Microsoft is selling the Samsung Galaxy S9 directly from its own store, just like it did last year with the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Following its last year’s partnership, Microsoft is selling the Samsung Galaxy S9 directly from its own store, just like it did last year with the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The Android flagship is now available for pre-order

Called Galaxy S9/S9+ “Microsoft Edition,” these devices come pre-loaded with Microsoft applications.

Image Courtesy: Microsoft.com

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is Samsung’s latest smartphone flagship, packing a Snapdragon 845, Android Oreo, and a great 18:9 display. he handset is available in two sizes, and starts at $719.99 from Microsoft.

The store listing is offering the unlocked versions of both the devices. They come with the famous Microsoft Launcher that lets you access documents, calendar, and activities through a personalized feed. Moreover, tapping on a file in Android screen opens it on a PC.

The other Microsoft apps available are Office 365, Cortana digital assistant, Skype, Edge browser, Outlook, etc.

Apart from the Microsoft apps, the rest of the phone remains the same. There are no additional branding and hardware changes.

Microsoft is also offering an exchange off up to $350 for your old smartphone.

CategorySamsung Galaxy S9Samsung Galaxy S9+
Operating systemAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Samsung Experience 9.0
Android 8.0 Oreo
Samsung Experience 9.0
Display5.8-inch AMOLED, 2960×1440 (18.5:9)6.2-inch AMOLED, 2960×1440 (18.5:9)
ProcessorSnapdragon 845
or 10nm 64-bit Samsung Exynos
Snapdragon 845
or 10nm 64-bit Samsung Exynos
Storage64GB64GB
ExpandablemicroSD up to 400GBmicroSD up to 400GB
RAM4GB6GB
Primary rear camera12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel, OIS, f/1.5 or f/2.412MP Super Speed Dual Pixel, OIS, f/1.5 or f/2.4
Secondary rear cameran/a12MP, f/2.4
Front camera8MP, f/1.7, auto focus8MP, f/1.7, auto focus
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO, 1.2Gbps (Cat-18) LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 LE
ANT+, NFC, GPS, Glonass
Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO, 1.2 Gbps (Cat-18) LTE, Bluetooth 5.0 LE
ANT+, NFC, GPS, Glonass
AudioStereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
3.5mm headphone
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
3.5mm headphone
Battery3000mAh3500mAh
ChargingUSB-C
Fast Wireless Charging
USB-C
Fast Wireless Charging
Water resistanceIP68IP68
SecurityFingerprint sensor
Iris scanning
Face unlock
Fingerprint sensor
Iris scanning
Face unlock
Dimensions147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
163 g
158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
189 g
ColorsMidnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue (U.S.)
Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, Slate Grey (intl)
Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue (U.S.)
Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, Slate Grey (intl)

Both the handsets, Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+ (Unlocked) is expected to launch on 16th March. Microsoft is expected to sell these devices in the physical stores as well. If you are interested.

Microsoft’s current mobile strategy involves adopting Android smartphones and encouraging users to install things like the Microsoft Launcher and apps onto the device.

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