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HUAWEI P20 Pro too expensive? Say hello to Samsung's new triple camera phone

Samsung has revealed the Galaxy A7, its new mid-range handset, and first-ever to feature a rear triple camera.

Published onSeptember 20, 2018

Samsung Galaxy A7
  • Samsung has announced its first phone with a triple camera setup, the Samsung Galaxy A7.
  • The triple camera consists of a 120-degree wide-angle lens, a 24-megapixel main lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.
  • Samsung says it will come to select European and Asian markets soon, with other markets to follow.

Samsung has unveiled the 2018 version of the Samsung Galaxy A7 and it is the first phone from the company to get a rear triple camera.

Rumors have long since suggested this feature was set to make an appearance on a mid-range Samsung phone and it’s undoubtedly the phone’s main selling point. Currently, the only other major Android OEM with a triple camera is the HUAWEI P20 Pro. Although, it is thought that LG will unveil the LG V40 with a triple camera in October.

On the Galaxy A7, the triple camera setup consists of an 8-megapixel 120-degree ultra wide angle lens, a 24-megapixel main lens, and a 5-megapixel depth lens. This will allow users to take regular and wide angle pictures, as well as portrait mode pictures with a bokeh effect. There isn’t an optical lens for zoom, however.

Scene Optimizer — a feature Samsung first introduced on the flagship Galaxy Note 9 — also makes an appearance on the Galaxy A7. This tech can automatically recognize what the camera is looking at and adjust the camera settings to match. The selfie camera setup also sounds pretty powerful. It consists of a 24-megapixel lens with an LED flash, capable of taking bokeh-effect photos and creating AR Emojis.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 is the company's first phone to get a triple camera setup.

The phone’s other specs are decent for a mid-range device. It has a 6-inch AMOLED FHD+ Infinity Display, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of storage. The battery is 3,300mAh, and there is also NFC which means services like Samsung Pay will work on the device.

Earlier this year, Samsung’s head of mobile DJ Koh promised to bring innovative features to its mid-range devices. By equipping the Galaxy A7 with a triple camera, it appears to be doing just that.

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Samsung says that the Galaxy A7 will be available in select European and Asian markets this fall and that it will be coming to other markets in the future.

As of now, there is no news about the price, but this isn’t part of Samsung’s flagship lineup and will likely to cost something similar to the A7’s predecessors: expect something in the region of $400-$500 (the P20 Pro launched for roughly $1,050). It’s coming in four colors, blue, black, gold, and pink.

This is not the only mid-range phone that Samsung is expected to release in fall. The company is holding an event on October 11 which rumors suggest will see the appearance of another new Galaxy A series device with four cameras.

Next up: Samsung to bring innovation and new features to Galaxy A series first, but will it be enough?

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