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You're looking at an official image of the Samsung Galaxy A9 - a new, mid-range smartphone boasting not one, not two, not three, but four rear-facing cameras. In the words of insufferably annoying pub goers: "Taaaaaaxiiii!"

Samsung is billing the Galaxy A9 as the world's first quad-camera smartphone. For those who haven't been keeping count, that's one more than Huawei's celebrated P20 Pro and two more than Samsung’s top-of-the-range Galaxy Note 9. (Nigel Tuffnel from Spinal Tap would be proud.)

They comprise a 24-megapixel main camera (AF, F1.7) a 10-megapixel telephoto lens (2X optical zoom, 10MP AF, F2.4), an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens (120°, 8MP, F2.4) and a 5-megapixel depth sensor (F2.2). There's also a 24-megapixel camera in the front.

The image below breaks down the chief functionality of each sensor:

Kidding aside, bunging more cameras onto a smartphone isn't just for show - by working in tandem, each sensor is able to contribute to the final image, resulting in cleaner, brighter and more vibrant photography.

If Samsung can be believed, the Galaxy A9 is capable of taking better photos than the Galaxy S9 - which is curious given the former is a mid-range phone priced under $700 and the latter is a 2018 flagship.

This is part of a deliberate strategy by the company to roll out new technology as soon as it's ready for prime time. (Previously, new features were typically held back for the next big phone release.)

The Samsung Galaxy A9 is currently exclusive to the Asian market. Regardless of whether it launches in Australia or not, you can rest assured that a version of this technology will make it here eventually - most likely in the all-singing, all-dancing Samsung Galaxy 10.

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