Samsung has started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, but the devices would hit the store shelves on March 16th. Even if you don’t intend to upgrade to the new flagship, you can download the Galaxy S9 wallpapers to give your current phone a new feel. Even before the Galaxy S9 launch, tipster Evan Blass had leaked one of the Galaxy S9 wallpapers. But you don’t have to make do with just one. You can now download all the official Galaxy S9 wallpapers to use on your device.
Samsung’s new flagship phones will have a wide variety of default wallpapers to choose from. There are a total of 19 high-resolution wallpapers of different color gradients. Many of them even highlight the number “9”. The new wallpapers have purple tones similar to last year’s Galaxy S8 wallpapers. The images have a resolution of 2560 x 2560, which means they are large enough to work perfectly on your smartphone, tablet or PC.
Folks at SamMobile have put together all the 19 Galaxy S9 wallpapers on their wallpaper archive, where you can download individual images in their original size and quality. Alternatively, you can download the entire package from SamMobile’s Google Drive. Here are a few examples:
The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are arguably the most powerful Android smartphones launched this year. They are powered by the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 octa-core processors depending on the region. The Snapdragon variant will be sold in the United States. The new phones have the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED bezel-less Infinity display as their respective predecessors.
The phones retain the design elements of last year’s models, but there are a few differences in appearance. For instance, the fingerprint sensor has been relocated to below the rear camera module. The larger Galaxy S9 Plus get a vertically-aligned dual camera setup on the back. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus’s screens are about 15% brighter than their respective predecessors. The newly launched devices come in Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, and Midnight Black color options.
According to DisplayMate, the Galaxy S9 has the world’s best smartphone display. It comes as no surprise considering Samsung has been at the forefront of OLED technology. Even Apple’s iPhone X uses Samsung-made OLED screens. Awarding Galaxy S9 with its “highest ever A+ grade,” DisplayMate said the phone’s color accuracy was “visually indistinguishable from perfect.”
The Galaxy S9 comes with 4GB RAM, same as last year’s Galaxy S8. But the larger S9 Plus includes 6GB RAM. Both the handsets will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options. Samsung has also included a microSD card slot to support the external memory of up to 400GB. The Galaxy S9 offers a 3000mAh battery while its bigger sibling packs a 3500mAh battery.
Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, an IP68 rating for water-resistance, wireless charging, Bixby button, and dual stereo speakers tuned by AKG. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus also come with a new Intelligent Scan feature that combines data from both the facial recognition and iris scanner to authenticate users. However, it’s still not as secure as Apple’s Face ID. Intelligent Scan is more about convenience than security. That’s why Samsung has kept the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The biggest highlight of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus is the camera, which Samsung has been flaunting since before unveiling the phones. The S9 sports a 12-megapixel lens on the back with variable apertures of f/1.5 and f/2.4. The S9 Plus has a 12MP wide-angle lens with variable apertures and a 12MP telephoto lens with a fixed aperture of f/2.4. Both the handsets have an 8-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.
Camera testing firm DxOMark has found that Galaxy S9 Plus has the world’s best smartphone camera, thanks to its variable apertures. It scored 99 points on DxOMark, beating the iPhone X (97 points) and Google Pixel 2 (98 points). The S9 Plus’s camera automatically changes the aperture based on lighting conditions. For instance, the camera would switch to the f/1.5 aperture in low-light to capture maximum light. It switches to the f/2.4 aperture in daylight conditions. You can also change the apertures manually in Pro Mode.
The Galaxy S9 Plus is also capable of shooting 4K videos at 60fps, and super slow-motion videos at 960fps and 720p resolution.