However, as SamMobile points out, the size of the bezels on the top and bottom of each phone are actually a decent amount slimmer compared to previous year. According to SamMobile, the company is using AL 7003 high-strength aluminum on the Galaxy S9 instead of the AL 6013 found on the S8. However, on a closer look, the upper and lower bezels, or the infinity display, have been reduced slightly.
The Galaxy S9 and the iPhone X are almost identical in screen size at 5.8 inches, both with Quad HD resolution. The 12Mp front shooter is the biggest impression that the phone made on us when we got our hands on it at the big Galaxy S9 unveiling. It's also one of the few flagship phones left that still comes with a standard headphone jack and the ability to add your own storage. Both phones are powered by the most advanced processors for their platform, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 for the S9 depending on the region, and the Apple's in-house A11 for the iPhone. The camera also features support for augmented reality (AR) emojis. This would end the complaints left-handed users faced with other models.
The new phone offers three forms of biometric authentication: iris, fingerprint and facial recognition. Notably, the tagline of the flagship is "The Camera". The rear side features a 12 MP camera with optical image stabilization. A new Dedicated Fingerprint system, meanwhile, allows users to require a different fingerprint in order to access the device's secure folder.
"The biggest change for us has been the surge in social media documentation of your life". This allows maximum light, capturing crisper colours and details with reduced noise. The Galaxy S9 will include what is being called the AR Emoji, which relies on conventional photos from the phone's selfie camera to transform a person's image into an animated emoji.
First up at MWC was the Nokia 8 Sirocco, an upgraded version of the flagship we saw previous year. The AR Emoji makes virtual avatar of sorts that lets a user click a 3D picture and turn into a customised emoji. This is due to the fact that you will be required to use the same mobile number to activate your new Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, which you have used during the pre-booking. The taller display also makes the OnePlus 5T the first OnePlus smartphone to feature an 18:9 aspect ratio display. Moreover, Samsung has collaborated with top beauty brands like Sephora and Covergirl, letting you try on make-up with the help of the front camera.
The S9 is available in gray, blue, black and, new this year, lilac.
The new phones are available for preorder now, and in stores March 16.