Update, October 10, 2018 (12:12PM EST): We recently heard rumors about an upcoming Samsung phone, the Galaxy A9, which would potentially include four cameras. These cameras’ specs were hinted at back then, but they’ve now been reaffirmed by renowned leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks), who also gave us a first look at them.
Blass posted a rendered image of the supposed smartphone’s rear with the four vertically-mounted cameras visible on the left-hand side. The phone’s design shares a lot in common with the triple-camera bearing Galaxy A7, though that phone lacks a telephoto lens and has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 10, 2018
Additionally, MySmartPrice posted a different render of the supposed Galaxy A9:
We’re still no further forward with regards to the phone’s price, but the four camera notion continues to hold up. We should find out the full story when Samsung likely launches the phone tomorrow.
Original article, October 4, 2018 (09:00AM EST): Samsung is scheduled to hold a smartphone launch later this month (like many brands), and the company’s press invite and earlier rumors suggest we might get a phone with four cameras. Now, the spec sheet has purportedly been laid bare in a new leak.
German website All About Samsung (translated) has published what it claims is a list of details regarding the Samsung Galaxy A9, starting with a quad-camera setup on the rear. The website lists a 24MP OIS-enabled f/1.7 main shooter, a 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor for Live Focus effects, an 8MP f/2.4 super-wide angle camera (120-degree field of view), and a 10MP f/2.4 telephoto camera (2x zoom).
We wonder just how big these sensors could be if Samsung is indeed cramming four of them into the Galaxy A9. I’d be particularly keen to see night-time results from the 24MP camera. After all, high-resolution cameras usually suffer in low-light if the sensor and photo-sites are tiny.
A four-camera setup could still make for a very flexible photography platform, whether you’re taking wide cityscape shots or need to get closer to your subject. The 5MP depth sensor seems somewhat redundant though, as many phones use a telephoto camera (in conjunction with the main camera) to help calculate depth effects anyway.
The phone is also expected to offer a Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, a 6.28-inch AMOLED screen (full HD+), an 8MP f/1.7 selfie camera, a 3,720mAh battery, and USB Type-C connectivity.
We’ll have to wait for October 11 to figure out if these specs are indeed accurate, but it looks like the industry is definitely moving beyond dual-camera pairings. The triple-camera-toting LG V40 ThinQ was just revealed this week, following in the footsteps of the trailblazing Huawei P20 Pro.
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