Samsung announces the Galaxy A9, a mid-range smartphone with four rear cameras

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Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), the world's first smartphone with four rear cameras is now official. But adding more cameras on phones seems a bit overkill right now, and reminds us of the days when handset vendors including Samsung would increase the number of megapixels every year as if more megapixels equaled a better camera experience. Today, this device is finally available for purchase in Malaysia and it can be yours for RM1,299.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) flaunts a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display on the front which carries a resolution of 1080×2220 pixels and 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

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The Galaxy A9 is powered by an octa-core chipset, but the nature of this processor is still unknown. The rest of the specifications remain unchanged across the variants, so you will have to determine how much RAM you want in your smartphone. And the phone has a 3,800mAh battery.

The upper bezel of the Galaxy A9 (2018) houses a 24-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

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The Galaxy A9 will be available in three color options - Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue, and Bubblegum Pink - with sales set to kick off in select global markets from November. It comes with 6/8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, expandable with microSD cards with up to 512GB of space. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear side and the four cameras are stacked vertically on the top left. The secondary camera has a telephoto sensor with 10MP, f/2.4 aperture and 2x optical zoom. But that's only because we don't expect to see the Samsung A9 (2018) released in the U.S. The Galaxy A9 (2018) comes equipped with 24-megapixel (f/1.7 aperture), 10-megapixel (f/2.4 aperture, wide-angle lens), 8-megapixel (f/2.4 aperture, 120-degree wide-angle lens), and 5-megapixel (f/2.2 aperture, depth sensor) rear-facing cameras. That does not make the phone a super affordable offering, however.

Yesterday, we reported on a leak for an upcoming Samsung device called the "A9 Star Pro". No word yet on pricing or availability for the U.S. market.

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