Samsung describes the Galaxy A9 as the world's first 'quad-camera' phone. Image: Samsung

Samsung unveiled its latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy A9, that features the world’s first rear camera with four lenses. The Galaxy A9 promises to be Samsung’s first new mid-range strategy to bring new features to its phones first.

In September Samsung mobile CEO DJ Koh had announced that Samsung would kick off a ‘mid-range first’ strategy that would see it deliver “technology and differentiation” to its Galaxy A lineup ahead of its flagship Galaxy S and Note range.

DJ Koh, the President and chief executive of IT and mobile communication divisions at Samsung Electronics said in a statement that, ” As a global leader in smartphone innovation, we understand the demand for meaningful innovation in a fast-paced world driven by communication”




The Galaxy A9 is definitely a step up from its A7 model which was the company’s first triple lens. A number of competitors, including Huawei and LG, have also released triple-lens cameras on their phones.

Earlier on, Koh also said, “Building on our legacy in smartphone camera development we’re introducing next-generation technology across our entire Galaxy portfolio to give more consumers the opportunity to experience cutting-edge innovation.”

Last week the firm released their Earning Guidance predicting that they will be on track to score record profits in the third quarter. Earlier on the company struggled due to the slowing global smartphone market. Business dropped to 34% from the previous year.

There is also an increasing competition from rising competitors such as Huawei, Xiaomi and ZTE.

Here are some of the features of the Samsung Galaxy A9:

  • It features its Bixby Visual Assistant
  • Has its own payment service called ‘Samsung Pay’
  • Inbuilt fitness tracker called Samsung Health
  • The phone will be available with Android 8.0
  • Has a face unlock system and a fingerprint scanner at the back
  • It comes with a 6 GB RAM and an 8 GB RAM
  • 6.3 inch full HD AMOLED display that is Edge to Edge but with narrow bezels on the top and bottom.
  • The phone will be powered by an 8 core processor consisting of a 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU.
  • It has a battery of 3.800mAh battery life that supports fast charging.
  • It comes with a storage of 64 GB and 128 GB with an inclusion of up to 512 GB expandable memory.



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    The display of the Samsung Galaxy A9

Many watchers of the company were also anticipating the unveiling of its quad camera. Leaks emerged showing a picture of the phone’s rear on Wednesday. The camera is arranged vertically on the left-hand side, adjacent to the fingerprint scanner. With the inclusion of all the 4 rear cameras, it is a total of 47 megapixels.

Here are some of the camera features:

  • The top camera is an ultra-wide lens for long shots with a scene optimization and AI-powered scene recognition. It has an 8 MP lens offering up to 120-degree viewing angle.
  • It has a telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom for detailed close-ups. It has 10 Mega Pixels lens.
  • It also has a 24-megapixel resolution and autofocus lens, with f/1.7 aperture and LED flash for selfies
  • It includes a depth lens aimed at letting users manage a photo’s depth of field and focus of 5 megapixels.
  • It has a front camera with a 24 MP lens along with an F2.0 aperture

The selling point of the camera is that the photographer is able to alternate between different lenses that enable specific features such as the photos taken from a long distance or panoramic shots.




The Samsung Galaxy A9 will be shipped with the Android Oreo 8.0 with the inclusion of three various colours: Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink.

“We’re excited to deliver on this promise and debut world-leading smartphone camera technology with the Galaxy A9,” Koh said in a statement. It is said that the Galaxy A9 will be priced above Rs 30,000 in the premium segment. Samsung said the phone will be available in select markets from November.

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