The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are now on sale in Telstra stores across the country – and to celebrate their Australian launch, Samsung held a special event at the Sydney Opera House, where it is a principal sponsor.

Attended by over 80 media and social media influencers, Samsung hosted a behind-the-scenes, all-access tour of the Sydney Opera House – with special interactive stops along the way to showcase some of the core features of their new handset.

In the Opera House’s recording studio, an integral part of the Opera House’s Grammy win, Australian beatboxer Tom Thum had rigged a dozen Samsung Galaxy S9s to play individual loop tracks and give a 3D surround sound experience, leveraging the AKG tuned stereo speakers in the handsets, with Tom delivering live over the top.

Samsung used The Studio, one of the Opera House’s most exciting spaces, to show off the super slow motion feature of the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Introduced by content creator Sam Evans, who talked about how he had used the slow motion features for his own creations, performance group Beat The Streets put on an acrobatic display best replayed at 960 frames per second.

Moving on to the Utzon Room, named after the Opera House’s architect, guests were given a crash course in the new AR Emoji feature.

In The Cave, guests were treated to an intimate acoustic performance by Angelina Ciccotti and a photo opportunity to see how the Galaxy S9+’s dual aperture camera’s perform under low light conditions.

Final stop on the tour was Badu Gili, the spectacular seven-minute projection that illuminates the opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail – that is open to the public daily and well worth a visit – and a chance to take some more photos with the S9+’s new camera module.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are on sale now.