MANILA - Samsung on Wednesday hinted at camera improvements to its Galaxy S9 range, which will be unveiled in late February, including slow-motion recording, brighter images in low light and facial recognition.
The features were teased in 3 videos posted on Samsung Korea's YouTube page. The company will host a press event on Feb. 25 where it is expected to announce "re-imagined" cameras on its flagship device.
The first video showed fast-paced images of a cheetah, a marathoner and a roller coaster, before ending with a slow-motion shot of a sky diver over a snow-capped mountain range.
The second clip featured 2 women walking in a moonlit field, ending with a bright portrait shot of a deer.
The third video focused on the many facial expressions of a man as he went through his day. The face then turns into animation, similar to the "animoji" feature on the iPhone X, where the front-facing camera mirrors the user's facial expressions.
Last year's Galaxy S8 and S8+ marked Samsung's return to form after it recalled its Galaxy Note 7 in late 2016 due to faulty batteries.
The S9 and S9+ will likely sport a similar design compared to the S8 line according to various leaks. The larger S9+ plus will have dual lenses on the back, like the Galaxy Note 8 from late 2017.
The S9 line's unveiling one month earlier compared to the S8 will give Samsung a better shot at competing with Apple's 1,000-dollar iPhone X, which went on sale before Christmas, according to analysts.