Samsung expanded its A series at the end of last year by adding the Samsung Galaxy A9 to the lineup. Following the A3, A5 and A7, this latest smartphone is the largest one in its series and its specifications really make it a premium mid-range smartphone.
In terms of design, the Galaxy A9 looks a lot like the S6, only bigger. It has two Corning Gorilla Glass 4 panels held together by a metal frame. What separates this phone from its flagship counterparts is the more angular look it has, due to the less rounded corners.
Handling can be quite unwieldy on this 6-inch display smartphone and, although the top and bottom parts of it are relatively thin, one-handed operation can be a stretch, literally. But a point worth mentioning in this sense is that the camera unit on the back does not protrude much, which means there is not an extra thing to worry about when handling the device.
Another noticeable thing regarding the Galaxy A9 is its weight; a total of 200 grams makes it one of the heaviest smartphones currently available on the market. This may give it a more substantial feel, but along with its large dimensions, this may also make it feel unbalanced when handling. The extra weight though, is a result of the bigger battery fitted in it, which makes it kind of a good thing.
The Super AMOLED display comes with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a pixel density of 367 ppi, which means good viewing angles, high brightness, and vibrant and saturated colors. In this sense, the display offers the very best that one would expect from a Super AMOLED panel with Full HD.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 comes with the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Although this may remind one of a mid-range processing package, the device’s performance comes close to the one of the Note 5 and actually surpasses the Galaxy S6.
The smartphone also offers the option to upgrade the 32 GB storage with a microSD card support of up to 128 GB. The fast and accurate fingerprint scanner is located in the physical home button and apart from its main unlocking function it can also be used with Samsung Pay.
It offers fantastic battery life, since it features a 4,000 mAh battery- meaning a total of 8 hours of screen-on time and up to 2 days of average use. The 13 MP primary camera takes really good photos but you will ned to opt out for shooting in 4:3 ratio in order to take pictures at full resolution. The front camera has an 8 MP shooter, making the A9 stand out from its counterparts.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A9 is proof that balance between functionality and looks can be found. It is a smartphone that offers great design and quality, incredible performance and outstanding battery life.