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19 Nov 2018

World's first four-camera smartphone to launch in India, tomorrow

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) launches tomorrow in India

The world's first rear quad-camera smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), is all set to launch in India tomorrow i.e November 20.

The key highlights of the phone, apart from its novel rear camera, are its full-HD+ AMOLED display, a two-tone gradient glass panel, up to 8GB RAM and mid-level Snapdragon 660 processor.

Here's everything we know.

In context

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) launches tomorrow in India
Samsung Galaxy A9: At a glance

Design & Display

Samsung Galaxy A9: At a glance

Up front, the phone looks a lot like the Galaxy A6 - Samsung's first triple rear-camera phone. So, you have a traditional rectangular screen with prominent bezels.

On the back, there's 3D curved glass chassis with a dual-tone gradient finish.

The Galaxy A9 features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080x2220 pixels) Super AMOLED display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

Camera

For the shutterbugs and selfie lovers

The Galaxy A9 flaunts the world's first quad rear-camera setup on a smartphone.

In terms of optics, there's a 24-MP (f/1.7) primary camera, a 10-MP (f/2.4) telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom, an 8-MP (f/2.4) ultra-wide camera with a 120-degree field-of-view and lastly, a 5-MP (f/2.2) depth camera for Bokeh effect.

Up front, the phone gets a 24-MP selfie snapper with an f/2.0 aperture.

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Under the hood

Internals

Under the hood

The Galaxy A9 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, paired with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage (expandable up to 512GB).

Under the hood, the phone packs 3,800mAh battery with fast charging support and runs Android Oreo out-of-the-box.

Further, the Galaxy A9 comes with in-house digital assistant Bixby, NFC-based Samsung Pay, Samsung Health and App Pair multi-tasking feature.

Nitty-gritty

Connectivity options and sensors onboard the Galaxy A9

In terms of connectivity options, the phone supports dual-SIM (Nano) cards, 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/c (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, USB Type-C, NFC, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Sensors onboard Galaxy A9 comprise an Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, and RGB Light Sensor.

Further, the phone comes with Face Unlock as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Galaxy A9 is expected to be priced under Rs. 40,000

Details

Galaxy A9 is expected to be priced under Rs. 40,000

According to an IANS report, the phone could enter India at a price tag of around Rs. 35,000.

Even, a recent 91Mobiles report also tipped that the Galaxy A9 could be priced around Rs. 39,000.

It is safe to assume that Samsung would introduce the phone at a price point of under Rs. 40,000 to compete with OnePlus 6T which starts at Rs. 37,999.

The phone will be available via both Flipkart and Amazon

Both Amazon and Flipkart have activated their respective landing pages for Galaxy A9 with a 'Notify Me' option. This suggests the phone will be available online via at least these two e-commerce giants and possibly through Samsung India e-store and other offline channels.

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