Samsung takes shots at iPhone X ‘notch’ in Galaxy S9 debut

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Galaxy S9
Samsung hopes its new handset will be an iPhone X killer.
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Mobile World Congress 2018Samsung just can’t debut a new phone without taking shots at Apple in the process!

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship. And, as it was keen to point out in its presentation, “There’s no notch.”

(Although it does happen to feature an Animoji ripoff, better facial recognition tech, and iPhone X-style stereo speakers.)

“When we released the Infinity Display, most people had never seen anything like it,” Samsung said during the Galaxy S9’s stage debut. “… With the S9, we’ve built on this foundation, taking the same immersive end-to-end display, and refining it even further. We’ve created a design so sleek and unified, you can hardly tell where the screen ends. And as always … there’s no notch.”

Samsung also showed off its Animoji-style augmented reality tech, which can create a (slightly creepy) cartoon version of individual users, based on them snapping a selfie.

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Less Animoji, more Samsungemoji.
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Finally, the device combines both facial and iris recognition into one more advanced biometric system, called Intelligent scan. Interestingly, Samsung isn’t following Apple by ditching the fingerprint scanner altogether.

It described fingerprint scanning as “one of the most popular ways … to unlock our phones, which is why we didn’t get rid of it.” However, this may also have something to do with the fact that Samsung’s previous attempt at Face ID-style facial recognition could be fooled by a photo.

My colleague Killian Bell will be back later today with a detailed comparison pitting the Samsung Galaxy S9 against the iPhone X. For now, though, you can check out the company’s latest smartphone unveiling below.