The S9 wasn’t that popular. It’s unfortunately a flagship that didn’t sell well. This doesn’t mean it’s a bad phone, though. It’s probably one of Samsung’s best.
Samsung’s known to build its high-end devices well. The Galaxy S9 is no exception. It feels like it costs an arm and a leg, which isn’t a surprise as it once was.
It rocks a full glass body. It isn’t just any glass. Gorilla Glass 5 is by your side. There’s a premium aluminum frame bordering it.
Its edges are expertly curved. This is especially true for the sides of its screen. What does this mean, exactly? It means that the phone fits snuggly into palms. The fact that it isn’t too big helps as well. It’s only a 5.8-inch device.
The S9’s exceptionally thin. It’s 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm.
It’s unusual to see current flagships come with fingerprint sensors on their backs. Let’s not forget that the S9 released 3 years ago. Its sensor is gob-smack on its rear. It’s pretty responsive. There’s a face-unlock too.
Now for the big question, does the phone come with a headphone jack? It does. It also comes with a MicroSD slot, which we appreciate.
Can we talk about how stunning the handset looks? Its orchid variant is our favourite. It’s one of the few purple phones on the market. You can get the phone in the following colours: Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Burgundy Red, Sunrise Gold, and Ice Blue.
A Super AMOLED screen is by your side. If you know anything about Super AMOLEDs, it’s that they’re very vibrant.
The S9 is pretty sharp. Its screen is 1440 x 2960 pixels. When compared with the newer S10, you’ll notice that it gives its counterpart a run for its money. The S10 only has a 1440 x 3040-pixel display.
There’s no notch on the phone. Before you get too excited, there’s a large bezel on top instead. Although the Samsung device comes with a curved display, its screen only rocks an 83.6% screen to body ratio.
Speaking of its display, your viewing experience is superb. The curvature makes whatever you’re watching jump out of your screen.
Remember how we said Gorilla Glass 5 is on its back? The glass is on its front too.
Hopefully, you know what HDR10 is. It’s when phones produce a multitude of colours and can stream HDR content. As you can imagine, the S9 is HDR10 rated.
We can both agree that Sri Lanka’s hellishly bright. You need a handset that has over a 500 max nit display. This is the S9. However, its 609 max nit screen pales in comparison to newer Samsung flagships, especially the S20 Ultra. The counterpart rocks a jaw-dropping 1342 max nit screen.
When shopping for a phone, purchasing one that has a large battery is always a wise choice. Unfortunately, Samsung’s not a fan of large batteries. The S9 has a 3000 mAh unit inside. It can barely last a day.
Charging-wise, the fact that you get wireless charging is nice. We would’ve loved it if it came with reverse charging, but you can’t always get what you want.
Of course, it has fast charging capabilities. Its 15 W fast charger takes around 2 hours to fully charge it.
Performance-wise, the S9 is a beast. Is this surprising? The phone is one of Samsung’s best.
It hosts the Exynos 9810 inside. It’s as smooth as butter. It’s especially great for gaming.
Just so you know, there’s an S9 variant that comes with the Snapdragon 845 chip.
So far so good, but what Android version does it run? You’re getting Android 8 out of the box.Being a pretty recent flagship, it’s not a surprise that you can upgrade the phone to Android 10. Unfortunately, users have reported that after the update, its battery has been draining faster than usual.
There’s a range of memory variants to choose from. You can choose from 64, 128 and 256 gigs of space. RAM wise, you only get 4 gigs. Remember how we said the device comes with a MicroSD slot? You can expand its storage if you want.
There’s a single camera set up on it. Current higher-end phones rock double, even triple setups - we were apprehensive at first. Its primary sensor is a 12 MP wide lens. Compared to the S8, it’s much better at low-light shots. It can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures.
There are also way more camera modes, which anyone would appreciate.
Shooting through its auto mode, you’d find that shots are clear, sharp and everything you’d expect from a premium camera. Overall, pictures are incredibly colour accurate.
