The Galaxy S9
has had a rough ride. Some of it is deserved, but much of it is unfair.
So it is perhaps poetic that just as a serious new Galaxy S9 problem
has been discovered, Samsung has also confirmed a new great secret
Both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus
smartphones have touchscreen problems. Yes, perhaps the worst fault a
smartphone can have is hitting a significant number of Galaxy S9 and
Galaxy S9 Plus units.
Complaints are piling up in Reddit
(1,2,3,4.5,6), Samsung’s official forums; the XDA Developers Forums,
Android Central (1,2) and others. Interestingly, the problem appears to
be more widespread on the Galaxy S9 Plus (which is the better of the two
phones) than the Galaxy S9, which would suggest a hardware fault. A
software glitch would impact both models equally.
No fix has been
found as yet. A workaround for some is to adjust touchscreen sensitivity
to maximum in settings - but this is hardly a long-term solution as it
registers even the slightest accidental screen contact.
Despite this, I must reiterate my previous advice: do not buy a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus
right now. Band 71 support is great, but it isn’t enough to
counterbalance the touchscreen issues or - more significantly - the
historical research which shows Samsung’s Galaxy S models suffer circa
40% price drops with carriers after one month.
Let Samsung iron
out these flaws, let the price drop then buy yourself a bargain. And if
you’re still unsure about upgrading, remember: the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is likely to arrive sooner than you think...