The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are here, official, unwrapped, and we go in full hands-on mode. We might be sending off another UNPACKED event preceded by weeks of overwhelming leaks, but we are surely heading towards a new chapter in the smartphone photography.
Samsung is postponing the major redesign for yet another year. The Galaxy S9 duo refines the futuristic shape in a Cupertino-like fashion instead of taking a new path. And it's still fancy as it was on the Galaxy S6, we'll give it that.
But while the S9 may be lacking new looks, it makes up for that in hardware. New blazing-fast chipsets, Samsung's first camera with variable aperture, and an Xperia-like super-slow-motion video capturing at 960fps but done the right way - automatically. There are also high-quality stereo speakers - a highly-anticipated and long overdue feature.
For the first time ever the two models have one major difference besides the screen size - the main camera. The two models share the new sensor with variable aperture, but only the S9+ comes with a secondary telephoto camera borrowed from the Note8's back. This means no Live Focus on the S9, but looking at all those upgrades, we think we'll manage.
The software has received a major bump too. Starting with the latest Android Oreo Samsung seems to have built yet another impressive feature-rich Grace topping.
Bixby isn't going away, nor is its dedicated hardware button. Samsung is bringing new Bixby features such as live translation, places and food suggestions with burnt calories tracking.
Then there are the AR Emojis with 18 presets - a cool feature familiar from the iPhone X and its animojis. KNOX got smarter, DeX has new pad-support, the list goes on and on.
Let's get this hands-on session started, shall we?