Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus devices will be the first to feature 3D emoji and stereo speakers, according to Korean publication ETNews. ETNews reports that Samsung’s 3D emoji are more advanced than Apple’s Animoji on the iPhone X, but are similar in terms of resembling a 3D character that tracks the facial movements of the user and mimics them. The 3D emoji reportedly include animal characters that can be shared with friends. The news was spotted by Android Authority.
Samsung debuting a feature like this makes sense given that earlier this year the company also revealed its new Exynos chip, which it says has “realistic face-tracking filters” and stronger security for unlocking devices through facial recognition. Samsung isn’t the first to lift an Animoji-like feature from Apple, Honor has its own take too.
Samsung’s 3D emoji involve animal characters as well, according to reports
On top of the 3D emoji feature, the S9 will also reportedly have stereo speakers. ETNews says the speakers will be located at the top and bottom of the phone. A previous story from SamMobile claimed the S9 and S9 Plus speakers will feature Dolby Surround tuned by acoustics company AKG, which is owned by Samsung.
The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will be unveiled on February 25th at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Previous leaks and product teases have shown a redesigned fingerprint scanner that sits below the camera, camera improvements, a new Samsung DeX Pad, and the beloved headphone jack.
According to ETNews, the Galaxy S9 may cost between 925,000 and 1 million won (between $853 and $923), which is significantly more than the Galaxy S8, which had a starting price of $720.
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