It’s almost standard now for most phones to have dual cameras. Some phones even have three cameras on the back for ultra-wide or zoomed in photos. Samsung’s latest addition to their A series has an eye-catching four cameras that sit vertically in a line on back of the phone. That brings the total cameras on the phone up to 5 if you count the front camera.
Okay, the lens aren’t Leica-branded, but they are pretty decent for a smartphone set-up. The 4 rear cameras include a main 24MP main camera, an ultra-wide camera, a telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, and a final camera for bokeh effects (also known as the blurry background).
It’s not just about the cameras itself anymore; the processing and AL optimised cameras can also result in even better photos. The A9 also comes with Scene Optimiser, Live Focus and Flaw Detection to ensure that your photos are stunning. In low-light settings, the A9 uses the main camera and combines four pixels into one for clearer images. And if you like to take selfies, the front camera has a 24MP sensor for clear photos even in dark places.
While the cameras aren’t anything groundbreaking by themselves, Samsung has managed to squeeze all four onto the back for a very versatile phone that a smartphone photographer would love.
Cameras aside, the A9 packs a pretty hefty punch as a mid-range smartphone. Priced at $728, you get 128GB of storage which is expandable into 512GB via the extra sim card slots. The A9 also has a 6.3 inch Super AMOLED display, and the screen clocks in slightly bigger compared to its affordable Apple counterpart, the iPhone XR.
The phone also allows for rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and face scanning, Always-On Display, Samsung Pay and the Bixby digital assistant. You can also multi-task with the Split App feature.
Design-wise, the A9 looks pretty similar to the Galaxy S9 and doesn’t have a notch for the front camera. The glass-backed phone comes in three colours; the quintessential Caviar Black, and two ombre finishes in Bubbegum Pink and Lemonade Blue for a bright yet sleek phone. Do note that the A9 uses a USB-C charger head, as most other new Android phones are.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 (128GB) is now available in Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue, and Bubblgegum Pink for $728 at all Samsung Experience Stores, telcos, authorised mobile retailers and on Lazada.sg