Galaxy S9 will finally feature stereo speakers (oh, and 3D emoji)

Evan Blass

  • The Samsung Galaxy S9 is currently being tested by Korean mobile networks and accessory companies ahead of its release.
  • This has led to some leaks on upcoming features.
  • These include 3D emojis, a new speaker setup, and the return of the Bixby button.

Despite the official announcement of the Galaxy S9 still being over ten days away, we already know a fair bit about the phone. This includes the likeliness that it will have dual rear cameras with variable aperture, the fact that it will look similar to the Galaxy S8, and also that it may have an unlock feature that combines an iris scanner and facial recognition technology.

However, as the phone is now being tested by mobile networks and accessory companies in preparation of its release, Korean site ETNews has revealed some more features that will more than likely be coming to the Galaxy S9.

The leak claims the Galaxy S9 will have the ability to make 3D emoticons using the front-facing camera. The Animoji feature of the iPhone X was one of the most talked about features of the phone, so it is no surprise that this has made its way over to Samsung’s upcoming flagship.

If you aren’t sure what it is, it is basically a feature that creates 3D emojis using the facial expressions of the user. The name of Samsung’s version of the feature is currently unknown.

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But the headline leaked detail is that the Galaxy S9 will finally feature dual speakers, one at the top and one at the bottom of the phone. The speaker placement was one of the main bugbears of the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, with users finding that it was too easy to cover up the speaker when playing games or watching videos. This new speaker layout should go some way towards fixing that problem.

This appears to match a recent story from SamMobile – citing “unconfirmed claims,” the website said the Galaxy S9/S9 Plus would feature stereo speakers with Dolby Surround and tuned by AKG, the audio brand owned by Samsung.

We have already seen pretty convincing leaks of what the Galaxy S9 is expected to look like. The ETNews report suggests that the people who had been testing the phones thought that, while the overall design was basically the same as the S8, the corners of the S9 are a little more gradual and the phone was a little thinner overall.

Another design feature, although one that many people may not be completely happy with, is that the Bixby button still remains on the left-hand side of the screen.

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The source also revealed that the phone came with a clear plastic case similar to the one that was included with the Note 8. Of course, there is no suggestion about whether or not this will be included with all devices or just the test ones.

Samsung Electronics is also in talks with Korean mobile networks over the release price of the Galaxy S9. The S9 will not go over one million won ($920) in Korea, although it is expected that the S9 Plus will be around this price. This would mean that the S9 will be cheaper than the Galaxy Note 8 was upon its release.

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