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Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) with 4 rear cameras set to launch in India on November 20

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Samsung is sending out media invites for the launch of the Galaxy A9 (2018) in India. The company will be bringing the mid-range device to the country on Tuesday, November 20 at an event in Gurgaon that starts at 12pm. While the invite does not mention the Galaxy A9 by name, it does come with the same 4X Fun tagline that was used for the global launch of the Galaxy A9 last month. The highlight of the Galaxy A9 is that it is the first smartphone to sport four rear cameras.

The Galaxy A9 (2018) was first unveiled in Kuala Lumpur last month with a price tag of 599 euros (approx Rs 51,300). There is no word yet on what the India pricing of the phone will be, but we do expect it to fall well below Rs 50,000. Reports earlier this month suggest the device could come at a price of Rs 39,999, which would give it a better standing to compete against the likes of the OnePlus 6T. Apart from the quad-camera system, the Galaxy A9 also touts an attractive design language with a gradient colour scheme on the back and a tall AMOLED display up front.

The Galaxy A9 comes a few months after the Galaxy A7 (2018), which is the company’s first phone to sport a triple camera setup on the back. Samsung has been introducing new innovations and technologies for its mid-range Galaxy A series in order to boost sales and help the devices compete against Chinese competition in emerging markets. The quad-camera setup on the Galaxy A9 (2018) brings a lot of the same sensors as on the Galaxy A7 with the addition of a zoom lens.

The quad-camera system on the Galaxy A9 includes a 24MP main sensor with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP 120-degree ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, a 10MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and a 5MP depth sensor.

As for everything else, the Galaxy A9 (2018) sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080×2160) Super AMOLED display with support for Always-On functionality. The device comes with a 2.5D curved glass on the front and back that sandwiches a metal frame. It also comes with a gradient design language on the back, which is unlike past Samsung devices and closer to phones like the Honor 10 and Huawei P20. This gradient design was announced in Bubble Pink, Lemonade Blue and Caviar Black last month, but we will have to wait and see if all three variants will be coming to India.

Powering the Galaxy A9 is an octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The 8GB RAM variant will only be available in some markets, and we are not sure yet if India is one of them. Both memory options will offer 128GB of internal storage with support for expandability up to 512GB via microSD card. The device houses a 3,800mAh battery with fast charge support via USB Type-C. Unlike the Galaxy A7 (2018) which has a side fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy A9 (2018) gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The device also supports facial recognition as well.

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