First there was one, then two, and three cameras. Then Samsung said “No, we want more.” And then there was the Galaxy A9, the world’s first smartphone with a quad rear camera setup, and it’s now available in the Philippines!

The Galaxy A9 features a 6.3″ FHD+ Super AMOLED display, and is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core processor, along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It runs on Android Oreo with Samsung Experience UI on top, and packs a 3,800mAh battery.

So what exactly does each of the A9’s cameras do? well, first, you get a 24MP main camera with f/1.7 aperture, which allows it to take good low light shots. Second, a 5MP camera for adding a depth of field effect to your photos, aka today’s trend. Next, a 10MP telephoto camera for zooming in on subjects, and last but not the least, an 8MP snapper which gives you access to wide angle shots. There’s also a 24MP front camera, taking care of selfies.

For accessories, Samsung also announced two new wallet cover cases, priced at 1,199 each. The device comes in two colors. Caviar Black and Lemonade Blue.

Pricing and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy A9 retails for PhP32,990, and is now available at any authorized Samsung store nationwide.  Those who will purchase a unit until December 31, 2018 can also get their hands on a FREE camera kit which contains the following:

  • Mini Tripod
  • 10,000mAh Samsung Powerbank
  • Bluetooth Hand Grip
  • Nanofixit Screen Protection and Screen Cracking Insurance

Customers can also enjoy flexible payment terms of up to 24 months (as low as PhP1,374.58/month). This offer can be availed from select Samsung Experience Stores until December 31, 2018.

Processor2.2GHz Octa-Core Processor
Display6.3" FHD+ Super AMOLED
Rear Camera24MP (f/1.7) + 5MP (f/2.2) + 10MP (f/2.4) + 8MP (f/2.4)
Front Camera24MP (f/2.0)
OSAndroid Oreo + Samsung Experience UI
Other FeaturesLive Focus
Scene Optimizer
Sample Photos

Samsung also gave us some time to use the A9, as we went on a tour in the newly-opened National Museum of Natural History in Manila. Here are some of the shots we took.

Maximum Zoom
Depth of Field
Wide Angle


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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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