Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with Intelligent ‘Face’ scan feature and cameras

As we draw closer to the launch of Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ at the company’s Galaxy Unpacked event in Mobile World Congress on February 25, additional details have surfaced surrounding the cameras and specifications of the upcoming devices.

Following the trend of a single rear camera for the regular variant and dual cameras on the Plus variant, as seen on Apple devices, the Galaxy S9 could sport a single rear camera, and the larger S9+ may include dual rear cameras, as seen on leaks posted by Evan Blass.

The leaks show camera modules for two devices, presumably the Galaxy S9 and S9+. The first camera module houses a single primary lens with LED flash to the right side of it with additional sensors for autofocusing.

The other camera module shows a dual lens system with the LED flash positioned to the right side along with the additional sensors.

Additional reports have indicated that the upcoming flagship devices will feature ‘Intelligent Scan’ which makes use of both the iris scanner and the front-facing camera for an ‘advanced facial recognition’.

An APK teardown of Settings in Oreo beta for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 indicated that ‘Intelligent Scan’ feature. The combination reportedly improves on security and also detecting the face in low/bright-light conditions.

We’re not entirely sure if both the technologies work in tandem, combining the data from each or working independently to unlock the device or to process payments.

For processing payments using 3D-Face technology, the Exynos 9810 and the Snapdragon 845 (expected on the S9) with their biometric processing unit, are reported to possess the capabilities as seen on the iPhone X.

However, being chip-dependent, we may not see the entire range of functionalities being implemented on the Galaxy Note 8, S8, for example.

In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S9/ S9+ are expected to be powered by the Exynos 9810 (or Snapdragon 845) SoC with 4GB/6GB RAM and 64/128GB storage respectively.

The flagships are seen to have a design similar to their predecessors with bezel-less Infinity Display.

Talking about camera specifics, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are said to come with motion detection tech, super slow-mo video capture, and both are said to come with a 12-megapixel sensor with a variable aperture which may mean you can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture. Both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones are said to come with 8-megapixel selfie camera and likely to include stereo speakers at the front.

The smartphones will likely ship with Android Oreo out of the box.

The company’s Galaxy Unpacked event on February 25 will kick off at 6 pm CET (10:30 pm IST) and will be live streamed on the company website.

Rohit Kumar founded Vimocafe in 2016. He covers Entertainment news from the Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada Film industries.