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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ on show at MWC

Latestet edition of Samsung handset includes enhanced camera features

Samsung's DJ Koh shows the new Galaxy S9 at MWC.
Samsung's DJ Koh shows the new Galaxy S9 at MWC.

Samsung has unveiled details of its new Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones at Mobile World Congress.

The Korean company says that photography and video is the new focus for the handsets, including slow-motion shooting, improved low-light capabilities, and a dual lens rear camera for improved

The handsets also include stereo speakers by AKG, Dolby Atmos and edge-to-edge Infinity Display 1. In addition, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will come with the new SmartThings app, which unites Samsung's existing IoT services into one single, smart experience.

"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.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+'s camera features include Super Slow-mo (captures 960 frames per second), automatic motion detection, low light camera, AR Emoji (uses a data-based machine learning algorithm, which analyses a 2D image of the user and maps out more than 100 facial features to create a 3D model that reflects and imitates expressions), Bixby (With real-time object detection and recognition, Bixby instantly generates information directly on top of the image that the camera is pointing at). 

The devices now support expandable memory of up to 400GB with a Micro SD Card.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ support three different biometric authentication options - iris, fingerprint, and facial recognition - so users can choose the way they want to protect their device and applications. The devices feature Intelligent Scan, a new verification that intelligently uses the collective strength of iris scanning and facial recognition technology to quickly and conveniently unlock a user's phone in various situations. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ also introduce Dedicated Fingerprint, giving users the option to use a different fingerprint to access Secure Folder than the one used to unlock the phone.

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be available from mid-March in select markets and will be offered in Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue and Lilac Purple.