A few weeks ago Samsung proclaimed two new strategies to follow in their phones: give more care to the mid-range and have more powerful smartphones at a reduced price, such as Pocophone. Samsung has shown today by presenting the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018, its first mobile with 5 cameras.
Samsung's new strategy: lots of power and low price
Samsung is determined to fight with OnePlus, OPPO and Xiaomi in countries such as India and for this, create very powerful new phones with contained prices.
Although we have already seen phones with 5 cameras before as the recent LG V40, this A9 2018 stands out because 4 of these 5 cameras They are in the back, being the first smartphone in the world to have this provision of four cameras.
Specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
- Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-core at 2.2 GHz.
- 4 cores Kryo 260 at 2.2 GHz
- 4 cores Kryo 260 at 1.8 GHz
- RAM: 6/8 GB
- Internal: 128 GB
- MicroSD: Yes, up to 512 GB.
- Graph: Adreno 512.
- Size: 6.28 inches.
- Resolution: 2220 x 1080 pixels.
- Super AMOLED technology.
- Aspect Ratio: 18.5: 9
- Quad rear camera
- First sensor: Wide angle of 8 Mpx (f / 2.4) 120 degrees.
- Second sensor: 10 Mpx telephoto (f / 2.4) with x2 optical zoom.
- Third sensor: 24 Mpx main camera (f / 1.7)
- Fourth sensor: 5 Mpx depth camera (f / 2.2) with Focus Live
- Front camera.
- Resolution: 8 Mpx
- Opening: f / 2.0
- Connectivity: 4G / LTE, Dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (Wi-Fi 4 and 5), FM Radio, NFC …
- 3.5 mm jack
- USB Type-C connector
- Rear fingerprint sensor
- Drums: 3800 mAh with fast charge
- Dimensions: 162.5 x 77 x 7.8 mm.
- Weight: 183 g
- Android version: Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.
A phone more typical of the high range than the midrange
The Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 is Samsung's demonstration of wanting more prominence in the mid-range. In terms of design it still has the aesthetics of the Galaxy, without betting on the notch and still reserving the benefits of the Galaxy S and Note as the Edge edges for these ranges. In any case, it is not its design that stands out, but Its 5 cameras.
As for the screen, this A9 mounts a fairly large panel 6.28 inch in Full HD + resolution and with 18.5: 9 ratio. The screen technology is Super AMOLED, House brand and that leaves us a resolution of 2220 x 1080 pixels. Good features without too much flaunting that knowing how well Samsung treats its screens will place it in a higher ranking than its rivals.
This allows for benefits such as ambient display, something that Samsung continues to implement in each of its mobiles.
Inside we also have good news, since we have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 as a processor. This may vary according to the markets, since in others it will be sold with Samsung's proprietary chips, the Exynos. There will be no impediment in performance thanks to this processor that comes to surpass high-end processors such as the mythical 820. It is surprising, yes, that Samsung has not opted for the most modern Snapdragon 710, which use mobiles like the Xiaomi My 8 SE.
There will be two models, one with 8 GB of RAM and another with 6 GB of RAM, both with 128 GB of internal memory, which we can expand with microSD cards up to 512 GB. And this will not prevent us from using two SIMs at the same time since this terminal has three independent trays.
In the connectivity section we approach again what we see in the high-end, with dual SIM slot, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 5, FM Radio and even NFC.
The battery of this model will be 3800 mAh and has fast charging, although not with wireless charging.
Neither one, nor two, nor 3: five cameras in total!
But the most powerful section is the photographic one. Samsung already said it would bring the news to the Galaxy A and go if so. After the triple camera of the Samsung Galaxy A7 we now have a quad in the A9.
These four cameras are designed to cover the majority of possible photographic shots. He main sensor has 24 Mpx and a very low opening, of f / 1-7, which promises good night photos. The second has a 10 Mpx telephoto (aperture f / 2.4) with optical zoom x2. The third is a 8 Mpx wide angle (f / 2.4) able to show 120 degrees instead of the normal 80-90. Last we have a 5 Mpx depth sensor (f / 2.2) with Focus Live, which allows real-time blurring like other mobile phones of the brand.
In the front area the manufacturer has not imitated others like Google or LG who have used two front cameras, one normal and one wide angle. It conforms to an 8 Mpx sensor and f / 2.0 aperture.
Price and availability
This model will go on sale in several markets worldwide, among which is Spain, in November. It can be purchased in three colors: Caviar Black (black), Lemonade Blue (blue) and Bubblegum Pink (pink).
The price of the model with 6 GB, which will be sold in Europe, is 599 euros.
11-13-2018: You can now buy the Samsung Galaxy A9 in Spain on the official Samsung website.