I’ve long been clamoring for phones to embrace multiple cameras at various focal lengths, and it seems manufacturers are really starting to go all out. Case in point: the upcoming Samsung A9 Pro will sport a whopping four cameras on its rear.
Aside from corroborating earlier reports, the leak shows that – like LG’s V40 – the A9 pro is sporting a primary, wide-angle and telephoto lenses. The fourth camera is a depth sensing camera, as we’ve seen on other phones. It’s a curious inclusion, as I would think the other cameras would provide enough information for depth capture. But hey, if it improves Samsung’s portrait mode, so be it.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 10, 2018
More importantly, I think it bodes well for future flagships. The A9 Pro is expected to be more of a midrange phone; if such a phone can have four cameras, there’s a good chance next year’s Galaxy S10 might be sporting more cameras too.
In case you’re wondering why a phone would need this many cameras, check out my piece on why the Pixel 3’s single camera is a missed opportunity. To summarize, more cameras simply give you more flexibility. So long as the sensors are still decent – especially the primary one – it’s a worthwhile venture. Having multiple cameras allows you capture perspectives a single camera simply can’t without software tricks.
Cameras aside, the device is expected to sport a Snapdragon 660, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage behind the 6.3-inch OLED display. The A9 Pro is likely be announced as soon as tomorrow, so it won’t be too long until we find out more.