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MrMobile Hands-On: the Galaxy S9 is an incremental update with intense optics

The Android world is a diverse landscape of distinctive, powerful, and sometimes bizarre smartphones … but let's face it: Samsung's new Android flagship is always "the next big thing." The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are all you're going to be hearing about for the next few weeks – and even if nine out of ten people wouldn't be able to tell them apart from their immediate predecessors at a glance, there are at least a few new features worth checking out. Among them: a fingerprint sensor whose placement actually makes sense; revamped speakers for more immersive audio; and a variable-aperture camera capable of some truly magical slow-motion video.

Just how iterative are these Galaxy S8 sequels, and how old does your current phone need to be for you to consider upgrading to them? Get an early taste ahead of the full Galaxy S9 review, in MrMobile's Galaxy S9 / Galaxy S9+ Hands-On above! Then be sure to hit up the Android Central preview post for the deeper dive.

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  • I was looking forward to your hands-on. Thanks man.
  • Can the slow mo be done manually too?
  • I really like the S9 but I'm a Google and stock Android lover so that rules out the S9 as updates and a fast, smooth, clean and uncluttered experience plus fast updates matter to me as well as security updates and only Google can offer me that. Sorry Samsung but for what it's worth, your emojis are way better than Apple's.
  • The Note 8 kills the pixels in hardware, software, speed and especially ram management. And you can expect the S9 to do the same. But if all you like to do is stare at what OS letter and security patch date is on your phone info then stock is best for you.
  • Haha just checked the article again and I just realized it's by Mr Mobile, yay.
  • My feeling is that a one-generation change (S7 to S8, S8 to S9, iPhone 7 to iPhone 8) is rarely worth the cost of upgrading. Pending some major technological breakthrough in either software or hardware, smartphones are a mature product, and progress is incremental. There are exceptions, but few enough to prove the rule. If you really want face-unlock, or small bezels, or animated poop, the iPhone X is a big update from the iPHone 7 or 8. If water resistance and an SD card are really important, the S7 was a worthy upgrade to the S6. And the LG G5 was enough of a mess than the G6 might be a worthy upgrade. But other than that, not so much.