Samsung's Galaxy S9 And S9+ Are Now Available Nationwide, Disney AR Emojis Inbound

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If you weren't among those that preordered Samsung's new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ earlier this month, you can now walk into a brick and mortar retail store or wireless carrier to purchase the smartphones. Today is the official launch day and as we showed you in our review, the Galaxy S9+ is a fantastic flagship Android smartphone.

While the Galaxy S9 is impressive in its own right, it's the Galaxy S9+ that will garner much of the attention (and will be Android smartphone to beat) for the next year. It features a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display along with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor and a generous 6GB of RAM (the Galaxy S9 only has 4GB). 

Like the Galaxy Note8 that came before it, the Galaxy S9+ has two rear cameras (both 12MP). However, the Galaxy S9+ has an added trick up its sleeve with a variable aperture system on the primary camera that can adjust from f/2.4 to f/1.5 depending on lighting conditions. As we noted in our original review and supplemental article on camera performance, the Galaxy S9+ is a worthy competitor for the impressive Google Pixel 2 XL when it comes to camera performance.

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Other items of note include 64GB of internal storage, a microSD slot supporting up to 400GB cards, Category 18 LTE modem (Gigabit Class), Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11ac, 3,500 mAh battery (3,000 mAh for the Galaxy S9) and support for wireless charging.

To celebrate today's official launch, Samsung has also announced an added perk to the somewhat creepy AR Emojis that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ introduced. Users will now be able to bring favorite Disney characters to life, including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with AR Emojis. These characters can be used in your messaging apps to add some Disney-flavored spice to your conversations.

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Samsung says that throughout the year, the Disney AR Emojis will grow to encompass characters from The Incredibles, Zootopia, and Frozen.

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ can be purchased for as little as $719.99 and $839.99 respectively depending on the carrier. In addition, you can get up to a $360 credit for trading in your old smartphone (also dependent on the carrier).