Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus to Launch in India via Flipkart, Airtel Online Store on March 6, Pre-Registrations Open


The Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus were officially unveiled on February 25 at the Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event in Barcelona, Spain, just ahead of MWC 2018. This is the first time that Samsung will start selling its flagship smartphones in India on the same day when it will start selling them in important markets like South Korea, Europe, and the US. Both the phones will be launched in India on March 6, 2018, and the company started taking pre-orders for the devices through its website as well as offline stores. Moreover, Samsung has also tied up with Airtel as well as Flipkart to sell the phones online.

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus: Price in India, Pre-Registration

If you don’t know already, the Galaxy S9 and the S9 Plus could be priced in India at Rs. 62,500 and Rs. 71,000, respectively, for the 64GB variants. The 256GB variants of the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus will be priced at Rs. 70,000 and Rs. 79,000, respectively. The company has not revealed any pre-order offers yet. Usually, the company offers either a compatible Gear VR headset or a wireless charging for free to those who pre-order its flagship smartphones in India.

Airtel has announced that it will sell the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus through its online store. The pre-registrations are now open. To pre-register, you’ll have to visit Airtel’s website or install the My Airtel app. As per Airtel’s claim, pre-registering to purchase the Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus will ensure that you’ll have an invitation buy the devices before others. When you visit the website, you’ll have to provide your mobile name, phone number, address, and other details, after which you’ll get a confirmation. Later, Airtel will send you an invite to book the phone on March 5, 2018.

The phones will also be sold in India through Flipkart and Samsung’s online store. Flipkart mentions on its website that it will start taking pre-orders for the S9 and S9 Plus from March 6, 2018. Samsung, on the other hand, has opened pre-booking for the phones, and it is charging Rs. 2,000 for each pre-booking. The remaining amount will be balanced at the time of pre-ordering the phones. The phones are available in three colour variants in India: Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, and Midnight Black.

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus: Specifications

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus are the successors to the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus, respectively. Both phones bring improved cameras, faster processors, stereo speakers, AR Emoji stickers, and more. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus feature 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Infinity Displays (dual-curved Super AMOLED screens) with QHD+ resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, minimum bezels, Always On Display mode, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and HDR10 content playback. Moreover, the screens will be as bright as 700 nits when required; that’s 100 nits higher than the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The phones also feature AKG-tuned stereo speakers for more immersive audio. The phones will come with AKG-tuned in-ear earphones (with dual-drivers) in the box.

Both phones run Android 8.0 Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0, and support Project Treble, which means that they’ll get comparatively faster operating system updates whenever the next major version of Android is released by Google. Other software features include AR Emoji, Secure Folder, KNOX, and more. The phones use Samsung’s new processing chipset, the Exynos 9810. The processor has four Exynos M3 CPU cores clocked at 2.8GHz, four Cortex-A55 CPU cores clocked at 1.7GHz, and Mali-G72 MP18 GPU. There’s 4GB LP-DDR4X RAM inside the Galaxy S9 and 6GB LP-DDR4X RAM inside the Galaxy S9 Plus. Both phones come with 64GB or 256GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, and there’s a microSD card slot (up to 400GB) if you want to expand the storage space.

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus: Camera

Samsung Galaxy S9 Camera UI

The Galaxy S9 features a 12MP rear-facing camera setup, which uses a 1/2.55-inch sensor with second-generation dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus, dual-aperture (ƒ/1.5 and ƒ/2.4), LED flash, 4K video recording at 60fps, and 960fps slow-motion video recording at 720p resolution. The Galaxy S9 Plus uses the same primary sensor as that of the Galaxy S9, but it also gets an additional 12MP camera sensor with 56mm telephoto lens (2x zoom). The dual-camera setup on the S9 Plus lets it click images with blurred background. Both phones use the same 8MP front-facing camera with ƒ/1.7 and autofocus that was used the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. It can record videos at QHD resolution and 30fps.

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus: Battery, Wireless Charging

Connectivity features include GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C port, and 3.5mm headphone port. The Galaxy S9 comes packed with a 3000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S9 Plus features a 3500mAh battery. Both phones are compatible with Adaptive Fast Charge (Quick Charge 2.0 compliant) and fast wireless charging over Qi and PMA standards.