Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Samsung launches A9 smartphone with four cameras for the 'Instagram generation'

Samsung launches A9 smartphone with four cameras for the 'Instagram generation'

Now, with Samsung bringing on quad cameras, it's all-out war in the arena of smartphone optics. It is followed by 10-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture.

The main camera is a 24-megapixel one with an f/1.7 aperture lens.

The Galaxy A9 has a 6.3-inch FHD+ screen that Samsung is branding an "Immersive Display", which as far as we can tell is marketing term to differentiate between the dual-curved "Infinity Display" technology found on the flagship Galaxy S9 and Note 9.

Starting from top to bottom when the phone is vertically-positioned, the first camera is an 8MP ultra-wide sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and 120-degree field of view. Putting two and two together and coming up four makes us fairly positive that the leaks are legitimate. The second sensor is a 5-megapixel depth sensor, which is used in conjunction with the main sensor to create bokeh-effect images, or Live Focus as Samsung calls it, which are those fashionable shots with blurred backgrounds. The phone packs 128GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 512GB via a microSD card.

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There's also a 24MP camera at the front. Coming to the software, the Galaxy A9 offers Android 8.0 Oreo, and knowing Samsung, the Pie update isn't likely to roll out until 2019.

Along with all of these smartphone snappers Samsung has also included some clever software to help users make the majority.

As for a release date, the Galaxy A9 will be releasing in select markets sometime in November. Below that, there's a depth-sensing 5-megapixel lens created to gather all the depth information needed to add an artificial bokeh blur to the background in Samsung's adjustable Live Focus feature. Three colorways are available: Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue, and Bubblegum Pink, with the latter two presenting eye-catching Huawei-style gradient finishes.

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