Samsung finally unveiled its latest iteration of the Galaxy A series yesterday, confirming many of the leaks we’ve seen in recent weeks. While the Galaxy A series of phones is not as well-known as the Galaxy S series, they are still good quality and, more importantly, aim to be affordable. Meet the latest addition to the Samsung family, the Samsung Galaxy A9.
Right off the bat, the first thing that sticks out about the Samsung Galaxy A9 is the four cameras on the back. This is the biggest talking point about the A9 and one that Samsung appears to be pushing very hard. Leaks emerged earlier this week showing the rear of the phone, reinforcing the rumour that there would be four camera lenses. This was properly confirmed by Samsung today, who seemed very proud, saying it was the first smartphone in the world to have 4 lenses.
“Building on our legacy in smartphone camera development we’re introducing next-generation technology across our entire Galaxy portfolio to give more consumers the opportunity to experience cutting-edge innovation,” said DJ Koh, president and chief executive of Samsung’s IT and mobile division.
There’s a main 24MP camera, a telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, an ultra-wide lens, and a depth lens. Together, these 4 lenses cover most, if not all, typical shooting environments.
In terms of performance, the Samsung Galaxy A series is seen as more of a mid-range line of devices, with the A9 not really bucking that trend. It packs 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable internal storage, a 3,800mAh battery, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. The screen measures in at a sizable 6.3″, bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S9+. That 3,800mAh battery will perform beautifully with the power efficient Qualcomm chipset.
The phone will come in three colours: Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue, and Bubblegum Pink.
In terms of software, the Samsung Galaxy A9 features Samsung’s facial recognition system, alongside Samsung Pay. The four cameras are backed up by Samsung’s Scene Optimiser, which changes camera settings based on what sort of scene it detects. Flaw Detection is also present, which detects things such as closed eyes or facial blur in photos, and points them out to you.
All this comes in at a very reasonable price of €599 for the 6GB version. Samsung mentioned that the 8GB version will be available in “certain countries” but wouldn’t elaborate. The company has not yet announced when it will be available, but delivery options on Amazon’s Indian website cited delivery by the 27th of November, so we have a general idea. As for availability in Ireland, unlike Google, Samsung has no qualms about selling their products here, so we should get it the same as everyone else. We expect it to pop up on Samsung’s newly launched online store once the phone is launched.