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Samsung launches Galaxy S9 with focus on social media

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone with an emphasis on visual applications for social media, hoping to attract tech-savvy young consumers to weather a market slowdown.

Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, showcased the Galaxy S9 at a mobile gadget fair in Barcelona ahead of the 2018 Mobile World Congress due to start in the Catalan capital on Monday (February 26). It features improved cameras, an artificial intelligence-powered voice tool, and social media functions that are easier to deploy than previous offerings.

New features include an automatic super-slow motion camera setting that looks primed to show up on Instagram feeds soon, and software that turns selfies into instant emojis.

Samsung’s AI-powered Bixby service allows S9 users to point its camera to translate a foreign-language sign, without having to swipe through menus or choose settings every time.

The two versions of the Galaxy S9 have 6.2-inch (15.8 cm) and 5.8-inch wrap-around screens, and will go on sale on March 16 in most countries

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