The Samsung Galaxy S9 continues to get reward for its desktop-class efficiency, AI-powered digicam, and industry-leading design. And whereas there’s additionally lots to love within the evolution of its DeX platform for turning the telephone into a piece pc, probably the most helpful day-to-day characteristic of the S9 for execs is its battery life.
TechRepublic’s Dan Patterson and I’ve each been testing the Galaxy S9 over the previous a number of weeks and we mentioned how and why the Samsung Galaxy S9’s lengthy battery life makes it a powerful possibility for enterprise professionals, significantly those who journey incessantly or have lengthy commutes.
You’ll be able to watch the video interview above or learn the transcript under.
Dan Patterson: Jason Hiner, TechRepublic, you’ve got been dwelling with the S9 now for a pair weeks, as have I. And I hadn’t thought of this as a result of it is a kind of issues that while you get nice battery life, it is not prime of thoughts. You simply find yourself utilizing the gadget much more. What are your primary takeaways after utilizing the gadget a pair weeks, particularly with the performance that nice battery life brings?
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Jason Hiner: It is one of many options folks aren’t speaking about a lot. You and I’ve talked lots concerning the S9. Nice digicam. It is obtained some AI. Digicam now has its personal processor, can do actually cool issues just like the 960 frames per second tremendous gradual mo. It will probably do some low gentle pictures, which CNET has tested and had somewhat little bit of combined outcomes with. However it’s on the way in which there. DeX, after all, we have talked lots about that functionality. There may be now a desktop-class processor on this [S9] gadget. However the factor that folks aren’t speaking about that a lot that I consider, particularly as a result of I exploit these gadgets for enterprise and numerous our readers are professionals which might be utilizing these gadgets, so it issues lots, is battery life.
On the floor, the S9 and the S9 Plus have precisely the identical battery because the S8 and the S8 Plus, three,000 milliamp hours on the S8 and the S9, after which three,500 on the S8 Plus and the S9 Plus. It appears precisely the identical. Nonetheless, with the Snapdragon 845 processor, in addition to Samsung’s on Exynos processor, which it makes use of in some fashions of those telephones, each of which, by the way in which are literally made by Samsung. It is a 10 nanometer course of. It is a 64 bit processor, much like final yr. However it’s a a lot quicker processor. And it is also a much more environment friendly processor. Actually, numerous that is all the way down to that, in addition to all the way down to a number of the software program issues that Samsung has accomplished. You may get little alerts on this gadget that say, “Hey, there was an app within the background that was utilizing a bunch of energy. And we simply shut it down. And this is what it’s.”
And it will record it for you. There’s some software program that is doing a little issues the place if there are some apps operating which might be draining your battery, it simply shuts them off. After which it offers you an alert and allows you to know. After which there are occasions when it will warn you and say, “Hey, this factor’s operating within the background. Would you like us to close it off?”
And also you could be importing a video. You could be operating a course of. And you’ll inform it, “No. Do not.”
However in any other case, it is doing a little higher software program administration as properly. The mix of these two issues, a greater processor and higher software program that is managing it has produced some fairly tangible outcomes. I’ve had this expertise. You have had some comparable experiences, the place with gentle use, this factor can go a pair days with out having to cost it, which you actually do not see in a excessive finish telephone like this, the place you can not cost it for a pair days for those who’re simply doing a little gentle use with it, and nonetheless have 50% battery life, or at the very least a usable quantity of battery life left. Now with heavy use, it will go a day and a half. You’ll be able to overlook to cost over night time, get up, you may nonetheless have 40-50% battery life, typically somewhat extra. You’ll be able to nonetheless get via a bunch of the day till you get to a charger or a charging pack.
The mix of these two issues make this gadget simply far, much more usable. Type of like what you have been saying, Dan, is you do not actually give it some thought. You are simply utilizing the telephone. However you actually discover these gadgets after they’re operating out of battery energy rapidly, and also you’re having to cost them on a regular basis.
Dan Patterson: Yeah, I’ve had two experiences which might be significantly helpful, or significantly in biz tech, what I could be doing throughout my work day, or productiveness oriented. And that’s utilizing the safe enclave, and utilizing that tremendous gradual mo digicam. Joking somewhat bit concerning the tremendous gradual mo digicam. That could be specifically use circumstances. However let me inform you, I exploit that way over I exploit the iOS gradual mo. And I exploit it to seize issues that, “Hey, I’d need to watch that again and see how every body developed, and actually pay specific consideration to segments of video.”
And as media turns into extra necessary to each firm, that is a extra great tool than I anticipated. After all that safe enclave, I sort of reside inside that. And in earlier gadgets, that is typically the factor that I’ll discover somewhat little bit of drain on the battery life. With the S9, Jason, you hit the nail on the top. Typically I overlook. I’ve the previous Nokia expertise. I overlook after I charged the gadget final. And I check out it [and] it is like, “Eh, it is doing simply effective.”
Jason Hiner: Yeah. It is one of many [important] issues. These gadgets aren’t that totally different. This gadget will not be that totally different from the S8. However for those who’re someone that actually struggles with battery life, or are a heavy consumer and you’ve got some points with battery life, [then it matters]. Or, I do know some folks that have had he S7 Edge. Nice telephone, not fairly as stable on battery life. They’ve requested me about this gadget. I mentioned, “Look, for those who care about battery life, for those who’re knowledgeable, that is the most effective causes to get [the S9].”
And I do know a pair folks that have really made the decision and mentioned, “Yeah. That is one in all my greatest ache factors.”
I feel you will see others that discover that is a superb purpose to improve.
Dan Patterson: Jason, I do know we have now a full assessment approaching TechRepublic. What can we look ahead to in a few of these posts and movies, not simply concerning the telephone itself, however options just like the battery, the digicam, and all issues enterprise know-how professionals not simply want however require?
Jason Hiner: We’ll discuss extra about DeX pad. We’ll discuss concerning the digicam, present some examples of pictures that we have taken together with pictures I took with the digicam in Barcelona following the launch occasion there, in addition to the next week. I used to be in Israel, doing a tour there on AI and robotics. I took some pictures with the S9 Plus there as properly. We’ll discuss what it may well do. The good factor about this telephone, the type of watershed second with this telephone, particularly at MWC, was this actually is the primary telephone with a desktop-class processor in it. You’ll be able to say, to a level, you had this with the Notice eight. You had this with the iPhone 10, and the iPhone eight Plus final yr as properly. It was a step on this route. However with the DeX pad, you are actually seeing this as a telephone that’s as highly effective as your pc.
After which with 5G, the opposite large story of MWC, subsequent yr, you are going to get a telephone, the S10, that is going to have 5G in it. And all of the sudden, you are going to have a tool that’s now as quick because the quickest connection which you can get on a desktop pc in the present day—if in case you have Google Fiber, [or] if in case you have an excellent quick connection at work, something. We actually are on the stage the place these gadgets will not be solely the middle of our lives, the middle of our knowledge, the middle of our productiveness in some circumstances, however they’re additionally transferring to the place they’re as highly effective and as quick as your common pc.