Samsung Galaxy S9 Teaser Videos Offer First Look At iPhone X Animoji Competitor

Samsung has released a series of new video teasers for Galaxy S9, with one offering our first look at the company’s answer to iPhone X Animoji feature.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 expected to copy iPhone X’s animoji with ‘3D emoji’ feature

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Looking to keep up with Apple’s iPhone X, Samsung is planning to add an animoji-like "3D emoji" feature to the Galaxy S9 premiering later this month, according to a Korean report.
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Samsung’s ‘3D Emoji’ Rumored to Be ‘More Advanced’ Than Animoji

So far, we’ve heard and seen just about everything we need to know about Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ — from their leaked specifications and rumored features, to the more recent, full-on front and back images flaunting its slightly modified design.

One of the latest reports on the S9 duo revealed that Samsung may have abandoned its earlier plans to incorporate a 3D camera sensor (a la Apple’s TrueDepth) on its upcoming Galaxy devices. However a newer report published this morning by Korea’s ETNews has boldly asserted otherwise. It claims that Samsung’s S9 and S9+ will in fact boast a new “3D emoji function” even “more advanced” than Apple’s TrueDepth camera, the publication reports.

Samsung’s feature will reportedly allow users to place a variety of 3D characters, including animals, over their natural face to “mimic facial movements as tracked by the Galaxy S9’s facial recognition sensors” MacRumors noted.

Much like Apple’s Animoji feature powered by iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera, Samsung’s 3D emoji feature will be powered by the Galaxy S9’s new facial recognition system — however said system is not expected to be as secure as Face ID is on the iPhone X.

Sadly, today’s report lacks additional details about Samsung’s 3D emoji feature, including what it will be called and/or any other noteworthy functions it’ll be capable of performing so we’ll just have to wait until the company unveils its S9 duo to find out more.

Just speculating based on what we’ve seen of the Galaxy S9 so far though, it’s not entirely clear how Samsung’s feature could (in any meaningful way) be “more advanced” than Animoji.

Not only is Apple’s TrueDepth camera years ahead of any competition in terms of its 3D imaging and biometric security capabilities, but the Galaxy S9’s design, relative to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ from last year, makes it even harder to fathom anything “groundbreaking” was incorporated. The devices literally look identical..

And considering the fact that Samsung is expected to keep its iris scanner onboard the Galaxy S9 as well, it’s downright difficult to imagine how whatever the company came up with this quickly is going to be “better” than what Apple spent the last several years (and hundreds of millions of R&D dollars) developing from the ground up. But only time will tell, right?

Samsung will be taking the wraps off its Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagships on February 25, and they’re expected to hit store shelves on or around March 16.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Expected to Copy iPhone X’s Animoji Feature

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will reportedly copy one of the iPhone X’s most popular new features: Animoji.


Korean website ETNews claims the flagship smartphones will have a new 3D emoji function that is “more advanced” than Animoji. Like on the iPhone X, users will be able to choose from various 3D characters, including animals, that mimic facial movements as tracked by the Galaxy S9’s facial recognition sensors.

Samsung should reveal the name of its Animoji competitor when the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are unveiled at Mobile World Congress on February 25. Many details about the smartphones have already leaked, including entire images of the devices shared by Evan Blass, hinting at many features that can be expected.

While rumors suggest the next major version of Android will include support for smartphones with a so-called notched design, like the iPhone X, it appears that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will retain slim bezels along the top and bottom of the display for the front camera, microphone, and sensors.

3D emojis will be powered by the Galaxy S9’s facial recognition system, which is expected to remain less secure than Face ID on the iPhone X. Other biometric options will include a rear fingerprint sensor and an iris scanner.

Samsung is rumored to release the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 on Friday, March 16, with pre-orders expected to begin about two weeks prior.

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