Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ official with stereo speakers, new fingerprint reader placement, and more

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After appearing in numerous leaks and rumors, the Samsung Galaxy S9 has finally made its official debut.

Samsung today introduced the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at MWC 2018. As the rumors suggested, the two devices look largely similar to last year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+, but Samsung has made some changes for the better.

Like last year’s models, the Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch 2960×1440 Super AMOLED display and the Galaxy S9+ is packing a larger 6.2-inch 2960×1440 Super AMOLED screen. Unlike last year’s models, though, there are some notable differences between the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+.

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While the Galaxy S9 comes equipped with 4GB of RAM, the Galaxy S9+ has 6GB of RAM. The rear camera setups of these two phones differ, too, with the S9 packing a single 12MP camera and the S9+ featuring a dual 12MP camera setup. The main 12MP camera on both phones offers an adjustable aperture that can go from f/1.5 in darker settings to collect more light to f/2.4 in brighter situations, and the secondary 12MP camera on the S9+ offers a telephoto lens. Both phones also offer a super slow motion capture that records video at 960fps.

One of the biggest changes from the Galaxy S8 to the Galaxy S9 is the placement of the fingerprint reader. On the Galaxy S8, Samsung placed the fingerprint reader to the right of the rear camera. That fingerprint reader has been moved below the rear camera on the Galaxy S9, though, which should make it considerably easier to reach and harder to confuse with the rear camera.

Speaking of security, Samsung has improved its iris scanning and face unlocking tech to create its Intelligent Scan feature for better security.

Samsung has also added stereo speakers to the Galaxy S9 and S9+. These speakers are tuned by AKG and should greatly enhance the entertainment experience on Samsung’s flagship Android smartphones.

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Other features of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ include a Snapdragon 845 processor, 64GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. There’s an 8MP camera on the front of these phones for all of your selfie needs, a 3,000mAh battery in the S9 and a 3,500mAh battery in the S9+, a 3.5mm headphone jack, IP68 water and dust resistance, and iris scanning.

On the software side of things, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ come equipped with Android 8.0 Oreo running below Samsung’s custom user interface. That custom software includes Bixby, Samsung’s digital assistant who also gets a dedicated button on the side of the phone. Samsung has also equipped the S9 and S9+ with AR Emoji, its answer to Apple’s Animoji that will analyze an image of the user’s face and map out more than 100 facial features to create a 3D model with different expressions.

Samsung’s new flagship phones will support many of T-Mobile’s network technologies, including 4×4 MIMO, carrier aggregation, 256 QAM, and License Assisted Access. Support for 600MHz LTE is in there, too.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available for pre-order from T-Mobile starting March 1 at 9:01 pm PT ahead of a launch on March 16. MetroPCS will launch both phones on March 16, too. Pricing for the Galaxy S9 will be set at $0 down and $30 per month for 24 months on EIP or $0 down and $32 per month on JOD. The Galaxy S9+ will cost $120 down and $30 per month for 24 months on EIP or $120 down and $31 per month on JOD.

Additionally, T-Mobile will have a special deal that’ll get you up to $360 off a Galaxy S9 or S9+ via 24 monthly bill credits. To get this deal, you’ll need to trade in an eligible smartphone. The smartphones eligible for trade-in include:

$360 off:

  • GS8
  • GS8+
  • GS8 Active
  • GS7
  • GS7 edge
  • GS7 Active
  • Note 8
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • LG V30
  • LG V30+

$200 off:

  • GS4
  • GS5
  • GS6
  • GS6 edge
  • GS6 edge+
  • GS6 active
  • Note 4
  • Note 5
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • LG V20
  • LG G6
  • LG G5

Color options for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will include Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, and Coral Blue.

While some people will likely be disappointed with the Galaxy S9 since it looks so similar to the Galaxy S8, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal because the S8’s design is still one of the better-looking phones among all flagships right now. Plus, Samsung has made some small but significant changes to the S9, like the new fingerprint reader placement and the stereo speakers. In all, this looks like another solid flagship Android phone from Samsung.

