The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will boast support for 3D animations similar to that featured by Apple's iPhone X, ETNews reported Tuesday, citing sources from a number of Korean wireless carriers who are already testing Samsung's upcoming pair of Android flagships. The official name of the functionality remains unknown, though its basic mechanics are understood to be extremely similar to how Apple's latest iOS smartphone handles Animoji; users will be able to select one of many emoji as a basic texture, then have the Galaxy S9 scan their face in order to animate their selection, allowing them to record messages they can send to others or simply export them so that they're able to share them at a later date.
The feature would require a relatively advanced facial recognition system and is hence in line with recent reports suggesting Samsung has improved its biometric solutions meant to be implemented into the Galaxy S9 lineup. The South Korean original equipment manufacturer first debuted a mobile face unlock functionality with its discontinued Galaxy Note 7 and went on to refine the technology for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. An essentially identical version of the platform made its way to the Galaxy Note 8 but the upcoming Android-powered duo is expected to boast noticeable improvements, both in terms of speed and accuracy. Sources from the Far Eastern country's wireless industry are now also reiterating previous rumors that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will boast dual stereo speakers flanking their USB Type-C port from both sides, as seen in multiple leaks that emerged online in recent months.
The audio setup of Samsung's upcoming high-end devices is expected to be tuned by AKG Acoustics, a Vienna, Austria-based company owned by Harman International Industries which Samsung acquired last year. AKG also helped design and configure the audio systems of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and the Galaxy Note 8, in addition to participating in the creation of the earphones bundled with Samsung's 2017 flagships. The Galaxy S9 lineup is scheduled for an official announcement on February 25 and should begin retailing around the world by mid-March.