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Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S9 and S9+, the successors to 2017’s top-selling smartphones. This year, though, besides repositioning the horribly placed fingerprint sensor, the overall hardware design goes unchanged. Instead, Samsung focused on improving the onboard camera(s) and software-based productivity features.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9+
Android Version Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Screen size 5.8-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED 6.2-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED
Resolution 2960×1440 pixels 2960×1440 pixels
PPI 570 ppi 529 ppi
Camera Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor with OIS (F1.5/F2.4) Dual Camera with Dual OIS, Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor (F1.5/F2.4), Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor (F2.4)
Front Camera 8MP AF (F1.7) 8MP AF (F1.7)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (Exynos 9810 internationally) Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (Exynos 9810 internationally)
Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB 64GB/128GB/256GB
Expandable storage up to 400GB 400GB
RAM 4GB 6GB
Battery 3,000mAh (nonremovable) 3,500mAh (nonremovable)
Ports USB Type-C, headphone jack USB Type-C, headphone jack
Weight 163 g 189 g
Dimensions 147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm 158.1mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm
Other features Rear-facing fingerprint sensor, iris sensor, pressure sensor,  IP68, Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0, NFC or MST payment compatibility Rear-facing fingerprint sensor, iris sensor, pressure sensor,  IP68, Fast Wired Charging compatible with QC 2.0, NFC or MST payment compatibility
Color options Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue
Carrier availability AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, others | March 16, 2018 AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, others | March 16, 2018
Base price off-contract ~$719.99 ~$839.99
In-box accessories USB-C charging cable, Fast Charging wall adapter, wired AKG headphones USB-C charging cable, Fast Charging wall adapter, wired AKG headphones

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories August 24

With the fall 2021 consumer hardware announcements — read: Pixel 6 — set to arrive sometime in the coming weeks, there are likely some Googley phones coming up that you’re interested in! So what are you to do with all your old Pixel 2? Or Pixel 3? You should trade it in, and we’ve put together all the best trade deals for Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, and more below…

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories April 5

Samsung drops Galaxy S9 down to quarterly updates days after sending out April patch

After years of poor software support, Samsung has done a complete reversal and is now among the best in the business, at least on the Android side of things. As part of its schedule, though, phones occasionally drop from monthly updates to less frequent patches, and now the Galaxy S9 is moving down to quarterly updates.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories January 12

[Update: Note 9] January 2021 security patch already rolling out for Galaxy S9 series

If you thought that Samsung was letting up with software patches and security updates in 2021, then think again. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are among the very first to get updated to the January 2021 security patch which is all the more impressive given the age of the former flagship duo.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories December 7, 2020

[Update: S10/Note 20] December 2020 patch already rolling out for Galaxy S9 series

The December 2020 patch is now already rolling out for the Galaxy S9 and S9+, maintaining Samsung’s vastly improved update track record throughout 2020.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories February 25, 2020

After some hints, an updated roadmap, and extensive beta program, the Android 10 update is now rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S9 with Germany and those on Verizon’s Xfinity network in the US first in line.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories January 27, 2020

Android 10 heading to Galaxy S9 in February according to new update roadmap

A new Android 10 update roadmap now has the Samsung Galaxy S9 One UI 2.0 upgrade slated for a February 2020 release.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories January 16, 2020

The January 2020 security patch now rolling out for Galaxy Note 8, S9/S9+

The January 2020 security patch is now rolling out for Samsung’s former flagships the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9, and S9+.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories January 14, 2020

Galaxy S9/S9+ receiving new Android 10 beta update as full release edges closer

With Samsung actually beating their own estimates of when the stable Android 10 release might hit other Galaxy devices, it’s great news that the S9 and S9+ are now receiving another beta update.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories December 13, 2019

While we’ve seen the removal of the iris scanner from the 2019 Samsung flagships, the most recent Android 10 beta for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 has added support for Google’s new Biometric API.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories December 11, 2019

After a short wait, the Android 10 beta for the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 is now open in the US for those with unlocked handsets.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories November 27, 2019

A Samsung Android 10 roadmap has hinted at when several popular Galaxy devices — including the Note 10, S10, Note 9, and S9 — are set to get the stable OS build.

