MWC 2018

3 Reasons Why Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Is Not A Trendsetter

Almost every Samsung device, and especially their Galaxy smartphone series, is known for its ingenuity and features. We had the opportunity to try out the newest in the Galaxy series, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, at Mobile World Congress and we’re inclined to say that it’s not the trendsetter we hoped it would be. #ttllive

We tested out three features of the Galaxy S9 Plus’s major features: the dual aperture, slow motion recording, and 3D emoji. While these aren’t unique to Samsung, the electronics company has upgraded them! The phone’s specs are top-of-the-line as well, meaning this new phone will probably be one of the best smartphones of 2018!

So why is Samsung S9 a follower, not a trendsetter?

First of all, the dual aperture is a feature photographers have played with for years on DSLR and pro cameras. It gives you the freedom to use variable apertures, f/1.5 and f/2.4, and have pictures with different focuses at different light settings. However, it wasn’t easy to use on the first try and will likely take some getting used to. In addition, the camera utilizes the new and improved Bixby Vision. Again we had some trouble getting it to function properly, but Samsung will likely iron out any issues with patches and updates!

Secondly, the slo-mo recording @960fps (720p resolution) was first released last year on Sony Xperia XZ Premium. However, Samsung has an automatic capture as well as manual capture, the former basing its slow-motion recording when something in the screen moves dramatically and the latter when you tap the screen. Additionally, because of the dual aperture, the recording is less grainy in low lights than the Xperia XZ Premium.

Also, the 3D emoji was made popular by the iPhone X, before the Galaxy S9 Plus adopted it. Galaxy S9 Plus will allow you to create an emoji based on your own features, though. All it takes is a picture and the phone will create a 3D emoji based on your complexion. You can adjust for realism, hairstyle, skin tone, glasses, and clothing.

See and listen to Yue Xu’s, our Tech The Lead reporter’s, hands-on experience above!

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