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The Samsung Galaxy S9+ to feature face and iris recognition; dual camera technology

Photo: Evan Blass/Venture Beat

The Samsung S9 and S9+ are not that visually different from their respective predecessors other than a bit of extra bezel (no biggie), but it’s what’s under the hood that makes the difference.

Both phones feature a primary 12MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and a new variable aperture ranging from f/2.4 to f/1.5. However, just like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the S9+ has a dual lens set up, with a second fixed aperture rear 12MP camera. This means that you’ll get a better bokeh effect depending on where your object of focus lies in the photo.

The rear elements are now aligned vertically, with the fingerprint sensor being below the camera(s), putting it in easier reach.

In the performance department, both devices will feature a Snapdragon 845 (US) or Exynos 9810 (rest of the world) SoC.

As for a headphone jack, the latest leaks suggest that Sammy will continue to include the traditional 3.5mm port. It also appears as if there may be a battery size boost, but no official numbers have been leaked yet.

It’s also seems that a new biometric scanner will be included. According to a leak posted on xda-developers, “Intelligent Scan” combines both facial and iris recognition technology to make unlocking your phone even more secure. Here is the supposed user demo of how it works.

If you’re big into mobile photography, the S9+ may be the phone for you. However, it may be a tough call for those already owning the S8 or S8+ as a heavy price point could be a big deterrent from upgrading depending on whether you signed up via a contract or not.

Here’s a quick run down of the specs.

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.8 inch display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (US) or Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC (Outside US)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage
  • 12MP rear camera with variable aperture (f/1.5 to f/2.4)
  • 8MP front camera
  • Stereo speakers

Samsung Galaxy S9+

  • 6.2 inch display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (US) or Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC (Outside US)
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras (1 variable aperture – f/1.5 to f/2.4, and 1 fixed aperture)
  • 8MP front camera
  • Stereo speakers

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be officially launched on February 25th, with devices becoming available at retail outlets from March 16th.

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