But the phones also pack a few unexpected things that once started out as only rumors. The
Galaxy S9 Plus
, for example, now has a second 12-megapixel rear-facing camera. Samsung also preloaded the devices with AR Emoji, its own version of
animoji, and the company added a new, vibrant lilac color option. They go on sale on March 16 with preorders beginning March 2.
In the US, you may get some cash back if you trade in your old phone with the purchase of a Galaxy S9. The specific dollar amount and deal depends on what carrier you go with. Keep in mind, these deals (like those that offer $350 for your $1,000 iPhone) may not be very good in the end, so be sure to read the fine print. For more information, read CNET's guide on how to get the best deal on the Galaxy S9.
Watch this: How does the Galaxy S9 compare to the iPhone X?
Of course, the Galaxy phones are competing in a highly saturated market. They'll have to go against Apple's top-tier phone, the
, which also boasts superb dual rear-cameras. The
Pixel 2 XL
is a formidable Android phone too, with perks from Google like unlimited cloud storage and Google Lens.