August 16, 2022

Samsung and LG unveiled their latest smartphones side-by-side on Feb. 26 at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona.

Both manufacturers placed an emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) technologies for their upgrades. As a result, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the LG V30S ThinQ have become even “smarter,” paving the road for the future of smartphones.

With the Galaxy S9, Samsung augmented its visual communication capabilities.

The AR Emoji function, for example, lets users create an emoticon that looks, sounds and acts just like themselves. This new tool analyzes a 2-D image of the user and maps out more than 100 facial features to create a 3-D model that reflects and imitates their expressions, for true personalization. AR Emoji uses a standard GIF file format so users can share their emoticons in most messaging apps.

The Galaxy S9 also comes with a built-in Bixby Vision tool, an intelligence platform integrated into the camera, that provides helpful information about the user’s surroundings.

With real-time object detection and recognition, Bixby instantly generates information directly on top of the image at which the camera is pointing. For example, users can translate foreign languages in real time with Live Translation. The tool can provide useful information based on a wine label, as well as calories and recipes with pictures of food products.

The new Super Slow-mo feature allows users to capture every day moments with a slow-motion video that takes 960 frames per second. Meanwhile, the Low Light Camera feature, with its dual aperture setting, allows users to take crisp and clear photos even in less-than-ideal lighting.