From March 16, the Galaxy S9 will also be available through Cricket Wireless, with pricing to be announced closer to that date. By the end of March, meanwhile, AT&T says that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available to FirstNet users, the carrier’s network for first responders. That takes advantage of the Samsung phones’ support for Band 14.
Now Playing: Watch this: Galaxy S9 vs. Galaxy S8: 6 key differences 2:40 The rear camera has also been improved. It has the same 13-megapixel dual-pixel sensor as the S8 and S7, but it gets a new variable aperture that can capture images at f/1.5 or f/2.4. Phone cameras traditionally can only shoot at a single aperture. So its fascinating to see the S9 get a camera feature that the dual-rear camera Note 8 didnt have first.
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Sprint will begin preorders of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ on March 2, with deliveries and in-store availability on March 16. The Galaxy S9 will be $33 per month on a Sprint Flex lease over 24 months; you’ll pay $792 in total. The Galaxy S9+, meanwhile, will be $38 per month for 24 months; you’ll pay $912 in total. Both phones will be offered in Midnight Black, Coral Blue. and Lilac Purple.
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Come March 16, meanwhile, Boost will begin offering the Galaxy S9 too, in Midnight Black. Pricing will be announced closer to that date.
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T-Mobile will begin Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ preorders on March 1 at 9:01pm PT, with in-store availability from March 16. The Galaxy S9 will be $30 per month for 24 months on the T-Mobile Equipment Installment Plan, with $0 down and 0-percent APR; in the end, you’ll pay $720. The Galaxy S9+ will also be $30 per month on the same plan, but with a $120 downpayment; in total, you’ll pay $840. They’ll be offered in Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, and Coral Blue.
As for everything else, read the chart below to see how the S9 compares to last years S8 and Note 8. And be sure to read CNETs hands-on impressions of the Galaxy S9 for more information about the phone.
MetroPCS sales of the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ will begin from March 16. Pricing will be announced closer to that date. Meanwhile, T-Mobile is also taking part in the trade-in plan, with eligibility for up to twelve Galaxy S9 or S9+ handsets on the same line.
US Cellular will offer the Galaxy S9 and S9+ for preorder from March 2, then in-store availability from March 16. The carrier has not announced specific pricing for either phone, but has confirmed they’ll be offering them both on its Retail Installment Contract, with $0 down and 0-percent APR. US Cellular will not only be offering the same trade-in deal as the other carriers, but a $250-off offer which doesn’t require a trade-in.
Fast Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA Network Enhanced 4X4 MIMO / CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18 Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM,Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou) Payment NFC, MST Sensors Iris sensor, Pressure sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, HR sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor Authentication Lock type: pattern, PIN, password
Verizon will open Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ preorders on March 2, with in-store availability from March 16. The Galaxy S9 will be priced at $33.33 per month for 24 months, on Verizon’s 0-percent APR payment plan; in total, you’ll be paying $799.99. Verizon will be offering the same Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, and Coral Blue colors.
The Verizon Galaxy S9+, meanwhile, will be priced at $38.74 per month, again for 24 months on the 0-percent APR payment plan. In total, you’ll pay $929.99 for the smartphone. In addition to the trade-in plan, Verizon is also offering a number of promotions around the phones.
Samsung boasts that the cameras are better than ever before. Lets be honest, though — there are no Galaxy S8 or S8+ owners who were complaining about image or video quality. In other words, your photos will still look great, as they do with all Samsung flagships. One of the biggest camera improvements seems to be better low light performance, which is appreciated, but not something to get giddy over. You also get slow-motion video recording at an impressive 60 frames per second.
Port in a new line of service, for instance, and Verizon will give you a $150 prepaid MasterCard. Verizon Up customers with an active Samsung smartphone get $10 off select official Samsung accessories, and Galaxy S9 or S9+ buyers get $100 off a Gear S3 Classic or Frontier (which requires its own, two-year agreement). A Samsung Fast Charge Power Bundle will be $99.99.
The Galaxy S9 will also come with wired AKG earphones that plug into a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. As more high-end smartphones follow Apples lead by eliminating the standard headphone jack, Samsung continues to keep the port. Samsung also added Dolby Atmos to the Galaxy S9 for any content that supports it for surround sound through any pair of headphones. Keep in mind that only some content — mostly movies — supports Dolby Atmos. Other content will have normal stereo sound.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 arrives March 16 for $720, with AR emojis, real-time translation and a better camera
Unlike last year, where those wanting a SIM-free phone had to wait for Samsung to release the unlocked S8, you’ll be able to order an unlocked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at the same time as the carriers get the phones. Preorders will kick off on March 2, direct from Samsung, and ship out March 16. You’ll be able to order in Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, and Coral Blue.
Samsung 3/ The Galaxy S9 will be hard to beat in low-light photography. Samsung Samsung boasts that the Galaxy S9 will have a dual-aperture camera that will help with low-light camera performance. Itll also perform better in well-lit settings. Both new devices have a wide f/1.5 aperture that allows more light to hit the sensor than smartphones with narrower apertures. Were unaware of a smartphone with a wider aperture.
Samsung will also be offering payment plans for both phones. The unlocked Galaxy S9 will be $719.99 outright or $30/month for 24 months, while the unlocked Galaxy S9+ will be $839.99 outright or $35/month for 24 months. The same trade-in deals will be offered too.
