A couple of weeks ago Samsung started teasing us with the announcement of a new phone, promising '4x fun'. Many people assumed this meant this would be the rumoured phone with four rear camera camera lenses, and based on comments by Samsung's DJ Koh it was likely that it would be the newest device to hit the mid-range Galaxy A line. Now thanks to a new leak we know what the expect from this camera, as well as what it may look like.
This information comes from AllAboutSamsung, which claims the rumoured phone is called the Galaxy A9 Star Pro (bit of a mouthful, if I'm honest), and will include a 24MP main camera, 8MP 120-degree wide-angle lens, plus two zoom lenses that offer 10MP and 5MP resolution. There's only one camera on the front, allegedly packing in a 24MP Sony lens. Two zoom lenses seems a bit odd, though AllAboutSamsung guesses that it's to offer "different zoom levels and an improved background blur". Meanwhile TechRadar theorises that the 5MP lens is actually a depth sensor, similar to the one in the triple-lens setup from the recently-announced Galaxy A7.
If the concept render shown by AllAboutSamsung is legit, it means Samsung has slapped all four cameras in a single vertical row. That's an, em, interesting design choice, to say the least, and frankly looks a little bit messy. Is there no neater and more aesthetically pleasing way to place each lens? Definitely, but whether that will play nice with the rest of the internal components is another story entirely.
As for other specs, the Galaxy A9 Star Pro is said to have a 6.28-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, a rear fingerprint scanner, a Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset, and a 3,7200 mAh battery. Judging from the renders above it will also come packing the Bixby button, which I'm sure everyone is going to be very excited about immediately disabling. Assuming Samsung lets you.
Naturally this is a leak, and one with no proper source information at that. There's an excellent chance that this information could be completely wrong, made up, or worse. We won't find out for sure until the 4x Fun launch event on 11th October. So until then take everything you hear with a massive dose of scepticism. [AllAboutSamsung via TechRadar]