How many cameras can a smartphone have?
Only the future knows the answer to that question but you can bet your bottom dollar that Korean electronics giant Samsung will be leading the march towards x-number of cameras if the new Galaxy A9 is any evidence fit for submission.
Capitalizing on the trend towards adding more and more cameras to smartphone devices, Samsung announced the first ever quad-camera smartphone, the Galaxy A9, the first ever with a back featuring four different cameras for taking four different types of photo.
These include a “24-megapixel f/1.7 main camera, a 5MP f/2.2 depth camera (for portrait mode), a 10MP f/2.4 telephoto camera (with 2x optical zoom), and an 8MP f/2.4 wide-angle camera (with a 120-degree field of view). On the front of the phone is a 24-megapixel f/2 selfie camera” according to PetaPixel. That's quite a lot of options when it comes to cameras but it would all be for naught if there wasn't some powerful software powering it all.
Of course, none of this would be complete without some AI-assisted tool coming along for the ride and Samsung was sure to announce that the Scene Optimizer functionality will be present and accounted for on the new Galaxy A9. Basically this analyzes whatever you’re trying to capture and determines what the subjects of the photo are, among other “optimizations.” Some other information includes 128GB of built-in storage with the option to expand it with 512GB, a 6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, and an Octa Core processor with up to 8GB of RAM. All of this will be running Android 8.0 Oreo. The unit colors will be Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue, and Bubblegum Pink.
No word yet on a release in the United States though is should be in other markets by November 2018 for a retail price of approximately $USD 724.
You can watch a video showing off the new quad-camera Samsung Galaxy A9 here.