Would you recommend the Galaxy S9 plus
Samsung Galaxy S9: is it still worth buying?
The Galaxy S9 is Samsung's flagship smartphone from 2018. Compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy S8, it had the reputation of being more evolution than revolution. Nevertheless, the 5.8-inch smartphone is still very much in demand today - always new in offers, but also on the used market. Reason for us to ask: is it still worth buying the Galaxy S9 in 2021? Our check gives the answers.
Hardware: Still fast
In Europe, Samsung has installed the company's own Exynos 9810 in the Galaxy S9. The SoC comes with an octa-core processor and Mali-G72 GPU and is flanked by 4 GB of RAM. This means that the smartphone will still achieve good performance in 2021 and does not really have to hide from devices from the next generation of products in the Geekbench ranking. Of course, it is now clearly surpassed by the current top models.
As far as storage space is concerned, variants with 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB are offered. However, the surcharge for more GB can be avoided using the microSD slot. Thanks to it, the storage can be expanded inexpensively by up to 1 TB.
The brilliant and bright OLED display of the Galaxy S9 does not need a notch and has a resolution of 1,440 x 2,960 pixels with a display ratio of 18.5: 9. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, the entire housing has an IP68 certification for water and dust protection.
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Of course, the Galaxy S9 cannot come up with the current trend features 5G and Wifi 6. In the connect test, the Galaxy S9 showed good cellular performance in the LTE and UMTS network. The camera delivers very good photo quality. However, there were downsides with the battery life, which falls short of expectations.
Briefly introduced: Samsung Galaxy S9
Attention - here is our note on used smartphones: The Galaxy S9 has a built-in battery, the runtime of which can of course become weaker over the years. You should take this into account when buying second-hand.
Android updates and security: everything up to date
The Galaxy S9 came out with Android 8.0 Oreo. The update to Android 9 Pie and thus the new Samsung user interface One UI is already available, as is the update to Android 10.
When it comes to security updates, the Galaxy S9 is also among the first. Like the successors Galaxy S10, Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21, Samsung continues to provide monthly security updates. The Galaxy S8, on the other hand, only receives quarterly security updates.
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And how does it look in the future? We no longer expect the update to Android 11 for the Galaxy S9. The recently announced Samsung guarantee for three Android updates for flagship models is only valid from the Galaxy S10. The security updates will soon only be made quarterly.
Price development: 400 euros are possible
At the market launch in Germany, the price for the cheapest Galaxy S9 model was 849 euros. The Galaxy S9 + was exactly 100 euros more expensive at 949 euros.
The price has dropped significantly since then. Already in the course of 2019, bargains for 400 euros were possible - for example on Black Friday 2019. However, the cheapest price at renowned retailers is currently fluctuating around 450 to 500 euros in the region. This indicates that individual residual items are primarily being sold.
The price fluctuations show: With the Galaxy S9 it is worth keeping your eyes open for attractive special offers. These can be found locally for individual dealers or online as part of large campaign days.
Buy Samsung Galaxy S9: Current offers at Amazon, Media Markt, Saturn, Samsung, Alternate, Cyberport or Otto.
Alternatives: Strong competition
In the price range around 500 euros there are many attractive alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy S9 - from current mid-range models to other flagships of past years. We recommend the following smartphones for a comparison:
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro (approx. 500 euros, connect test result good)
The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is the slightly slimmed-down budget version of the flagship Mi 10 Pro. The smartphone offers, among other things, a 6.67-inch display with 144 Hz, a Snapdragon 865 SoC with 5G, 8 GB RAM, WiFi 6 and a 108 MP camera. The Mi 10T Pro lasted an excellent 15:13 hours in the endurance test in the test laboratory. Read more: Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro in the test
Buy Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro:Current offers at Amazon, Media Markt, Saturn, Alternate, Cyberport or Otto.
Huawei P30 Pro (approx. 500 euros, connect test result: very good)
The Huawei P30 Pro has also dropped below 600 euros. The Huawei flagship from 2019 impressed in the test with excellent equipment and a very good camera. Read more: Huawei P30 Pro in the test.
Buy Huawei P30 Pro: Current offers at Amazon, Media Markt, Saturn, Alternate, Cyberport or Otto.
OnePlus 7T (approx. 450 euros, connect test result: very good)
The OnePlus 7T already has the fast Snapdragon 855+ SoC and a 90 Hz display. In the endurance test, the flagship presented in September 2019 scored with a typical runtime of 11:42 hours. Read more: OnePlus 7T put to the test.
Buy OnePlus 7T: Current offers at Amazon, Media Markt, Saturn, Alternate, Cyberport or Otto.
OnePlus Nord (approx. 400 euros, connect test result: very good)
Even before the OnePlus 7T in the connect leaderboard, the OnePlus Nord is the budget alternative from the same manufacturer. This reflects on old OnePlus virtues as a flagship killer and offers top hardware at a comparatively low price. Read more: OnePlus Nord put to the test.
Buy OnePlus Nord: Current offers at Amazon, Saturn, Media Markt, Cyberport, Alternate and Otto.
Samsung Galaxy S10e (approx. 550 euros, connect test result: good)
The Galaxy S9 is threatened with competition not least from its own house: With the Galaxy S10e, Samsung is granting its flagship series a budget model that offers a similar level of performance at a lower price than the S10 itself. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S10e in the test.
Buy Samsung Galaxy S10e: Current offers at Amazon, Media Markt, Saturn, Alternate, Cyberport or Otto.
A comparison of the Galaxy S9 with the competition in the connect best list shows: more recent flagships with better test ratings are already available for the same price - if not cheaper. If you are toying with the Galaxy S9, we recommend that you take a look at the alternatives when buying a new one or wait for really attractive offers.
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