Samsung will be copying Apple’s Animoji feature as shown on the iPhone X with its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S9.
The feature will be called 3D Emoji and will make use of the iris scanner and front facing camera on front of the device. Similar to Animoji, 3D Emoji on the Galaxy S9 will allow users to animate emojis using their facial expressions. Since the Galaxy S9 will lack Face ID like hardware on the front, I don’t expect the feature to work as reliably as Animoji on the iPhone X.
It’s unclear how many animated emoji Samsung will be introducing with the Galaxy S9.
Apart from 3D Emoji, Samsung is also planning on copying the stereo speaker setup that Apple has implemented on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The S9 will feature stereo speakers tuned by AKG but similar to iPhone X, they won’t be front facing. Instead, one of the speakers will be bottom firing while another one will be integrated into the earpiece at the front and act as a tweeter.
Samsung is taking another cue from Apple on how to differentiate between two variants of its flagship devices. The smaller Galaxy S9 will feature a single camera setup at the rear, while the Galaxy S9+ will feature a dual-camera setup at its rear. Up until last year, Samsung used the same camera setup across its flagship Galaxy S devices.
Samsung will be unveiling the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on February 25, a day before MWC 2018 begins in Barcelona, Spain. The handset is expected to cost around $930, with the bigger Galaxy S9+ featuring a dual-camera setup expected to cost around $1,000.[Via ET News]