Samsung has launched a new smartphone in India that boasts of 4 Rear Cameras. The new Samsung Galaxy A9 is now available for purchase online as well as offline.
The phone is available in two Ram variants:
- 128 GB Storage and 6 GB Ram – Price Rs. 36,999
- 128 GB Storage and 8 GB Ram – Price Rs. 39,999
Update – 06/02/2019 – The phone has got a price cut of Rs. 6000 and is now available for Rs.30,990. You can read more about the latest price drop on mobiles here.
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 is all about the cameras, a lot of cameras are added to the rear side.
Recently, they launched the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 in India that comes with triple rear cameras and now the brand has gone a step ahead by adding 4 cameras to the back of this new device.
4 (Quad) Camera Setup on Samsung A9 2018 – Gimmick or Useful
Samsung has pushed the boundaries as far as the addition of cameras at the rear, a trend which was started by the Huawei P20 Pro (the best camera phone in the world), offers 3 rear cameras.
While Google is still using a single rear camera on the latest Flagship Pixel 3, Samsung is trying a different approach to entice the photography enthusiasts.
But why add 4 cameras to a phone is it a pure marketing gimmick or there is some benefit of doing it.
In my opinion, definitely, it serves both the purpose of building the hype as well as offer buyers a more versatile product with different cameras for different scenes.
However, the problem with so many cameras is that the secondary cameras are not usually as good as the main camera in the module.
The image quality from the wide-angle lens or the telephoto lens is usually not as good as the primary camera.
In the end, the user tends to use the main camera for most images and never switch to other cameras.
The primary camera on the Galaxy A9 2018 is a 24 Megapixel shooter with autofocus support and f/1.7 aperture. The second camera comes with a 10 Megapixel telephoto lens with 2X zoom capability and with f/2.4 aperture.
The third lens has a 120-degree wide angle support for clicking wider scenes and come with a f/2.4 aperture. Lastly, we have a 5-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture that helps in capturing images in the portrait mode.
If we add up all the 4 camera sensors it collectively has 47 Megapixel camera sensors. Not to mention, there is a 24-megapixel front selfie camera, that comes with f/2.0 aperture.
The phone looks amazing with the new gradient glass back cover. It is available in 3 color options pink, lemonade blue, and black is the first phone from Samsung that comes with a gradient color finish.
There are 4 Cameras aligned vertically at the backside and there is a squarish fingerprint scanner. The front side has no ugly notch and has minimum bezels.
The phone weighs 183 grams and has a thickness of 8.3 mm.
Overall the design looks great and the vertical stack of 4 cameras are definitely worth noticing.
Display and Performance
The Galaxy A9 2018 comes with a 6.3 inch (2220X1080) Full HD+ display with a super AMOLED panel.
The display is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Since it is a premium device Samsung should have used the Corning Gorilla Glass 5/6.
There is always on display for a quick glance to notifications, battery level, calendar, or time without unlocking the phone.
It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core 64 Bit Processor clocked at 2.2 GHz along with the Adreno 512 GPU. The processor is coupled with either 6 GB / 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.
Also, there is a micro-sd card slot to ensure upto 512 GB of storage expansion.
The A9 comes with a triple slot card to house 2 sim cards and a micro-sd card simultaneously.
Considering the price the Snapdragon 660 looks underpowered as most phones in this price range run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 which is nearly twice as fast as the SD 660.
Further, the Galaxy A9 runs Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box, along with the Samsung Experience 9.0 UI. Overall we can expect the performance to be smooth but not as snappy as the flagship phones like Galaxy Note 9.
Powering the device is a massive 3800 mAH battery which comes with support for fast charging.
Other Details and Specs
Additionally, there is NFC support and the phone comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Also, it has face-unlocking support and even has the latest USB Type C Port.
There is Bluetooth 5.0 support and it comes with WIFI (2.4 GHz/5.0 GHz) support.
The phone does not have support for wireless charging or the water and dustproof design, something which we get in the flagship phones from Samsung.
Further, it comes with Samsung Knox to keep your content more secure and even has Dual space for running two messengers simultaneously.
Lastly, there is Bixby – Samsung’s own assistant to improve your experience.
Considering it has a weak processor a lot of buyers would like to pick up the OnePlus 6/6T, LG G7 or the Asus Zenfone 5Z in this price range.
A lot of brands are offering the Snapdragon 660 in the Sub 20k price range and at this price, Samsung should have used Snapdragon 845 or at least the Snapdragon 710.
Samsung is also giving a pair of earphones with the handset in the box, a nice addition.
Buying Advice on Samsung Galaxy A9
The 4 camera setup seems exciting and gives a lot of versatility to the users. However, I still think 1-2 great cameras are much better than having too many lenses.
If you want the best camera smartphones in this price range, the Pixel 2XL (last gen Google Phone) is still the best camera phone to buy.
Also, the slow processor will make it outdated sooner. I find it difficult to recommend over the OnePlus 6T, Zenfone 5Z or the Lg G7 for the price.
Moreover, buying the 8 GB ram version for Rs. 3000 more looks pointless. The additional 2 GB ram will not have any effect on the performance of the device.
If you are a Samsung fan and want to have the world’s first phone with 4 rear cameras, can opt for it.