Samsung Galaxy S9+

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8.8/10
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The Samsung Galaxy S9+ currently has an Informr score of 8.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 59 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

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.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.8 GHz
Screen Size
6.2"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Authority

Their weaknesses are generally relegated to features rather than capabilities, but there’s always room for improvement. These phones have excellent displays, processors, and audio performance, but the rest of their hardware is merely “very good.”

- Chris Thomas, Android Authority
Android Guys

The S9 and S9 Plus don’t offer a whole lot from their predecessors. It’s the most minimal refresh we’ve seen from Samsung. And when that happens, it muddles the recommendation. Most will probably agree that the S9’s updates aren’t worth hundreds more.

- Josh Noriega, Android Guys
TechSpot

In the Android world, there is no bigger event than Samsung's yearly launch of their latest Galaxy S devices. It is also one of the earliest on the year cycle with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ arriving at MWC in late February. Both devices present iterative updates for 2018, with upgrades on most fr...

- Tim Schiesser, TechSpot
TechPP

Yes, the S9+ looks very good indeed, works smoothly and has no real flaws, but in our very honest opinion, does not outperform the budget flagship segment which is laying siege to it by the huge margins as it did in the past. The Galaxy S9+ manages to retain the series’ title as the Best Android Fla...

- Nimish Dubey, TechPP
IT Pro

Should be the best phone of its generation, but a number of small grievances unite to diminish its appeal. It’s technically capable, to be sure, but it’s far from perfect.

- Adam Shepherd, IT Pro


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Samsung released the Galaxy S9+ on March 16, 2018.


The Galaxy S9+ price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy S9+ prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy S9+ user manual here.


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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Screen Size
6.2"

The Samsung Galaxy S9+'s screen size is 6.2 inches with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/128/ 256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 400 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 2100 minutes, 840 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S9+ Specs

Overview
Release date March 16, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/850 /2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128/ 256 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.78 W/kg
Body: 0.79 W/kg
Languages English, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1020 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 840 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 720 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 2100 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 13.6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.8 x 7.4 x 0.8 cm (6.2 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 189 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Pixel density 531 pixels
Size 6.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Infinity Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 400 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.5 - 2.4
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, HDR, Dual camera feature (12 MP 2nd camera, f/2.4), Slow motion recording, Time lapse
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus, f/1.7
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MP3, MP4, OGG, WMA
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, SM-G965

Also available in dual SIM variant.

Additional Sensors: Heart Rate Sensor, Barometer, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor

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Critic Reviews


Android Authority

Best of the best

from Android Authority

Their weaknesses are generally relegated to features rather than capabilities, but there’s always room for improvement. These phones have excellent displays, processors, and audio performance, but the rest of their hardware is merely “very good.”

Read full review

Their weaknesses are generally relegated to features rather than capabilities, but there’s always room for improvement. These phones have excellent displays, processors, and audio performance, but the rest of their hardware is merely “very good.”

Read full review

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Android Guys

The best smartphones you can buy right now

from Android Guys

The S9 and S9 Plus don’t offer a whole lot from their predecessors. It’s the most minimal refresh we’ve seen from Samsung. And when that happens, it muddles the recommendation. Most will probably agree that the S9’s updates aren’t worth hundreds more.

Read full review

The S9 and S9 Plus don’t offer a whole lot from their predecessors. It’s the most minimal refresh we’ve seen from Samsung. And when that happens, it muddles the recommendation. Most will probably agree that the S9’s updates aren’t worth hundreds more.

Read full review

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TechSpot

An iterative upgrade, an exynos fail

from TechSpot

In the Android world, there is no bigger event than Samsung's yearly launch of their latest Galaxy S devices. It is also one of the earliest on the year cycle with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ arriving at MWC in late February. Both devices present iterative updates for 2018, with upgrades on most...More

In the Android world, there is no bigger event than Samsung's yearly launch of their latest Galaxy S devices. It is also one of the earliest on the year cycle with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ arriving at MWC in late February. Both devices present iterative updates for 2018, with upgrades on most fronts along with some neat feature additions as well as more gimmicky ones.

Read full review

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TechPP

Excellent overall performance

from TechPP

Yes, the S9+ looks very good indeed, works smoothly and has no real flaws, but in our very honest opinion, does not outperform the budget flagship segment which is laying siege to it by the huge margins as it did in the past. The Galaxy S9+ manages to retain the series’ title as the Best Andro...More

Yes, the S9+ looks very good indeed, works smoothly and has no real flaws, but in our very honest opinion, does not outperform the budget flagship segment which is laying siege to it by the huge margins as it did in the past. The Galaxy S9+ manages to retain the series’ title as the Best Android Flagship out there, but the gap between it and its rivals is closing.

Read full review

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IT Pro

A disappointing fall from grace

from IT Pro

Should be the best phone of its generation, but a number of small grievances unite to diminish its appeal. It’s technically capable, to be sure, but it’s far from perfect.

Read full review

Should be the best phone of its generation, but a number of small grievances unite to diminish its appeal. It’s technically capable, to be sure, but it’s far from perfect.

Read full review

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GSM Dome

Best performing Android phone, best screen, great dual camera

from GSM Dome

Remains the highest performing Android smartphone tested right now, that much we can vouch for and the camera is the best among Androids in 2018.

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Remains the highest performing Android smartphone tested right now, that much we can vouch for and the camera is the best among Androids in 2018.

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Tech Advisor

Easily one of the best smartphones money can buy

from Tech Advisor

A gorgeous and almost flawless phone, offering premium specs and features in a sleek and well-made design. There is the issue of it being very similar to its predecessor but we're glad Samsung hasn't dropped the headphone jack and introduced a notch - if it 'aint broke.

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A gorgeous and almost flawless phone, offering premium specs and features in a sleek and well-made design. There is the issue of it being very similar to its predecessor but we're glad Samsung hasn't dropped the headphone jack and introduced a notch - if it 'aint broke.

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The Wirecutter

Runner-up

from The Wirecutter

The same great design as the Galaxy S9 with an even bigger screen and dual rear-facing cameras.

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The same great design as the Galaxy S9 with an even bigger screen and dual rear-facing cameras.

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TechRadar

Below expectations

from TechRadar

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a great phone, but it's not really a big update over the Galaxy S8 series. The dual-aperture feature makes less of a difference than you would think, and the Pixel 2 remains a better camera phone.

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a great phone, but it's not really a big update over the Galaxy S8 series. The dual-aperture feature makes less of a difference than you would think, and the Pixel 2 remains a better camera phone.

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Mobile Syrup

Shooting star

from Mobile Syrup

Those who have (or will have) a Galaxy S9+ can take solace knowing that photos will often look great. The rest is icing on the proverbial cake if you want to make use of those features.

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Those who have (or will have) a Galaxy S9+ can take solace knowing that photos will often look great. The rest is icing on the proverbial cake if you want to make use of those features.

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