Update 10/10: Venturebeat reporter (and prolific phone leaker) Evan Blass has shone light on the functionality of the four cameras. The Samsung A9 Star Pro reportedly features a 24-megapixel main camera, complimented by a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with a 2x optical zoom, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a dedicated 5-megapixel depth camera. The phone will be formally unveiled at an event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia tomorrow.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 10, 2018
It seems that Samsung is set to push the limits in photography with mid-range phones. According to a leak from SamsungMobile.News, Samsung will be launching its first phone with four rear cameras – Galaxy A9 Star Pro (2018) – on October 11.
The cameras will be placed vertically on the left with LED flash underneath them on the back of the phone. Samsung earlier teased a possible quad-camera phone with an invite which said ‘4X Fun’.
Let the fun times begin, this October 11, 2018. pic.twitter.com/8zzWYAgiWB
— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) September 14, 2018
The phone will supposedly launch with black, blue gradient and pink gradient colorways, and a $580 price tag.
Rumors suggest that the company will launch another phone named Galaxy A7 (2018) with three cameras and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor at the same event. The phone will likely get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 or Snapdragon 710 processor with 4GB RAM, which means this will be a mid-range affair.
There have been reports of Samsung killing off the budget J-series and merging it into the A-series as well. If all the leaks are correct, this will mark the first time when a mid-range phone will sport more than two cameras – setting the bar high for upcoming phones.
Smartphone companies are trying to put more and more camera sensors in a phone to compete with DSLR cameras. With Huawei’s three-camera P20 pro wowing the customers in recent months. and rumors of a five camera Nokia phone floating around, these are exciting times for mobile photography enthusiasts.
Published September 19, 2018 — 05:46 UTC