Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy A9 2016, the latest and the greatest in the A-series and the biggest droid ever built by the Korean tech giant.
This fellow is so big, that even the Galaxy Note looks small in comparison. Ok, maybe not like a dwarf, but keep in mind that the A9 comes with an impressive 6 inches of real-estate screen, and that puts it into phablet territory.
The star of the A series, the Galaxy A9 features an absolutely massive 6 inches AMOLED display and a top-shelve Snapdragon 652 system on chip, which puts it into the premium-droid debacle. I mean, is there something better on the market today than the A9, at least in its price bracket? Well, stick around and you’ll find out very soon.
There are many things likable about the Galaxy A9. For example, the beefy 4000 mAh battery, the octa-core system on chip, which is available both with a Snapdragon or an in-house Exynos chip, the premium built (a metal-Gorilla Glass combo), the presence of a micro SD slot extension and the plentiful storage space (32 GB).
But let’s not anticipate.
Let’s begin with the dimensions: the Samsung Galaxy A9 measures a very respectable 161.7 x 80.9 x 7.4mm and it’s pretty heavy, at 200 grams. That was to be expected from a six incher, right?
Compared with the Note 5 or the Galaxy S6 Edge, the A9 is both wider and taller in every direction with almost half a centimeter.
The thickness is alright though, making it almost pocket-able, provided you have large pockets, and also fairly easy to handle. However, if you want to use it nice and proper, you’ll definitely require both hands.
The built quality is outstanding, to say the least, as the Galaxy A9 features a metal skeleton which is sandwiched between 2 panes of 2.5 D Gorilla Glass 4.
Now, let’s talk a little bit about the massive six-inches display. In good Samsung tradition,, the Galaxy A9 features a Super AMOLED screen, the biggest ever seen on a smartphone (not counting the Tab S) of 1080p full-HD resolution, with a 367 pixels per inch density. Long story short, the display is a knockout, as it looks absolutely gorgeous and it’s well calibrated, impressively bright and with an awesome contrast.
Basically, what is to be expected from a premium smartphone from Samsung, correct?
The Galaxy A9 is available in both single and dual SIM flavors. The connectivity options abound, ranging from LTE Cat. 4 support to Bluetooth 4.1,a microUSB 2.0 port, NFC and ANT+ to Wi-Fi network at 2.4GHz or 5GHz, 802.11ac.
The impressive 4000 mAh battery fits the monster like a glove, and it provides absolutely stellar results in terms of autonomy, talk time and web browsing. The smartphone is rated at 103 hours of endurance and that sounds almost like a brick-phone from the dark ages of technology. That’s like 4 days and then some folks!
The Samsung Galaxy A9 runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with the proprietary TouchWiz on top and together with the fingerprint reader provides a very familiar Android experience, at least for Samsung aficionados.
The UI is fully customizable and themeable, with three pre-installed and lots of others at a download away.
Performance wise, the A9 runs on a mid-ranged Snapdragon 652 chipset, which has 8 physical cores/8 CPU’s, and there’s even an Exyno version for selected regions. The bulk of the A9’s however run on 652’s.
This particular system on chip features four Cortex-A72 cores, paired with four A-53 cores, for achieving power-efficiency. The GPU is the next-generation Adreno 510 from Qualcomm, which offers 40% more performance than its previous gen together with 40% power reduction. Long story short, the Samsung Galaxy A9 is a true power-house, and it offers a lot of bang for the buck, everything runs smooth, even the latest games.
The camera has a 4:3 13 megapixels sensor, a f/1.9 aperture and features OIS (optical image stabilization). The video-recording is capped at 1080p @ 30fps for marketing reasons obviously. The stills and video quality is top-notch and the photo-video quality is very similar to the Note 5, but with less detail.
There’s a secondary 8 MP camera for selfies, which does a great job too.
In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy A9 offers flag ship level build quality, lots of features, an impressive autonomy, a gorgeous screen and flagship level performance at a not-so-flagship price, being one of Samsung’s best smartphones released lately.