As the top of Samsung’s 2018 phone line-up, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ takes the powerful specs and sleek design of the standard Galaxy S9 and packs in a few more perks to entice buyers.
Are they worth the added expense?
Overall, reviews of the S9 are positive. As much of the specs to the S9+ are largely the same, we encourage you to check out the S9 summary for the full details.
However, the S9+ has a few subtle differences…
One of the most obvious is the screen size. While still a Super AMOLED display, the screen offers more real estate coming in at 6.2-inches.
Under the hood, it features the same processor but a slight bump in RAM. Reviewers had no trouble with multitasking, gaming and heavy use with the 4GB of RAM included in the standard model. At 6GB you should enjoy a silky smooth experience in virtually every aspect.
You’ll also find a few more options for storage space, with variants available with more than the standard 64GB of the regular model. However, as both support microSD cards, expanding storage is simple and affordable anyhow.
Samsung also crammed a little more battery into the premium model. The 3,500mAh battery cruises through a day to a day and a half of moderate usage. Like its smaller sibling, it also supports USB Type-C fast charging and Qi wireless charging.
Lastly, and perhaps the biggest reason to spring for the S9+ over the standard S9 is a second 12MP lens on the rear camera. The single-lens version is already touted as one of the best smartphone cameras available by many reviewers.
The dual-lens option adds a physical zoom and the ability to create even greater depth of field for stunning portraits and creamy bokeh effects. Better still, reviews show that the phone uses the extra lens well. If you’re looking to invest in a phone for its camera, reviews indicate the S9+ is worth the cost of entry.
For more about the phone, including performance, software consideration, and build quality, check out our Samsung Galaxy S9 summary.
What the Critics Are Saying...
- Ryan-Thomas Shaw, Android Authority
The Galaxy S9 Plus has truly stood the test of time and is, by all accounts, still a very competent smartphone in 2020. Many of the scarcely found features in 2020 are in this device. If you’re looking for a great all-rounder in the used smartphone market, the S9 Plus has my recommendation.
- Anton D. Nagy, Pocketnow
I did not expect this hardware to age so well. That second drop this phone withstood should’ve broken it, and it’s still looking nearly new at least from a distance. Sadly I wish I could say the same about software. If a year later this phone has trouble getting a major Android update, I doubt it’ll...
- Alex Hernandez, Techaeris
The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is a great phone and it will be upgrading to Android 9.0 Pie. So if you can wait a few weeks or months, this could end up being a real good deal in the end.
- Paul Carroll, DxOMark
As long as you aware of its shortcomings, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus front camera is great for general use, however, and one of the best selfie cameras your money can currently buy.
- What Mobile
For your everyday activity, you can bet the S9+ will perform at the highest of standards. Also, don’t forget that dual camera system… At 128GB standard of internal memory, you won’t have to worry about running out of space. Add this to the excellent processor and generous 6GB RAM and you’ve got a re...
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Samsung backs up the Galaxy S9+ with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Galaxy S9+ has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.
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