The Galaxy S9 devices, and everything that Samsung unveiled at this year's MWC
Much has already been said about how Samsung is poised to rule this year’s Mobile World Congress event (currently being held in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain), and the world’s biggest seller of smartphone devices did not disappoint. Without further ado, here are the South Korean tech giant’s latest flagship device offerings, and every other new announcements …
The Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus
In a nutshell, the baseline Galaxy S9 model comes with a new camera that offers variable aperture settings, which should allow users to take stunning photos either in ultra bright settings or very low light conditions. Another notable difference from last year’s Galaxy S8 is the positioning of the fingerprint reader, which is now below the camera (as opposed to beside the camera).
With regards to basic specs, the Galaxy S9 offers a 5.8 inch near bezel-less display screen, with a 1,440 by 2,960 pixel resolution, 570 ppi density, and ratio of 18.5 to 9. As mentioned earlier, the phablet is armed with a variable aperture 12 megapixel main camera (switching between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures) on the rear side, and an 8 megapixel selfie shooter (with f/1.7 aperture). The device’s formidable Snapdragon 845 chip set (eight cores) is aided by 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and at least 64 gigabytes of onboard storage. The Galaxy S9 also features state of the art Intelligent Scan identity verification protocol, which combines iris scanning with facial recognition wizardry, a 3,000 mAh battery, and Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo mobile operating system.
As for the Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung is aiming for something bigger in just about every department. Not only does the phablet offer a 6.2 inch display screen, it also delivers a larger 3,500 mAh battery and for the first time ever in a Galaxy handset, a dual camera configuration on the rear side (consisting of a pair of 12 megapixel camera -- one a wide angle lens, and the other a telephoto lens). In other specs, the Galaxy S9 Plus remains pretty consistent with the Galaxy S9, which means that it should rock, but in a larger package.
The DeX Pad
Samsung’s DeX Pad is the successor to last year’s DeX Dock, which was also unveiled during the previous MWC event (together with the introduction of last year’s Galaxy S8 flagships). Whereas the DeX Dock allowed Galaxy devices to stand vertically, the new DeX Pad lets handsets lie down, transforming them into touch pads or keyboards.
The phone maker also took the opportunity to reveal that Bixby 2.0 is coming to the Galaxy Note 9, which is expected to launch some time later this year.
5G FWA Solutions
This year, Samsung is also unveiling the first ever complete commercial 5G FWA (Fixed Wireless Access) solutions, which offers commercial form factor 5G home routers for both indoor and outdoor use, 5G RAN (Radio Access Network) consisting of a radio access unit combined with virtualized RAN), a new gen core, and various artificial intelligence drived 3D radio frequency planning tools and services.
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