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 feature…

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…

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