9. Design and build changes
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ appeared to be identical to their predecessors in leaks, but the phones are actually quite different. The overall design is similar, of course, but the bezels above and below the phones’ displays are smaller. The result is an even better screen-to-body ratio that climbs up above 90%.
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are also made of new 7000 series aluminum, which makes the construction more sturdy overall. The glass is 20% thicker to help prevent breaks, and the phones are heavier than the models they replace. Finally, in terms of dimensions, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are shorter and narrower than the S8 and S8+, but also slightly thicker.
10. New DeX Pad support
For people who used it, the Desktop Experience on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 was easily one of the coolest and most useful features of the phones. On the Galaxy S9 and S9+, it’s even better. We’ll dive into it in our upcoming full review, but the new DeX Pad accessory is at the heart of Samsung’s upgraded experience. Instead of being a dock that props up your phone, it’s a pad that lets your phone lie flat so you can use it as a touchpad or even a virtual keyboard while in desktop mode.