Samsung Galaxy A9 leak, rumors: leaked image suggests rotating camera

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Following a series of leaks, an alleged photo of the rumored next-in-line smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy A9, has started circulating online. 

According to the image posted by Chinese website Mobile-dad, the Galaxy A9, which has what looks like a metallic red body, may be equipped with a special feature that will be a first in the series a rotating camera which is reminiscent of the one featured in Oppo N1. The mobile phone also has speaker grilles on the chin, placed somewhere a little below the three capacitive buttons. 

The handheld device by Oppo released in 2013 has a 13-megapixel shooter that can rotate up to a maximum of 206 degrees. This gives the user more superior-looking selfies and interesting angles for the photos compared to standard lens as it is easier to navigate and control the phone. 

Reports claim that the Galaxy A9 will use the camera as its major selling point, as one of the factors that consumers check is reportedly how powerful and convenient the lenses are. The quality is also predicted to become consistent no matter how the photo is taken, something that two cameras cannot produce as the front-facing one usually has lower resolution. 

Prior to the release of the leaked picture, the device was also featured in an AnTuTu benchmark test where some of the specifications were listed. These include a 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 pixel full high-definition touchscreen display, Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 620 processor combined with an Adreno 510 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in storage. It runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.  

Speculations suggest that it may take some time before the Galaxy A9 will hit the market as its predecessor, the Galaxy A8, has only been launched last July. The prediction for the release points to an early 2016 window. 

When it comes to pricing, it is expected that it will cost more than the current Galaxy A8, which is priced at around $500.

It remains to be seen if any of the rumors would come into fruition as Samsung has yet to announce any official information.