Samsung A9 Announced With Four Rear Cameras

Mo' Lens, Mo' Problems?

by Aaron Macarthy Beards Oct 11, 2018 at 12:40 PM

  • Samsung has just announced the latest Galaxy A9, a mid-range smartphone with four cameras on its rear.
    Every one of the four cameras serves a different purpose. The first is the device’s main 24MP f/1.7 camera with the ‘standard’ field of view. The second is an 8MP f/2.4 camera with an ‘ultra-wide,’ 120-degree lens. The third is a telephoto, f/2.4 lens and, while only having a 10 megapixel sensor, Samsung says it features a 2x optical zoom when compared to the ‘standard’ lens.

    So far, so the same as LG’s latest V40 phone. However, the fourth camera is a 5 megapixel f/2.2 camera that enables depth-of-field effects. This is something that Samsung has, thus far, relied on software to achieve.

    The handset is a new strategy from the company. Whilst Samsung is the market leader in phone sales around the world, their sales of mid/low-end phones are falling. This is due to the strong competition from Chinese phone makers.

    Samsung's new strategy is to introduce features on its mid-range devices first, instead of its flagship line of phones. This is to appeal to developing markets. This means that mid-range device users effectively become beta testers for Samsung’s new ideas. Samsung will throw everything against the wall, and whatever sticks, will be carried over into the high-end models.

    Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh said, “In the past, I brought the new technology and differentiation to the flagship model and then moved to the mid-range. But I have changed my strategy this year to bring technology and differentiation starting from the mid-point.” (From CNBC)

    Let's talk about about specs:

    The A9 is equipped with a pretty great looking set of internals including a Snapdragon 660 processor and 6GB of RAM. The device has a 3,800mAh battery and there’s 128GB of internal memory which is expandable via a microSD card slot that supports up to 512GB of external memory.

    The screen is a 6.3-inch Full HD+ panel, with a resolution of 2220 x 1080. Samsung has even given users a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone uses USB C for charging and has a rear fingerprint sensor.

    Price and Availability:

    The Samsung Galaxy A9 price is £549 SIM free. Whilst that's a lot cheaper than a Note 9, this price still makes it more expensive than the OnePlus 6 and Honor 10. But neither of those have four cameras.

    There's no firm Samsung Galaxy A9 release date, but it should available sometime in mid-November 2018.

    With phones being too small for zoom lenses, is multi-camera the way forward? Is four cameras just the start? Or is this just the new 'Mega-Pixel race', as companies compete to add as many cameras as possible? Does this mean that mid-range is now the most exciting area for phones?

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