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Samsung and LG Electronics unveil their newest smartphones at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona on Feb. 26. Both the Samsung Galaxy S9 (left) and the LG V30S ThinQ have been improved by adding AI and AR technology.


Samsung and LG unveiled their latest smartphones side-by-side on Feb. 26 at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona.

Both manufacturers placed an emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) technologies for their upgrades. As a result, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the LG V30S ThinQ have become even "smarter," paving the road for the future of smartphones. 

With the Galaxy S9, Samsung augmented its visual communication capabilities. 

The AR Emoji function, for example, lets users create an emoticon that looks, sounds and acts just like themselves. This new tool analyzes a 2-D image of the user and maps out more than 100 facial features to create a 3-D model that reflects and imitates their expressions, for true personalization. AR Emoji uses a standard GIF file format so users can share their emoticons in most messaging apps. 

gal1.jpgThe Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with an AR Emoji function that lets users create an emoticon that looks, sounds and acts just like them. (Samsung)

The Galaxy S9 also comes with a built-in Bixby Vision tool, an intelligence platform integrated into the camera, that provides helpful information about the user's surroundings. 

With real-time object detection and recognition, Bixby instantly generates information directly on top of the image at which the camera is pointing. For example, users can translate foreign languages in real time with Live Translation. The tool can provide useful information based on a wine label, as well as calories and recipes with pictures of food products.

The new Super Slow-mo feature allows users to capture every day moments with a slow-motion video that takes 960 frames per second. Meanwhile, the Low Light Camera feature, with its dual aperture setting, allows users to take crisp and clear photos even in less-than-ideal lighting.

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The LG V30S ThinQ's AI CAM feature analyzes subjects in the frame and recommends the optimal shooting mode among eight categories: portrait, food, pet, landscape, city, flower, sunrise, and sunset. (LG)

Over at LG, its new V30S ThinQ integrated three new intelligent camera features -- AI CAM, QLens and Bright Mode -- into its camera to enhance the image-capturing experience for all shutterbugs. 

The AI CAM analyzes subjects in the frame and recommends the optimal shooting mode among eight categories: portrait, food, pet, landscape, city, flower, sunrise and sunset. Each mode enhances the characteristics of the subject, taking into account factors such as angle, color and saturation. 

QLens takes further advantage of the AI image recognition capabilities by scanning QR codes to improve the online shopping experience. Capturing an item of interest with QLens will let you know where to buy the product online, as well as recommendations for similar items. 

Finally, low light photography on the LG V30S ThinQ gets a huge boost with Bright Mode. This AI feature uses algorithms to brighten images by a factor of two for better-looking photos minus the noise. 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 will be available starting March 16, and the LG V30S ThinQ starting March 9, first in Korea and then in the U.S., the EU and other markets. 

Korea.net