Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus India launch: When, where and how to watch the launch event

Samsung India is just hours away from launching its latest flagship series, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus in India.

Image: Samsung India

Image: Samsung India

The company had already revealed the devices on the global stage at Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC), but we're still waiting on their price and availability details in India.

Samsung India will live stream the launch event on Facebook starting from 12.30 pm tomorrow.

A YouTube live stream is also expected to be up as the launch event is likely to be one of the most important events for the company in the Indian market this year. But it seems like the YouTube stream link has not been made public yet. We will update this post with the link to the stream as soon as it is up. We've embedded the Facebook live stream below. In the meantime, we will also be running a liveblog which will include up-to-the-minute updates from the launch event. Be sure to click back to our home page at around 11 am tomorrow to catch the blog.

Both the devices are available for pre-order in the Indian market after paying a pre-order amount of Rs 2,000, an amount that will be removed from the final bill. The pre-order system went live on 26 February, a day after the official global launch at MWC 2018. In addition to the pre-orders, the expected pricing of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus for the Indian market has also leaked on the internet.

As previously reported, the 64 GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy S9 with the model number G960FD is likely to be priced at Rs 62,500. The 256 GB variant with model number G960FH is likely to be priced at Rs 71,000. Moving on to the Galaxy S9 Plus, the 64 GB version (G965FD) is likely to go on sale for Rs 70,000, with the 256 GB variant (G965FH) likely to be priced at Rs 79,000.

Diving into the specifications of the devices, as with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the company is expected to launch the Exynos-variants of its flagships in the Indian market. To recap the specifications of the devices, both the devices will be powered by Samsung’s in-house chipset, Exynos 9810, along with 4 GB RAM for the S9 and 6 GB RAM for the S9 Plus. The S9 will come with a 5.8-inch screen while the S9 Plus will sport a 6.2-inch screen. In terms of the looks, both the S8 series and the S9 series will be similar.

The company will offer 64 GB and 256 GB variants of both the devices along with support for microSD card with up to 400 GB storage capacity. The key highlight of the devices will be their dual-aperture camera. The S9 will come with a single camera setup that packs a 12 MP f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture camera while the S9 Plus will sport the 12 MP dual-aperture camera along with a second camera having a fixed aperture of f/2.4. Both the devices will use the dual aperture camera at f/2.4 by default and only switch to f/1.5 in lighting conditions of less than 100 lux or when in manual mode.

A slide from Samsung's Galaxy S9 camera presentation. Image: YouTube/Samsung

A slide from Samsung's Galaxy S9 camera presentation. Image: YouTube/Samsung

Samsung has also changed the position of the fingerprint sensor. By bringing it below the camera setup, Samsung has made access to it much easier than before. Another thing to note here is that S9 can now shoot 720p video at super slow 960 frames per second (for 0.2 seconds) with the help of DRAM in the camera module. The company has also added software features such as AREmoji, similar to Apple’s Animoji.


Updated Date: Mar 05, 2018 23:58 PM