Now that it’s official, what do you think of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+? Will you be picking one up?

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  • Luis Hotdaddy Vasquez

    $360 back for a Note 8 which STILL cost $870 and $950 on the other carriers? Naw! I pass..

    • dcmanryan

      True, but $360 for an iPhone 6s is fair I think.

      • James miles

        If tmobile wouldn’t want it no band 71

        • dcmanryan

          I don’t understand what you’re trying to say. I’m saying $360 for an iPhone 6s is a fair trade in value is all.

        • James miles

          My bad. Miss understanding

    • pda96

      Yeah, some numbers will work. Some are laughable.

  • user311

    So, no actual pre-order bonuses?

    • Francisco Peña

      I’m sure they will go ahead and announce some later on. I’m tired of my LG G6 because it randomly reboots now. So I’m done with LG and while I was thinking of getting the S8 the prices on jump on demand are basically the same so might as well get the new one.

  • A2theC

    Note getting it…this is a pass “S” upgrade year.

    • skywalkr2

      Mostly software & camera updates, but the software is pretty cool. I doubt anyone much cares about the CPU boost.

    • GeoGuy17

      Biggest reason to get the phone would be the addition of B71.

  • WhippetNYC

    9pm Pacific would be 12 midnight Eastern time zone. it seems like every year/every time, i always had to stay up late waiting for the pre-order to start (i’ve even had to get up at 3am once in order to meet their 12 midnight Pacific time/3am Eastern start time!) yet again. Hope i’ll be able to go through the pre-order process, with Jump On Demand (JOD), without any issues and at the end of the process it will be completed without incident. Sometimes, you get to the end and it doesn’t go through. Frustrating.

  • Philip

    Will get this when there is a B1G1 sale. Samsung did this a month+ later release.

    • Francisco Peña

      I’m waiting for the freebies.

  • Philip

    Is one of the speaker at the bottom and one speaker at the back of the phone? That is not in-stereo.

    • pda96

      I believe the speaker placement is similar to the iPhone. One “ear” speaker, and a bottom firing speaker.

      • Philip

        I see. That is not going to be in stereo.

    • Sal Monella

      Sounds like it will be good to me.

      “Hear the action crisper and louder on the stereo speakers tuned by AKG.
      They offer pure sound that’s 1.4x more powerful than previous Galaxy
      phones.”
      “The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also have stereo speakers via the earpiece and a
      downward-firing speaker on the bottom. They’re tuned by AKG (i.e.,
      Harman; i.e., Samsung) and support Dolby Atmos surround sound for a 360-degree sound effect.”

  • njikokanoel

    360 back for a S7 edge??? Intriguing to say the least. I might just do this. $360 for a S9 and all have to do is trade in A two year old device that truthfully is only used for VR? What’s not to like?

  • ILikeAndroid

    Uuuuuuggghhh why the down payment for the S9+ on JOD. The iPhone 8 Plus doesn’t have a down payment and it’s basically equivalent to the S9+

    • dcmtnbkr

      Because John Legere is a massive hypocrite

      • Bud

        android people are poor!

    • dcmtnbkr

      Update, they told me that because I’ve been with them more than 3 years, I won’t have a down payment. Hope this helps you.

      • ILikeAndroid

        Yeah that’s if you lease. But I’m an employee so I’m not eligible for the $0 down on phones over $720

        • dcmtnbkr

          Ah, bummer man.

  • g2a5b0e

    I’m just amazed that they’re giving a $200 credit for a Galaxy S4. Is anyone out there still rocking one of those? If you are, take this deal. I doubt your phone is worth that much money.

    • George Salcedo

      They should give the credit if you still have an LG G4, boot loop 4 life.

      • skywalkr2

        I’d be pretty shocked if someone had a G4 for more than 3 months without the bootloop.

        • Mike Thaler

          Took me about 12-13 months. They covered it. Now have had G6 almost a year. No problem yet.

