Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), the world’s first smartphone with quad rear-facing cameras, has been launched in India today. The Galaxy A9 is the world’s first smartphone to feature a quad-camera setup. It was launched earlier at the “4x Fun” event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Going by its international variant, the Samsung Galaxy A9 sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 2220×1080. This gives it an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and a pixel density of about 392ppi.
Powering the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 512GB via a MicroSD card. It is backed by a 3,800mAh Li-ion battery.
Coming to the most talked about part of the phone, the back of Galaxy A9 has four vertically-stacked cameras. The arrangement of them is similar to the one found on the Galaxy A7, which has three cameras.
The camera setup can be thought of as telephoto and wide-angle cameras stacked on top of a primary dual camera module. The primary module consists of 24MP+5MP sensors with Phase Detection Autofocus and f/1.7 aperture. The wide-angle camera has an 8MP sensor at its heart while the telephoto camera has a 10MP sensor and provides a 2x optical zoom.
The main reason to implement this setup is to offer compact camera like capabilities inside a smartphone and providing more flexibility and versatility to the user when it comes to different shooting scenarios. We explored this (sans the telephoto module) in the Samsung Galaxy A7 in Goa—you can check out its camera review here.
The phone runs Android Oreo 8.0 with Samsung’s own “Samsung Experience” UI running atop. It has dual SIM capabilities along with Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, FM Radio and USB Type-C as other connectivity options.
It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, unlike the Samsung Galaxy A7 which has one built inside the lock button.
Price and availability of Galaxy A9 (2018) in India
The South Korean major has hosted an event in Gurugram today to launch the device. The new Samsung A-series smartphone is listed both on Amazon India and Flipkart which suggest that the Galaxy A9 (2018) will be available across the leading e-retail platforms.
On the price front device is listed with the price tag of Rs 36,990/- on the Flipkart with the 3000/- Cashback offer from HDFC bank cards. This device will be available from 28th November 2018, currently, the device is up for pre-order.