Samsung Unveils Galaxy S9 Series Smartphones With Dual Lens Variable Aperture Camera and AR Emoji

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Samsung on Sunday unveiled its latest Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagship smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, showcasing the handset's new dual-lens camera, stereo speakers, and AR-powered emoji. The new smartphones take the same general design as the Galaxy S8 devices, with slightly slimmer bezels on the top and bottom.

    The headline feature of the S9 and S9+ is a 12-megapixel dual lens camera, boasting the first variable aperture system built into a smartphone, which promises better results in low light conditions and hardware-based shallow depth of field effects. Samsung's new photography computation also shoots 12 photos in three groups of four and then combines them at the pixel level to eliminate noise and boost detail.


    The S9 features variable dual lens 12-megapixel cameras with dual optical image stabilization, while the S9+ features a variable aperture lens paired with a second 12-megapixel lens with a fixed aperture. The S9 Plus also includes a new slow-motion mode that can shoot at 960 frames per second, which can turn a 2-millisecond recording into six seconds of video. For comparison's sake, Apple's iPhone X shoots at a maximum of 240 frames per second.

    In U.S. models, the S9 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor, but in other regions, including Europe, the smartphone is powered by Samsung's own Exynos chip. Samsung has combined the face and iris recognition features into a new system called Intelligent Scan, which uses the best biometric sensor for the given situation. The fingerprint scanner on the back now sits below the camera module rather than alongside it. Like the S8 devices, the displays on the 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch models are Quad HD+ and Super AMOLED, respectively. Also, there's a headphone jack.

    The inevitable comparison of Samsung's new AR-based emoji will be Animoji on iPhone X, which map users' facial expressions onto cartoon facades using Apple's TrueDepth camera technology. However the Galaxy S9 diverges here by creating 3D personalized characters more akin to Bitmoji or Nintendo Mii avatars, which can then be shared as GIFs.

    The S9 comes with 4GB of RAM while the S9+ has 6GB of memory. Both versions come with a base 64GB storage (user expandable up to 400GB via the Micro SD slot). In the U.S., the S9 starts at $720, with the S9+ costing $840. Pre-orders for both models begin on March 2 and the phones start shipping on March 16.

    Article Link: Samsung Unveils Galaxy S9 Series Smartphones With Dual Lens Variable Aperture Camera and AR Emoji
  2. dan9700 macrumors 68000


    May 28, 2015
    loved how they had to keep dissing apple but they copy Animoji, such a lame update from Samsung
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Yet with all those beefed up specs and CPU, it still doesn't deliver the same experience as an iPhone.
  4. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2014
  5. silvetti macrumors 6502a


    Nov 24, 2011
  6. RamalTheCamel macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2016
    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Unlucky for the folks in the U.S when the rest of the world gets the far superior Exynos chipset...
  7. lobbyist macrumors regular


    Apr 27, 2008
    Montreal, QC
    AR Emoji... How did Apple not think of that? Tim has talked so much about AR...
  8. jrlcopy macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2007
    Another year, another cooler looking phone from Samsung. :/
  9. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    Hey look a reasonably priced flagship.

    Does it have a headphone jack though...
  10. Ds6778 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2016
    The lack of dramatic new hardware changes further proves that software/services will be the X-factor from now on.
  11. Superhappytree macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2015
    And I thought Apples keynotes are terrible lately but oh boy... having sat through watching that they are like on an elite level in comparison.
  12. alex00100 macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2011
    Moscow, Russia
  13. GabrielMoro macrumors member


    Jun 3, 2014
    Amazing cameras. Can't wait to see the comparison between the S9 and iPhone X.
  14. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Hm, I guess these personalized emoji are at least a little more interesting than Apple's canned poop faces and unicorns if you're into this kind of thing.

    Anyway, I applaud Samsung for keeping a headphone jack (which I have missed on more than a few occasions on my iPhone 8). Also much prefer their thin bezels to The Notch. Too bad it doesn't run iOS ...
  15. MaxxTraxx macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2008
    Has Samsung always used the '+' to denote the larger phone?
  16. RedGala macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2015
  17. grkm3 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2013
    This is not even close to what apple is doing
  18. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Nothing surprising or shocking here, as it's what has been expected for many months.
    Just a polish and some fine tuning to the S8.
    As many have said, if you have something built that's really nice why change it for change sake.

    I expect now that most will be thinking it's next years model that will be the one to change things.
    Screen / Bezels / Fingerprint etc.
  19. Sheza macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2010
    Cambridge, UK
    Because it sounds more stupid and unnatural than Animoji.

    Not a minute into the presentation and the guy dissed Apple for ditching TouchID and the Headphone Jack. Then went on to copy Animoji (creepily) and faceID (not as securely).
  20. grkm3 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2013
    Why are you using unofficial images that dont look anything like the gs9 and gs9+ and make the phone look like it has side bezzels?
  21. mi7chy macrumors 601


    Oct 24, 2014
    The only really notable new features are dual camera aperture and dual speaker with ATMOS. Was hoping for game changing Windows 10 DeX to eliminate the need for a basic remote and home PC but nothing mentioned. That would easily justify the price.
  22. nviz22 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2013
    I was waiting for the MR front page to mention the S9/S9+. Interesting how this is becoming a common thing each new Galaxy device.
  23. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    No, they started doing that right after Apple used the word "Plus"
  24. DNichter macrumors 604


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    So the same thing as the S8 with some old camera tricks. Probably a fine phone, but I’m surprised how little Samsung is criticized when they make little to no changes to phones and software for years.

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