        • skywalkr2

          G6 is much better … definitely. But for the G4.. I had to get it replaced 3 times before I just gave up on it.

        • GeoGuy17

          My G4 went a bit over a year before looping. Then it failed within a month of the repair the same way. LG tried to charge me for the second repair and I refused to pay for the same problem less than a month after they “fixed” the problem. About a week later the phone arrived in the mail fixed. Well I guess it is fixed as I gave up on LG before the phone made it back. The Moto I have now works pretty well. The camera is not of the same quality but for the price it isn’t bad.

        • Francisco Peña

          I had mine and it bootlooped 6 months in. My wife’s bootlooped the final month before the JoD lease ended. I wanted to keep it to give to my daughter.

    • Iphart

      And get tied up for 24 months.

      • Sal Monella

        There’s no contracts. You pay off the phone in 15 months with T-Mobile and you can cancel your service at any time, as long as you buy the phone. So, It’s kind of a contract, but it’s not.

    • ConceptVBS

      Still rocking the S4. But I’m hesitant to do it as its one of the best phones I’ve ever used. I have the fastest battery recharger, ever.

    • lastxit

      Oh yes. My wife and I both still happily use our Note 4s. Having a hard time parting with it to be honest. I suppose I will upgrade someday and relegate this one to a TV remote, if I still need the IR by then. On battery #3 and still rockin.

      • g2a5b0e

        I can see the value in still using a Note 4 due to the features that were removed in later editions, but I said Galaxy S4. The Note 4 came 1.5 years after that.

        • lastxit

          Yes, you did. My bad ;)

      • Bklynman

        I have the Note3,last security update was in June 2016,none since. Even those it can has enough power to be updated to 7.1 Samsung is not doing it. Sammy send out update for the Gal J phones updated those phones to 7.1,they are not flagship phones at all,my sister has one that why I know they were updated.

    • Ty Christensen

      I have a Galaxy S4 just sitting around that my kids use to play on and watch YouTube, haha, $200 trade in for that…yes please!

    • Bklynman

      Still rocking the Note 3,not planning on buy another $700. plus on a phone. Waiting to see the spec on midrange phones or go unlock. Hoping the new midrange phones have 3 gigs of ram or more. Sorry just realize you wrote Gal.4,sorry.

  • George Salcedo

    Got the V30 plus during the bogo offer and this S9 not intrigue me whatsoever. When Samsung matches the two year LG warranty then it’s a go.

    • Francisco Peña

      I’m skipping LG… I had a G4, along with my wife. Mine bootlooped 6 months after I got it. sent it in for repairs. few months later got a great deal on the new G5 so I switched. 1 month before I had to pay off the other G4, it bootlooped on my wife. Traded both on JoD for the new G6. Already my G6 has been randomly rebooting. Not bootlooping like before, just rebooting. I’ll put it in my pocket after checking something, and sometimes its off. I didn’t press anything to turn it off, and my case doesn’t make accidentally pressing the button easy. So I’m tired of it. Wanted the V30, but I’m done with the LGs.

      • skywalkr2

        I got rid of my G6 for the Note 8, but the G6 was great while I had it. Never had even one problem.

  • decisivemoment

    I want to know if unlocked versions such as Samsung’s direct sales model and Verizon’s LTE 13-compliant one will actually support all carriers on all frequencies. You know, BC0 for Verizon, LTE 30 for ATT, LTE 71 for T-Mobile and so on. After the way in which Samsung and the FCC filed compliance on the S8 Active, matching a model number fo what frequencies it’s tested on doesn’t mean squat.

  • francob911 .

    Does anybody know if we can still do this trade in deal if the trade in phone still has a balance on it? For example I have a S7 with $258 remaining. Or do we finish paying off the phone 1st

    • DM725

      You would slap down what you owe in the EIP, then trade it in.

      • Francisco Peña

        yup.. he’s just getting a net $102 off the price of the new phone. I have to check what I owe on my G6.

        • francob911 .

          That sucks!

