With leaks steadily increasing over the past week, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones were officially unveiled today at Samsung’s #Unpacked event. Key additions to the latest Samsung flagship smartphones include Super Slow-mo video, best-in-class low light camera, and AR Emoji.
“The way we use our smartphones has changed as communication and self-expression has evolved,” said DJ Koh, president and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “With the Galaxy S9 and S9+, we have reimagined the smartphone camera. Not only do the Galaxy S9 and S9+ enable consumers to shoot great photos and videos anywhere, it’s a smartphone that’s designed to help them connect to others and express themselves in a way that’s unique and personal to them.”
Let’s face it, with current smartphone speeds, most mid-range and even some budget-friendly smartphones are more than enough for what most people need. Sure companies can continue to add faster CPUs, more RAM, and more storage space but for the size and average usage scenarios of most users, options like screen size and resolution are more than adequate. Because many smartphone owners use it on a daily basis for taking images and video, it’s no surprise that the last few flagships have focused on improving the camera.
So how does Samsung hope to outdo the rest with the Galaxy S9 and S9+? The latest devices feature “a Super Speed Dual Pixel sensor with dedicated processing power and memory to take amazing shots with high photo quality.” The sensor, coupled with new camera features, should give owners new ways to take photos in various lighting conditions as well as record video in new and fun ways.
New Samsung Galaxy S9+ and S9 camera features include:
Make every day moments epic with dynamic, slow-motion video that captures 960 frames per second. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also offer automatic Motion Detection, an intelligent feature that detects movement in the frame and automatically begins to record – all users have to do is set up the shot. After capturing the Super Slow-mo video, users can select background music from 35 different options or add a tune from their favorite playlist. Users can also easily create, edit and share GIF files with a simple tap in three playful styles of looping to watch the action over and over again.
Low Light Camera
Good lighting is the secret to any great photo. But often, photos are taken in less-than-ideal lighting conditions and most smartphone cameras have a fixed aperture that can’t adjust to low or bright lighting environments resulting in grainy or washed out pictures. Similar to the way the iris of a human eye expands and contracts, Samsung’s Dual Aperture2(F1.5/F2.4) automatically lets in more light when it’s dark and less light when it’s too bright, taking photos that are crisp and clear.
Samsung lets users create an emoji that looks, sounds and acts like them. AR Emoji uses a data-based machine learning algorithm, which analyzes a 2D image of the user and maps out more than 100 facial features to create a 3D model that reflects and imitates expressions, like winks and nods, for true personalization. AR Emoji shares users’ real-life emotions not only in video but also with a range of stickers and uses a standard AGIF file format so users can share their emojis across most third-party messaging platforms.
Samsung’s intelligence platform, integrated into the camera, uses augmented reality and deep learning technologies to provide helpful information about a user’s surroundings. With real-time object detection and recognition, Bixby instantly generates information directly on top of the image that the camera is pointing at. Users can translate foreign languages and currency in real time with Live Translation, learn about their surroundings, purchase products seen in the real world and track calories throughout the day.
Other features of the latest flagship devices from Samsung include dual front-facing stereo speakers tuned by AKG, Dolby Atmos support, Infinity Display, a new SmartThings app, a new DeX Pad, updated Knox security, and iris, fingerprint, and facial recognition for unlocking.
For those interested in specifications, the full specifications of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are showcased in the image below.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available starting on March 16, 2018, and will be available in Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue and a new hue, Lilac Purple in select markets. The devices are available for pre-order and will run you $719.99/$839.99USD and $960/$1100CAD off-contract for the Galaxy S9/S9+ respectively.
Last Updated on February 25, 2018.