Video shows unannounced Samsung Galaxy A9 Star with dual camera, huge display

Last month, a Samsung Galaxy phone with the model name SM-G8850 was certified by China's TENAA regulatory agency. The traditional photos snapped by TENAA revealed that the phone will feature a dual camera setup on back. Yes, the camera is vertically mounted, which naturally calls to mind the Apple iPhone X, especially since Samsung placed the dual setup in the same corner. 

Today, a video allegedly showing the same Samsung SM-G8850 was disseminated by SlashLeaks, and the 12-second clip shows both the front and back of the device. The leak also suggests that the phone would be officially called the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star. 

We have to say that the vertical placement of the cameras on the Galaxy A9 Star makes sense; it allows Sammy to leave plenty of room for users to feel for the fingerprint sensor without smudging the lenses. This was an issue with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and to some extent with the Galaxy Note 8.

Thanks to the aforementioned regulatory filing, we know that the Samsung SM-G8850 carries a large, 6.3-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1080 by 2220 pixels. Under the hood is an unknown 2.2GHz octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 3700mAh battery. The rear dual cameras weigh in at 24MP and 16MP, while a 24MP selfie snapper is at the front. Android 8.0 Oreo comes pre-loaded.



1. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

stop coping this design already, I don't get what their design department is doing all day long

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Why in the world Samsung would do such a preposterous thing, I wonder? The camera in the center with an FPS right at the bottom looks pretty sleek, am I right? Why would Samsung do such a thing? Tell you what; Uncle Sammy won't! This render is ABSOLUTELY FAKE, trust me! I mean, that's what common sense suggests! G'Day!

4. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

You are wrong. Pictures released by TENAA show the same exact design. It is what it is. Regards, Alan

28. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Looks like YOU were wrong. I like how you changed the title too. Lol.


Posts: 941; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Only reason I can think of is for them to fit a larger battery in the phone? I know Samsung isn't one for doing that though.

3. steveedojob

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

Weird, S9 has one camera while the S9 mini has 2 cameras. S9 and S9 mini screen sizes are the same.

5. Ali888

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

Why is it "iPhone X-esque" camera and not p20, mi mix 2s, or such? Just because Apple's flagship has it doesn't mean the whole smartphone world revolves around them. I'm not a fan boy but I'm tired of Apple's name being dropped left and right on this site

8. maherk

Posts: 6959; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Maybe because the X had this design before the rest of the devices you mentioned?

21. Ali888

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

But it doesn't make those devices less important, and when they came out I can't remember the first comparison being to the X

7. lovemac209

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

totally fake...weird doesn’t look like any samsung phone..

10. yalokiy

Posts: 1051; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

There were some smartphones with vertical dual cameras before it became "iPhoneX-esque".

23. Ali888

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

Thank you

26. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Welcome......for my post no.25!

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yep, but not in the exact design as Apple, which is being copied now.

29. yalokiy

Posts: 1051; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Apple didn't copy it exactly. Considering apple was not the first to introduce this type of design, they deserve no credit for it.

32. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

When did I say Apple copied it? Read carefully. And prove that others did it first. Exactly like it's in iPhone X. Then we will talk.....

33. yalokiy

Posts: 1051; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

prove others (that did it after iphone X) did it exactly like iphone X, then we talk.

34. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Xiaomi Mi 6X. There's one. Enough to prove my point. But plenty others have done it too, which I don't remember of, though some have positioned the flash outside. Btw I asked you first, so you should've answered. But obviously you didn't have any proof so you tried to fire the qs at me. Proves you can't back your statement. So I don't need to talk to you now since everyone knows who's the liar.

11. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

It could be a working prototype. Remember when it transpired that the S8 had many different models with differing FPS ITerations

12. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I feel the same about this vertical camera setup that's offset completely to one side as I always have. It just doesn't look good, especially not as good as the other designs out there. It makes sense tho in a way, as the people who buy the cheaper Galaxy S9 mini will receive a phone that isn't as good looking as the Galaxy S9. It could also be a design compromise that was forced, as a result of available space inside the phone.

13. ahmadkun

Posts: 614; Member since: May 02, 2016

I don't know.. samsung tend to give very nice design for all of their phones since the new design team came but this phone is random and really ugly , and why the hell the need S9 minicand they've just released the S light wich is expensive enough while there is already The A Line .

14. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Npt quite mini aa it sanr screen size abd bigger bezels then the s8. They shud of msde this thd sjxe of thr a3 2017 with a 5.2-5.5 screen

20. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012


15. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The smaller S9 should've had two cameras anyway. No reason why it couldn't being so close in size to the iPhone X.

27. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014


16. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMG PA, is it a A9 star or is it a s9 mini. Make up your mind.

17. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

A9 Star according to GSMarena. Seems to be a china exclusive?

18. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

5.8” for a mini? They’re doing it wrong.

19. Linn_Drum

Posts: 79; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

So in 2018 a screen with a 5.8 inch screen is considered "mini" now?!

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