Samsung Galaxy Word 9 palms on evaluation

The Samsung Galaxy Word 9 is just a little greater, just a little extra colourful, and just a little extra highly effective than all prior Word telephones, however be warned: it’s additionally much more costly.

Every part that occurred at Samsung Unpacked

It’s the largest Android cellphone that can seize your consideration in 2018, with a sizeable 6.4-inch Tremendous AMOLED show, an enormous 4,000mAh battery for all-day efficiency, and as much as 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.  

Slot in a 512GB microSD card (which Samsung will gladly promote you), and you may have the primary mainstream 1TB cellphone in your palms.

Excellent news – the Word 9 doesn’t really really feel any greater than final yr’s 6.3-inch Word 8, and it inherits a bunch of this yr’s 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 and 6.8-inch Galaxy S9 Plus options. 

The digicam is best, with a twin 12MP rear setup that has dual-aperture know-how, and might file Tremendous Sluggish Mo movies. AR Emoji is again with some finer avatar customizations, however relaxation assured, your avi will nonetheless look nothing such as you, in response to our early checks.

Unique to the Word 9 digicam are automated scene optimizer and flaw detection options that improve pictures (Samsung has a behavior of rolling these options out to older telephones in a while). 

The S Pen now has Bluetooth for remote-controlled shortcuts that, not like the Bixby button, are customizable. Need to pose for a photograph 30 toes away? This S Pen might help you try this and extra.

Dangerous information – the value feels a lot greater. Get able to pay iPhone X-level costs for the entry-level 128GB and 6GB mannequin. Ouch. The Word 9 is supposed for energy customers, in response to Samsung – the bodily measurement, storage measurement, worth, and battery capability all inform us that. 

The corporate sees Word 9 patrons as individuals who spend plenty of time on their cellphone and wish the most effective of the most effective – they purchase the most effective AV receiver, the most effective TV, and so forth.

We’re persevering with to check the Word 9, however we are able to already inform that it’s a contender to unseat the Galaxy S9 Plus as our high smartphone suggestion – that’s, if you wish to personal a large, feature-filled cellphone with a stylus and hate saving cash. 

Ongoing Samsung Galaxy Word Eight offers are the largest menace to this improve that, sarcastically, is all about going huge in quite a lot of small methods.

Take a look at our palms on video beneath to see the Galaxy Word 9 in motion:

Launch date and worth

  • Launch date is August 24, with an iPhone X-like worth
  • $1,000 (£899) for 128GB/6GB, $1,250 (£1,099) for 256GB/8GB

The Samsung Galaxy Word 9 launch date is on August 24, prior to anybody had anticipated a yr in the past. The Word Eight got here out on September 15 within the US and UK final yr (September 22 in Australia). 

The idea is that Samsung desires to hurry out the Word 9 to beat the iPhone 11 and iPhone 9 announcement anticipated for early September.

Speaking of Samsung competing with Apple, the Word 9 worth rivals that of Apple’s handset, fairly than undercutting it as we would hoped. 

The Galaxy Word 9 worth is $1,000 (£899) for the cellphone with 128GB of inner storage and 6GB of RAM, and $1,250 (£1,099) for 512GB and 8GB of RAM. 

Sure, that entry-level 128GB configuration does double the iPhone X’s 64GB of storage for a similar worth, however it’s additionally a hike of $70 (£30) over the Word Eight launch worth.

Samsung will promote the cellphone unlocked within the US on launch day, and in addition via carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Dash and T-Cell. Pre-orders within the US start tomorrow, August 10. 

Word 9 colours within the US are Ocean Blue with a yellow S Pen (it additionally writes in yellow for the last word coloration distinction) and Lavender Purple with a purple pen (which writes in purple digital ink).

The Samsung Word 9 launch date within the UK is August 24, with pre-orders opening on August 9. 

We do not have dates or costs for Australia and different areas of the world simply but, however we’ll replace this palms on evaluation as quickly as we all know extra. Different areas might get Black and Copper colours, we had been advised by Samsung – colours are region-dependent.

