Samsung picks Kuala Lumpur to reveal first-ever four-lens smartphone

James Marshall
October 12, 2018

While the phone is effectively a direct successor to the original Galaxy A9 that first launched in 2016, the new Galaxy A9 tops its predecessor as the first smartphone fitted with a quad-camera main array.

Of course, there is more to the Galaxy A9 (2018) than just its four rear cameras.

Samsung Galaxy A9's quad-camera setup.

While the cameras are the Galaxy A9's most defining feature, it is imperative that we talk about the unique design. Finally, the fourth camera is a 5-megapixel depth camera with an f/2.2 aperture. The phone's main lens is a 24 megapixel shooter.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 is set for release in November and comes in three colours, caviar black, bubblegum pink and blue lemonade, and will cost £549. As of now, the pricing is unknown and considering that it has Snapdragon 660 SoC, i assume it could be priced a little above the Galaxy A7 when it launches in India next month. The 3D curved glass back on Samsung Galaxy A9 is borrowed from flagship smartphones. Is this practical or just a marketing ploy?

The phone will come with plenty of storage, at 128GB (6GB RAM) and up to 512GB of expandable memory. Majority are camera-related and that was to be expected from this device.

The Galaxy A9 has a 6.3-inch full HD AMOLED display that's edge to edge but with narrow bezels on the top and bottom.

The Galaxy A9 will be available here soon.

The Galaxy A9 allows you to capture dynamic and attractive photos effortlessly. Pictures looks sharp on this display and while Samsung didn't explicitly mention it, the Galaxy A9 should support the Widevine L1 standard which means you will be able to stream content on Netflix and other platform on 720p resolution and higher. The device comes with Android Oreo out of the box and we hope Samsung has planned to roll out Pie for the device in the near future. It's unclear if it will come to the USA at this point.

Don't worry, there is still a front-facing 24mp camera, bringing the total to five.

The primary camera is a 24MP offering which is the default option in auto mode, and the one which will give you best low light performance.

The third lens is a 120° wide-angle attached to an 8Mp sensor.

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