Since there are only 12 days between now and the day Samsung will be unveiling the Galaxy S9 to the world, the world of phone rumours and leaks has gone into overdrive to spill the phone's many secrets before the big day. Today's revelation? The S9 might finally be benefiting from a set of stereo speakers.
For those of you who haven't been keeping up, Samsung has long held out on installing a single speaker into its flagship devices - much to the great irritation of myself and others. Even Apple, which is usually pretty slow at adopting basic features like this, decided stereo speakers were a good idea when it released the iPhone 7. Now Samsung seems to be catching up.
This information comes courtesy of Korean site ETNews, promising dual speakers - one at the top of the phone and one at the bottom. Plus if a story from SamMobile is anything to go by these speakers will also be tuned by AKG, the Samsung-owned audio company that provides the in-box earbuds.
You'd think dual speaker set-ups would be a given by now, but apparently not. Certainly not where Samsung is concerned.
Other information revealed by ETNews also claims that the Galaxy S9 will come with some sort of 3D emojis that use the front-facing camera to animate. ETNews claims that these animated emoticons will be more advanced than Apple's animoji, apparently enhanced by the previously-rumoured 3D facial recognition systems. Unlike the iPhone X however, the site reports that other biometric security features aren't being removed. Iris scanning is still apparently in the phone, and the fingerprint scanner gets another new position under the phone's camera lens.
At this late stage the Galaxy S9, or at least solid manufacturer information, is starting to reach the hands of the third parties. That inevitably leads to mistakes, similar to yesterday's news that a Romanian network accidentally posted some of the specs online. Expect to hear a lot more over the next week and a half, before 25th February rolls around. [ETNews via Android Authority]