New S Pen magic tips

  • Bluetooth stylus has customized shortcuts
  • Nice for remotely taking pictures, works as much as 30 toes away
  • Expenses shortly whereas embedded within the cellphone

The brand new S Pen is the star flip of the Word 9 present, able to performing Bluetooth-connected magic tips from as much as 30 toes away. 

Samsung has managed to squeeze a small battery and tiny Bluetooth Low-Power antenna into the in any other case unchanged stylus in order that it could possibly carry out varied distant features, and we’re impressed.

What are you able to do precisely? We had been in a position to remotely launch the digicam app with an extended press of the clicky finish of the S Pen, flip the digicam to selfie mode with a single brief press, and snap a bunch photograph with two presses. 

It’s a lot simpler than setting the digicam timer, which Samsung hid within the digicam settings menu final yr, and fewer awkward than waving your hand in entrance of the lens to set off the gesture-initiated digicam timer.

Samsung is making S Pen shortcuts customizable. Listed here are the concepts talked about:

  • Digital camera: Flip the digicam / take a photograph
  • Digital camera: Flip the digicam / file a video
  • Music Participant: Play and pause music / skip to the following observe 
  • Picture Gallery: Advance to the following photograph / cycle again to a earlier photograph

Samsung is placing a software program growth package (SDK) on the market for non-core third-party apps to make the most of this shortcut, so the shortcuts might be customizable so long as app builders help the performance. 

The S Pen does have to be charged, however Samsung claims 40 seconds of cost time will web you 30 minutes of standby battery. 

We’ll have to check how lengthy a full cost lasts in our full Word 9 evaluation, however we are able to already inform that preserving the S Pen topped up might be a lot simpler than charging the iPad Professional’s Apple Pencil. 

Merely embedding the S Pen contained in the cellphone expenses it, and when it’s not in use, that’s the place you sometimes put it. The Apple Pencil has nowhere to cover, and strolling round with within the Lighting port is fairly harmful. Samsung’s years of stylus-making expertise is clear right here.

The Blue Ocean Word 9 has the extra dynamic yellow S Pen for a pleasant distinction. It writes in yellow digital ink, whereas the Lavender Purple cellphone has a purple pen and purple digital ink.

All colours help the identical Air Command performance. You’ll be able to draw, jot down notes, annotate screenshots, translate overseas textual content, and ship Dwell Messages (final yr’s S Pen gimmick).

Samsung says the Bluetooth performance permits for the evolution of the S Pen, however we are able to’t assist however discover one other distinction. 

Shortcuts like snapping selfies remotely can ‘unlock a whole different level of photography’, in response to Samsung, and whereas that sounds helpful for dramatic selfies (the instance given is laying drained on the sofa and taking a hands-free photograph), the business-class Word 9 might not be the proper viewers for that. Nevertheless it’s a pleasant concept nonetheless.

Your first 1TB-ready smartphone

  • 512GB of inner storage with 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB of inner storage with 6GB of RAM
  • Extra 512GB microSD card can up storage to 1TB

It’s no shock that Samsung, amongst high producers, is the primary to supply a 1TB-ready smartphone, a capability that rivals that of most laptops folks purchase in the present day. Samsung makes each the interior 512GB flash drive and quite a lot of 512GB microSD reminiscence playing cards.

The Word 9 is billed because the cellphone that can by no means run out of bodily space for storing. Uninstalling video games and deleting motion pictures you’ve downloaded isn’t one thing you’ll want to fret about right here – take all of the pictures you need at full decision, and all of the 4K video you need, no compromise wanted. 8GB of RAM can be prone to work finest for Samsung’s Dex desktop mode, second display screen workflows, and virtualization software program.

DeX itself is less complicated to make use of on the Galaxy Word 9, as not like on the Word Eight the place a bodily dock was required for it to work, this time spherical all you want is a straightforward USB-C dongle.

