In short: A concept render envisioning Samsung’s first Android smartphone with a quadruple-camera setup emerged online earlier today, having been shared by one industry insider on social media. The image that can be seen above shows a vertical imaging system, with its source alleging the handset in question will be advertised as the Galaxy A9 Star Pro. The device is scheduled to be unveiled on October 11 at a dedicated “4x Fun” event, Samsung confirmed earlier this week.
Background: The Galaxy A9 Star Pro or however the upcoming smartphone ends up being called should be offered in several color gradients, according to previous rumors, with the newly emerged render suggesting Samsung prepared a blue and pink variant of the device. It’s presently unclear whether all versions will be sold internationally or if any will seeing how Samsung rarely brings its best (and most expensive) Android mid-rangers to the West so as to not have them compete with its flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lineups. Previous rumors about the Galaxy A9 Star Pro having an in-display fingerprint reader may not end up materializing, even though Samsung is understood to have tested some prototypes equipped with such a solution earlier this summer.
Impact: The Galaxy A9 Star Pro is likely to be the first of many handsets with a quadruple-camera setup; many industry watchers expect such smartphones to enter the mainstream in the near future, adding that they’re likely to be followed by even more complicated imaging systems with a larger number of lenses. While Samsung debuted the world’s first variable-aperture mobile lens on a mainstream device earlier this year, the 2018 mobile photography innovation race appears to have been won by Huawei’s triple-camera setup found on the back of the P20 Pro and the upcoming Mate 20 lineup is likely to further improve on that formula, leaving Samsung to play catch-up.