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With the exisiting dual-pixel system, previous Galaxy devices used the phones main memory to take take three photos in quick succession and combine them to make a crisp focused photo. With the Galaxy S9s new dual-pixel sensor that comes with its own memory, it can take up to 12 photos in quick succession to combine into a single photo.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the latest generation of Samsung's flagship smartphone, and the company added some features that could make this device more prevalent in the workplace. The highlights of the newly released devices are a revamped camera and enhanced speakers, but Samsung also added security features, expanded DeX and introduced real-time Bixby Vision to make this device a competitive smartphone option for American workers.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ goes on sale March 14 while eager customers can start the pre-order process March 2. The S9 is $719.99 and the S9 Plus is $839.99. There's also a monthly installment plan that will cost you $30 per month for 24 months for the S9 and $35 per month for the S9 Plus. A new program Samsung is introducing this year, however, is a trade-up program where customers can trade-in old smartphones and receive a credit up to $350 toward their new S9 or S9+.
While this may not be a marquee for-business feature, Samsung overhauled the camera on the S9 and S9+, introducing low-light capability, multi-frame noise reduction, and super slow motion video capture at 960 fps. It also features speakers that the company claims are 1.4 times louder than the S8 and S8+.
With the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, we also receive improvements in DeX software and in hardware, the new DeX Pad. The DeX dock was an innovative solution, but positioned the phone at an angle so that sound was muted while it also required an external mouse and keyboard, in addition to power and HDMI connections.
From a business standpoint, this phone has some improved features, but a big takeaway from this release is Samsung's efforts to slowly lay the foundation for more useful B2B features down the line.
The S9 measures 5.8 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches and weighs 5.7 ounces, while the S9+ measures 6.2 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches and weighs 6.6 ounces. Both the S9 and the S9+ are roughly the same size as the S8 and S8+. They also feature the same 5.8- and 6.2-inch screens, although there is an improved bezel that offers sensors hidden in the darker areas at the top of the phone. These devices are available in three colors: midnight black, lilac purple and coral blue. Lilac purple is a new option compared to last year's offering.
The S9 mirrors the S8 in terms of durability as well. It's both water and dust resistant, making it a phone that can withstand the day-to-day jostle of a busy small business owner. The S9 and S9+ come with 64GB of storage and run Android 8 Oreo on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor. Extra storage can be added and expanded up to 400GB, making it ideal for business owners and employees who need to store a lot of photos, videos or other large files.
One major feature that can be used for business is Bixby Vision. Samsung's image-based identification system was introduced on the S8 and now functions in real time on the S9 – users don't even need to hit a button to translate and overlay text over their environment. Users can translate signs and menus, automatically convert currencies and find out important information about places using this feature. The real-time aspect of Bixby is ideal for business owners who travel frequently and need to get information quickly.
Besides the translation, conversion and identification features, Bixby can be used for shopping – aim your camera at a product, and Bixby can give you pricing information and a product description. Samsung partnered with Nordstrom and Sam's Club to bring this feature to its users, and this type of technology functions as the groundwork for future AR shopping capabilities on Samsung mobile devices.
Samsung updated its device security with Knox 3.1, which includes updated IT policy changes and other security improvements. The S9 and S9+ feature facial recognition, an iris scanner and a fingerprint scanner, which is on the back of the phone. An added security feature is Intelligent Scan, a feature that combines both iris scanning and facial recognition to promote security.
Lighting can often be an issue for iris scanning, so in situations with poor lighting, your S9 and S9+ will switch to facial recognition to unlock your phone. This feature is only for unlocking your phone – you will still need to use the iris scanner if you're doing something like accessing secure data, for example.
DeX is a feature that allows your phone to be used as a computer – dock your phone and connect to any monitor with an HDMI cable. The S9 and S9+ are being released with an improved pad, which plugs directly into your Galaxy device, charges your phone while it lies flat, and doesn't block your headphone jack or muffle the phone's speakers. This allows your S9 or S9+ device to be used as a multi-touch pad on a desktop experience. It also can support a connected display resolution up to 2k, an added improvement over the former HD configuration.
Samsung is pushing for DeX as an all-in-one mobile and desktop solution. DeX is already compatible with for-business apps, like the Microsoft Office 365 suite, and IT professionals can configure devices with company apps and manage device security. This is solid groundwork for a device that could someday rival laptops. The last piece to this puzzle is, of course, keyboard capability, which Samsung says it's working on.
Samsung is releasing an enterprise edition of the S9, which will be available for purchase in Midnight Black on March 16. The enterprise edition allows for enhanced Knox configuration, so IT professionals can remotely configure devices, manage software updates and device security, and adjust device settings and permissions. One security perk is the S9 features regular security updates for up to four years after market availability. Only the S9 is available for the enterprise edition.
The S9 and S9+ have some other minor feature updates as well, like an integration with Samsung's smarter things app, which is used to connect all the smart devices in your home, and the ability to split two apps across a screen horizontally. The enhanced camera is the major feature change on this device, so if you're a business owner who relies heavily on your mobile phone for photos or video, this is the device for you. There are some good feature improvements overall, and the draw of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is that they can offer usability and support to busy workers.
Matt D'Angelo is a B2B Tech Staff Writer based in New York City. After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in Journalism, Matt gained experience as a copy editor and writer for newspapers and various online publications. Matt joined the Purch team in 2017 and covers technology for Business.com and Business News Daily. Follow him on Twitter or email him.