Samsung has finally launched a new smartphone that boasts of 4 Rear Cameras yesterday in Malaysia. It was launched at an event in Kaula Lumpur priced at Euro 599 or Rs 51,000.
Samsung has not shared the India price but from experience, we can expect it launch between 40k to 50k in India.
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 is all about the cameras, a lot of cameras that Samsung has 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 the new device.
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 the 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, blue and green and 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Samsung has yet not shared any details when the phone will launch in the Indian market or the exact price. 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.