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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus: Sizzling photos from every angle

Check out these gorgeous pictures of the year's hottest new phones.

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Black, schmack. Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus go bold in purple and blue -- yes, yes, in addition to black and gray colors, too.

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The purple looks especially impressive in person, and comes to both S9 phones. Not all colors will be available in all regions.

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The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, shown here in coral blue, share most of the same hardware guts. The S9 Plus is the larger of the two.

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The Galaxy S9 Plus also has one special feature that the S9 doesn't: a second camera on the back.

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Both phones run Android 8.0 Oreo.

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The best design change? That fingerprint reader moves below the camera array.

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That's a big improvement from where it was on the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 (pictured), to the right of the camera.

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The phones also get a sound enhancement. Audio pours out of the speaker and a microphone at the bottom of the phone.

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While the S9 Plus has two rear cameras, both phones have a unique dual-aperture lens. The settings automatically adjust for brighter low light photos.

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The curved edges are less pronounced than on past Galaxy phones.

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Both the 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S9 Plus have slightly curved AMOLED screens with high resolution displays that reach a maximum of 2,960x1,440 pixels.

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Samsung says its headphone jack isn't going anywhere.

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Both phones carry on the tradition of wireless charging...

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...and waterproofing with an IP68 rating. You'll be ale to submerge it for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to 3 feet (1 meter) without damaging the phones.

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The SIM card tray shares space with a microSD card slot, which holds up to 400GB storage.

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Both the S9 and S9 Plus from the back.

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You can really see the size and camera differences here.

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A look at the USB-C and headphone port of both phones.

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What's this? A teaser. You'll see...

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Let's jump into some camera specs.

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Both cameras have heaps of features, including that dual aperture, which physically changes the camera settings to improve low light.

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Portrait mode, called Live Focus, is alive and well on the Galaxy S9 Plus.

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You can adjust background blur with a slider control.

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Sliding the shutter button with your finger or thumb zooms you in and out.

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There's only one front-facing camera on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, but you can still take a portrait shot using a new tool called Selfie Focus.

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Peer closely and you can see the background blurred out.

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Samsung phones had slow motion video before, but the new super slow motion video -- which captures 960 frames per second -- makes videos shot on the S9 and S9 Plus far more dramatic.

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Remember that teaser from before? This is AR Emoji, Samsung's take on the iPhone X's animojis. They're animated GIFs you can create based on a 2D map of your face, taken with the front-facing camera.

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Sharing GIFs and videos of yourself is a cute idea, but they're less than faithful representations of the real thing.

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You can edit your avatar...

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...and just add plain old stickers on top of your face.

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Your avatar doesn't even need to be human.

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You can record a video of yourself talking, and also let the AR Emoji tool create 18 animated GIFs that you can include in any message or app that supports the format.

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Here's an example in Samsung's messaging app.

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Also in the camera is Bixby Vision, Samsung's optical recognition tool, which adds the ability to count calories in the food seen through the viewfinder.

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Samsung has also teamed up with Sephora and Cover Girl on a digital makeup app. Beeeyootiful.

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One thing to note: The S9 and S9 Plus screen aren't set by default to the highest resolution setting, in order to save battery life.

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Click or swipe through for even more images of Samsung's new Galaxy S9 handsets.

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All four colors: lilac purple, titanium gray, coral blue and midnight black.

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The Galaxy S9 Plus and Google Pixel 2 XL.

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The Galaxy S9 Plus compared to the iPhone X.

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The new Dex Pad helps turn the phone into a mobile workspace.

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Like what you've seen so far? Read our full Galaxy S9 review for all the ins and outs.

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