Samsung’s new phone has more camera lenses than buttons

Isaac Cain
October 12, 2018

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) will be available starting next month.

The company today announced the Galaxy A9, the world's first "quad-camera" phone. The Oppo R17 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A7, and LG V40 ThinQ that launched in recent weeks all sport such cameras. The Galaxy Round was the first consumer-like product delivered by Samsung with a curved display all the way back in October of the year 2013.

The Galaxy A9 has been priced at 599 euros (approx Rs 51,300).

Samsung mobile divisions chief DJ Koh introduces the new Galaxy A9. Samsung has done a good job of ensuring that the Bixby key isn't as annoying on this device as it is on some of its other phones.

"On the front, the Galaxy A9 sports a 6.3" Full HD+ (2,220×1,080) Super AMOLED display with relatively small bezels and a single 24MP front-facing camera (f/2.0). The rear panel notably gets a gradient colour scheme similar to phones like the Honor 10 and Huawei P20. It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor along with Adreno 512 GPU. It comes in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants. It comes with 6/8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, expandable with microSD cards with up to 512GB of space.

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The 3,800mAh battery charges over USB-C and Samsung continues to retain the 3.5mm headphone jack. Unlike the Galaxy A7 which has a side fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy A9 gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

South Korean girl group AOA demonstrate the camera capabilities of the new A9.

Let's start with the snapper specs: the rear array comprises a 24MP f/1.7 aperture lens, a 10MP f/2.4 2x telephoto lens, an 8MP f/2.4 wide-angle lens, and a 5MP f/2.2 lens for depth sensing. The front camera on the Galaxy A9 also supports Selfie Focus mode. You will be able to fit in a bigger landscape or more number of people with just a tap in camera interface.

Moving on to the main attraction, the rear of this smartphone features four camera sensors round the back, as you can see in the pictures.

We've heard a lot of details about Samsung's long-promised folding smartphone, save for perhaps the most critical feature - how exactly you're going to use the phone.

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