Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ revealed
Audra Reigle | Technology Editor
Samsung’s latest smartphones have been unveiled. The company spoke on their latest product at the Mobile World Congress 2018 held in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ come with a variety of new features that were showcased at the event.
Samsung Health has been improved to help you live a healthier life. Samsung has been the only company for years to have a built in heart rate sensor into their phones, according to the Head of IT and Mobile Communications, DJ Koh. The heart rate sensor now tracks how hard your heart is working with advanced technology. Samsung has also partnered with the University of California San Francisco’s School of Medicine to start a research project that involves the sensor being used to measure blood pressure.
The most important function of a phone today isn’t to make calls, it’s to capture life’s moments in an instant through photos, videos and emojis, Koh said. People took 1.2 trillion photos, shared 10 billion videos and sent 5 billion emojis on smartphones last year, according to Koh.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have a display that goes from edge to edge. The Samsung Galaxy S9 offers a 5.8 inch display, and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ offers a 6.2 inch display. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to below the camera to make it easier to access. Intelligence scan is a combination of face recognition and an iris scanner to make it easier to unlock your phone. Speakers are on both ends of the phone, and there is a headphone jack as well.
If you’re using the horizontal orientation, it will be easier to switch between apps without having to turn your phone around. The phone can also be charged wirelessly.
The camera offers a dual aperture camera that adjusts based on the lighting automatically. It can also process image data four times faster than before. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ can also record super slow-mo videos. Those slow-mo videos can be done within videos, and slow-mo videos can be turned into GIFs. Background music is automatically added to videos. Slow-mo videos can also be used on the lock screen. The Samsung Galaxy S9+ also offers dual cameras with stabilization.
Those who were at the Mobile World Congress event were able to use augmented reality through an app to see how the phone would look in their hands. The attendees’ badges turned into the new Samsung phones thanks to augmented reality.
Augmented reality can also be used to create emojis through AR Emoji. Take a selfie, and an emoji that looks like you can be created and personalized. You can add voice messages to them and share them with your friends regardless of what smartphone they have. They can also be used in third party apps. It also creates 18 personalized emojis based on the one you create. If you don’t want to create your own, Samsung has partnered with Disney so you can bring your favorite characters to life.
Bixby, the Samsung’s personal assistant, has also been improved to translate images via augmented reality. It can also help you track the foods you eat through Samsung Health by taking a picture of them instead of inputting them manually. Users will also be able to try on makeup and order it through the camera app.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ come in four colors: midnight black, titanium gray, coral blue and lilac purple. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ come with a microSD card slot to allow for extra storage of photos and videos. Both phones are water and dust resistant. The Samsung Galaxy S9 starts at $719.99, and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ starts at $839.99. The phones will be available in stores March 16, but preorders are open now.