Samsung Galaxy S9+ Review: Looking at How the Phone Looks at You

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ is the new flagship phone from the company with a new dual-rear camera with dual variable aperture technology. Here's our daily live review of the Galaxy S9+ and its main features.

If there is a calendar year for smartphone flagships, then it is clearly divided between into post-Apple iPhone launch and post-Samsung Galaxy S series launch periods. These two giants of the tech world have been pushing the envelope when it comes to smartphone specs and experience and setting the path for everyone else to follow. This year, Apple threw a bit of a curveball with the iPhone X which did not really fit to its product cycles. It was expected that Samsung will react with something different. However, the Korean tech leviathan has stuck to its guns — and product plans — by releasing the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. The phone has been announced for the Indian market and with the first sales expected later this week, we look at different aspects of living with this new Android flagship.


What is with this AR Emoji

One of Samsung’s innovations from the S9 is the new AR Emoji feature. Samsung thinks so highly of this feature it has been woven right into the camera app. Basically, the feature clicks a picture of the user and converts it into an animated emoji which can be shared wherever the user chooses. At least, that is what it is supposed to be. But in real life, or should I say augmented reality, the app looks at your face and maps you against a set of preset emojis.

A selfie from the heart

Samsung has activated a new feature that is quite handy, no pun intended. Now, you can use the heart rate sensor -- which is placed right next to the camera module -- to click a selfie. As soon as you finger touches the sensor it takes a selfie. I love this feature as it makes it easier to click selfies, after you have figured out where the sensor is. However, the problem with this is that finding and touching the sensor means there is a bit of shake on the camera in the process.  

Testing face recognition of the Samsung Galaxy S9+

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ uses face recognition to unlock the phone. You can also use Iris scanning, fingerprint, pattern and pin, in place of or in conjunction with, the face recognition. You better. Because for me, the success rate with the face recognition was quite poor whatever the light or conditions. It does work, but the times it did not are what stay at the top of you might. I set up the phone with PIN as the backup -- like I did with Apple iPhone X -- and it was irritating to have to key in the numbers each time. Then I added fingerprint scanning and life became a bit easier.

I then realised that the amount of facial hair seems to have an impact on the accuracy of face recognition.

 The display is on at all times and shows the time and some other icons

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