Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Samsung launches A9, world's first smartphone with four rear cameras

Samsung goes camera crazy with the Galaxy A9 and A7 Samsung goes camera crazy with the Galaxy A9 and A7
Katie Ramirez | 11 October, 2018, 16:51

The Galaxy A9 (2018) has five cameras in total, but four of them are located on the back, and act as the device's main cameras, basically. But will that be the reality?

If you think this is the phone for you then there's more good news as the A9 lands in your pocket for a very reasonable £549 - £190 less than the Galaxy S9.

You even get free expedited shipping nationwide, with sales tax only applicable for Texas deliveries. This definitely sounds powerful but not as beastly as the one sported by the Huawei P20 Pro, one of the world's first to feature triple rear cameras. However, the switch to quad cameras could come faster than we thought. It also has a 10MP f/2.4 sensor with a 2x optical zoom feature, an ultra wide 120-degree 8MP f/2.4 lens and a 5MP sensor (f/2.2) for depth. Apparently, the four-camera Samsung will feature a main sensor of 24MP, with F1.7, capable of great low-light performance. That last camera captures depth information and allows for the phone's Live Focus feature. Each mode offers custom settings for things like food, landscapes, portraits, plants, night scenes, and more. A 3,800mAh battery powers the phone.

How Samsung managed to cram this many cameras so close to each other is a conversation for another day.

As expected, a teardown of Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 revealed some interesting design choices in the build of both the handset itself and the S Pen.

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Whether the four cameras can produce respectable pictures, however, is another story.

As for the display, the A9 boasts of a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED with a resolution of 1080×2220 pixels. Bezels around the sides are kept to a minimum, and there is no notch in sight.

Samsung will make the Galaxy A9 available in three colours; Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink. Currently, it is running the Android 8.0 Oreo update and it uses a Type-C USB port for charging purposes.

Images of the Galaxy A9 were leaked ahead of today's launch by Evan Blass and German site AllAboutSamsung, which filled in details of a claim by phone leaker Ice Universe in September that Samsung was cooking up a four-camera phone. Coming to the pricing, it will be retailing from Euro 599 in Europe.

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