February 26, 2018 12:50
Samsung on Sunday unveiled its latest flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone, a day before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain starts.
Samsung was the first among major global smartphone makers to roll out this year's new model. The expo kicks off on Monday for a four-day run with around 2,300 electronics companies around the world showcasing their latest gadgets. It is expected to draw 110,000 visitors from 208 countries.
The Galaxy S9 has the Bixby program in its camera which enables the phone to provide rapid translation of foreign languages when the camera is placed over a text. It can translate 104 languages, which Samsung says will come in handy to travelers when deciphering restaurant menus and street signs.
The phone features a super-slow motion camera that can capture fast-moving objects with streak images, and also allows users to turn selfies into 3D images with 18 different emojis.
Koh Dong-jin, the head of Samsung's mobile division said, "Now that visual content has become a major means of communication, the Galaxy S9 is ideal for customers' needs."
The phone features some new hardware and specs but no revolutionary functions that cannot be found in rival products. Samsung will start taking pre-orders on Wednesday, with the official release scheduled for March 16.
Also at the MWC, LG will unveil its new flagship smartphone, and China's Huawei, the world No. 3 smartphone maker, a new tablet PC. BMW and Chinese automaker Byton will showcase self-driving cars and new electric cars.
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