After all, the 512GB storage and 8GB RAM are what ship the Word 9 worth skyrocketing; the entry-level 128GB and 6GB of RAM configuration is ‘cheaper’ by $250. 

At these costs, the questions you need to ask your self are: Do I really want a 1TB cellphone? Am I going to additionally spend cash on a 512GB microSD card? And can cloud storage make all of this irrelevant sooner or later?

The 4,000mAh battery

  • A lot bigger battery at 4,000mAh
  • Galaxy S9 had 3,000mAh and S9 has 3,500mAh
  • Quick Charging and Quick Wi-fi Charging supported

The Word 9 battery capability has additionally been unshackled, breaking via the 4,000mAh ceiling. 

Samsung is lastly comfy sufficient to offer us a bigger battery following the Word 7 recall, and it guarantees that its eight-point security verify will imply no repeat of the fires we noticed two years in the past.

Battery life is being touted as all-day, and that is for Word energy customers, which suggests average use ought to see you into day two with out a downside.

Whereas the storage sizes are available in two configurations, the battery measurement, fortunately, is frequent to each units. You additionally get Quick Charging and Quick Wi-fi Charging capabilities.

Design, show and different specs

  • Expansive 6.4-inch show and minor dimension modifications
  • Consists of fingerprint sensor, microSD slot and headphone jack

Samsung’s Tremendous AMOLED show doesn’t want to alter to look nice. It’s constantly the most effective smartphone display screen on the planet till the following Samsung cellphone launches, yearly.

The 6.4-inch Word 9 display screen did develop by a tenth of an inch over the 6.3-inch Word Eight show. It’s a change few will discover with out breaking out the measuring tape (which we utilized in our testing). 

The almost bezel-less Infinity Show is vibrant and punchy. And, even when the tall 18:9 facet ratio (or on this case 18.5:9) is on nearly each flagship cellphone in 2018, Samsung’s curved edges are unmatched.

The scale of the Word 9 has modified from the Word 8, too, however possibly not the way you assume. It’s barely wider, and barely shorter, than the Word 8, with dimensions of 161.9 x 76.Four x 8.8mm (the Word Eight was 162.5 x 74.Eight x 8.6mm). 

It additionally weighs a bit extra: 201g vs 195g. This isn’t a small or gentle cellphone, however it’s comfy to carry, extra so than the S9 Plus in some respects due to its boxy, much less rounded-off design.

Listed here are two options Samsung provides you that you just don’t get on a equally priced iPhone X: a headphone jack and a microSD card slot for expandable storage. 

The Word 9 is IP68 water- and dustproof, and that resistance score stays the identical whether or not or not the S Pen is embedded. New to the Word 9 over the Word Eight are stereo audio system (identical to on the S9 and S9 Plus).

What a difference a year makes

What a distinction a yr makes

Right here’s one thing else you gained’t get from Apple’s high cellphone: a fingerprint sensor that acts as an alternative choice to the iris scanner and Face Unlock. 

It’s on the again of the Word 9, and centrally positioned this time. The Word Eight had a fingerprint reader on again, too, however it was off-center and led to a lot of digicam smudges. We hated it.

Digital camera and battery life

  • Inherits the S9 Plus digicam dual-aperture options
  • Vast-angle and telephoto twin digicam lenses on again
  • AI-backed scene optimizer enhancements present promise

Samsung is carrying over its digicam prowess to the Word 9, with low-light defeating and telephoto-zooming digicam lenses on the again. The S9 Plus gave us a good suggestion of what to anticipate, however Samsung is promising even increased photograph high quality from the Word 9.

The twin 12MP rear digicam makes use of twin aperture know-how to change between an f/1.5 aperture for low-light images and an f/2.Four aperture for regular lighting situations. The S9 Plus gave us optimistic outcomes even within the darkest settings, boosting its rank as the most effective digicam cellphone you may presently purchase. 

