The first-ever smartphone with four rear cameras is here.
On Thursday, Samsung has officially unveiled the A9, a photography-oriented mid-ranger with a total of four rear cameras.
The concept behind this camera overload is similar to what we’ve seen on Huawei’s P20 Proand LG V40, both of which have three rear cameras — there’s one main sensor and the other sensors do specific tasks.
In the A9’s case, the 24-megapixel, F1.7 main sensor is coupled by a 10-megapixel, F2.4 telephoto sensor which offers 2x optical zoom, an 8-megapixel, F2.4 ultra-wide sensor, and a 5-megapixel, F2.2 depth sensor for the Live Focus effect.
On the front, the phone has a 24-megapixel, F2.0 selfie camera.
It’s somewhat odd for Samsung to launch a phone with world-first features that’s not a flagship, but the A9 is plenty powerful. It has a 6.3-inch, 2,220×1,080 pixel, AMOLED screen and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chip. It comes with 6/8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, expandable with microSD cards with up to 512GB of space. It has a 3,800mAh battery and runs Android 8.0.
The A9 closely follows Samsung’s A7, a triple-camera phone that was launched in September. The A9 is an overall more powerful phone and likely a good indication of where Samsung’s Galaxy flagships will go next.
The Samsung A9 will launch in black, blue and pink in November, but there’s no word on the price yet.