Korean news outlet, ETNews, recently described Samsung’s Galaxy S9. The report suggests a thinner body and bezel-less design with no physical home button. At least one of the Galaxy S9 models should incorporate a dual camera system, and both are expected to include dual speakers. The handsets could also employ 3D facial recognition, a mix between facial and iris scanning. There are also expected to be 3D Emoji features. As for the fingerprint reader, it will now be placed centered just below the rear camera on the phone’s back.
Many new software features will be introduced as well to better the camera experience. One might be able to add new effects while recording video, and even change the aperture. It’s also rumored that the Galaxy S9 will get two new speakers, one put on each of the handset’s sides to provide a stereo experience. My only concern here is whether our hands will cover them while holding the phone.
Samsung’s personal AI assistant, Bixby, might finally debut version 2.0. This update is said to bring support for services and key functions. It will also open to the developer community through an SDK so that third-party functions can be built in. This would make Bixby more competitive with the likes of Google Assistant and others.
ETNews also reports that the Galaxy S9 will get a dedicated plastic case to protect the device from damage while still emphasizing its design. Pricing could see a lift to $920 for the base model of the smaller Galaxy S9, meaning that the Galaxy S9+, well, over $1,000. The global release could happen in mid-March, but nothing is certain just yet.