Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ Expected to Feature 3D Emoji, Stereo Speakers


Apple is clearly ahead of the game in the emoji race, thanks to its 3D Animoji technology, but now Samsung is reportedly working on something that could rival it in the near future.

ETNews reports that Samsung’s 3D emoji are more advanced than Apple’s Animoji on the iPhone X, but are similar in terms of resembling a 3D character that tracks the facial movements of the user and mimics them. The report cites sources from a number of Korean wireless carriers who are already testing Samsung’s upcoming pair of Android flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

It’s unclear at this point, however, what will power the Galaxy S9’s 3D emoji feature. Apple’s technology is only possible thanks to the iPhone X’s 3D-scanning Face ID camera. Samsung is said to be planning a 2D face scanner, similar to the one it offered in last year’s Galaxy S8 line.

The report also points to dual stereo speakers, which would be a first for a Samsung smartphone. The speakers won’t be front-facing though, placed on the top and bottom edge of the devices. Also mentioned is the inclusion of a protective plastic case in the box with each phone, and an improved Bixby 2.0 with a dedicated button.

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on February 25 ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In addition to the aforementioned features, Samsung’s new handsets are expected to ship with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, a dual-lens camera, and a design that’s nearly identical to last year’s Galaxy S8.

It’s expected that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones will hit store shelves around mid-March.


  • FragilityG4

    I honestly believe that Animoji ONLY uses the front facing camera. I have tried a test a few times:

    1.) I cover up all sensors in the notch except the camera.

    2.) I lock the device.

    3.) I attempt to unlock the device in which it fails every time as it should since the sensors are covered.

    4.) With the sensors still covered I use Animoji and it works perfectly tracking my every movement.

    To me this was a feature allowed only to the X to entice more sales. Now having said that there also could be something in the internals that allows it only to function on the X, my guess is we’ll never know.

  • The true depth technology is required but not the IR blast. That’s why sometimes they said “you need more light” or something like this (sorry my iphone is in french) And that’s why iphone above the X can’t use the animoji function and it’s the same reason you can’t use the portrait mode on the selfie cam with the 8/8+

  • FragilityG4

    But I covered up all the sensors, IR and dot projector included. If there’s low light that would be for the camera as the dot projector works in the dark.

  • Maybe somebody can correct me, but the TrueDepth sensor is not a « third part » sensor but is IN the selfies camera, no ?

  • FragilityG4

    The camera is just a camera. The TrueDepth system is combination of the camera, dot projector, IR and proximity sensors all working together.