Gone are the days where in order to get a decent photograph, you’d have to lug around a hefty DSLR. Smartphones now sport better built-in cameras than before, and this feature is one that manufacturers are constantly trying to one-up each other in. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, launched not more than 24 hours ago, might just be the quintessential cameraphone of 2018.

While the design and feel are similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy S8, the interiors of the Galaxy S9 and larger S9+ have been reworked to keep up with the times. This means a better processor, brighter screen, and, most importantly, a better camera.

Without going too much into the technical details, the smaller Galaxy S9 has a single lens while the larger S9+ sports dual lenses. Both models have 12-megapixel sensors, and have manual aperture adjustment between f/1.5 and f/2.4, giving you better quality photos in low light.

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Say goodbye to grainy photos. The adjustable apertures on the Samsung Galaxy S9 can take better photos in low light situations.

One of the key features of the new cameras is Super Slow-mo that can capture moments up to 960 frames per second. Once captured, you can even choose up to 35 varieties of background music to accompany your action shots.

Coming hot on the heels of the augmented reality bandwagon is AR Emoji. While it does seem like a cross between Apple’s Animoji and the cartoonish Bitmoji, Samsung’s take on emojis has no animals and the avatar it creates of you is based on a map of your facial features.

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Create your own avatar with the Samsung Galaxy S9 by way of AR Emojis.

The cherry on top is Samsung’s ‘Infinity Display’, which is present on all its flagship smartphones, along with the Galaxy S9. The Super AMOLED display is edge-to-edge and is much brighter than the one seen on the previous Galaxy S8.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available for pre-orders on 1 March 2018, Thursday at 12pm. The S9 (64GB) will retail for S$1,198, the S9+ (64GB) at S$1,348, and the S9+ (256GB) at S$1,498.

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