New Galaxy S9 Teasers Hint At Slow-Mo Capture, Animated Emoji

The South Korean branch of Samsung Mobile on Wednesday published three new video teasers for its upcoming Galaxy S9 series of Android flagships, eleven days ahead of their official announcement at Barcelona, Spain-based Mobile World Congress 2018. The short clips that can be seen below all hint at various features of the company's next pair of ultra-premium mobile offerings, with the trio being entirely dedicated to their imaging capabilities. The first video adds more credence to recent reports that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will both support animated emoji, with the functionality itself presumably being somewhat similar to Apple's Animoji which debuted with the iPhone X last fall. In essence, owners of Samsung's new high-end devices will be able to animate their emoji database by recording their face, with the service being backed by Samsung's facial recognition technology.

The second teaser suggests the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus won't just boast improved low-light performance but may also debut enhanced dual-LED flash units, whereas the third clip hints at slow-motion recording capabilities being one of the selling points of the upcoming Android flagships. Previous reports and Samsung's own invitations to the February 25 product launch suggested the tagline of the next Unpacked event will be "camera reimagined" and all of the Galaxy S9 teasers released so far appear to be almost entirely centered around the imaging capabilities of the two smartphones. The main sensors of both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are expected to be of the 12-megapixel variety, with their main improvement being the lens installed on top of them that's said to feature a variable aperture of between f/2.4 and f/1.5. The latter f-stop represents an industry record that the two devices should tie with the W2018, another Samsung-made device launched in the form of a flip phone late last year.

The Galaxy S9 Plus is expected to debut additional imaging improvements due to the reported addition of a second camera to its rear panel, also backed by a 12-megapixel sensor. The Seoul-based phone maker should start retailing its newest Android 8.0 Oreo-powered flagships by mid-March, according to recent reports and as suggested by the timing of its upcoming product launch event.

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