP68 certified. This makes it a dust and water resistant, capable of surviving for 30 minutes when immersed in 1.5 metres of deep water.