If you want a Galaxy smartphone — but don't want to pay a premium price — the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are your best bets. Sure, they're almost two years old, but they still provide plenty of power for everyday use.
Samsung sells the unlocked Galaxy S9 from $599.99, whereas the unlocked Galaxy S9 Plus starts at $699.99. However, we've seen retailers regularly take as much as $120 off each model. Sure, there are some performance differences between the S9 and S10, but users who don't demand cutting edge speed should be fine with either S9 smartphone.
Best Galaxy S9 deals
SPECIFICATIONS Screen Size: 5.8 inches | Android Version: Oreo | Processor: Snapdragon 845 | Cameras: 12MP (Rear); 8 MP (Front) | RAM/Storage: 4GB/64GB, 128GB, 256GB Battery: 3,000 mAh
The Galaxy S9 is one of best Android phones you can get. It sports a stunning 5.8-inch Super AMOLED LCD (2960 x 1440) that makes watching movies on the S9 a completely immersive experience. In terms of performance, the Galaxy S9 packs an older Snapdragon 845 CPU, which puts it just behind the iPhone X. However, you still get an excellent low-light camera, killer display, and a long-lasting battery in the palm of your hand.
Best Galaxy S9 Plus deals
SPECIFICATIONS Screen Size: 6.2 inches | Android Version: Oreo | Processor: Snapdragon 845 | Cameras: 12MP (Rear); 8 MP (Front) | RAM/Storage: 4GB/64GB, 128GB, 256GB | Battery: 3,500 mAh
The Galaxy S9 Plus takes everything we love about the S9 and supersizes it starting with the larger 6.2-inch Super AMOLED LCD (2960 x 1440) display. The Snapdragon 845 processor inside the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus provides ample power, but it's not enough to catch the A11 Bionic chip inside the iPhone X. On our real-world video editing test, it took the S9 Plus 2 minutes and 32 seconds to transcode a 4K video, compared with just 42 seconds for the iPhone X. The Galaxy S9 took longer, at 3:29, likely because it has less RAM (4GB, versus 6GB for the S9 Plus).
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