Gorgeous screen and excellent camera are highlights of this top-end phone, but battery life could be improved
Having ushered in a new super-slim bezel design at the beginning of 2017 with the S8, has Samsungs new dual-aperture, dual camera enough to entice people to upgrade?
Its fair to say the Galaxy S9+ looks practically identical to its predecessor. Its got the same curved glass design, metal sides and lump-less camera on the back, and while it is 1.4mm shorter, 0.4mm wider and 0.4mm thicker than the S8+, youll need a ruler to notice.
The bezels at the top, which contain the iris scanner, front-facing camera and various sensors, are slightly smaller. Samsung didnt adopt the notch that Apple used for the iPhone X and many others are expected to use this year, and I think thats a good thing.
The large 6.2in OLED screen is absolutely gorgeous, pixel-perfect with deep blacks and rich colours, and its squeezed into a frame thats surprisingly easy to hold, particularly compared to devices such as Googles Pixel 2XL, which is 3.3mm wider. Oh, and its still got a headphones socket.
The S9+ is still quite big in your pocket, but one important change over last years model is the position of the fingerprint scanner on the back. Blaced below the rear cameras instead of alongside them means its so much easier to reach. Its accurate, fast and a massive improvement.
Screen: 6.2in quad HD+ AMOLED (529ppi)
Processor: octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 or octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM: 6GB of RAM
Storage: 128GB + microSD card slot
Operating system: Android 8.0 with Samsung Experience
Camera: Dual 12MP rear camera with OIS, 8MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, wireless charging, Bluetooth 5, GPS and Iris scanner