If rumours and speculations are to be believed, Galaxy S9—Samsung’s latest upcoming phone—might have borrowed another feature of iPhone X. According to ETNews, a Korean news outlet, the upcoming Galaxy S9 may feature a 3D emoji function. The 3D emoji feature scans the user’s face and imitates his facial expressions and movements. While doing so, the feature creates a 3D character of the imitation, which could be sent to someone in place of normal emojis.

This sounds very similar to Apple’s Animoji, but if we were to believe the reports, Samsung’s version may have a slight edge. This edge could revolve around the number of emoji that can be animated, the software or the hardware.

Samsung has been vigorously trying to reinvigorate its messaging skills. For instance, the Galaxy S8 brought with it stickers, just like Snapchat, that users’ could attach to their face and turn themselves into a handkerchief-wearing cowboy or a carrot-munching bunny. Not just that, the Galaxy S8 also converted the sketches and drawings the users’ created by using the S Pen stylus into short animated GIFs, which could be attached to a message.

It is no news that Samsung and Apple are arch rivals in the premium smartphone market and space. Samsung, the South Korean phone maker, has been slapped with lawsuits many a times before for allegedly plagiarising Apple’s iPhone design and features. However, it could still go ahead and embrace a feature similar to Animoji and cause a frenzy demand for its newest model, which also happens to be very similar to last year’s Galaxy model. Interestingly, Apple too was sued by a small Japanese company for stealing the Animoji idea.

The ETNews also claims that, apparently, the Galaxy S9 could be having top and bottom stereo speakers. This would serve as an obvious shift from the Galaxy S8, which has speakers beneath the screen only. The report also confirms other rumours with regards to Galaxy 9 including iris scanning, better facial recognition and variable aperture function.

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