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Samsung launches the Galaxy A9 quad-camera and A7 triple-camera smartphones


The Galaxy A7 (right) and A9 have three and four main cameras, respectively. – CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

The Galaxy A7 (right) and A9 have three and four main cameras, respectively. – CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

“Samsung Camera Camera Camera Camera”, and a follow up tweet “All back” dated Sept 2 were all it took for credible tipster Ice Universe to get Samsung fans excited about a possible quad-camera sporting smartphone. 

And at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked global event held for the first time in Malaysia, the cryptic tweets were proven correct. 

Samsung introduced the Galaxy A9, its first smartphone with four cameras lined up neatly on the rear. 

“As a global leader in smartphone innovation, we understand the demand for meaningful innovation in a fast-paced world driven by visual communication,” said DJ Koh, president and CEO of IT & mobile communications division at Samsung Electronics. 

The Galaxy A9 has a 8-megapixel sensor with a 120° ultra-wide lens (f/2.4), a 24-megapixel main lens (f/1.7) and a 5-megapixel depth lens (f/2.2) on the back – the same sported by Galaxy A7, the first triple-camera from Samsung also launched today. 

However the A9 has an additional 10-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom (f/2.0). 

The 24-megapixel and 5-megapixel lenses work together to reportedly give an excellent Bokeh effect to the photographs. 

Selfie enthusiasts will enjoy the 24-megapixel front camera (f/2.0) with adjustable LED flash on both the A7 and A9. 

The smartphones also have intelligent Scene Optimiser that can identify scenes and subjects and tweak the colour, contrast and brightness for the best photo. 

“These are the smartphones that are the reflection of your lifestyles. We have packed our latest innovations in our new models, the A7 and A9,” said Samsung South-East Asia & Oceania vice-president Eugene Goh at the event. 

“These smartphones were made for the Instagram generation. They don’t just take photos, they take pictures that stand out and look real good,” he added.  

The A7 has a 6in full HD+ display, 2.2GHz octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage and 3,300mAh battery. 

The A9 has a fingerprint sensor on the back and also uses facial recognition to unlock the device, while the A7 has a fingerprint scanner embedded on the power button on the side. 

The A9 has 128GB memory that is expandable to up to 540GB with a MicroSD card, and a 3,800mAh battery that supports fast charging. 

Both A7 and A9 run on Android 8.1. 

The Galaxy A7 is available now in Blue, Black, Pink and Gold, while the Galaxy A9 comes in Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink, and will be available in November.

   

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