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The Samsung Galaxy A9 is the biggest Samsung smartphone to have hit the market in 2016. With its 6” Super AMOLED screen, it is bigger even than the Note5. With two Corning Gorilla Glass 4 panels held together by a metal frame with amazing angular edges, this phone is going to make your friends green with envy. The phone packs a powerful 4,000 mAh battery, 32GB internal storage, and an 8 MP Selfie camera. The phone zooms past other phones with a Snapdragon 652 chipset. In this review, we’ll see how this behemoth does and if it lives up to the expectations of a premium mid-range smartphone.
The phone has a sleek metal body. The body is slippery and huge making one hand use tough. Its corners are less rounded giving it a more angular look. It is also missing the S pen and the heart rate monitor. With a 6 inch Super AMOLED display and a resolution of 1920X1080 and pixel density of 367 ppi, the A9 gives an amazing display. You can expect vibrant colors, deep blacks, high brightness and a good viewing angle from these devices. Media-centric and gaming-centric users will love the extra screen space and the contrasting display. However, the phone lacks a Quad HD. Although, the phone doesn’t lack in the display quality. Owing to the large battery drain an HD screen has, Samsung’s choice to stick with the 1080p display makes sense.
The phone also flaunts a fingerprint scanner which has now become standard in almost all phones with a similar price tag. The scanner embedded in the home button. Its position allowed access even when the device kept on a table. The speaker placed on the bottom of the phone. The placement isn’t ideal as it directs the sound away from the user and it blocks the speaker when using in landscape mode. The audio is, however, loud and crisp.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 has the Android 5.1 version of the operating system, which is the lollipop version. The Samsung Galaxy A9 gives the facility of upgrading the Android 5.1 version lollipop to Android 6.1 marshmallow version. The Central Processing Unit of the Samsung Galaxy A9 is Octa Core 1.8 GHz Cortex –A72 and Octa core 1.2 GHz Cortex –A53. This software platform makes sure that the performance of this Samsung Galaxy A9 is amazingly supportive to the users which will help them access the applications in this smartphone with ease. With the chipset being Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652, the GPU of this smartphone is Mali-Adreno 510. This Samsung Galaxy A9 has a considerable amount of storage capacity, but the exact amount varies according to the choice of the users. The internal memory of this Samsung Galaxy A9 comes in 1 variants that is 32GB with 3GB RAM. Users can access the expandable storage upto 256GB, as the internal storage is insufficient for them.
Samsung Galaxy A9 has unique camera ability. It has a high quality 13 Mega Pixels rear camera, with a wider aperture lens of f1.9. This quality assures clear pictures and videos at this price range in Samsung Galaxy A9. With 28mm lens, OIS, autofocus, and LED flash, this rear camera has made a special place for itself in the smartphone world. The features provided with the rear camera make this Samsung Galaxy A9 to be one of the best quality cameras. The additional features that come with the camera application of this Samsung Galaxy A9 are geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, and HDR. This rear camera of this Samsung Galaxy A9 captures video at the rate of 1080p@60fps. The secondary camera that comes with Samsung Galaxy A9 is of 8 Mega Pixels. The secondary camera in this Samsung Galaxy A9 has a lens of 24mm, and it captures video at the rate of 1080p@30fps. This camera features help all the users to cherish their memories at any time.
The alerts in this Samsung Galaxy A9 comes with MP3 and WAV type ring tones, and vibration of high quality could be accessed if chosen by the user. The loudspeakers that accompany with this Galaxy A9 works qualitatively, and they work at 65dB at the voice, at 64dB at the noise and 73dB at the ring. The Samsung Galaxy A9 also comes with a jack of 3.5mm.
The impressive battery lasts long with average use (about two days) and lasts for around 8 hours with extensive use. You will rarely need to charge this device every day, and even if you do, it’s fast charge will give you hours of battery life in a few minutes. You get an impressive battery life of about 100 hours even in dual SIM mode. You also get 32 hours of talk time and 15 hours of video playback and web browsing. The phone comes with all the standard connectivity options. You get 3G/4G only for one SIM - the one selected as data SIM. The other is limited to 2G/EDGE. Wireless connections include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and ANT+ and GPS. Wired connections served by the micro USB 2.0 port, which does USB On-The-Go for peripherals, but lacks MHL (or other) for TV out.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 is a premium flagship phone which packs in a lot of features. The impressive screen size and long battery life are the keystones of this device. It's lightning fast chipset makes gaming an amazing experience. The heavy and big body can make single hand use difficult. The phone has managed to bring a balance between looks, features, functionality and budget, which the phone has successfully delivered. However, its lackluster camera, huge body, and poor display resolution makes it lose users to other smartphones out there.WHAT WE LIKED
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