Samsung Galaxy S9 teasers hint at 3D emoji, super slow-mo camera, and more

With less than two weeks to go before the official debut of the Galaxy S9, Samsung has ratcheted up the hype machine for its next flagship.

Samsung today posted three brief video teasers for the Galaxy S9. Each video focuses on a different feature, like the one above that appears to be teasing the 3D emoji feature that’s rumored for the S9. In it, we see a man in different situations making different faces, and briefly at the end, his real face is transformed into one that looks like a cartoon character.

Samsung Galaxy S9 low light photography teaser

The second teaser seems to be hinting at the Galaxy S9’s low light photo capabilities. We see several dark scenes, like people walking down a sidewalk at night. The end of the video shows the silhouette of a deer, and then we get a bright, clear view of it inside the circle of a 9.

Samsung Galaxy S9 super slow-mo video recording teaser

Finally, the third teaser is a bit tougher to decipher, but it may be a hint at a super slow motion video recording feature. A previous leak showed off what may be the Galaxy S9’s packaging, and one of the items is a “Super Slow-mo” camera feature. The teaser shows lots of fast things, like a cheetah and rollercoaster, before showing a person in a glider suit slowly flying through the sky.

The Galaxy S9 will be officially introduced on February 25. While the phone is expected to look largely similar to the Galaxy S8, Samsung will make some improvements to the GS9 like a new processor and new software features. The Galaxy S9+ is expected to be beefed up even more, like with added RAM and a dual rear camera setup.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 rumored to include 3D emoji and stereo speakers

Samsung Galaxy S9 details continue to leak out ahead of Samsung’s big February 25 event.

Two new Galaxy S9 features have been revealed in a report from ETNews. According to that publication, the Galaxy S9 will have a 3D emoji feature that will be “more advanced” that the iPhone X’s Animoji. With this feature, you can choose a 3D animal character that will follow the movements of your face and can be used in texts and instant messages.

It’s not surprising to hear that Samsung may be cooking up a 3D emoji feature. Not only did Animoji become popular in the months following the launch of the iPhone X, but the Galaxy S9 is expected to include its own facial recognition functionality, which would help enable Animoji-style 3D characters with face tracking.

Also rumored to be coming to the Galaxy S9 are stereo speakers. This report backs up a previous Galaxy S9 leak that said the device will have AKG stereo speakers.

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 to feature 3D emoji

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus handsets are expected to feature 3D emoji, reports Korean publication ETNews. The site claims Samsung’s 3D emoji will be “more advanced” than Apple’s Animoji, but will work in a similar fashion, with an animated character mimicking users’ facial movements…. Read the rest of this post here


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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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