As everyone seems dead-set on increasing the number of cameras sensors on phones, Samsung has leapfrogged the competition by putting 4 rear cameras on the A9.
These days, people prefer to buy A-series phones because they cost a little less but still offer many of the same features as the high-end versions. In this case, the new Galaxy A9 is a little ahead of the curve. .
Looking at the spec sheet, Samsung Galaxy A9 takes a step down compared with the current Galaxy S phones, but it’s not using the bargain-basement entry-level hardware, either. The A9 runs on a Snapdragon 660, which is an octa-core ARM chip with four high-performance cores and four efficiency cores. The CPUs are a generation older and clocked slower than the Snapdragon 845’s CPUs. You also get a slower GPU and memory. Speaking of memory, this phone does still sport 6GB of it, and there’s 128GB of storage.
The A9 also has a Samsung OLED panel measuring 6.3-inches. That’s only a tenth of an inch smaller than the Note 9, but the resolution isn’t as high at 2220 x 1080. It’s an 18.5:9 panel, so it takes up almost all the available space on the front of the phone. There’s a single selfie camera on the front of the phone, too.
What you really want to hear about is that quad-camera array. Well, three of them provide specific usage modes in the camera, and the fourth is an ancillary sensor. There’s a 24MP standard camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera, and a 10MP telephoto camera with 2x zoom. You can switch between all three of those in the camera app. The last one is a 5MP depth-sensing camera that helps apply bokeh effects to portrait mode photos (Samsung calls it Live Focus).
All the photos are arrayed along the left edge of the rear panel — honestly, it looks weird. If Samsung hadn’t actually announced the phone, I would have assumed this was a bad Photoshop. It’s the same location Apple and Huawei use for their cameras, and the multicolor finish in Samsung’s press renders looks similar to Huawei’s P-series phones.
Samsung will start selling this phone in select markets in the coming weeks. The launch price is £549, which works out to $726.