A battle is brewing between Huawei’s P20 Pro with its Leica camera system and Samsung’s triple-lens camera phone, which was just announced this week. Samsung unveiled the 2018 version of its Galaxy A7 smartphone, which will be the first from the company to have a triple-lens camera system on the rear.
The smartphone industry had just begun to adopt dual-lens-camera setups when Huawei took a step forward with its Leica triple-lens camera on its P20 Pro flagship. Given the rapid growth of Huawei’s smartphones, Samsung doesn’t want to fall behind. According to the allegedly-leaked specs of the LG V40 acquired by Android Authority, it will also sport a triple-lens camera setup, so Samsung will have plenty of competition on this feature.
“Samsung is committed to delivering meaningful innovation to all consumers across the Galaxy family, no matter who they are or where they are in the world,” Samsung Electronics Mobile President and CEO D.J. Koh said in a press release. “That’s why we’re excited to introduce innovative new features to the A series with the Galaxy A7, a practical but powerful device that is built to help make your everyday both convenient and extraordinary.”
Details on Samsung’s triple-lens camera phone
Samsung’s triple-lens camera phone will feature a setup that consists of an 8MP 120-degree ultra-wide angle lens, a 24MP main lens and a 5MP depth lens. It’s like getting an action camera in your phone because users will be encouraged to take wide-angle pictures, which is perfect for landscapes. The camera also allows for portrait mode and pictures with bokeh effects.
Notably, Samsung isn’t including an optical zoom lens in its new device. The phone does come with Scene Optimizer, which we have already seen in the Galaxy Note 9. The feature can automatically recognize what the camera is looking at.
The A7’s selfie camera comes with a 24MP lens with LED flash, and it supports bokeh-effect photos and the popular trend of AR emoji.
Beyond the camera, Samsung’s new phone is nothing more than a mid-range device. It is equipped with a 6-inch AMOLED FHD+ Infinity Display and sports 4GB or 6GB of RAM with 64GB and 128GB storage options. It comes with a 3,300mAh battery and NFC, which means Samsung’s triple-lens camera phone will support services like Samsung Pay. The phone will be available in blue, black, gold and pink.
Earlier this year in an interview with CNBC, Koh said Samsung’s future mid-range devices will boast new technologies and “differentiation points” that will appeal to smartphone lovers before they head to the next generation of Galaxy S and Note smartphones.
It seems Samsung’s triple-lens camera phone is part of fulfilling this promise. In the announcement, Samsung also said the Galaxy A7 will initially be available for purchase in select European and Asian countries, while it will be available globally at some point in the future.
Samsung hasn’t said anything about how much the Galaxy A7 will cost. However, given that this is a mid-range phone and isn’t part of the company’s flagship line-up, it will likely cost no more than $500, which would be similar to its predecessors.
The company is set to hold its next event on Oct. 11, when it will launch its new smartphone. Hopefully, the company also has something else up its sleeve, like the much-anticipated foldable phone.