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[Update: Beta live in India, US soon] Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 will get Android 10 beta update ‘soon’

The Android 10 beta is in full swing for the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 but is set to be extended to the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories November 25, 2019

[Update: Galaxy S8] November 2019 security patch already rolling for the Samsung Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is already receiving the November 2019 security patch in some regions, making it one of the first devices to get the update.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories September 17, 2019

[Update: Note 9, T-Mobile S10] September 2019 patch now rolling out to Galaxy S9, S9+

The latest update for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ is now rolling out with the September 2019 security patch along with some regular bug fixes and software stability improvements.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories August 19, 2019

[Update: US Unlocked Galaxy S10] August 2019 patch now rolling out to Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are part of the second wave of Samsung phones to get the August 2019 patch — after we first saw the Note 8 and Note 9 get the patch just last week.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories July 29, 2019

The Google Nexus 4 and Galaxy S9 lose official LineageOS support

In the ROM community, LineageOS is arguably still the ‘go-to’ option thanks in part to the sheer number of devices supported. That said, there is no longer support for the Google Nexus 4 or Samsung Galaxy S9 with LineageOS.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories June 12, 2019

Samsung adds standalone Night mode to Galaxy S9 camera w/ latest update

Samsung has finally added the much anticipated dedicated standalone Night mode to the Galaxy S9 with the latest OTA update.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories June 11, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S9, Tab S5e receiving June patch, Tab Active 2 gets Android Pie

Samsung is rolling out quite a few updates to its line of devices with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Tab S5e tablet receiving the June 2019 security patch. There is also some love for 2017’s Galaxy Tab Active 2, which is finally getting an update to Android Pie.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories June 7, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ get RCS support on Verizon, but there’s a catch

The rollout of RCS messaging has been dreadfully slow to date, and also fairly unpredictable. This week, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on Verizon Wireless are getting RCS support.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories May 16, 2019

Galaxy S9, S9+, Note 9 now receiving May 2019 security patch

For anyone with the Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9, the latest May 2019 security OTA updates are rolling out.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories April 23, 2019

The ultimate all-in-one style mobile device has been a desire for years, and even though Canonical themselves tried and failed to fund their own Ubuntu phone, Samsung’s Linux on DeX beta has actually realised the full desktop OS on a mobile device experience.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories February 28, 2019

How to remap the Bixby button on Samsung Galaxy S10, S9, S8, Note 9, Note 8

Samsung first introduced the now infamous Bixby button on its Galaxy S8 and in the time since, users have been actively looking for ways to use it for other purposes. Now, Samsung has finally made that functionality available on several devices. Here’s how to remap the Bixby button on the Galaxy S10, S9, S8, Note 9, and Note 8.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 has the ability to remap the Bixby hardware button on the side of the device. We reported last week that this feature would be heading to more Samsung devices in the coming weeks, and now the feature available for older Galaxy devices (via SamMobile).

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories February 22, 2019

Bixby button remapping coming to other Galaxy phones incl. Note 9, S9

Just because the Samsung overload wasn’t quite done, there is more news about the sometimes infuriating Bixby button. Older Galaxy devices will receive an update to match the Galaxy S10’s ability to remap the button to a favored app in the coming weeks.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories February 18, 2019

Android Pie update rolling out to unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ in US w/ January 2019 security patch

Anyone with an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ in the US should now be getting a taste of the Android Pie update with all that One UI goodness thrown in on top.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories February 14, 2019

Galaxy S9 and S9+ update brings ability to schedule Night mode, February security patch

A new software update is rolling out for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ that brings the February security patch plus a few other features that includes the ability to schedule Night mode (via Reddit user /u/iamnotkurtcobain / SamMobile).

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories February 11, 2019

[Update: Rolling out again] Galaxy S9 and S9+ update for T-Mobile also brings with it RCS messaging compatibility

The latest carrier-locked Samsung device is now receiving the latest Android OS update with the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ now seeing the Android Pie update rollout.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories January 31, 2019

First carrier-locked Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update lands w/ AT&T, S9 too

Samsung has been working surprisingly quick on rolling out Android Pie to its portfolio, and today that continues with the Galaxy Note 9. AT&T Galaxy Note 9 owners are reporting Android Pie rolling out right now.

Yet more Samsung Android Pie update news, this time it’s the turn of Sprint users to rejoice at the rollout of the One UI update to their Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories January 30, 2019

Verizon used to be the slowest carrier when it came to releasing Android updates, but in recent years that’s been changing. More and more often, Big Red is one of the first to launch a new update. Today, the Samsung Galaxy S9 on Verizon is picking up Android Pie, one of the first carriers to get the update.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories January 29, 2019

Galaxy S9 on Comcast Xfinity gets Android Pie, first carrier-locked US update

We recently reported news that North of the border, Canadian carrier-locked Samsung Galaxy S9 devices were scheduled to receive the Android Pie update within the next week or so. 

