8.9/10
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The Samsung Galaxy S9+ currently has an Informr score of 8.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 74 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

As the top of Samsung’s 2018 phone line-up, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ takes the powerful specs and sleek design of the standard Galaxy S9 and packs in a few more perks to entice buyers.

Are they worth the added expense?

Overall, reviews of the S9 are positive. As much of the specs to the S9+ are largely the same, we encourage you to check out the S9 summary for the full details.

However, the S9+ has a few subtle differences…

One of the most obvious is the screen size. While still a Super AMOLED display, the screen offers more real estate coming in at 6.2-inches.

Under the hood, it features the same processor but a slight bump in RAM. Reviewers had no trouble with multitasking, gaming and heavy use with the 4GB of RAM included in the standard model. At 6GB you should enjoy a silky smooth experience in virtually every aspect.

You’ll also find a few more options for storage space, with variants available with more than the standard 64GB of the regular model. However, as both support microSD cards, expanding storage is simple and affordable anyhow.

Samsung also crammed a little more battery into the premium model. The 3,500mAh battery cruises through a day to a day and a half of moderate usage. Like its smaller sibling, it also supports USB Type-C fast charging and Qi wireless charging.

Lastly, and perhaps the biggest reason to spring for the S9+ over the standard S9 is a second 12MP lens on the rear camera. The single-lens version is already touted as one of the best smartphone cameras available by many reviewers.

The dual-lens option adds a physical zoom and the ability to create even greater depth of field for stunning portraits and creamy bokeh effects. Better still, reviews show that the phone uses the extra lens well. If you’re looking to invest in a phone for its camera, reviews indicate the S9+ is worth the cost of entry.

For more about the phone, including performance, software consideration, and build quality, check out our Samsung Galaxy S9 summary.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.8 GHz
Screen Size
6.2"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Authority

The Galaxy S9 Plus has truly stood the test of time and is, by all accounts, still a very competent smartphone in 2020. Many of the scarcely found features in 2020 are in this device. If you’re looking for a great all-rounder in the used smartphone market, the S9 Plus has my recommendation.

- Ryan-Thomas Shaw, Android Authority
Pocketnow

I did not expect this hardware to age so well. That second drop this phone withstood should’ve broken it, and it’s still looking nearly new at least from a distance. Sadly I wish I could say the same about software. If a year later this phone has trouble getting a major Android update, I doubt it’ll...

- Anton D. Nagy, Pocketnow
Techaeris

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is a great phone and it will be upgrading to Android 9.0 Pie. So if you can wait a few weeks or months, this could end up being a real good deal in the end.

- Alex Hernandez, Techaeris
DxOMark

As long as you aware of its shortcomings, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus front camera is great for general use, however, and one of the best selfie cameras your money can currently buy.

- Paul Carroll, DxOMark
What Mobile

For your everyday activity, you can bet the S9+ will perform at the highest of standards. Also, don’t forget that dual camera system… At 128GB standard of internal memory, you won’t have to worry about running out of space. Add this to the excellent processor and generous 6GB RAM and you’ve got a re...

- What Mobile


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Screen Size
6.2"

The Samsung Galaxy S9+'s screen size is 6.2 inches with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/128/ 256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 400 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 2100 minutes, 840 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S9+ Specs

Overview
Release date March 16, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/850 /2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.8 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128/ 256 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.78 W/kg
Body: 0.79 W/kg
Languages English, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1020 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 840 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 720 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 2100 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 13.6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, Sunrise Gold, Burgundy Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.8 x 7.4 x 0.8 cm (6.2 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 189 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Pixel density 531 pixels
Size 6.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Infinity Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 400 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.5 - 2.4
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, HDR, Dual camera feature (12 MP 2nd camera, f/2.4), Slow motion recording, Time lapse
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Auto focus, f/1.7
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MP3, MP4, OGG, WMA
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, SM-G965

Also available in dual SIM variant.

Additional Sensors: Heart Rate Sensor, Barometer, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor

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