4-camera Galaxy A9 is 'more than just a phone,' Samsung says

Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 28 2018 11:29 AM | Updated as of Nov 28 2018 12:32 PM

The Samsung Galaxy A9 will be available in the Philippines starting Dec. 1. Photo: Samsung

MANILA – Samsung on Tuesday launched the Galaxy A9 with 4 rear cameras wrapped in a gradient glass shell.

Four rear lenses on a smartphone is a world's first, according to Samsung. It bests the 3 rear shooters on Huawei's Mate 20 series and P20 Pro and LG's V40 ThinQ.

"Over the years, smartphones has become more than just a phone for calling and texting. As our photos becomes the universal language, camera is the most crucial function of the smartphone right now," said Samsung Electronic's Product Marketing Manager Ellie Nicolle Huang.

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The A9's 24 megapixel main camera can take clear and bright images and it also has low-light capabilities, Huang said.

Low light image taken with the Samsung A9. Photo: ABS-CBN News

The A9 is also equipped with a 120-degree 8 megapixel camera that can take ultra wide shots for travel photos, Samsung said.

Normal wide lens
120° degree ultra wide lens

It also has a 10 megapixel camera with 2x optical zoom.

1x Optical zoom
2x Optical Zoom

Its 5 megapixel "depth camera" enables the device to take "Live Focus" shots with blurred background to highlight the subject.

Live Focus
Live Focus

Aside from the 4 rear cameras, it also has a 24 megapixel AI-enabled front camera.

The Galaxy A9 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, powered by an octa-core processor and a 3,800 mAh battery. It comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage expandable to up to 512 GB.

The 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display has a resolution of 1080 x 2220. The curved glass back comes in gradient colors, similar to the finish popularized by Huawei.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 will be available in the Philippines starting Dec. 1 for P32,999.

Display pieces from the National Museum of Natural History taken with Samsung Galaxy A9.

Display pieces from the National Museum of Natural History taken with Samsung Galaxy A9.

Display pieces from the National Museum of Natural History taken with Samsung Galaxy A9.

Display pieces from the National Museum of Natural History taken with Samsung Galaxy A9.

Display pieces from the National Museum of Natural History taken with Samsung Galaxy A9.