  • steadymobb

    $120 (!) for the s9+ on JOD…wow. I thought the program wasnt going to become useless until later this year per the tmobile memo itself??

    • Arbi

      $0 down is for base model which is S9. According to tmobile, S9+ is not considered base model.

      • Trevnerdio

        What they were going to do back when they put out the memo was a down payment on base models, and no down payment for upgraded models. Guess that isn’t proving to be true.

        • steadymobb

          I thought it was the opposite…no down payment for base and possibly a down payment for upgraded models…either way, I thought this wasn’t supposed to start until August 2018 per the memo

        • Trevnerdio

          I’ll have to go track down the source at some point

        • steadymobb

          “Starting on October 23rd 2017, T-Mobile changed the upfront cost for some JOD
          customers. Documents shared with TmoNews show that customers who do not
          meet credit qualifications for devices that cost $900 or more will need
          to make a down payment.”

        • Trevnerdio

          Yeah, that’s what the rep in-store told me. I was thinking of some other article though, something about how base storage configurations would have a down-payment, and the higher options wouldn’t (which really sucked for flagship Android devices that only had 1 storage config on T-Mobile)

      • James miles

        U can get zero down if you work them I did

    • James miles

      Esculate call they will remove it

  • Arbi

    does this $360 trade in includes JOD customers too?

    • Paul Hansen

      No, as we do not own our devices. They’re leased. You could “buy” it out and then trade it in but that defeats the purpose of JoD

      • Arbi

        you are right! thanks.

    • Babylon Petrovich

      YOU CAME BACK AGAIN , WHAT IS THIS, HUH?!! , same question every year but with different flavors , Wiseman is saying I don’t know from which bible(from Apostle Michael Jackson!) ” No matter what you eat from any fast food you’ll have direahha in the end” so now its your story , What is the meaning of JOD ?! Oh I see it means Jump-on-demand , well I have new Memo for john Legre on his upcoming video , he should change JOD plan to JOB plan which means Jump-Off-Bridge plan , because of their overpriced crappy deals so whoever sign-up to JOB they should jump-off the bridge afterwards immediately, And Are you KIDDING!! No $350 not for JOD Aka JOB users, $350 off is for the other T-Mobile users (Losers) which they are on welfare program or living in their parents basement and they cannot afford $900 but they must have it! And they have no Life and spending most of their time on Facebook or Instagram and Im calling them Face-In- Zombies Force, but they must have latest phones and gadgets because they seriously believe they or on par lever of either Bill Gates or Tim Crooks .

  • Jeremy Turnley

    Anyone know if you can stack multiple trade in phones? I have an s4 and an s6 both sitting in a drawer, and my wife has an s7 in use. Could I use all three and get the S9 for free?

    • Francisco Peña

      Do you really think that that will work? Do we really need to tell you the correct answer?

      • Jeremy Turnley

        It’s a reasonable question. You can trade in however many devices you want when you upgrade normally; I have done so before. Just wondering if that was the case with the promotion.

        • Francisco Peña

          you answered it there. “normally.” Anyone can trade in X phones, but if its a deal where you trade in a phone and Get $X back, they aren’t going to keep letting you trade in more. Even we can’t stack Vudu credits anymore that is $5.50, a $360 credit isn’t going to fly. I could be wrong, but I’m going to go on a limb and say no. other promos I’ve seen limit it to one per phone.

        • dcmanryan

          Multiple Vudu accounts, link them to the same Movies Anywhere.

        • Jeremy Turnley

          Yeah, it’s a long shot, but I figure it would not hurt to ask considering the number of TMo employees that post here. Doesn’t matter now since you deleted the post before any of them could see it; I guess I will just have to call 611 on the 1st and ask then.

  • Giro

    Where is the information you can get 200 for note 4 I can’t find this information no where…

    • dasqus

      I also would like a link to info on $200 note 4 trade in value. I can’t find any reference to the Note 4 in T-mobile’s press release or their S9 promo page as of 2/26. Seems too good to be true.

