Sam­sung Gal­axy S9+ Asus VivoBook S410 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - By Nidhi Singal

Don’t judge a book by its cover. This adage holds true when look­ing at the new Sam­sung Gal­axy S9+ be­cause of how sim­i­lar it looks to the S8+ launched last year. Switch on the Gal­axy S9+ to be greeted by a 6.2-inch su­per bright in­fin­ity dis­play. The finger­print scan­ner has been repo­si­tioned be­low the cam­era mod­ule mak­ing it in­tu­itive to use. In ad­di­tion to the face and iris un­lock­ing fea­ture, there is the In­tel­li­gent Scan, a com­bi­na­tion of the two scan­ners, that can un­lock the phone in low or harsh light. How­ever, it failed to un­lock the phone when I was wear­ing sun­glasses.

The S9+ is the first S-se­ries smart­phone to have a dual cam­era for cap­tur­ing DSLR-like depth im­ages. Ac­ces­si­ble through the ‘Live Fo­cus’ mode, the depth ef­fect can be ad­justed while cap­tur­ing an im­age or later by choos­ing a pic­ture from the gallery. But it is the ad­di­tion of dual aper­ture – f/1.5 and f/2.4 – in the rear cam­era (a first in smart­phones) that helps S9+ cap­ture stun­ning low-light im­ages. It works just like the hu­man iris. In the dark, the lens au­to­mat­i­cally opens up to the widest aper­ture avail­able to let in more light. The S9+ can also cap­ture su­per slow-mo­tion videos at 960 frames per sec­ond.

An­other high­light of the S9+ is Bixby Vi­sion with modes for live trans­la­tion, im­age search, AR-based lo­ca­tion search, QR Code scan­ner and more. Us­ing live trans­la­tion, I could in­stantly trans­late Span­ish to English; the im­age search for cha­p­atti us­ing the Bixby food mode threw up sug­ges­tions like phulka roti and jo­lada roti, along with nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion, recipes, videos and an op­tion to log the en­try in Sam­sung Health app. But for all this to work, Bixby Vi­sion needs in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity.

Sam­sung has in­tro­duced an ad­di­tional se­cu­rity fea­ture. To ac­cess the ‘se­cure folder’, one can add a ded­i­cated finger­print scan, dif­fer­ent from what is used to un­lock the phone. The Gal­axy S9+ is a com­bi­na­tion of func­tion­al­ity with great per­for­mance. And for 64,990, it is the best flag­ship smart­phone in the mar­ket.

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