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  • - Hey this is Dan from The Verge

  • and this is the new Galaxy S9

  • and the Galaxy S9 plus from Samsung.

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  • Now if you're looking at these,

  • you probably think they look pretty familiar,

  • and that's because they do.

  • They basically look exactly like the Galaxy S8

  • from last year.

  • Except for one major difference.

  • We've been complaining about the placement

  • of the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8

  • since it came out.

  • So for the Galaxy S9, Samsung fixed it,

  • and moved it from next to the camera,

  • to below the camera, which is way easier to reach.

  • Even on the larger model.

  • Now otherwise, they are very similar in design.

  • You've got a 5.8 inch display on the S9,

  • 6.2 inch display on the S9 plus.

  • They're still super AMOLED screens,

  • they're still have the same high res displays,

  • they're still have the curved sides,

  • that Samsung calls this infinity display

  • that spills over the edge.

  • And Samsung has actually made the bezels the same,

  • the bezels are the same size, but they're a little bit

  • better masked than last years models,

  • so they don't quite stand out as much.

  • You still have the power button on the side,

  • you've got the volume rocker over here,

  • and then of course, there's the Bixby button

  • that hasn't gone anywhere.

  • And on the bottom, there's still the headphone jack,

  • which you get on both models.

  • A lot of the new things you can't actually see,

  • but they are appreciated.

  • It's got stereo speakers now,

  • so the earpiece speaker works in conjunction

  • with the bottom speaker to produce stereo sound.

  • The camera has been new and improved,

  • and I'll get into that in a minute.

  • It's got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor inside of it.

  • There's four gigabytes of ram in the small model,

  • there's six gigabytes of ram in the bigger model.

  • 3,000 milliamp hour battery here,

  • 3,500 milliamp hour battery here.

  • Both of them have fast charging.

  • Both of them have fast wireless charging.

  • Both of them have IP68 water and dust resistance.

  • Both of them have 64 gigabytes of storage.

  • Both of them have microSD card slots.

  • And both of them have gigabit LTE.

  • So, a lot of those things are familiar to S8 owners.

  • But the big difference that Samsung is touting

  • this year is the cameras.

  • And you can see, on the S9 it has a single camera,

  • and on the S9 plus it now has a dual camera,

  • which is very similar to the Note 8's dual camera.

  • So it's got a wide angle lens, and a telephoto lens,

  • which lets you get closer to your subject,

  • or do different types of blurring,

  • what Samsung calls live focus effects.

  • On both models you do have a new variable aperture lens.

  • Which means that the aperture on the camera

  • goes from 1.5 which is brighter than last years phone,

  • and one of the brightest lenses on the market,

  • and you can close it down to F2.4 if you're

  • in a very bright environment, if you're outdoors, sunlight,

  • and you've got too much light,

  • you can shut down the aperture

  • for better quality photos there.

  • You can do that automatically through

  • the Samsung's camera app, or if you go into the pro mode you

  • can actually switch between the two which is pretty neat.

  • This is the first phone we've seen with a mechanical,

  • physically changing aperture, which is very interesting.

  • It is locked at 1.5 or 2.4,

  • it doesn't any values in between, but it still is more than

  • pretty much any other phone offers you.

  • In terms of the camera quality itself,

  • it's still 12 megapixel sensor, but Samsung says

  • it now has next generation dual pixel auto focus.

  • So it's got faster, more reliable auto focus.

  • It does more processing on chips,

  • so you get better noise reduction than the prior generation.

  • Up to 30 percent, so in certain situations.

  • And then the other features that are new

  • are on the video side.

  • It can shoot 240 frames per second, slow motion,

  • like it could do last year.

  • But now it can do up to 960 frames per second at 720p

  • for short bursts, for a super slow motion mode.

  • Now Samsung says that the S9's gonna have

  • better low light performance thanks to

  • improved multi-frame noise reduction algorithms

  • where it combines multiple frames together

  • to reduce the amount of noise in the actual image.

  • We're gonna have to be testing this out

  • once we have a review on it, but so far,

  • the early impressions are pretty promising.

  • Now, the camera app has also been redesigned,

  • so it's a little bit easier to use.

  • You can switch between modes by just swiping,

  • which is way easier than Samsung's older user interface.

  • And you can quickly switch there.

  • There is, of course, a pro mode, which gives you

  • full manual controls over white balance and aperture

  • and shutter speed and such.

  • So the other thing that's new on the camera is

  • Samsung's new ARmoji, which is basically its take

  • on the iPhone's Animoji feature.

  • It creates a 3D animated image based on 100 points

  • of your face when you look at the camera.

  • And it then turns that into animated GIF's

  • that you can share through the camera app

  • and various messaging apps.

  • You can also customize the appearance of it,

  • you can change the hair color, add glasses,

  • change the outfit, and do these other things

  • that you can't quite do with Animoji.

  • It's not quite the exact same thing,

  • but it provides a very similar effect.

  • Samsung has also improved and upgraded its flagship features

  • like Bixby, which has a new user interface design,

  • it has a couple of new features.

  • It can also take a picture of food

  • and estimate its calorie count that you can then link

  • to S Health as well.

  • Samsung's also upgraded the DeX feature,

  • which lets you use your phone as a full desktop environment.

  • With various open apps and things like that.

  • It used to be using a docking station with the Galaxy S8,

  • now it has a new accessory called the DeX pad,

  • which is basically a flat pad and lets you use the phone

  • as a track pad or keyboard if you don't happen

  • to have an external mouse or keyboard with you.

  • There's a lot more in the Galaxy S9 and S9 plus,

  • that we'll be diving into as we spend

  • more time with the devices.

  • But initially, it's gonna be available for pre-order

  • on March second, it'll be shipping on March 16th,

  • it's gonna come in three colors in the US,

  • black, purple, and blue.

  • And the pricing should be about the same as the Galaxy S8.

  • For more on the Galaxy S9 and the S9 plus,

  • be sure to check out theverge.com

  • and subscribe to youtube.com/theverge

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