Samsung is unveiling the latest iteration of its flagship phone, the Galaxy S9 and its larger sibling, the S9+, today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. While there’s plenty to say about these shiny new Android phones, much of it revolves around just one part of the device: the camera. It’s that picture-taking, augmented-reality-enabling, silly-content-making aspect of the S9 that Samsung is emphasizing the most as it announces this pair of devices.
More control over how to capture light and dark scenes
The Korean electronics giant is touting just how great the cameras are on the new devices. The S9+ features two cameras on the back, arranged one above the other. That’s the first time a Galaxy S device has had two cameras, although the Samsung Note8 does have that feature. On the S9+, the second camera is permanently zoomed in twice as much as the main one, allowing you to get optically closer to a scene without having to move your feet or rely on crappy digital zoom. This is a fairly common arrangement, like the one found in some iPhone models, and helps enable fake blurry backgrounds. They positioned the small fingerprint sensor just below those two cameras.