Friday 20 July 2018

Samsung's phones get smarter (but not much)

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 incorporates an animated avatar like that of the iPhone X. Photo: AP
The new Samsung Galaxy S9 incorporates an animated avatar like that of the iPhone X. Photo: AP

Anick Jesdanun

Samsung unveiled new smartphones with largely unchanged designs and incremental improvements such as a better camera - accompanied by a second annual price increase for many customers.

The static design of the new Galaxy S9 underscores both the slowing pace of smartphone innovation and the extent to which other manufacturers have caught up with Samsung features that once stood out.

That includes everything from edge-to-edge screens to facial recognition to a water-resistant body.

The new phone's biggest selling point is a collection of minor improvements to its camera, which is already among the best in the smartphone business.

The S9 promises even better low-light shots while offering a video mode that appears to freeze fast-moving objects, matching a feature in some Sony phones. The S9 can automatically detect when there's high-speed motion to record, such as a cork popping off a bottle of champagne. A fifth of a second of video gets stretched to six seconds.

Samsung said pricing of the new phones in Ireland is subject to individual retailers.

Irish Independent

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