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

It's true what they say - you don't fix what's not broken. And that's what Samsung did for the Galaxy S9 - it didn't change what was already great, it just tweaked specs wherever possible. And it has worked out just fine for them. Futuristic is what we used to...
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It's true what they say - you don't fix what's not broken. And that's what Samsung did for the Galaxy S9 - it didn't change what was already great, it just tweaked specs wherever possible. And it has worked out just fine for them.

Futuristic is what we used to call the Galaxy S7 and S8 design, but now the iconic glass curves are just mainstream. You can see them shine on the cheapest of smartphones, even on knock-offs, all the way up to the current Galaxy S9 series. The shape might be wearing off, but Samsung has managed to keep its coolness for yet another year thanks to some stunning choice of colors.

There is a new chipset - Snapdragon or Exynos - and regardless which one ends up in the Galaxy S9 which is available in your region, it's enough to know that they are both blazing-fast.

 

But the camera is where the company has really pushed the envelope. With a variable aperture of f/1.5 to f/2.4, now the Galaxy S9 should be able to rule the field in either bright daylight or after dark. We also appreciate the 4K at 60fps video recording and the 960fps slow-mo clips with automatic motion detection.

There are even more tweaks which may not be as apparent, but you would appreciate them once you start using the Galaxy S9. The loud stereo speakers tuned by Harman - a first for the Galaxy S lineup - promise immersive sound with Dolby Atmos support. The combined fingerprint, face, and iris recognition for versatile unlocking seems like something we need on every modern phone. There is more, of course, but before we kick off this review, let's dig into the specs.

Samsung Galaxy S9 specs

 

  • Body: Polished 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: 5.8" Super AMOLED Infinity, 2,960x1440px resolution, 18.5:9 (2.06:1) aspect ratio, 570ppi, HDR 10 compliant.
  • Rear camera: 12MP, f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, OIS; multi-shot image stacking; multi-frame noise reduction; 2160p/60fps video recording; 1080p/240fps; 720p/960fps super slow-mo with automatic motion detection.
  • Front camera: 8MP, f/1.7 aperture, autofocus; 1440p/30fps video recording.
  • OS/Software: Android 8.0 Oreo; Samsung UX v.9; Bixby virtual assistant with Bixby Vision; KNOX with Intelligent Scan
  • Chipset (review unit): Exynos 9810: octa-core CPU (4x2.7 GHz 3rd-gen Mongoose + 4x1.8GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G72 MP18 GPU.
  • Chipset (US and China): Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: octa-core CPU (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver), Adreno 630 GPU.
  • Memory: 4GB of RAM; 64GB / 128GB / 256GB storage; microSD slot for cards up to 256GB, UFS cards support.
  • Battery: 3,000mAh; Adaptive Fast Charging; WPC&PMA wireless charging.
  • Connectivity: Single-SIM, Dual-SIM available in certain markets; LTE-A, 4-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.18 downlink; USB Type-C (v3.1); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS, Beidou, Galileo; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader; iris recognition/face recognition; Stereo Speakers with Dolby Atmos; 3.5mm jack; bundled AKG headphones.

If recent indications floating around are to be trusted, the Galaxy S9 will be sending off a design that has inspired so many. Once a shape from the future, the Galaxy S9 have perfected everything there is to this body, including the fingerprint sensor position. And with the anniversary Galaxy S10 coming next year (please don't call it X) we are probably enjoying this sleek glass shape in its current form for the last time.

 

Specification

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

   

LAUNCH

Announced

2018, February

Status

Available. Released 2018, March

BODY

Dimensions

147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm (5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 in)

Weight

163 g (5.75 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

5.8 inches, 84.8 cm2 (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~570 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 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM

 

UFS 2.1

MAIN CAMERA

Single

12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS

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 3000 mAh battery (11.55 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

Models

SM-G960F, SM-G960, SM-G960F, SM-G960U, SM-G960W, SM-G9600, SM-G960U1, SM-G960N, SCV38, SM-G960X, SC-02K

SAR

0.63 W/kg (head)     0.96 W/kg (body)    

SAR EU

0.36 W/kg (head)     1.18 W/kg (body)    

Price

$ 265.99 / £ 264.98 / € 498.00 / ₹ 24,999

TESTS

Performance

AnTuTu: 250156 (v7)
GeekBench: 8830 (v4.4)
GFXBench: 14fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

Display

Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.630 (sunlight)

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

Voice 68dB / Noise 74dB / Ring 81dB

Audio quality

Noise -93.4dB / Crosstalk -93.9dB

Battery life

Endurance rating 78h

     

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