  • skywalkr2

    Was thinking about it… but I am not paying $120 down for JOD.

    • James miles

      Call in esculate the call they will remove down payment if you are good I got mine zero down work them

  • Mike Smith

    Is Samsung throwing in any extras with the purchase of devices? Last year they gave you a free Samsung VR when you purchased a S8 or S8+

    • Philip

      $50 for the 360

      • Steven Yee

        Do u have a link

        • Bklynman

          I would just check Samsung site see if there is any promo’s.

      • Mike

        I got my 360 for free via the Note 8

  • WhippetNYC

    for TMobile, at least, one may not place pre-orders until March 1st. furthermore, i didn’t see any incentives like they’ve had for the last 3 years or so, i.e. 1 year free Netflix, etc. On the other hand, the higher quality dual cameras with controllable apertures in the rear, plus the improved front camera, as well as the Augmented Reality features, i.e. the instant translations from signs, menus, etc, are just too nifty to pass up. yikes. who could resist? resistance may be futile.

  • EmeryE100

    I will be trading in my S7 Edge for a new S9+.

  • Mike

    This is worth the upgrade sorta if you have the S8 and S8+. I had the S8 and now I have the Note 8 and I’m more then happy i’ll be skipping the S9 this year. I’m waiting for the Note 9 instead.

  • WhippetNYC

    Has TMobile announced whether the S9+ will come in what built-in memory size options?

    I have not seen anything yet about this.

  • riverhorse

    For $1,000+ i want also:
    Exynos UNTHROTTLED
    Unlockable
    IR
    512/256
    Even more RAM for the DEX dock n multitasking.

    Or charge a bit more.

    It’s ridiculous how all flagships skimp irregardless of high pricing.

  • francob911 .

    Can anyone answer these 2 Questions ..

    1 Can you use JUMP ? Let’s say I have an S7 edge that I still owe $100+ definitely had it over 6 months and paid over half of the phone. Can I still get the $360 credit?

    2. If you are reciving credits towards an ex. S7 ..eligible phone and in order to do this promo you have to pay it off without having Jump. After paying it off (S7) and doing the promo will you still be receiving the credits remaning for the S7 ?

    • Francisco Peña

      you have to have it paid off if you want the credit. Jump and JoD are leases, so unless you pay it off first.

      once the phone is paid off, you stop getting credits. You only get credits until the balance is $0. So if you trade it in, TMo clears your balance and thus you lose your credits.

      • Dave Wash

        Jump is not a lease. It’s EIP.

        • James miles

          There are 3 jump programs 2 jump on demand lease programs

    • steadymobb

      You cannot get credit if you still owe on a phone. You can JUMP, but you won’t get the credits

    • Sal Monella

      I think I owed $360 when I ordered the S8 and they wiped it out for me. I just had to pay the $120. I am on old school Jump 2, so maybe that is why. Not sure.

  • WhippetNYC

    Has TMobile indicated at all if their S9+ phones will come in which or both built-in memory sizes?

    • Sal Monella

      Both S9 and plus only come in 64 GB, per the Samsung site. You can buy a fast micro SD card nowadays for cheap. The slot can hold up to a 400 GB card.

  • WhippetNYC

    Why no Silver option from TMobile? Bizarre. I don’t want black and the blue and lilac are too colorful for me.

    • Sal Monella

      Dark colors show fingerprints like whoa. Silver or lilac are definitely the best choice.

      • James miles

        Put a case on it didn’t matter Mofi on Amazon has cool cases

  • Bklynman

    Mmmm,just came from TMO site,they no longer have LG 30+,anymore on it,still in stores,with V 20,no longer on their site.Wonder why.

    • James miles

      The newer LG products comming soon new v30s and LG G neo

  • Sal Monella

    The West Coast doesn’t have to stay up late for sporting events, award shows, or pre-ordering new phones. The East Coast is more populated, but somehow the West has always won.

