Galaxy S9 and S9+ Q&A session: Ask your questions here

Galaxy S9 and S9+ Q&A session: Ask your questions here
And just like that, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been on the market for nearly a week now. They are not massive improvements over their precursors, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but that's normal - after all, it's really hard to come up with meaningful innovations for those two devices, which were already as close to perfect as it gets.

We've already reviewed both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at large and found them to be superb upgrades for consumers coming from device like the Galaxy S7 or S6, but those with a Galaxy S8 or S8+ probably shouldn't upgrade due to the merely subtle improvements that won't justify the purchase.

Now, in case you're on the fence whether you should upgrade or not, we could probably help by answering any of the questions you might have regarding the two phones.

Armed with a Midnight Black S9+ and a Coral Blue Galaxy S9 in our hands, we are ready to tackle any query you might have. Go ahead and ask!

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)



2. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

When is Samsung going to enable a bunch of dead pixels at the top to simulate a notch in the screen to appease Apple fans?

11. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Samsung Q and A, everyone talking about Apple- looks like they’ll never get out of that shadow.

3. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

So the battery life is worse than on the s8/s8 plus even in FHD mode?

18. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

At first, it was way worse on my S9 when compared to the S8 I had last year. It definitely went downhill after installing the update I received the second day I bought the device. A little Google search, and it was Android System that was draining the battery. A cache clean, and a restart did the trick, and it's now definitely better than the S8.

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Does the screen have red tone like S8? What's the value of sRGB? Are the speakers just as good as iphone X or really very good as U11/ XZ Premium? I mean quality, not loudness..

7. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Hopefully you have been using these phones for quite a bit, as my question is based on that assumption. Q1: How has the performance been? I'm not really that interested in the gaming part of performance, but more the overall performance. Q2: If you have both the Exynos and Snapdragon, then it would be great to know if you find there to be any difference in performance? Again, not that interested in gaming performance, but more overall. Q3: How good is the audio quality coming out of the headphone jack of the S9 and S9+? Can it power more demanding headphones? Q4: Do you think Project Treble is going to speed up updates on the S9 and S9+?

8. Cat97

Posts: 1936; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Why is it so boring and why does it have worse battery life than the previous model ?

26. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Boring, you have it mixed up with the other phone with a in the name X. Read post above.

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Q: How much more noticeably bright are the whites/other high contrast images over the S8/S8+?

10. Seany

Posts: 94; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

How over rated is the S9?? lol

12. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

When can we expect Emily Ratajkowski to ditch 1+ and start endorsing a Galaxy?

13. Glottis

Posts: 18; Member since: May 22, 2015

Samsung phones charge really slow while screen is on, even if it says Fast Charging. Is it the same on the s9?

15. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Because they have QC 2.0, while other phones have QC 3.0

17. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

there isnt speed difference between QC2 and QC3 It charges slow to prevent heating(note7 u know)

14. JPSAhava

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

Question: I like compact phones but the 6.2 inches screen of S9+ is teasing me! How (un)comfortable is the S9+ when kept inside a jeans pocket? Comparing to regular S9, is it much bigger? What would you choose?

16. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

S9+ has same height of iphone 8+... S9+ is half inch taller than s9.

20. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I would say, stick with the S9. I made the mistake when I ditched the S8 for the Note 8, I thought it wouldn't be a big deal since I always bought the Note series when they were 1st released. But Samsung phones are heavier than what they were used to, and if your used to smaller and lighter phones, you'll find it tiring to use the S9+ with one hand for long periods of time, especially if you're used to resting your phone on your pinky finger.

19. airstream25

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 18, 2011

Are there any advantages to buying the S9 unlocked version directly from Samsung?

34. airstream25

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 18, 2011

Disadvantages seem to be the FM chip does not work with NextRadio and WiFi calling does not work unless Whatsapp is used.

21. surethom

Posts: 1721; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Can you adjust the always on screen brightness as it is always way to bright? Samsung just does not listen but hopefully they have finally?

29. jrhAR

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Yes, you can adjust it.

22. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

How is the S9+ in the hand? Have an S9, not sure how an S9+ would be.

23. LouisMariano5

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

just switched from an iPhone to a galaxy s9.... how come when you say ok google to google assistant, it doesn't give you any audio feedback or beeping sound to let you know that it is activated and listening to you ?

24. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Does it beat HTC U11+ in audio, user interface and fluidness?

25. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Samsung S9 Q&A, eh? I can only think of 3 things right now: Q1) The variable aperture: How is the bokeh effect and low light picture quality compared to dual-camera smartphones? Can't find a video on YouTube that thoroughly covers the camera! Q2) What about bloatware? With how many apps does it come pre-installed? And last but certainly not the least: Q3) Do you wish it had... A notch? Well, that's about it! G'Day!

27. Efrain

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

Exynos or snapdragon variant?

28. crogers2012

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

How good is the camera with moving objects? Does the object in focus remain blurry or is the shutter speed quick enough to capture the item.

30. whattab

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I have the S8 Active, the Note 8, and went ahead and purchased the S9+ on Friday. I have to say, I do notice quite a difference between the 4GB of RAM and 6. I wanted the smaller form factor of the S9 but wasn't happy about downgrading to 4GB of RAM. I am very pleased with my purchase. It feels like Samsung has slowly improved their phones with each upgrade and the S9+ is the full deal. The size of the S9+ is perfect. It doesn't seem nearly as large as the Note 8 in hand, for some reason. It's an ergonomic dream. The S9 might have felt too small looking back. The S9+ operates seamlessly like the Note 8. The S8 family is great, but the 4GB of RAM does seem to stutter at times. According to the GSam battery app, my S9+ is getting an average of 7.5 hours of SOT. The Note 8 trailing right behind at 7 hours. And the S8 Active leading at 9 hours. Honestly, all three feel like they get the same battery life on average though. Samsung has really upped their game. I used to have less than stellar opinions of the Galaxy's based on my own experiences, but they've really hit the mark finally. That coral blue is so sexy too. Yow. Edit: FWIW, the BK Disabler app does not work on the S9. Still working on the Note 8. Would be nice if a paid app actually worked.

31. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

One question... Is there any point in having a q and a if you don't answer questions?

33. drazwy

Posts: 356; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Is the audio quality over bluetooth any better on the S9? The S8 sucks. Especially on a device using 4.0. Other phone don't have this issue.

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