Samsung might not be copying the iPhone X’s notch display design for the iPhone X, but it is copying another feature from the handset: Animoji. A new leak points to the Galaxy S9 coming with “3D Emoji” which is the company’s own take on Animoji. Similar to Apple’s implementation, one could create various animated characters based on their facial expression.
While the Galaxy S9 lacks a Face ID like module at its front, it does have an iris scanner and an 8MP selfie shooter at the front which makes it possible for Samsung to bring something like 3D Emoji to its new flagship handset. Samsung will also be using the front camera and iris scanner in conjunction with each other to offer a faster and accurate biometric authentication on the S9. However, given the lack of advanced sensors, I don’t expect the 3D Emoji feature on the Galaxy S9 to work as accurately and impressively as Animoji on the iPhone X.
Additionally, the report from Korea points to the Galaxy S9 coming with stereo speakers tuned by AKG. The speakers won’t be front-facing though, and they will be implemented in a way similar to how HTC do it in their flagship devices. Bixby 2.0 will also be making its debut with the Galaxy S9 with improvements in areas related to the camera, shopping, finance, and more.
Since the Galaxy S9 is primarily made of glass, it is very fragile in nature. Thus, Samsung also plans on bundling a free plastic case with the handset this time around. The Korean company is also working with retailers and carriers to ensure that the launch price of the S9 does not surpass $920, the launch price of the Galaxy Note 8. The bigger Galaxy S9 Plus with its dual-camera setup at the rear will definitely carry a higher price tag that will hover around the $1,000 mark.
With LG and Huawei expected to launch their flagship smartphones only in March, Samsung is expected to enjoy a clear run in the high-end smartphone market for Q1, 2018. This has led analysts to estimate that the company will end up shipping 78.8 million smartphones in the first quarter of this year, up by 7.8 percent from the last quarter.
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