Samsung has posted a new video detailing the Galaxy A9 2018‘s rear camera system. The video, posted on Samsung’s official YouTube channel yesterday, outlines each of the smartphone’s four rear camera sensors and what they can achieve.
The Galaxy A9 includes a 24MP main lens, 10MP telephoto lens, 8MP ultra wide-angle lens, and a 5MP lens for depth. This is the first time Samsung has adopted as many rear cameras — and it’s among the first for Android phones in general.
The ultra-wide angle sensor offers a 120-degree field of view so you can fit more into the same shot than you could with a traditional sensor. It’s quite common to find wide-angle lenses on Android now and we often see it on front cameras for wider selfies.
The 5MP depth sensor, meanwhile, allows Galaxy A9 users to manipulate how much of the background is blurred out when taken shots with a subject in the foreground (called Live Focus).
The telephoto lens is what allows the A9 to deliver more detailed images when zooming. It supports 2x optical zoom, which means you can cut into half of the width and height of the original picture with minimal loss in quality.
Finally, the main 24MP sensor should provide quality photos in a standard setup (without zooming, without a wider scene, without background defocusing) and will automatically adjust settings depending on the lighting and the type of scene (known as AI scene recognition).
The video finishes off with a roundup of the other main Samsung Galaxy A9 specs, which you can also check out at the neighboring link.
As far as non-Galaxy Note or Galaxy S series models go, the Galaxy A9 is one of the most interesting Samsung has ever produced. This isn’t just a poorer version of its flagship smartphones, the A9 offers a credible alternative, with a killer USP that you can’t find on many phones.
However, just because the Samsung Galaxy A9 isn’t a Galaxy S or Galaxy Note device, doesn’t mean it’s inexpensive though. It’s starting at 599 euros in Europe (~$680), which is a fair whack for a smartphone with a ‘mid-range’ chipset (the Snapdragon 660).
The Galaxy A9 2018 is tipped for release on November 15 in the U.K. and Europe, but the U.S. is unlikely to be a launch market. Give us your thoughts on the A9 in the comments.