Samsung goes camera crazy with the Galaxy A9 and A7
By Chong Jinn Xiung October 12, 2018
Samsung’s two latest Galaxy A series targets mid-range segment
The Galaxy A9 is Samsung’s first camera with four cameras
The Samsung Galaxy A9 (left) and A7 (right) were launched in Kuala Lumpur recently
Samsung is making a bid for the crowded mid-range segment with two new models: the Galaxy A9 and A7. To help it stand out from the crowd, Samsung has opted to include not two but up to four cameras on the models.
Yes, you read that right. The Galaxy A9 is the first quad camera array to be featured on a smartphone while the Galaxy A7 has a triple cameras on the back. The two models were featured at a glitzy Unpacked event, almost equivalent to those overseas, in Kuala Lumpur.
Coming back to the phone, the Samsung Galaxy A9 featuring a sleek and ergonomic design with a 3D Glass curved back that is comfortable to hold. The model comes in three distinct colours: black, blue and pink. Both the blue and pink variants have a shiny metal sheen to it that almost ‘morphs’ when you view it from different angles.
Rumours have been rife that the new Galaxy A9 would have not three but four cameras on the back. They consist of a 8-Megapixel 120-degree wide angle lens, 10-Megapixel telephoto with 2x optical zoom, a 24-Megapixel main lens and a 5-Megapixel depth camera.
Regardless if you are a professional or beginner, the Galaxy A9’s AI Scene Recognition feature helps you grab the shot you need. Just like other AI modes, this one is able to identify subjects and adjust the settings accordingly to the situation.
The Galaxy A9 features a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ (2,220 x 1,080) resolution.
Specs-wise the Galaxy A9 is powered by an octa core (2.2Ghz Quad + 1.8Ghz Quad) processor that is complemented by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone still retains a microSD card slot that allows users to expand up to a 512GB card.
Don’t worry about running out of juice half way through the day as the Galaxy A9 comes with a large 3,800mAh battery that also supports fast charging.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy A9 will be available in Malaysia come November however no official price has been announced.
The second phone unveiled by Samsung was the Galaxy A9’s smaller cousin, the Galaxy A7. Take note that this the 2018 edition as Samsung had previously two identically named models back in 2016 and 2015.
The triple camera equipped smartphone array on the back consists of a 24-Megapixel (f/1.7) together with 8-Megapixel (f/2.4) and 5-Megapixel (f/2.2). It also has a 24-Megapixel shooter on the front for selfies.
Just like the Galaxy A9, the Galaxy A7 phone comes with a large 6-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution.
It will come powered by a 2.2Ghz octa core processor with 4Gb of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 512GB with a microSD card. Battery-wise it has a smaller 3,300mAh battery.
The Galaxy A7 will also come in three colours: blue, black and gold.
Both the Galaxy A7 and A9 will run on Android 8.1. The both will come with the usual assortment of Samsung features including its Bixby virtual assistant, Samsung Pay and Samsung Health.
The Galaxy A7 is available now at RM1,299 though the Galaxy A9 will only be available come Nov 2018. Samsung has not announced the price for the Galaxy A9.