The secondary rear digicam permits for a 2x optical zoom, providing you with sharp telephoto snapshots for while you’re standing too far-off. The aperture right here is at all times set at f/2.4, and like the principle lens it has optical picture stabilization (OIS) to make up on your shaky palms. 

The Word 9’s front-facing digicam does selfies at 8MP and consists of autofocus, a primary for a Word cellphone. Samsung fills its digicam app with an countless variety of mode choices, too: AR stickers, extensive group selfies, and Tremendous Sluggish Movement video at 960 frames per second at a 720p decision. It’s one of the crucial strong digicam apps within the enterprise, but simple to make use of.

Samsung demonstrated that the Word 9 digicam identifies and adapts to varied topics with a brand new scene-optimizer function. 

It adjusts the white steadiness and coloration based mostly on 20 topics as diversified as sunsets, flowers, meals, birds, textual content and so forth. In comparison with even the six-month-old S9 Plus, we noticed the Word 9 digicam exhibit far more element from a macro flower photograph.

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The digicam is meant to grasp what it’s taking a look at, and it makes use of the identical know-how to appropriate flaws, together with eye blinking, picture blurring, lens smudges, and backlight. 

Generally it’ll choose the most effective photograph of the bunch, and different instances it’ll have a pop-up warning message, telling you to wash your soiled digicam lens.

Whereas rival Android handsets are supporting cellular HDR video recording, we don’t see indicators of that right here – we’re in all probability going to have to attend till the Galaxy S10 for superior, color-rich video. 

Clearly, we’ll be testing this digicam totally as we proceed to evaluation the Galaxy Word 9. 

Android, interface and apps

  • Android Oreo, simply misses Android Pie
  • Fortnite exlcusive (for a really restricted time interval)
  • Smasung Pay, Bixby AI, and AR Emoji current

Samsung simply missed the Android 9 Pie launch this week, that means the Galaxy Word 9 comes with Android Oreo. Not that you just’d discover, as Samsung places its personal spin on Android.

That’s not a foul factor any extra. The Samsung Expertise software program is effectively refined in 2018, with useful cues on navigate a deep and complicated working system. It’s significantly better than the bloated Samsung TouchWiz firmware on its previous Android telephones, and everybody who hates on the software program in the present day probably hasn’t touched a Samsung in years.

Samsung units (Galaxy S7 and up) would be the first with entry to the hit recreation Fortnite on Android via Samsung’s Recreation Heart app. 

It’s a six-day unique (which begins when the Word 9 launches) designed to offer different Android customers cellphone envy, as they will have to attend, and sideload the app when the Samsung exclusivity expires – it gained’t be downloadable within the Google Play app retailer. Past that, the Galaxy Word 9 and Tab S4 will obtain an unique Fortnite pores and skin that lasts perpetually.

Samsung Pay is the opposite app price noting. It continues to be our favourite solution to make contactless funds, just because you may pay for issues at bank card machines that don’t usually settle for Apple Pay and Android Pay. Why nobody has hopped on that is past us.

The Bixby AI assistant is right here, however was unmentioned and untestable after we first performed with the Word 9, and we needed to inquire about AR Emoji to get particulars in regards to the avatar refinements. These usually are not showstoppers for the Word 9.

Early verdict

The Word 9 gives lots to love – and a worth hike to totally dislike. The S Pen has new remote-controlled tips, the utmost storage measurement is unbeatable, and the battery life and AI-enhanced digicam are each promising. 

The latter two perks require extra evaluation testing, however our preliminary impressions are fairly favorable.

It’s simply that you just’ll pay via the nostril for this bundle of little upgrades at a time when the Word Eight is a fantastic cellphone at a reduced worth. When Samsung advised us that the perfect person for the Word is somebody who desires to personal the most effective AV receiver, Finest TV, and so forth, they might have omitted the most effective airplane, the most effective yacht, and the most effective sports activities automobile.

The iPhone X drove costs to this degree, and we complained then, too. Samsung is a minimum of providing you with extra ‘big’ on your cash.

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