Samsung Galaxy A9's four camera setup aims to club all possible kinds of sensors and combine them to deliver better quality photos.
The A9 joins Samsung's existing line-up of mid-range phones, one that includes the A7 - a device that features three rear cameras - which was unveiled last month. Add to that a 24-megapixel autofocus selfie shooter, and you end up with a phone that packs way too many cameras.
Measuring 162.5 x 77 x 7.8mm, the Galaxy A9 is actually slightly taller and wider than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which has a fractionally bigger 6.4-inch display. It comes with 6/8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, expandable with microSD cards with up to 512GB of space.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is powered by octa-core (4x2.2GHz + 4x1.8GHz) processor and it comes with 6GB of RAM.
The Galaxy A9 will cost 599 euros (approx Rs 51,300) when it goes on sale I'm the United Kingdom and Europe sometime in November. The second sensor is a telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, f/2.4 aperture and 10-megapixel resolution. 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. The new Galaxy will be aimed squarely at the "Instagram generation" when it goes on-sale in mid-November for £549 (roughly $720), Samsung says.
You do lose out on a feature or two, such as wireless charging and the main camera only featuring one aperture. Samsung did not opt for a notched display on the A9 (2018) which means the South Korean company is yet to launch a smartphone with a notch. The Samsung Galaxy A9 will arrive in three colors: caviar black, lemonade blue and bubblegum pink. The Galaxy A9 (2018) starts at €599 in Europe and £549 in the United Kingdom (~$725).
The new Galaxy A9 reflects Samsung's focus on offering unique and challenging mid-range smartphones to take on the competition.
Ru Bhikha, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, said Samsung's decision to launch the A9 may be a response to the upcoming release of the year's third iPhone - the XR - and lower-than-expected sales of its S9 earlier this year.