The S9 Plus is the most expensive model of the Galaxy series to date. With an introductory price of more than 1,000 euros – a novelty at Samsung – a lot can be expected from the new top model of the Asian manufacturer. The following test should clarify whether it can live up to these high expectations and put the strong competition in its place.
Design and Workmanship
At first glance, the Galaxy S9 Plus is nothing special. It doesn’t stand out from other Samsung smartphones in purely optical terms. Those who expected a revolution in design technology will therefore experience a bitter disappointment. To be fair, however, it should be mentioned that the mobile phone looks very noble. However, since this is also the case with last year’s model, the absence of a next step may seem slightly disappointing. At this point, however, it should not go unmentioned that conventional things can also be good – not every new model can bring about a radical change. Moreover, it is currently difficult to make smartphones visually more innovative in any way than they already are.
This is how the S9 Plus presents itself in the curved Edge design, which a year ago was considered to be extremely innovative, but today is hardly to be emphasized. In combination with the noble colours, the beautifully looking curved ends and the strong contrast of the display, however, the design is extremely attractive.
The mobile phone is available in this country in the colours Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Grey and Sunrise Gold. Differences to the predecessor model can only be found on closer inspection of the device. The top and bottom frames of the S9 Plus are slightly narrower.
With regard to workmanship, points of criticism can hardly be found. Only the sensitivity of the glass, which has already been criticized in various media, can be cited as a criticism of the workmanship. Otherwise it can be said that Samsung relies on high-quality materials and processes them well. The mobile phone lies accordingly well in the hand.
|Display||15.8 cm (6.2 inch) Super AMOLED|
|Resolution||1,440 x 2,960 pixels (530 ppi)|
|Memory||64 GB, expandable with up to 400 GB|
|Processor||Exynos 9810 (4x 2.7 GHz, 4x 1.7 GHz)|
|GPU||Mali G72 MP18|
|Dimensions||158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm|
|back camera||Dual camera with laser and dual pixel auto focus, OIS, sensor 1: 12 MP f/1.5 & f/2.4 aperture; sensor 2: 12 MP f/2.4 aperture|
|Front camera||8 MP with f/1.7 aperture and autofocus|
|Connectivity||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5 GHz), VHT-80-MU-MIMO, 1024 QAM, Bluetooth 5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps), Ant+, USB Type C connector, NFC, GPS, Glonass, Galileo, BeiDou, LTE Cat. 18, Dual-SIM (Duos version)|