Galaxy S9 will run Samsung’s dedicated AI chip, but it won’t have a Face ID alternative

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy and Note smartphones sport pretty basic 2D facial recognition implementation which isn’t secure enough to work with mobile payments because it can be easily tricked by a headshot or a selfie. The next Galaxy, the story goes, won’t have a Face ID alternative of its own though the feature could be ready in time for the next Note.

“Although the Galaxy S9 may not have the innovative features expected by the market, we are focusing on enhancing the completeness of the Galaxy S8 hardware and an innovative user experience,” said an official of Samsung Electronics.

Today’s report from Business Korea, citing sources inside and outside the company, claims the Galaxy S9 smartphones are expected to run Qualcomm’s rumored Snapdragon 845 chipset or Samsung’s announced Exynos 9810 chipset, depending on the market.

More importantly, the devices should use Samsung’s brand new artificial intelligence chip dedicated to voice recognition and neural language processing.

The regular-sized model should keep its 5.8-inch display while the Plus model should come in at 6.2 inches, like before. The dual-lens camera on the back of Galaxy S9 may feature a 3-stack laminated image sensor capable of shooting more than a thousand images per second.

Contrary to rumors, there will be no dual-lens camera setup out the front. Note 8, which was released in September, is the first Samsung phone with a rear dual camera.

“3D sensing cameras will be applied to various areas such as unlocking, mobile banking, augmented reality and virtual reality,” an industry expert said. “However, the fact that Samsung will maintain the existing 2D system means it will miss the diversification of smartphones.”

Samsung’s upcoming smartphones should be more expensive than the current Galaxy S8 series due to those pricier camera components. Samsung could launch the Galaxy S9 series in February at the annual Mobile World Congress show.