Samsung Galaxy S9 +: the full review 2020

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    Samsung Galaxy S9 +: the full test

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    Like Apple since the iPhone 6/6 Plus, Samsung now declines its high-end terminal in two versions, The Samsung Galaxy S9 + benefits from the same configuration as the Galaxy S9, with a Super Amoled screen – of 6.2 inches against 5 , 8 inches for the S9 – in 18.5: 9 format, an Exynos 9810 processor, 64 GB of expandable storage and a 12 Mpix camera module with variable aperture (f / 1.5 or f / 2.4). The Samsung Galaxy S9 + has 6 GB of RAM, compared to 4 GB for the S9. Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy S9 + is equipped with a second camera module with a narrower focal length, allowing an optical zoom x2, ideal for portrait.

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 +

    This review mainly discusses the differences between the Samsung Galaxy S9 + and the Samsung Galaxy S9. Common elements are directly addressed in the Galaxy S9 review, as well as in our articles dedicated to the photo part, performance, software overlay, display quality, Super Slow Motion or AR Emojis .

    A big difference

    Just like the Galaxy S9 is a clone of the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S9 + looks as if it were mistaken for the Galaxy S8 +. The two share a large 6.2-inch Super Amoled panel with a record display ratio: the screen of the Galaxy S9 + occupies 85% of the front, compared to 83% for the iPhone X and 82% for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. The grip of the Samsung Galaxy S9 + therefore remains extremely comfortable thanks to its lengthy case and very reasonable dimensions, although the compactness of the S9 seduces us more.

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 +

    Unsurprisingly, the Super Amoled screen provided by Samsung is of excellent quality, with an infinite contrast ratio and a good brightness of 524 cd / m². In Quad HD +, the resolution climbs to 531 ppi. By default, the Samsung Galaxy S9 + displays a Full HD + definition (2220 x 1080 pixels), a resolution of 398 ppi. Between the two, only the most knowledgeable will be able to tell the difference. In view of the energy savings afforded by Full HD +, we can only recommend that you opt for this slightly lower definition.

    On the other hand, the colorimetry of the Galaxy S9 + is slightly less good than that of the S9, whose Delta E is lower. A difference already seen last year between the S8 and the S8 +, but that is not enough to prevent the screen of the Galaxy S9 + from being one of the best on the market.

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 +

    The most powerful smartphone… on Android

    This year, Samsung offers very few new features on the software part, except AR Emoji rather missed – see our article on the subject – and a nice Super-slow motion but still perfectible – see our article on the subject. On arrival, the user experience is very close to that of the Galaxy S8, but remains favored by an ever more robust configuration. Combined with 6 GB of RAM, the Exynos 9810 is swift in all circumstances. During our review, the smoothness of the smartphone was never compromised. The RAM level allows it to keep more applications open than the lareview iPhone.

    Thanks to these good performances, the experience in video and video game is a pure delight. The large screen of the S9 + only reinforces this impression, aided by excellent sound quality. In play, progress compared to the previous generation is noticeable, with a better level of fluidity.

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 +

    Autonomy slightly behind

    This feeling is confirmed by the many benchmarks that we have been able to perform – see our article dedicated to the performance of the S9 and S9 +. Under AnTuTu 6, under Geekbench or under GFX Bench, the Galaxy S9 + does as well as the Galaxy S9 (or even better, with a few points), but remains systematically behind the iPhone X. A mostly symbolic difference, which shows that the American software optimization is still paying off.

    During our review of the Samsung Galaxy S9, we were disappointed with a reduced battery life. This is also the case with the Galaxy S9 +, but to a lesser extent. Our versatile autonomy review got the S9 + right after 12:34 pm, compared to 1:00 pm for the Galaxy S8 +. A loss of less than 30 minutes, against an hour for the Galaxy S9 (compared to the S8). The smartphone is able to hold the day with enough headroom so that it does not have to be plugged in around 6 p.m. But unless you use it very sparingly, it will be difficult to go much further.

    The best photo offer?

    Since the release of the Galaxy S6, Samsung has dominated the competition in the photo field. Although it is not the “reinvention” promised by the manufacturer, the Samsung Galaxy S9 consolidates its position by providing more details in low light thanks to the aperture at f / 1.5. The possibility of opening at f / 2.4 allows to bring more sharpness in good light conditions, all with a dynamic range never seen in the universe of the smartphone – see the article dedicated to the photo quality of the Galaxy S9 – and with the fasreview autofocus on the market.

    Photo taken with the Samsung Galaxy S9 +

    Video quality is good, with the possibility of filming in 4K at 60 frames per second. The good stabilization allows the S9 + to film beautiful sequences with great ease. Like the S9, the S9 + takes advantage of a new Super Slow Motion function at 960 frames per second, which delivers ever more impressive slow motion. Super slow motion allowed us to have fun several times, provided we were in good light conditions. Under more difficult conditions, the image quality deteriorates sharply, in particular due to a 720p definition.

    Photo taken with the Samsung Galaxy S9 +

    During the presentation of the Galaxy S9 +, Samsung barely touched on the presence of the second camera module. Perhaps because the latter is not integrated into the Galaxy S9, to our great regret. Perhaps also because it is the same sensor as that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. However, its focal length equivalent to a 52 mm (f / 2.4) allows to obtain very pretty portraits, which have nothing to envy those of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus. With a main camera module that borders on perfection and a powerful portrait mode, the Samsung Galaxy S9 + is probably the best possible choice for a photo lover.

    Photo taken with the Samsung Galaxy S9 + (retouching with Snapseed)

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