samsung smartphone with four rear cameras
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The mid-range A9 will be released later this year. The new Samsung smartphone with four rear cameras will be the first of its type.

The Korean company’s new A9 device is being aimed at the “Instagram generation.” It will cost around £549. A mid-range device it will sit beneath Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S9 and Note 9 phones.

The mobile giant, along with rival Apple, has come under increased pressure from lower-priced but premium-made handsets from the likes of Huawei and Honor. This has forced it to create a broader range of devices that house technologies normally reserved for flagship phones.

For example, the A9 has a 24-megapixel main camera. It also has telephoto, ultra wide-angle and depth lenses designed to help with a broad range of mobile photography.

The new phone also comes with a fingerprint sensor, mobile payment capabilities and expandable storage of up to 512GB. All features common on high-end smartphones.

The firm’s president of mobile communications DJ Koh said the company was keen to offer the latest features to a wider range of people.

New Samsung smartphone with four rear cameras
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“As a global leader in smartphone innovation, we understand the demand for meaningful innovation in a fast-paced world driven by visual communication,” he said.

Biting back at Apple

Ru Bhikha, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, said Samsung’s decision to launch the A9 may be a response to the release of the new iPhones. And lower-than-expected sales of its S9 earlier this year.

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“The manufacturer will undoubtedly also be worried about the trio of iPhone launches, which look set to win new fans in all areas of the market. Having said that, an affordable but promising mid-tier showing from Samsung has the potential to upset the apple cart,” he said. (Not sure if he meant the pun though).

“It will be interesting to see whether this left-field, but interesting, USP of a multi-lens phone helps Samsung make up for subdued sales from its flagship handset.”

* Prices correct at time of posting.

1 COMMENT

  1. I use a Huawei P20 Pro with triple camera, it’s amazing for photography and combines them in clever ways.. it doesn’t use a separate lens for depth, for example, but uses the B&W lens for this. The quad camera seems like a cheap attempt at one-upmanship.. dowsn’t sound as well thought through.

    Overall, though, I do think the trend towards multiple cameras is improving phone photography – although Google’s Pixels are doing it through amazing software alone.. and Huawei with a bit of both.

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