Front camera-wise, you get a dual-camera set-up. However, you can only use one of its sensors to take pictures. The primary sensor is an 8 MP wide lens while the secondary one is a 2 MP depth sensor for its iris scanner. We were surprised by how well the shooter handled low-light.
The device is a gift that keeps on giving, but how well does it fare when compared with alternatives?
As they say, size matters. The A70s is a giant when compared with the S9. It’s a 6.7-inch device, towering over the S9.
It’s not as well-built, though. How do you feel about a plastic phone? Thankfully, the plastic on the A70s is pretty shiny, so it has a glass-like look.
You’ll notice that both phones are completely different in heft. The A70s is bulkier, being over 20 grams heavier.
Rocking a larger display, you’d expect a more immersive viewing experience. You’re getting a Super AMOLED panel, which means colours are vivid. The A70s has less bezel as well. Its screen to body ratio is an impressive86%.
Remember how we said the S9 was an HDR10 device? This meant its screen could handle a range of colours. The A70s, unfortunately, doesn’t come with such capabilities.
The phone’s not as detailed. The S9 comes with a whopping 1440 x 2960-pixel screen, beating the A70s’ 1080 x 2400-pixel display.
The S9’s front is more durable too. It has Gorilla Glass 5 on, while its counterpart rocks the much older Gorilla Glass 3.
Although it’s similar in price, we can’t forget that the S9 is a former flagship. Its processor is powerful, leaving the A70s’ Snapdragon 675in the dust.
What Android version does the A70s run? Android 9 of course. If you’re expecting Android 10, the update is taking place.
If memory variants are important to you, know that the phone doesn’t come with that many options. You only get 128 GB of space along with 6 or 8 gigs of RAM. This is a lot of space, which is why we feel spoilt that we can expand it with a microSD card.
Let’s not forget that 8 gigs of RAM is double the amount the Galaxy S9 comes with.
Battery-wise, things look really good. The phone annihilates its counterpart, coming with a 4500 mAh unit. It can easily last over a day. The icing on the cake is how great its 25 W fast charger is. How does an hour and half of charging sound to you?
Let’s talk about its camera. The phone rocks a triple camera set up. The primary sensor is a 64 MP wide lens, the secondary sensor is an 8 MP ultrawide lens and the tertiary sensor is a 5 MP depth sensor. A massive 32 MP shooter is on its front.
Unlike the A70s, the Nova 3 is a device that comes with a glass body. Unfortunately, we have no idea what type of glass is used. It also comes with a gradient effect that’s classic Huawei.
It’s 6.3 inches. Although it’s larger than the S9, its screen isn’t as good. There is an IPS LCD display. This means colours aren’t that vivid. The Nova’s screen isn’t as sharp either. What do you think about a 1080 x 2340-pixel screen resolution?
You’re probably wondering how its screen-to-body ratio fares. It outdoes the S9. It would’ve been better if it didn’t have a giant notch.
What about the phone’s insides? Well, a Kirin 970 chip is by your side. When compared to the Exynos 9810, it gets eaten alive.
Like the A70s and S9, the Nova 3 comes with expandable storage. You can pick the phone up with 64 or 128 GB of space, which are good enough even without expansion. RAM wise, you can choose between 4 or 6 GB.
Its battery is much bigger. The Huawei device rocks a 3750 mAh unit. Its screen isn’t the most taxing, so it can last well over a day.
We weren’t too fond of the 15 W fast charger on the S9. We’re especially not fond of the Nova 3’s 18 W fast charger. Although it sounds better, it takes the phone a little over 2 hours to fully charge.
In terms of its camera, a dual-camera set-up is present. Its primary sensor is a 16 MP wide lens while its secondary sensor is a 24 MP wide lens.
Its selfie camera rocks a dual-set up as well. Its primary sensor is a 24 MP wide lens while its secondary sensor is a 2 MP depth sensor.
To this day, the S9 still packs a punch. Although its specs are somewhat old, when compared with alternatives, it’s clear that it beats them.
The phone deserves attention, so we recommend it.
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