The much-awaited unveiling of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus is only a few days away. As the February 25 Unpacked event inches closer, Samsung has started teasing its upcoming smartphones to stir up excitement. The company has released three Galaxy S9 video teasers to flaunt different aspects of the upcoming flagship’s camera. Though Samsung doesn’t explicitly mention the Galaxy S9, the large “9” at the end of each video suggests that the company is indeed referring to the Galaxy S9.
The camera is one of the most important features buyers look at when buying a new smartphone. Samsung upped the game in this department last year by adding a dual-camera system on the Galaxy Note 8. But Apple’s iPhone X and Google’s Pixel 2 XL have shown that Samsung still has a lot to do to enhance the camera capabilities of its flagship phones. The newly released Galaxy S9 video teasers hint at exciting new camera features.
The first video highlights the rumored super slo-mo video recording feature on the Galaxy S9. After a few seconds of action-packed activities, it shows a skydiver falling at a normal speed. Suddenly the skydiver slows down dramatically as the number “9” appears. Both the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are expected to come with the super slo-mo camera feature. The teaser also highlights the blazing fast focusing.
The second Galaxy S9 video is also roughly 15 seconds long. It is shot in the dark with only a few lights from a house and other places. As people pass through the woods without any light source around, they see the silhouette of a deer. Suddenly, the focus area brights up and you can see the deer clearly as the number “9” appears around its head. It is a clear reference to the Galaxy S9’s enhanced low-light photography.
According to the rumor mill, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus cameras would have a variable aperture of between f/1.5 and f/2.4. Samsung has been pushing the low-light performance for the last several years.
The third video highlights a feature similar to Apple’s Animoji on the iPhone X. It follows the day-to-day life of a guy as his facial expressions change from happy to sad to excited. Then appears the number “9” and his face turns into a 3D cartoon version of his face. It is a clear indication that the Galaxy S9 will bring an Animoji-like feature that will mimic your facial expressions using the front camera.
Earlier this week, 9to5Google reported that the Galaxy S9 would feature a 3D emoji functionality that will copy your facial expressions and turn them into an emoji character that you can share with your friends. The publication added that you’d also be able to customize your animated character’s looks, hairstyle, and clothing. It’s not yet known what Samsung’s feature would be called.
While the Galaxy S9 video teasers focus on camera capabilities, the larger Galaxy S9 Plus has been spotted passing through the AnTuTu benchmarking tool. A screenshot of the benchmark results was posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. The S9 Plus with model number SM-G9650 runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB RAM, Adreno 630 GPU, and Android 8.0 Oreo.
The biggest highlight of the test was its benchmark score, which was even higher than that of Apple’s iPhone X. The Galaxy S9 Plus scored a record 265,267 points on AnTuTu. By comparison, the iPhone X had received an average score of 202,496. It’s too early to say whether the Galaxy S9 Plus will be able to beat iPhone X in real-life performance, but we can expect it to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone ever.
The upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus would be almost identical to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. They would have the same bezel-less OLED screens measuring 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch, respectively. The fingerprint scanner will be located on the back panel beneath the rear camera module. According to reliable tipster Evan Blass, Samsung will launch the new phones in Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, and Midnight Black color options.
Samsung will reportedly combine the Galaxy S9’s facial recognition and iris scanning technologies to enhance security. The so-called Intelligent Scan feature would scan both your face and your eyes to verify your identity. The S9 is also said to have dual speakers – one at the top and another at the bottom. Samsung will retain the Bixby button on the left side. While the Galaxy S9 would offer a single camera and 4GB RAM, the S9 Plus would sport a dual camera system and a higher 6GB RAM.
Samsung is set to unveil the new phones on February 25th in Barcelona, just a day before the MWC event kicks off. Korean media claims Samsung would start taking pre-orders on March 1st and launch the handsets on March 16th. According to ETNews, the company is going to bump up the prices of Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The regular S9 would cost between $875 and $925 in South Korea, much higher than the Galaxy S8’s starting price of $720.