The cheapest Samsung Galaxy S9 unlocked SIM-free prices for pre-order

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In Ireland, the phones will be on sale from 16 March with pre-orders open since 25 February.

With this new phone, Samsung has moved its fingerprint scanner towards the middle of the phone, below the camera instead of next to the camera.

While the Galaxy S9 Plus is the latest and greatest from Samsung and only a few weeks away, there's still something to be said for the Galaxy Note 8. The demo that the company had set up was clearly designed for a device with a camera positioned in the center, but I tried doing it with my iPhone X anyway.

The Galaxy S9 looks much like its S8 predecessor, but Samsung has given its imaging powers a big boost. The Galaxy S9 Plus also features Gigabit LTE, which is a new addition in this generation of Samsung phones.

Though the rumored Galaxy S10 is still a whole year away from being announced, our earliest look at the specifications leak reveals that the smartphone will be unlike we've ever seen.

The biggest upgrade is that the camera has a variable aperture, that can adjust according to the light you're shooting in.

The "Super Slow-mo" video captures 960 frames per second.

Now, coming back to the pitfalls of buying these devices and the reasons why you should skip this one. The Galaxy S9 will run Android 8 Oreo at launch. But, that's not the case here. Moreover, the update is now only being rolled out to unlocked devices that aren't tied to any mobile carrier. The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with a 5.8-inch display while the Galaxy S9+ comes with a larger 6.2-inch display.

The new phones could revive the screen-size wars of years past at a time when smartphone makers were straining to come up with new features to lure buyers in a saturated market. The 256GB variant of both the devices will be available only in black, industry sources told IANS. The Galaxy X may very well be the first recipient of such screens.

As you can see from Samsung's illustration at the top there, the design and display aspects are where things have changed least from the last-gen. Moreover, many sellers have also started offering heavy discounts on S8.

However, Koh feels that the Galaxy S9 sales will outperform the Galaxy S8. This is created to build a more comprehensive Galaxy ecosystem, according to company sources.

  • Carolyn Briggs