On Thursday, 12 October 2018 Samsung announced the Galaxy A9, a smartphone with four rear cameras designed for explorers, adventurers, and phone photographers.
Just three weeks after Samsung revealed the Galaxy A7 with its triple rear camera, it’s already been outshone. The star innovation of the Galaxy A9 that was revealed Thursday in Malaysia is without a doubt its rear quad camera, an industry first.
One of the key features of the A9 is its four rear cameras. The A9 uses the trifecta of a regular angle module, a wide angle, and a telephoto module. On top of these three imaging cameras, there’s also a fourth camera that serves as a depth sensor.
Samsung brings The Ultra Wide Lens from the A7 to the A9, both of which are equipped with an AI-powered Scene Optimizer that can detect the subject you’re capturing and modify the settings to bring you the best photo in a wide variety of situations.
The main camera is a 24MP unit with an f/1.7 aperture. In daylight pictures the sensor uses the full 24MP resolution, while Samsung now introduces a pixel binning mode in low light scenarios where 2×2 pixels on the sensor result in a single logical pixel in the output image – effectively resulting in 6MP photos.
The wide angle module is a first for Samsung. For long this has been an exclusive feature for LG devices, and it seems this year we’ll see a lot more vendors employ similar modules. The A9’s module is 8MP with fixed focus and an f/2.4 aperture – the key characteristic here is the 120° field of view.
You will have at least 6GB of RAM (depending on market), 128GB of storage with up to 512GB of additional memory by means of a MicroSD slot. No Pie will be in this model just yet as it’s using Android 8.0 Oreo. The Galaxy A9 will come in Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink gradient color options, as well as a more classic Caviar Black.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 is set to be available sometime in November and will go for €599 in Europe, while the Galaxy A7 is already available for €350. Prices for the A9 for the US are yet to be announced.