Galaxy S9 and S9+ pre-orders are live in the UK

Following up our post regarding the pricing, pre-order and availability details for the newly announced Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ in the US, here’s the same information for the UK. Pre-orders are already live, and if you pull the trigger before March 7 at 23:59 GMT you will receive the devices seven days earlier than the release date. That’s March 9 instead of March 16. Keep in mind that all operators in the country, as well as third-party dealers such as Carphone Warehouse, have a huge assortment of Pay Monthly offers that have varying upfront costs for the phones, monthly prices, and…

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Galaxy S9 and S9+ pre-orders start in Canada as well

Although they only go up for pre-order in the US on March 2, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have already entered that phase up north in Canada ahead of their March 16 release. Interestingly, the S9 and S9+ are cheaper at launch in Canada than their predecessors were last year, when the S8 went for CAD 1,035 and the S8+ commanded a price of CAD 1,115. So at least in some parts of the world the rumored price hike for the new handsets hasn’t panned out. The Canadian versions use the Snapdragon 845 chipset like those intended for the US, and not Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 which can be…

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Here’s the first TV ad for the Samsung Galaxy S9

To top off this incredibly S9-filled day, Samsung has outed the first official TV commercial for its newly announced flagship smartphone duo. Expect to see this featured multiple times a day on a TV station near you (especially if you’re in North America). The ad does a good job of quickly going through the S9’s main strengths, the new camera chief among them. The variable aperture, the slow-mo video capture, the custom emoji, all get a mention, as do the water resistance, Infinity Display, and surround sound speakers. If you’re interested in the S9 and S9+, don’t miss the…

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ZTE Blade V9 and Blade V9 VITA hands-on

It’s a dog-eat-dog world on the 2018 mid-ranger scene and like most of it’s competitors, ZTE is really trying hard to compete and stay relevant. To that end, the Blade V9 is a good value offer, even if not particularly distinctive. Build-wise, the 5.7-inch device feels surprisingly light in the hand. Still, ZTE boasts a metal frame as the core of the chassis, with glass wrapping around it on both sides. There was no mention of Gorilla Glass or any other increased protection finish during the presentation, so we can’t really judge on durability quite yet. Still, ZTE is particularly…

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The official Samsung Galaxy S9+ camera and video samples are here

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have taken over our news section right now. The specs are out there, the pricing, our hands-on is live, the first benchmark scores have arrived. So, what’s next? The camera samples, of course. Without further ado, here come all the official still and video sample we could scrape of the devices, which were on display at the event. Samsung Galaxy S9+ official camera samples at F/1.5 Samsung Galaxy S9+ official camera samples at F/2.4 Samsung Galaxy S9+…

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