The Galaxy A-series phones are intended as Samsung’s midrange workhorses with technology culled from their flagship S-series phones. This time around, the Galaxy A-series are the veritable forefront of their technological spearhead as their newly launched Galaxy A9 comes with the world’s first quad rear camera array. Yes, folks – that’s FOUR cameras on the rear of the Galaxy A9.
Arrayed vertically in the upper left corner are four cameras, each of which specialises in a particular task. Taking pride of place is the primary 24-MP rear camera which has a bright f/1.7 aperture. Just below it is a 5-MP f/2.2 depth sensor for Live Focus mode in order to create better portraits by defocusing the background. Just above the main 24-MP camera is a 10-MP f/2.4 camera with 2x optical zoom. Last but not least is an 8-MP f/2.4 camera with a 120-degree wide angle lens emplaced right at the top of the array. The front sports a 24-MP f/2.0 selfie camera.
The rear quad-camera also has Samsung’s vaunted Scene Optimiser that first saw service on the Galaxy Note9 and which automatically tweaks settings for optimum results based on what you are shooting at. This is further complemented by their Flaw Detection tech that helpfully reminds you to reshoot a snap if your subject blinks, is backlit or if the camera lenses are smudged.
This rear quad-camera configuration literally prepares the Galaxy A9 for almost any and every foreseeable imaging capture task from up-close wide to wide scenic snaps of the landscape.
The rest of the hardware is equally impressive. The Galaxy A9 has a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,220 x 1080 pixel resolution, a 2.2Ghz octacore processor, either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and a whopping 128GB of expandable storage.
Of particular value is that the phone simultaneously supports two SIM cards and a microSD card via a triple card slot. Like many of Samsung’s recent flagships, the Galaxy A9 has Bixby AI to take queries and Samsung Pay support too via NFC.
Keeping all this powered is a 3,800mAh battery with fast charging support via a USB Type C port. All this top-shelf hardware is then ensconced in a glass sheathed chassis which comes in your choice of Bubblegum Pink, Lemonade Blue and a deep obsidian shade of Caviar Black.
There are no details as yet on pricing or availability but we’ll keep you lot posted!