Samsung has officially entered the three-camera array fray. The company announced its Galaxy A7 phone today for Europe and Asia: a midrange device that features a unique three-camera setup on the back. It includes a 24-megapixel sensor with autofocus, a 5-megapixel “depth lens” that’s used for a bokeh effect, and an 8-megapixel wide angle lens that can capture up to a 120-degree field of view. The setup should cover all the shots you’d probably want to take with your phone.
The phone has a 6-inch, Full HD+ Super AMOLED display, a 3,300mAh battery, an octa-core 2.2GHz chipset, and up to 6GB of RAM with 128GB of expandable storage. It’ll be running Android Oreo. We don’t yet have pricing on the phone, but it’ll be released on October 11th.
Up until now, we’ve really only seen Huawei experiment with a three-camera setup on its P20 Pro. The Verge’s own Vlad Savov loved the photos the camera produced and wrote that they were the best Huawei has ever created. I’m sure Samsung will eventually bring the additional cameras to its flagship devices. There was a rumor earlier this year that the Galaxy S10 could include up to five cameras, which would be a lot (maybe too many). But DJ Koh, head of Samsung’s mobile division, told CNBC earlier this month that the company was focusing on bringing unique features to its midrange devices to cater to people who need a new phone but might not be able to afford flagships.