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Bixby can also do trans­la­tion with­out need­ing to snap a pic­ture or clum­sily high­light spe­cific words. When it rec­og­nized the words, it worked fast and ac­cu­rately (thanks to an as­sist from Google Trans­late), but like Bixby of old, it strug­gled with long strings of text.

Else­where, Bixby is es­sen­tially the same. The voice recog­ni­tion works pretty much as it does on the S8 (which is to say, sur­pris­ingly well), and its best use is still as a “do things” as­sis­tant rather than as a “know things” as­sis­tant. Bixby is def­i­nitely im­prov­ing and Sam­sung clearly has a vi­sion for it, but we’ll have to wait un­til ver­sion 2.0 of Bixby Voice to see where the roadmap leads.


A Gal­axy S phone is once again the launch­ing pad for Qual­comm’s lat­est pro­ces­sor—this time, the Snap­dragon 845—and it’s mostly an in­cre­men­tal im­prove­ment over the 835. Here are some bench­mark scores (higher num­bers are bet­ter): Gal­axy S8: 3378 Gal­axy S9: 4551

While we see across-the-board im­prove­ments, the 845’s big­gest gains are in graph­ics and power con­sump­tion. But even there, they’re not huge in­creases over the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. Re­gard­less, the S9 mar­ried to the Sam­sung Ex­pe­ri­ence OS pro­vides ex­cel­lent bat­tery life, with bench­mark re­sults con­sis­tently at or around 8 hours. That’s not as high as the nine-plus I got with the S8, but re­al­world use showed the S9 best­ing most re­cently re­leased phones with big­ger bat­ter-

The S9 has the same bat­tery as its pre­de­ces­sor, but it squeezes more juice out of it.

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