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Is the Samsung Galaxy A9 worth Rs 39,990?

Last updated on: November 26, 2018 11:35 IST

Ashish Narsale/Rediff.com digs into the details of the worlds first quad rear camera phone.

IMAGE: Ayushmann Khurrana with the Samsung Galaxy A9. Photograph: Kind courtesy samsung.com
 

Samsung recently launched the Galaxy A7 with triple cameras, a first in mid-range phones.

With the latest Galaxy A9, Samsung takes it further by calling it world's first quad rear camera phone.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 is a camera-centric phone so it does not boast of any flagship hardware specs.

IMAGE: The Samsung Galaxy A9 quad cameras. Photograph: Kind courtesy samsung.com

So what does the fourth camera do?

The fourth camera, which is telephoto, provides a 2x optical zoom, in addition to the main, wide and depth sensing cameras.

An optical zoom is always better than a digital zoom as it produces a clearer, more life-like picture.

A digital zoom is processed within the camera; it enlarges the image at the centre and crops the sides. This reduces the resolution as well as the picture quality.

Tech specs

Ultra wide 120 degree field of view Telephoto for 2x Optical zoom Main Depth sensing with live focus
8 MP, f/2.4 10 MP, f/2.4 24 MP, f/1.7 5 MP, f/2.2

IMAGE: Samsung's Galaxy A9 is available in lemonade blue, caviar black and bubblegum pink. Photograph: Kind courtesy samsung.com

Design and display

The Samsung Galaxy A9 has a 6.3" Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2220 x 1080, Full HD+ in a 6.39" body and a curved glass back.

It is available in gradient colors of lemonade blue, caviar black and bubblegum pink.

The quad camera is located on the rear top-left corner, while the fingerprint scanner has been placed in the centre.

Hardware

The phone is powered by Qualcomms Snapdragon 660.

It will be available in two variants -- 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM and 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM.

Both variants have a dedicated MicroSD slot which supports up to 512GB expandable memory.

Battery

Its 3800 mAh battery supports fast charging.

It also has the latest USB type-C port for charging and data transfer.

IMAGE: Samsung's Galaxy A9 supports Dolby Atmos via stereo headsets. Photograph: Kind courtesy samsung.com

Sound

The phone supports Dolby Atmos via stereo headsets.

Verdict

The Galaxy A9 is aimed at those who love to click pictures.

At Rs 39,990 for 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM and Rs 36,990 for 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM, it is steeply priced.

In fact its competitors, like the LG G7 ThinQ and the OnePlus 6T, offer better specifications and features at almost the same price.

Ashish Narsale / Rediff.com