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Samsung Galaxy A9 gets snap happy with four rear cameras



The Samsung Galaxy A9 makes its official appearance in Malaysia.

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More is better — at least, that’s what Samsung believes. 

Unveiled today in Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur, the Korean giant’s latest midrange phone, the Galaxy A9, comes packing four rear cameras, as well as one at the front, for a total of five. 

If this sounds crazy, well, maybe it’s not. After all, it was Huawei who stepped up the imaging ante with its triple-camera P20 Pro ($730 at Amazon), and while Samsung’s own Note 9 only came with two rear shooters, the new A9 could be a hint of what top expect for the upcoming Galaxy S10.

The four rear cameras each perform a different function, with the main 24-megapixel f1.7 camera the primary shooter, while you have an 8-megapixel ultra-wide 120-degree camera for group or landscape shots. If you need to zoom in, the 10-megapixel telephoto will offer 2x optical zoom, while the 5-megapixel camera serves as a depth sensor, and will let you adjust the background blur in real time. For low-light shots, Samsung uses the 24-megapixel camera, and combines four pixels into one for clearer pictures.

But it’s not just the cameras that’s new — the A9 sports colors with shimmery gradients. We’ve seen this previously on the Huawei P20 ($526 at Amazon) and P20 Pro, but it’s clear you can teach an old dog new tricks, as Samsung now has something similar and good looking as well.

Besides the four shooters, the Samsung phone comes with a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED display powered by an octa-core processor. It will have a fingerprint sensor at the back. Sadly, there’s no underscreen fingerprint sensor here, like what you’d find in the new Oppo R17 ($0.23 at Amazon) and Vivo V11.

Other features include fast charging on its 3,800mAh battery, and if the default 128GB of storage isn’t enough, you can also pop in a microSD card for another 512GB of space.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 will go on sale globally in November though prices have not been revealed. 

Quick specs

  • Processor: 2.2GHz octa-core
  • Display: 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display, 2,200×1,080 pixels resolution
  • Memory: 6GB or 8GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage with microSD card slot
  • Operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Fingerprint sensor: Rear

Meet the triple camera Samsung Galaxy A7.


Besides showing off the new A9, Samsung’s Galaxy A7 also made an appearance, despite being unveiled earlier in India last month. Unlike the quad-camera A9, the A7 has three rear cameras, the same 24-megapixel main, a wide-angle 120-degree 8-megapixel camera and the 5-megapixel depth sensor. This does mean there’s no optical zoom, but there’s digital zoom if you really need it, terrible as that may be.

The A7 comes with a smaller 6-inch Super AMOLED display, is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7880 octa-core processor, and is water and dust-resistant up to IP68, which means it can stay up to 1.5m underwater for 30 minutes. It will have Dolby Atmos sound and Bixby Assistant.

Unlike the A9 though, the A7 has its fingerprint sensor located at the side on the power button, which keeps the rear of the phone looking clean.

The A7 will go on sale now in most markets. Pricing was not revealed.

Quick specs

  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 7880 octa-core 
  • DIsplay: 6-inch Super AMOLED
  • Camera: 24-megapixel front and rear, 8-megapixel wide-angle rear, 5-megapixel rear depth sensor
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage
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