Samsung, along with rival smartphone maker Apple, has come under increased pressure from lower-priced but premium-made handsets from the likes of OnePlus, Honor and other Chinese manufacturers including Xiaomi, forcing it to create a larger range of devices that house technologies normally reserved for flagship launches.
Images of the Galaxy A9 were leaked ahead of today's launch by Evan Blass and German site AllAboutSamsung, which filled in details of a claim by phone leaker Ice Universe in September that Samsung was cooking up a four-camera phone.
There's also a 24MP camera at the front.
Samsung describes the Galaxy A9 as the world's first "quad-camera" phone. Coming to the software, the Galaxy A9 offers Android 8.0 Oreo, and knowing Samsung, the Pie update isn't likely to roll out until 2019. Do you think Samsung will be able to pull it off? The Infinity Display design allows the notch-free screen of the Galaxy A9 to deliver an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. Add to that a 24-megapixel autofocus selfie shooter, and you end up with a phone that packs way too many cameras.
Samsung launched on Thursday the Galaxy A9, its first smartphone that features 4 cameras in the rear, as well as the galaxy A7, its first phone to feature 3 cameras at the back.
Under the hood is the octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset - the Nokia 7 Plus and BlackBerry Key2 notably feature the same processor - and 6GB of RAM. The display size measures in at 6.3 inches diagonally, so it is larger than the Galaxy S9+ Plus and only a fraction smaller than the Galaxy Note 9.
Samsung has only unwrapped the Galaxy A9 (2018) smartphone, but it hasn't disclosed its pricing.
Samsung's quad-camera smartphone is capable of taking ultra-wide, 120-degree panoramic shots and also boasts 2x optical zoom. It isn't clear how these cameras work seamlessly together, I'd assume the camera UI switches between lenses at various zoom levels, and all make use of the depth sensor for effects.
If you need more, you can pop a microSD card into the dedicated slot on the A7's triple SIM tray for up to 512GB of extra space. Similar to the P20 Pro, the Galaxy A9 (2018) features a gradient around back that goes from pink, blue, or black at the bottom to a lighter hue of those colors at the top.
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Pompeo echoed Trump's comments when he spoke briefly to reporters during a Tuesday afternoon visit to the White House. On Tuesday, Trump said that he was planning a second summit with Kim for the near future. "That's a two-way street".