About Galaxy S9 - Review, Specs + more Samsung made it clear in advance what the Galaxy S9 is about: the focus is on the camera. So you can shoot photos that are even sharper, brighter and with lower noise recordings in the dark, than ever before. But is the S9 worth buying, or is it a waste of money when its predecessor, the S8 Plus is still a perfectly decent phone? Read on for the oneCompare verdict... Summary of Galaxy S9: Galaxy S9: Crystal Clear Superslow motion and 3D emojis anyone? Galaxy S9: Improved fingerprint sensor Galaxy S9: Our Conclusion How much is the Galaxy S9 in the UK? What else is there if not the S9? Galaxy S9: Crystal clear... So, let's start with that camera setup. The main camera has 12 megapixels and f = 1.5 - a particularly bright aperture, which is automatically or manually changeable to f = 2.4. This is a novelty in the smartphone sector. So you can take better pictures especially in dim light. Compared with the S8, the S9 made brighter and sharper images in a darkened room. In addition, to reduce noise during night-time photography, an algorithm is used that combines 12 shots into one image for the first time. In the S8 beefore it, there were only 3 multi-frame recordings possible. Superslow motion and 3D emojis anyone? Videos can now be recorded and brought to life in super-slow motion recordings in Full HD quality. Given the price of the S9, you'd sort of expect this, and it works with up to 960 frames per second for a maximum of 0.2 seconds. Then you have to delete it to record another super-slow motion video, but it's worth it. This feature brought our tester a lot of joy. In addition, images look impressive in low light , nevertheless we feel that the dual camera of the S9+ is worth the additional investment because it is more versatile, particularly if you're into photography. The front camera features 8 megapixels and copies a feature of the iPhone X: You can create 3D emojis that accept your facial features, although the Apple version comes out better in most tests, because it's more intuitive. Galaxy S9: Improved fingerprint sensor Smaller changes (compared to the predecessor anyway) concern the design: Samsung thankfully have added Lilac Purple as a new colour scheme. At 8.5mm, the S9 is a little thicker, but has narrower edges at the top and bottom than the S9 Plus. The fingerprint sensor is now on the back — instead of just below the camera and is thus more accessible. The display can be unlocked by iris or face scanner. Both are combined with the "Intelligent Scan" function if one is causing problems, then just switch to the other one. Design and processing are truly top level - up to 40% faster than the S8 , this new model has much promise. The capacity of the built-in battery is unchanged at 3000 mAh but this is more than enough for most users and lasts for about a day in our testing. Galaxy S9: Our Conclusion The Samsung Galaxy S9 raises the bar with the camera in particular. In terms of design, we have to say it's pretty special: it has a wonderful bezel, which appears different depending on the situation and lighting. Initial tests confirm that photo enthusiasts can expect sharp and low-noise images - especially in low light. Added to this are camera features such as super slow motion and 3D emojis, some of which are not entirely new. Users are rewarded with high performance and lots of features, including a neatly positioned fingerprint sensor. How much is the Galaxy S9 in the UK? Overall, the S9 has been improved in droves. Whether it justifies the high price, you will need to decide for yourself, which incidentally started at about £699 in the UK at launch - but is now cheaper, and indeed can be had for about half this price as of writing. If you want to opt for a monthly contract, then the S9 or S9 plus are worthy of your considerations, with prices starting at around £20 a month with a 24 month contract, and nominal upfront fee. Make sure to compare monthly deals above for the S9, adjusting your filters on the left you can sort by minutes, data, perks/gifts and much more. What else is there if not the S9? If you can afford to splash out a bit more, then the Galaxy S10e is a newer model with some budget options, or consider the fully fledged replacement the S10 (compare monthly S10 deals here) - but be warned, this is not a cheap model.