Barcelona — Samsung unveiled its new flagship smartphone on Sunday with a focus on augmented reality features, as it seeks to keep its title as the world’s biggest smartphone maker. The South Korean firm showcased the Galaxy S9 on the eve of the official start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which comes after a year of flat smartphone sales. With no other major handset maker using the annual event, the world’s largest phone show, to launch a new flagship device in 2018, Samsung had the opportunity to grab the spotlight. The S9 features essentially the same design as 2018’s flagship, with the full screen and curved glass edge of the S8, which was followed by Apple’s iPhone X and others. But it includes louder sound, a faster processor and software that turns selfies into animated emojis, which will appeal to consumers who increasingly prefer to use their phones to send text messages rather than to talk. Samsung also included a dual lens camera on the Galaxy S line for the ...

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