Samsung Galaxy A9 to launch in India today: Specs, expected price and how to watch livestream
Samsung will be launching its quad-camera smartphone in India a few hours from now. The company is holding an event in Gurgaon starting 12pm where it will launch the Galaxy A9 (2018). This is Samsung's newest A series phone that comes a few months after the Galaxy A7 (2018). The new Galaxy A9 was first announced in Malaysia last month as the world's first phone with four rear cameras. Samsung will be livestreaming the event on Samsung's official website.
The Galaxy A9 is yet another attempt by Samsung to bring unique features to its mid-range Galaxy A series to take on the competition. Not only does the Galaxy A9 tout an array of cameras on the back, but it also comes with a fresh new look thanks to a gradient colour design on the rear panel. 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.
The Galaxy A9 (2018) sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080x2160) 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. The Galaxy A9 was announced with an octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset last month, but we will have to see whether the India variant gets the same chipset or an Exynos SoC. The chipset will be paired 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 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. The Galaxy A9 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.
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) expected price in India
The Galaxy A9 (2018) was announced globally with a price tag of 599 euros (approx Rs 51,300). We will know the India price of the device in a few hours, 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 or lower, which would give it a better standing to compete against the likes of the OnePlus 6T.