When a delayed launch left an S8-sized hole at Mobile World Congress last year, the start to the spring smartphone season felt a little so-so. Samsung wasn’t going to make the same mistake again, so here it is, the new Galaxy S9 and S9+.
At first glance, the S9’s appearance might suggest that not a lot has changed. After all, while Samsung says the S9’s display is a bit brighter and its bezels are a little slimmer, you’re still getting the same extra-widescreen 18:9 AMOLED Infinity display we saw on last year’s model. Even its dimensions are largely unchanged, with the S9 sporting a 5.8-inch screen, while the S9+ is staying pat at 6.2-inches.
Sure, in back, things look slightly different now that Samsung has moved the fingerprint sensor below the camera, instead of putting it off to the right like it did before. And while the S9+’s new dual rear cam system with a 2x zoom is nice, we saw Samsung do that on the Galaxy Note 8 back in the fall. So as far as the S9's exterior goes, that’s it for changes. I’m not gonna lie, I was hoping for more, but since the S8 was already an exceedingly pretty device, it’s hard to be too disappointed.