Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus receive new OS Update to fix call stability issue


Samsung has started rolling out a new software update for its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The latest update brings a fix for the call stability issue that some users had been experiencing. Additionally, the update also improves the quality of wallpapers. There is nothing new in terms of security, which isn’t surprising as Samsung had rolled out the March security patch earlier this month as part of the very first software update released for the two smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus: OS Update Details

The latest software update is arriving with build number G960FXXU1ARCC for the Galaxy S9 and G965FXXU1ARCC for the Galaxy S9+. Available via the OTA route in various markets including India, the update weighs in at less than 350MB in terms of size. In addition to the improvements to call stability and quality of wallpapers, the update also includes minor stability improvements and bug fixes. In case you haven’t received the update yet on your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+, you need to head over to the Settings Menu > Software update > Download updates manually to download the update manually.

Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus: Price in India, Offers

The Samsung Galaxy S9 starts at Rs.57,900 in India for the 64GB variant. Samsung has priced the 128GB variant at Rs.61,900 while the 256GB variant costs Rs.65,900. Samsung Galaxy S9+ is priced at Rs.64,900 for the 64GB variant, Rs.68,900 for the 128GB variant, and Rs.72,900 for the 256GB variant.

Customers who purchase a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ till March 31st 2018 using HDFC Bank credit or debit cards will receive a cashback of Rs.6,000. Airtel is offering Double data for 30 months on prepaid recharges of Rs.199 / Rs.399 per month or postpaid plans of Rs.499 / Rs.799 per month. Vodafone subscribers purchasing the latest Samsung flagship smartphones will be eligible to receive a 12-month Netflix subscription worth Rs.6,000 on Red Postpaid plan. Reliance Jio subscribers will be able to enjoy up to 1TB data, unlimited voice calls, and free subscription to all Jio apps for 12 months by paying just Rs.4,999.

Samsung Galaxy S9: Features, Specifications

The Samsung Galaxy S9 features a 5.8-inch sized dual-curved Super AMOLED Infinity Display with 1440 x 2960 Quad HD+ resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Protecting the smartphone’s Infinity Display is a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Galaxy S9 versions sold in India are powered by an Exynos 9 9810 octa-core processor clocked at 2.8 GHz, featuring a Mali-G72MP18 GPU. Samsung has coupled the 10nm SoC with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 storage. While the smartphone was initially launched in 64GB and 256GB variants, Samsung recently introduced the 128GB variant as well in the Indian market.

In the camera department, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 features a 12MP single rear camera with Super Speed Dual Pixel AF and dual-aperture f/1.5 / f/2.4 aperture lens with optical image stabilization. In terms of video, the smartphone can capture 4K videos at up to 60 fps and Super Slow-mo videos at 720p HD resolution at 960 fps. On the front is an 8MP AF selfie camera with an f/1.7 aperture.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, ANT+, and 4G VoLTE. The battery inside is a 3000mAh unit, identical to its predecessor. Like previous Samsung flagships, the Galaxy S9 does offer both fast wired as well as wireless charging. Some of the other key features include AKG-tuned stereo speakers, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, an iris sensor, facial recognition, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. In terms of software, the Galaxy S9 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with the latest iteration of Samsung Experience UI on top.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: Features, Specifications

The Galaxy S9+ sports a bigger 6.2-inch Infinity Display with the same resolution, aspect ratio, and other key characteristics. While the bigger Galaxy S9+ is also powered by the Exynos 9 9810 processor, it comes with 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM instead of 4GB on the Galaxy S9. In terms of storage, the smartphone is available in the same three variants as its smaller sibling.

At the back, the Galaxy S9+ is equipped with dual 12MP sensors with optical image stabilization on both sensors. While the primary sensor is paired with a dual aperture f/1.5 / f/2.4 lens, the secondary sensor is paired with an f/2.4 aperture telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. Thanks to the dual-camera setup, Galaxy S9+ offers the Live Focus feature with bokeh filters. The selfie camera on the front is identical to the one on the Galaxy S9. Apart from the higher RAM and a dual-camera setup on the back, the other major difference between the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ is battery capacity. The Galaxy S9+ is backed by a 3500mAh capacity battery, with fast wired and wireless charging support.