Big Sam unveiled their latest flagship devices the S9 and S9 Plus in Barcelona. The two devices admittedly look so much alike to their predecessors the S8 and S8+ with changes where it matters most.
The S9 and S9+ have a new set of cameras that would explain Samsung’s “the camera reimagined” tagline. The new cameras come with the first-on-a-smartphone Dual Aperture lens that switches the size of the aperture from a wide f/1.5 for low-light shooting and a more shallow f/2.4 for standard shots. For those who do not understand the camera talk, what this means is that the S9’s camera will work like your eyes – When you go into a dark room, your iris opens wide to let in more light and when outside, your iris will reduce in size because there’s sufficient light.
Still on the camera, Samsung have included a new feature known as “ARemoji” that works similar to what Apple’s Animoji does, the difference being that instead of using emoji faces, the S9 uses a cartoonified version of your face to imitate your facial movements and create GIFs that you can share on social media.
The biggest change, however, is the fingerprint reader placement. On the S8, S8+ and Note 8, the reader was placed way too high and this was an issue to people with small and even medium hands. The S9 and S9+ have moved the reader to a more natural position, below the fingerprint reader, making it more accessible.
If you are thinking of getting yourself an S9 or S9+, Samsung Electronics East Africa has announced that pre-orders will open on March 2nd and will run until 22nd March, after which the general sale will begin on 23rd.
Those who pre-order any of the two phones will get a free fast charge wireless charger plus 4GB free data. Pre-orders will be available at Samsung Experience Stores, Safaricom Shops, FoneXpress, Naivacom, Tuscom, Phonelink and all authorized dealers countrywide.
The S9 and S9+ will be available in Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue and a new hue, Lilac Purple. The Samsung Galaxy S9 will set you back Kes.85,000 while the larger S9+ will cost you Kes.95,000 but if you choose to go the Safaricom Shop way, you will have to fork out Kes.100,000 and Kes.105,000 for the S9 and S9+ respectively.