Since the past year or so, dual cameras on phones have become a conventional feature. Nearly all major OEMs have produced more than a couple of products in their catalog featuring two cameras or more. On Thursday, Samsung unveiled the world's first smartphone- Samsung Galaxy A9 with a quad-camera setup on the rear.
Ever before the Galaxy A9 was officially announced, there were rumors surrounding a smartphone by Samsung with four cameras on the back. Interestingly, Samsung chose to go with their A-series for the quad-camera setup and not the flagship S-series, which is due to get an upgrade within the next six months.
The four cameras on the Galaxy A9 consists of a primary 24-megapixel camera with a f/1.7 aperture. Followed by a 10-megapixel telephoto lens which provides 2x optical zoom with an aperture of f/2.4, an ultra-wide 8-megapixel camera with a 120-degree field of view and a depth-sensing 5-megapixel sensor assisting in bokeh pictures. Samsung Galaxy A9 uses an AI scene optimizer to automatically adjust the settings to match the frame.
In addition to the four back cameras, the Galaxy A9 also sports a front-facing 24-megapixel camera with a f/2.0 aperture taking the total camera count to 5.
The Galaxy A9 features a 6.3-inch full HD+ (2220x1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display panel with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The phone is sleek at 7.8mm and is built using 3D Glass for a slightly curved back which gives the phone a good grip to hold. The A9 comes in three colour options, namely Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink.
Samsung's Galaxy A9 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset with an octa-core CPU. Backed by 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which can further be expanded up to 512GB.
The A9 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box under Samsung's Experience UI. Additional, Samsung services like Bixby, Pay and Health are also supported by the Galaxy A9.
The phone draws power from a 3,800mAh battery which is enough to get you through the day, if the usage is kept moderate. The Galaxy A9 also supports fast battery charging.
Will the Galaxy A9 will actually manage to create stunning pictures is something that we will reserve until we get our hands on it. Nevertheless, with so much firepower under the belt, this sure doesn't look like a gimmick.
Samsung has priced the Galaxy A9 starting at 599 Euros, costing around ₹51,240 and will go on sale from November. There's no information on the India launch at the moment but we'll update you whenever that happens.