In short: Samsung’s live streams are officially set and ready to kick off the company’s October 11 ‘A Galaxy Event’ at 5 p.m. Malaysia Time. The key focus of the event is expected to center around the launch of a 2018 update to the company’s Samsung Galaxy A9 series featuring no fewer than four primary cameras. For the time being, the company has listed six separate ways to watch the live-streamed event regardless of location. Those include all three of its primary websites – the Samsung Newsroom, Samsung.com, or Samsung Mobile Press sites – and its main social media accounts on both Twitter and Facebook. For the latter of those, users can watch via either the official Samsung Newsroom page or the Samsung Mobile page.
Background: The expectation of a quad-camera-equipped Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) handset stems from prior leaks of the device, and from the upcoming event’s “4x fun” tagline. Samsung has also traditionally announced its mid-range A9 series devices around this time of year and just in time for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Setting that aside, the cameras are definitely expected to be this year’s showstopper. The rear-facing main camera array, for example, is expected to effectively separate specific functionality into separate cameras. The primary shooter is expected to be a 24-megapixel sensor with a f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization. Backing that up will be a second, depth-sensing camera set at 5-megapixels with a f/2.2 aperture while a 120-degree wide-angle sensor will be present at 8-megapixels and a f/2.4 aperture. Zooming will be handled by a 10-megapixel snapper with a f/2.4 aperture enabling 2x optical zoom. The cameras are expected to be arranged vertically along the left-hand side when viewed from the back, with an LED flash below. In terms of the general specifications, the handset is expected to pack a 6.28-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. While Android 9 Pie isn’t totally out of the question, the more likely scenario is Android Oreo covered over by Samsung’s usual Experience. If the leaks up to this point have been accurate, then inside, a Snapdragon 660 SoC backed by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of microSD card-expandable storage will be on offer, providing users plenty of room for their apps, music, movies, and more. Driving all of this is a battery capacity that’s expected to be in the region of 3,720 mAh.
Impact: At least one previous leak of the event’s main attraction had briefly appeared on Samsung’s own website before being taken down. So it seems as though there may not actually be much left for the company to announce about this year’s iteration of the Samsung Galaxy A9. Bearing this in mind, neither pricing nor availability for the Android device are currently known. So there could be at least a few surprises still to come at the A Galaxy Event, regardless of the leaks that have come through so far.