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories January 28, 2019

We’ve been reporting about the Android Pie updates for the Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ and Galaxy Note 9 for some time, to the point it is likely becoming annoying to read about the delays and hold-ups. expand full story

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories January 24, 2019

Verizon quietly launched its own MVNO last year to deliver a single, affordable unlimited data plan for bring-your-own-device customers. The service originally only worked with iPhones, but today, Visible is officially announcing Android compatibility.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories December 24, 2018

Android Pie has been in beta for the Samsung Galaxy S9 for the past few weeks. Just ahead of Christmas, though, it seems Samsung has launched the rollout of the stable version of Pie just a bit earlier than expected.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories December 10, 2018

Samsung Galaxy S9+ December 2018 security patch begins rolling out

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is getting the latest December 2018 security patch, which is rolling out currently to Nordic Galaxy users according to SamMobile. Of course, this update is for Android Oreo, so don’t get your hopes up for an Android 9.0 Pie update for non-beta users.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories November 30, 2018

For years now, Samsung’s software has been a point of pain on its various Android smartphones. Slowly but surely, things have been getting much better, though. Now, with Samsung One UI, we’re seeing some big updates and great changes. Here are our top 5 favorite updates so far.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories November 29, 2018

Just two weeks after the initial rollout of Samsung’s One UI beta program, the first update is on its way. For Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users testing out the One UI beta, here’s what to expect from the first update.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories November 16, 2018

Samsung Good Lock app now supports nav bar customization

Changing your status bar icons on Samsung devices just got a little easier thanks to the updated Good Lock app. If you’re not a fan of the settings on your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9, then you can access this further customization tool right now and begin tweaking the navigation buttons to your heart’s content without needing to root your phone.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories November 15, 2018

Samsung promised that the month of November would deliver the company’s new One UI interface with an Android Pie beta. Now, just hours after that beta program kicked off in South Korea, Samsung is opening the floodgates for the same update in the United States. Here’s how to download Galaxy S9 Android Pie beta with One UI.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories November 13, 2018

Samsung launches beautiful ‘Ice Blue’ Galaxy S9 gradient color option

Over the past year, we’ve been seeing several manufacturers adopting gradient colors for their various smartphones, all tracing back to Huawei. Now, Samsung is debuting its first flagship gradient color with the new Galaxy S9 Ice Blue.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories November 7, 2018

Since the release of Android Pie, many devices have been brought up to date with the latest version of Android. While this has been the case for many traditional brands like OnePlus and LG, Samsung devices have been noticeably absent. Now it seems the wait will soon be over, with the first beta of Samsung’s vision for Android Pie coming this month.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories September 19, 2018

Android 9 Pie has been out for a little over a month so far, but outside of Google, OnePlus, and Essential, there haven’t been many updates. This week, we’re getting our first look at Samsung’s take on Pie on the Galaxy S9+ and, well, a whole lot has changed…

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories August 20, 2018

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is already selling better than the Galaxy S9 w/ pre-orders

It’s no secret that Samsung has been struggling to get its Galaxy S9 into the hands of customers. While the company has still sold a ton of phones, the numbers were pretty disappointing compared to the company’s other devices. Now, apparently, the Galaxy Note 9 is already blowing it out of the water.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories July 31, 2018

Samsung updates Galaxy S9’s AR Emoji w/ characters from Disney’s ‘Frozen’

One of the more notable additions to Samsung’s Galaxy S9 lineup earlier this year was AR Emoji, but the feature never really took off for customers. Despite that, Samsung has made a point of updating the product, and this week, new characters from Disney’s Frozen are arriving…

Samsung has admitted that sales of its Galaxy S9 flagship were disappointing, explaining a 34% drop in operating profits for the company’s mobile division …

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories July 20, 2018

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 sales lower in Q2 versus Q1, Note 9 to launch early to compensate

Samsung’s bottom line has been struggling a bit when it comes to smartphones for the past few months. Now, sales figures are showing just how much worse the S9 is doing compared to its predecessors.

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ pick up 480fps super slow-motion video mode in July update

Samsung is generally not the quickest to delivering monthly security updates, but when they do, it often comes with an extra feature or two on top. For July’s security patch, Samsung has added a new option for super slow-motion videos on the Galaxy S9.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Stories July 6, 2018

After nearly a year of breaking profit records, Samsung has today released earnings guidance for Q2 with a notable dip attributable to lackluster Galaxy S9 sales. expand full story

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