Together with the Galaxy S8 Samsung introduced a change in phone design that followed through market-wide. A bezel that is huge was outside, to be replaced with a bigger screen that pushed to the borders. It turned out to be a change in a marketplace where phones had begun to feel nostalgic. The Galaxy S9 keeps this familiar general appearance, which is hardly a thing to complain about if you believe that, a couple of years on, the S8 remains one of the slickest mobiles around.
The S9 sees the thickness that is bezel over and below the display, decrease additional. The fingerprint scanner was moved to a more suitable location beneath the camera, rather than being tucked closely with it. However, it still feels somewhat on the small side, as you jump to the homescreen, and there’s noticeable lag.
The glass and metal body keeps its curved screen, IP68 rating and card slot. The aluminum rim was strengthened and the Gorilla Glass 5 coat the screen has been thickened. As someone who crushed against a Galaxy S8 after knocking it on a carpeted floor, this is a welcome upgrade.
Like all Samsung’s recent flagships, the S9’s display draws you in immediately with its colours and contrast that is fantastic. It’s still a slightly curved 5.8-inch AMOLED quad-HD+ panel, although little has changed besides a small bump in brightness, it is among the best displays I’ve seen.
What impresses most about the screen is the choices on offer. In its default’Adaptive’ mode colors are saturated and wealthy, with a hue that is dominant — personally, I find this slightly too much. Switch to DCI-P3 colour gamut covering’AMOLED cinema’ style and everything feels more easy on the eyes. It is even possible to customise the colors, reducing the amount of blue, red and green.
There’s full support for HDR10 that is mobile along with the S9 can stream HDR articles from sources such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. This provides movies and TV shows with better contrast and enables them to use a broader variety of colors. Watch a programme which has numerous dark scenes, such as Modified Carbon, and you’ll notice the difference right away. This is far from the phone to boast HDR service, however I have seen a telephone screen it as well.
A blue light filter mode causes this screen. This can be scheduled to turn on each evening.
As is visibility viewing angles are good, but you’ll see a slight blue shift. This is one of the drawbacks of OLED; you will see it on the technology being used by phones. Samsung’s displays do handle the issue much better than those used around the Google Pixel two — and made by LG — in case you go searching for it and you’ll really only notice the blue.