Samsung has officially unveiled its latest smartphone, the Galaxy A9, showing that the company known for the stylus on the Galaxy Note 9 may also be slightly obsessed with cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 is the first smartphone in the world with four rear cameras, possibly providing a hint on what users may expect from the upcoming Galaxy S10.
Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-Range Android Smartphone With 4 Rear Cameras
The Samsung Galaxy A9, which will be released in November with a price tag of about $725, looks like a typical mid-range Android smartphone from the front. The device features a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display, with minimal bezels but without the notch.
However, things get a lot more interesting once users flip over the Galaxy A9. The device is the world's first smartphone with four cameras at the back, namely a main 24 MP camera for resolution and autofocus, a 10 MP telephoto camera with 2x zoom for close-ups and long shots, an 8 MP ultra wide camera with AI-powered scene recognition, and a 5 MP depth camera to manage depth of field and focus.
There are arguments that the 5 MP depth camera should not be counted because it does not take pictures on its own. Whatever side you take, it does not change the fact that the back of the Galaxy A9 is unlike anything seen before in the smartphone industry.
The Galaxy A9 follows the Galaxy A7, which is the first smartphone with a triple-lens camera at the back. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 with up 8 GB of RAM, with 128 GB of storage, microSD card slot up for additional storage up to 512 MB, and a 3,800 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S10 May Have 4 Rear Cameras
Samsung is known to release smartphones in the fall that actually serve as tests for new features. For example, the chamfered aluminum frame in the Galaxy Alpha and the curved display in the Galaxy Note Edge of 2014 eventually found their way into the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in early 2015.
There is no assurance that Samsung will bring the four-camera set-up to the Galaxy S10, but given the company's history, it may only be a matter of when before it launches a Galaxy S or Galaxy Note device with the feature.