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  • - Hey guys, this is Austin.

  • I recently got the chance to head out to San Francisco

  • to get a sneak peek at the brand new

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.

  • Design wise, it's definitely an evolution over the Galaxy S8

  • so just like when you went from the S6 to the S7,

  • it wasn't a huge difference,

  • on the surface the S9 looks very similar.

  • I'm definitely not going to complain.

  • The S8 already had one of the nicest looking designs

  • on the market, and here, we're keeping

  • that same infinity display that's going to be about

  • 15% brighter as well as with some slightly smaller bezels.

  • Evolution, not revolution.

  • Amazingly enough, something else that carries over

  • is the headphone jack.

  • Yes, my friend, you heard correctly.

  • This is a flagship for 2018

  • which has a headphone jack.

  • For real though, props to Samsung for keeping it around.

  • While pretty much everyone has abandoned it,

  • a lot of people still really do appreciate

  • having a headphone jack,

  • and with the S9, it's going to be

  • one of the only high end options with one.

  • In fact, the audio side of things

  • has seen an upgrade across the board,

  • as Samsung took a page out of the iPhone playbook

  • and switched over to stereo speakers.

  • What they've done is combine the standard

  • bottom firing speaker from the S8

  • with the speaker grill that's going to give you

  • a decent sounding stereo setup.

  • Now it's not going to be quite as nice sounding

  • as the iPhone X or Pixel,

  • but it is a huge improvement over the previous generation.

  • In my brief time with the S9, it sounds pretty good.

  • And on top of that, you're going to be getting

  • Dolby Atmos support,

  • so this works not only with the speakers

  • as well as the headphone jack.

  • And while for normal stuff, it's not going to sound amazing,

  • it is cool to have that codec built in.

  • Something else improved this time around

  • is the fingerprint sensor.

  • After basically every tech reviewer on the planet

  • complained about the Galaxy S8 as well as the Note 8,

  • it has now been moved below the camera.

  • In addition to moving it,

  • it is also now a little bit raised,

  • so especially when you're just trying to

  • reach the fingerprint sensor from the back

  • without looking at it, it's much easier to find.

  • The S9 is going to be available in three colors

  • here in the US, black, blue, and pink.

  • Personally, I like the look of the blue,

  • especially when the light hits it,

  • I think it looks really, really nice.

  • But in a lot of international markets,

  • you're also going to get a gray option.

  • The rest of the design should look very similar.

  • You're still getting USB-C, fast wireless charging,

  • as well as IP68 water resistance.

  • Look, it is definitely not some huge overhaul,

  • but Samsung took pretty much everything that was good

  • about the Galaxy S8

  • and just cranked it up to 11 with the S9.

  • Two big thumbs up for me.

  • Inside, you're getting the brand new

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor

  • with four gigs of RAM on the S9 and six gigs on the S9 Plus.

  • Not only is this going to be

  • the first phone launching with it,

  • but you're also going to be getting

  • a 25 to 35% performance improvement.

  • I'll have to take a closer look

  • when I get the S9 in for review,

  • but based on first impressions, it's blisteringly fast.

  • Although that shouldn't exactly be a surprise

  • because that's basically every flagship

  • from the last few years.

  • Now the software is still very much in evolution

  • of the Samsung skin on Android.

  • It's fine, it's usable,

  • it's not something that's going to be a deal breaker,

  • but it is going to be nowhere near as clean

  • as what you're going to find on the Pixel.

  • Bixby is also back and improved

  • with the same wonderful Bixby button.

  • So there's a few improvements,

  • so you can now use Google Translate to translate text live

  • as opposed to taking a photo.

  • But for the most part, I think everyone's

  • just going to ignore it and use Google Assistant,

  • or at least that's what I'm gonna do.

  • One thing that hasn't really been improved is battery life.

  • So the sizes are going to be the exact same,

  • 3000 milliamp hours on the S9 and 3500 on the S9 Plus.

  • Now unless they've gotten some crazy efficiency boosts,

  • it's going to be fairly similar to last year,

  • which is to say, decent but not spectacular,

  • especially in a world where the iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL

  • can easily last all day and then some.

  • The screen, on the other hand, is still phenomenal.

  • So it's very similar to last year's phones,

  • which is to say, about as good as it gets on a phone today.

  • So it's going to be a little bit brighter,

  • about 15% or so on the max brightness,

  • but for the most part, it's going to be right up there

  • with the very best that you could buy.

  • One of the most exciting updates is with the camera.

  • So while the S8 had basically the same camera from the S7,

  • the new Galaxy S9 is going to have an all new camera sensor

  • as well as it's going to be getting a telephoto option

  • if you jump up to the Galaxy S9 Plus.

  • The coolest party trick is an adjustable aperture.

  • So this is typically found on higher end cameras.

  • What this is going to allow you to do

  • is actually adjust the amount of light coming into the shot.

  • So you have two options here, f/1.5 or f/2.4.

  • Now unlike a normal camera,

  • you don't have any options in between,

  • but it is really nice to be able to have

  • at least some flexibility when you take a shot.

  • So, for example, when you open it all the way up,

  • it's going to be a little bit softer.

  • You're letting a lot more light in in a low light situation.

  • Whereas where you're out here on a nice bright day,

  • you might want to close it down a little bit

  • to get that extra bit of sharpness.

  • Speaking of low light,

  • there are also some other improvements

  • including taking up to eight shots

  • and combining them into one

  • to be able to get better noise processing

  • as well as they have a little demo set up

  • where you can actually see some of the low light photos

  • in action.

  • And it was very, very dark,

  • so it looked pretty decent.

  • But of course, this is something I'm going to have to try

  • when I get it in for a full review.

  • Now with the pro mode,

  • not only do you have the normal options

  • to be able to adjust things like shutter speed and ISO,

  • but you also can adjust the aperture here.

  • But on top of that, there's also a new mode,

  • super slow motion, which will record

  • at up to 960 frames per second.

  • The way it works is that it will start recording

  • standard 720p video at a normal frame rate

  • and then either when you manually trigger it

  • or you can set up a zone that will automatically trigger

  • when it detects motion,

  • it will record a quick burst of 960 frame per second video.

  • And while it's not going to be

  • the sharpest thing in the world,

  • you can do some really cool things with this.

  • And it's all made possible by the fact that this new sensor

  • has memory stacked actually on top of it,

  • very similar to some of the Sony stuff

  • and for example the RX100 Mark V.

  • Now this does mean that you can't exactly set it

  • to 960 frames per second and let it do

  • super slow motion all day long,

  • but when you get those short little bursts

  • with standard video around it,

  • even though it's not the sharpest thing in the world,

  • you get some really cool effects.

  • Video on the whole is actually pretty impressive.

  • So, in addition to your standard 1080p and 4K modes,

  • which the 4K actually now goes up to 60 frames per second,

  • but you're also going to be getting two options to record,

  • either to H.264 or the