    • Vizzy

      Dumbest comment I seen in weeks

      • Sal Monella

        It’s “I’ve seen” or “I saw”. We know who is the most dumb.

  • Phil

    This is so tempting but no thanks.
    I will stick with S7 for couple more years & remain payment free.

    • Vizzy

      You’re lost

      • Phil

        Yes , with 1000.00 in my pocket better not spent on flavor of the year smartphone lol

        • Vizzy

          It’s not 1000

        • Phil

          Close enough
          S9 Plus 840.00 + tax then throw cost of cases & screen protectors into mix.

          I’ve played latest greatest smartphone buy game way too long.
          I’m done , it’s a total waste.

          When you grow up , you will feel same way

        • Vizzy

          Are you trying to imply them I’m a kid or something? Because I am a 33 year old man who’s married with 2 kids, when you have programs like jump on demand you’ll just basically putting down the taxes on the phone you never really putting up the full amount for the cell phone

        • Phil

          Not @ all.
          When I was your age 17 years ago I purchased 1st smart Device – HP 3630 & got hooked with HP Ipaq 6515 smartphone.
          From that point I’ve upgraded to latest & greatest around 28 times finally slowing down after S5 purchase years back.
          I skipped S6 upgrade & purchased S7 on release day.

          Yes ,I’m on JOD1 totally get were your coming from.

          I’m just not into throwing $$ away seeing there’s no MAJOR performance upgrades anymore.
          I’m happy with what S7 provides , it’s rock solid device with performance not much diffrent from S8 & same will be case with S9

          End result , $$ not wasted

    • James miles

      If you get any shout service the s9 will have band 71 tmobile has already installed it in 600 cities

  • WhippetNYC

    might TMobile’s pre-order open earlier than their stated start time?

  • Zbum

    Ordered s9 in blue online….piece of cake……what a great price with s7 trade in….. thanks tmo.

  • Vizzy

    Just got off the phone with a sales rep I ordered a S9 plus coral blue it came out to $130 with jump on demand he told me the devices should start shipping next week ☺

    • WhippetNYC

      @disqus_PKSjzroT3w:disqus were you jump on demand or another type of customer, please?

      • Vizzy

        That’s just what the sales rep told me it could go either way so you can really never know

        • WhippetNYC

          i recall last year for the S8+, there were groans and moans during the wait for the UPS tracking number. some got theirs early, others had to wait almost till launch day. i hope this year they will ship early, as TMobile has tended to do previously.

          i was “forced” to default to black. i wanted a white phone, but no white, so my 2nd option would have been silver. well, no silver in the US, so that’s that. personally, the lilac would definitely not work, that’s obvious to me. the blue looked so much like the old S4 or S5 (i can’t even remember) and that phone always bothered me a bit – it reminds me of poorly made, shopping mall nick-nacks, as in faux jewelery, or plasticky junky things, so that blue is out for me personally. furthermore, i can see how the blue would reflect light off of it, and if you were taking pictures of objects close up, the object’s colors would change as there would be much blue reflected on it!!

          so…i had to choose black – really no choice for me. strange that they won’t import as basic a color as silver!

        • Reagan1

          Yeah, wanted to switch up my usual black for the S9 in silver, but darn T-Mo not offering the silver. Stinks…black once again.

        • WhippetNYC

          @Reagan1: i usually take the lightest color available, i.e. white, or silver would be next. in this case, i just can’t stomach lilac (for myself, that is, i’m not judging it for others), nor the blue. so, i was forced to default to black. sigh. why they won’t import a safe color like silver is really beyond me.

    • WhippetNYC

      @disqus_PKSjzroT3w:disqus my order says shipping March 14-16. how did you get them to tell you they start shipping next week, which would be March 5-11?

      • James miles

        Samsung typically ships early

  • WhippetNYC

    anyone has any news of early shipping by TMobile? or any news of credit cards being debited? those would be signs of “progress”, at least ;) thx.

    • Sal Monella

      No. I ordered mine at 6 AM EST on the first day of ordering.