A Quick Look at the Galaxy S9’s Display, Audio and Multitasking Features

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Feb 25, 2018
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At this point, Samsung is the undisputed champion when it comes to manufacturing smartphone displays. Their super AMOLED panels offer a viewing experience that is unparalleled. Let’s take a look at what the Galaxy S9 brings to the table.

A Better Infinity Display

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Both the 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 and the 6.2-inch S9+ feature Samsung’s latest Super AMOLED Infinity Displays. They have an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and are HDR ready. The bezels on both panels are reduced further, freeing up yet more screen real estate. On top of this, Samsung has made the screen a deeper black, to allow it to blend in with the bezels when the device is off. The bezels have also been refined to conceal features that could detract from users’ immersion, such as the device’s iris sensor.

The new Landscape Mode allows the home screen and app tray to adjust their orientation when the phone is held at an angle. It is aimed at a user who is watching a video navigates to the home screen to find another app.

The durability of the devices’ screens and bodies has also been enhanced. In addition to utilizing a high-strength aluminum alloy that offers protection from external impacts, Samsung reinforced both phones with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

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Dolby Atmos certified speakers

Both the devices come with a pair of AKG-tuned stereo speakers at the bottom. The Galaxy S9 also features a Dolby Atmos effect that gives users listening through headphones or the device’s speakers the sensation that they’re experiencing 360-degree surround sound. The function enriches both Dolby Atmos-exclusive content as well as various other forms of media, and may easily be toggled on or off.

Better multitasking

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also feature an array of useful functions specifically designed to make it easy for users to multitask using the Infinity Display. With Edge Lighting Notifications, users are presented with an icon that they may pull down to instantly launch a Multi-Window, which allows them to view their message and compose a reply. We first saw the App Pair feature in the Galaxy Note 8, and later in the S8 and S8+. App Pair lets users create custom pairs of apps that they can launch simultaneously from the Edge panel or their home screen. It allows a user to launch two apps simultaneously with a single tap.

It’s a bit too early to comment on the Galaxy S9 and S9+. On paper, not much seems to have changed and the devices are, at best an incremental upgrade over their last years’ counterparts. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, considering that Samsung AMOLED panels are the best in the world.

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