Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Certified Pre-Owned Smartphone

Generation 9 in plus size - this is the Samsung Galaxy S9+. Unlike last year when the S8 and the S8+ had just size setting them apart, in 2018 Samsung's Plus means more than higher battery capacity and larger display diagonal - the S9+ has an extra camera on its...
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Generation 9 in plus size - this is the Samsung Galaxy S9+. Unlike last year when the S8 and the S8+ had just size setting them apart, in 2018 Samsung's Plus means more than higher battery capacity and larger display diagonal - the S9+ has an extra camera on its back too. Makes you wonder if such segmentation has been done before by other makers. Uhm, nope, nothing comes to mind.

Anyway, adding the Note8's tele camera to the S9's dual-aperture wide-angle shooter makes for the first dual camera on a Galaxy S phone - you can't say Samsung's ahead of the curve on this one, but at least it's caught up now. The designers also addressed the universally hated placement of the fingerprint reader of the S8s and have moved it under the cameras, along the central axis of the phone - how hard was that to achieve in the first place?

A mandatory chip update sees the S9+ packing the latest Snapdragon 845 in the US and China and the Exynos 9810 elsewhere. 6GB of RAM come standard (the S8+ could be had with 6GB in some places, some of the time, but the default was 4GB) and storage options now go all the way up to 256GB, though you'd probably be getting the 64GB version - there's a microSD slot if you need more room.

A relatively big change this time around is the long overdue move to a stereo speaker setup with the earpiece now joining forces with the main bottom-firing driver. A welcome lack of changes is observed in this vicinity too - the headphone jack is here for another model year. Yay!

There are, of course, AR emoji - Samsung's take on personalized animated emoji, which you shouldn't call animoji. The S9s run Oreo out of the box with the latest Experience on top, while not all S8s have been treated to that official Android 8.0 update (much to the owners' displeasure).

 

Samsung Galaxy S9+ specs

 

  • Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back; IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple color schemes.
  • Display: 6.2" Super AMOLED 'Infinity Display', 2,960x1440px resolution, 18.5:9 (2.06:1) aspect ratio, 529ppi; HDR10 compliant (no Dolby Vision).
  • Rear camera: Primary 12MP, Type 1/2.55" sensor, f/1.5-2.4 aperture, 26mm equiv. focal length, dual pixel PDAF, OIS; Secondary 12MP, Type 1/3.6" sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 52mm equiv. focal length, autofocus, OIS; 2x zoom. 2160p/60fps, 1080p/240fps slow motion, 720p/960fps super slow motion video recording.
  • Front camera: 8MP, f/1.7 aperture, autofocus; 1440p/30fps video recording.
  • OS/Software: Android 8.0 Oreo; Samsung Experience 9.0; Bixby virtual assistant; Smart Connect, Smart Connect Home
  • Chipsets: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: octa-core CPU (4x2.7GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7GHz Kryo 385 Silver), Adreno 630 GPU. Exynos 9810: octa-core CPU (4x3rd-gen Mongoose 2.7GHz + 4xCortex-A55 1.8GHz), Mali-G72 MP18 GPU.
  • Memory: 6GB of RAM; 64/128/256GB of storage; microSD slot for cards up to 400GB.
  • Battery: 3,500mAh Li-Po (sealed); Adaptive Fast Charging (same as S7/S8); QuickCharge 2.0 support; WPC (Qi)&PMA wireless charging.
  • Connectivity: Single-SIM, Dual-SIM available in certain markets (hybrid slot); LTE-A, 4-Band/5-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.18 (1.2Gbps/150Mbps); USB Type-C (v3.1); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac MU-MIMO; GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0.
  • Misc: Fingerprint/iris/face recognition; stereo speakers (bottom-firing + earpiece); 3.5mm jack; bundled AKG headphones; DeX dock compatibility.

We aren't ones to shy away from the odd complaint (or a dozen) but with the S9+ it's tough to find what to complain about looking at the specs. Sure, there could have been more battery, but with this generation's weight pushing 200g, perhaps the 3,500mAh cell is for the better. The exorbitant launch price off contract is another number we're less than thrilled with, though few people will actually pay that - pre-order promos and carrier subsidies will surely knock a chunk off of it. Let's see what you'll be paying for.

 

Specification

 

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

   

LAUNCH

Announced

2018, February

Status

Available. Released 2018, March

BODY

Dimensions

158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 in)

Weight

189 g (6.67 oz)

Build

Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame

SIM

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

 

Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
 IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

DISPLAY

Type

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

6.2 inches, 98.3 cm2 (~84.2% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~529 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

 

HDR10
 3D Touch (home button only)
 Always-on display

PLATFORM

OS

Android 8.0 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 10.0, One UI 2.0

Chipset

Exynos 9810 (10 nm) - EMEA
 Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) - USA/LATAM, China

CPU

Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) - EMEA
 Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) - USA/LATAM, China

GPU

Mali-G72 MP18 - EMEA
 Adreno 630 - USA/LATAM, China

MEMORY

Card slot

microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot) - dual SIM model only

Internal

64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM

 

UFS 2.1

MAIN CAMERA

Dual

12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom

Features

LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama

Video

2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec., stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS (30fps)

SELFIE CAMERA

Dual

8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6", 1.22µm, AF
 2 MP (dedicated iris scanner camera)

Features

Dual video call, Auto-HDR

Video

1440p@30fps

SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack

Yes

 

32-bit/384kHz audio
 Tuned by AKG

COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

NFC

Yes

Radio

FM radio (USA & Canada only)

USB

3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

FEATURES

Sensors

Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

 

Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
 ANT+
 Bixby natural language commands and dictation

BATTERY

 

Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery (13.48 Wh)

Charging

Fast charging 15W
 Quick Charge 2.0
 Qi/PMA wireless charging - market dependent

MISC

Colors

Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, Burgundy Red, Sunrise Gold, Ice Blue, Polaris Blue

Models

SM-G965F, SM-G965U, SM-G965W, SM-G9650, SM-G965U1, SM-G965N, SCV39, SM-G965X, SC-03K

SAR

0.78 W/kg (head)     0.79 W/kg (body)    

SAR EU

0.29 W/kg (head)     1.35 W/kg (body)    

Price

$ 299.00 / £ 468.00 / € 530.00

TESTS

Performance

AnTuTu: 246660 (v7)
 GeekBench: 8883 (v4.4)
 GFXBench: 14fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

Display

Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.537 (sunlight)

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

Voice 68dB / Noise 74dB / Ring 80dB

Audio quality

Noise -92.6dB / Crosstalk -93.4dB

Battery life

Endurance rating 86h

     

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