Samsung announced Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, the 9th generation of Galaxy S phones, on February 25, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain, immediately ahead of MWC 2018.
As in previous Galaxy S phones, Samsung staffed some new features of Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to lure new customers and keep existing customers.
This post details the top 10 new features of Galaxy S9 and S9+ to help you decide whether Galaxy S9 or S9+ is the right phone for you.
#1. Android Oreo
Android Oreo is the latest Android OS.
Samsung packed Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box.
You can enjoy many new features and improvements of Android 8.0 in Galaxy S9 and S9+, although Samsung tweaks a lot of the stock Android.
For Galaxy S9 notification dots (notification number badge, app icon badges) on Galaxy S9 and S9+, you may check this guide.
#2. Dual-aperture in the main camera
Samsung tried to direct your attention to one of the best new features in Galaxy S9 and S9+: the camera.
And the most prominent features of the Galaxy S9 camera is dual-aperture.
In Auto mode, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ main camera can switch between two apertures of f/2.4 (under normal lighting conditions) and f/1.5 (in low-light conditions) automatically.
In Pro mode, you can set the two apertures manually. Unfortunately, you cannot set anything in between.
Essentially, the dual-aperture camera makes it easier to capture good photos in low-light conditions.
Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the only smartphones in the market with such a feature.
You may check this guide on how to use the two apertures in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
#3. Intelligent scan
Iris scanner and face recognition is not new in Galaxy phones. You can enable either of them to unlock the phone in your Galaxy S8, S8+ or Note 8.
Both methods work well in contrast conditions: iris scanner does not work well under the sun ( or under intense light), and face recognition refuses to work in darkness.
In Galaxy S8 and Note 8, these two methods are mutually exclusive: you can only enable one of them.
As another one of the top new features of Galaxy S9 and S9+, these two methods can be combined in Galaxy S9 and S9+. You can use them together to compliment each other.