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hey..i m in for new phone. budget is around 85k.. i was interested in buying s9+ but only thing holding me back is exynos chip installed in pakistani version. is it possible to get usa version with snapdragon 845 in karachi? and hows one plus 6? my main preferences are to have stock expereince and phone should get quick android updates.
 

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hey..i m in for new phone. budget is around 85k.. i was interested in buying s9+ but only thing holding me back is exynos chip installed in pakistani version. is it possible to get usa version with snapdragon 845 in karachi? and hows one plus 6? my main preferences are to have stock expereince and phone should get quick android updates.
The Exynos issues were fixed in May's update. No point in getting Snapdragon variant, the unlocked one doesn't even get monthly updates.
 

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It's performance of exynos on par with Snapdragon variant? And what do u think when it will getting Android p update?
 

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It's performance of exynos on par with Snapdragon variant? And what do u think when it will getting Android p update?
Android P releases in August and if Samsung takes full advantage of Project Treble, we can see P on the S9 as early as November/December.

Performance is pretty good and so is the battery life after a little bit of fine tuning with the kernel that Samsung did with the last 3 updates.
 

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Do u have first hand experience of s9 or have you read on Internet the performance improvements you mentioned in your post?
 

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Do u have first hand experience of s9 or have you read on Internet the performance improvements you mentioned in your post?
I have an Exynos S9+.

Have tested out every single build released for it including the ones that weren't released for Pakistan.
 

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thats exactly what i was looking for!! will u recommend s9+ over one plus6? or p20 pro?
 

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thats exactly what i was looking for!! will u recommend s9+ over one plus6? or p20 pro?
For software updates, I'm just gonna say this applies to all 3 phones you mentioned. The S9, OP6 and P20 are each of the manufacturers first phones with Project Treble, so I'm not sure how update delivery timelines will be affected.


Hopefully they'll be quicker, but OP6 for sure will be the quickest to get Android P out of these 3 because it requires the least work. Followed by the S9+ and then the P20 Pro getting it last, because Huawei is the worst with software updates.


For camera, probably P20 Pro, because I've heard nothing but good things about its camera. S9's dual aperture is a good feature with a lot of potential that Samsung isn't fully taking advantage of because of their lacking camera software. Not sure about OP6 camera, haven't used one and haven't watched any in-depth reviews.


For battery life, my S9+ gives me great battery life. Easily lasts a 16-17 hour day with around 6-7 hours of screen on time and still 30% remaining.
P20 Pro has a 4000 mAh battery, so you could probably get like 2 days out of that thing. Keep in mind, the way it achieves good battery life is because of its somewhat aggressive app management. It tends to close apps in the background very quickly, not only to save battery, but free up RAM as well. This can cause apps constantly relaunching and possibly delayed notifications.
OnePlus' kernel tuning will give you consistently good battery life and they have some nifty features built-in to improve battery life so I'd say all 3 phones are good performers when it comes to battery. However, using dash charging regularly on the OP6 will wear out the battery quicker, reducing battery life quicker than the S9 and P20 Pro.


Performance wise, OP6 on top. Without a doubt.
S9+ coming up in second place and P20 Pro last, because of the aggressive RAM management I mentioned above and because EMUI is a mess.


Display, I think we all know who wins in this department...
hint: it starts with S, and ends with 'amsung'.


Want a good all rounder that will last long? OnePlus 6.
Want a phone that will last you 3 years and then start to get frustrating? S9+
Want a phone that will just look cool and have 3 great cameras? P20 Pro.
 

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thanks for giving detailed response...but one thing worries me most about s9+ is early exynos models have worst battery performance. has things improved since then? can i get good battery life on stock rom or do i have install custom roms? how much have improved since s9 initial launch battery wise?
 

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thanks for giving detailed response...but one thing worries me most about s9+ is early exynos models have worst battery performance. has things improved since then? can i get good battery life on stock rom or do i have install custom roms? how much have improved since s9 initial launch battery wise?
There was nothing wrong with the hardware. No difference between early models and newer produced ones.

Once you get an Exynos S9, power it up, don't set it up completely, just get to the homescreen, don't add any of your accounts or data, go to settings, install the latest software update (should be called BRF8), once it installs, go back to settings, factory reset the phone and then begin setting it up as your new phone and add your Google account and other data.

The newest build is probably the best I've used so far.
 

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so i bought s9 plus and so far happy with it. when was june update was released for s9? it seems july update is out in germany and indian region. when do u think it will be out in pakistan?
 

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so i bought s9 plus and so far happy with it. when was june update was released for s9? it seems july update is out in germany and indian region. when do u think it will be out in pakistan?
July update just released today. Brings a new bootloader and more kernel fixes.

Will be out for Pak between 20th and 28th of this month.

June update was released on 29th June for PAK CSC on S9+.
 

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I usually get 5-6 spam texts everyday and this is pretty annoying.
I'm currently using Textra.
 

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how do u like the headphones bundled with s9? i feel like it doesnt have any bass.
 
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how do u like the headphones bundled with s9? i feel like it doesnt have zero bass
I found them a bit weak. Not worth $100 for sure, but they still sound much nicer than most other free earphones that come with smartphones.

The buds that HTC bundled with their HTC 10 in comparison sound much better and I don't think those were valued at $100.

However, compared to older Samsung bundled earphones or any other brand, these AKG ones aren't that bad. I use them daily and have gotten quite used to them now.

Turn on Dolby Atmos on your phone and mess around with the equaliser to adjust how you want it to sound. Go ahead and set up Adapt Sound as well, it makes everything sound a little bit better.
 

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any eta for s9 july update?
Only like 5 regions got the July update.

August one got released for Germany today (S9, not S9+), so hopefully other regions should follow suit. Very quick for Samsung.
 

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r these updates from google or samsung? and if august update was delivered quick for galaxy brand does it mean change in samsung policy to deliver quick updates?
 

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r these updates from google or samsung? and if august update was delivered quick for galaxy brand does it mean change in samsung policy to deliver quick updates?
General AOSP security patches are delivered by Google. Samsung then discovers exploits in its own framework, which it also integrates into the updates. Lastly, since Samsung phones use Exynos chipsets, and Exynos is made by Samsung, so any Exynos specific exploits are also integrates into these updates.

As for the August update being delivered quickly, that's just a fluke lol. Samsung just likes to surprise us every now and then.
 
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