The Better Choice – Samsung has been doing an excellent job in India by introducing smartphones rapidly, they have been able to keep the leadership position in the market.
They recently launched the Samsung C9 Pro and also a similar priced Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro. Surprisingly today they have even launched 2 more smartphones in the 25K to 35K price range – Samsung A5 and A7 2017. But in this article lets compare the large display Samsung A9 Pro and the C9 Pro to see which is a better choice.
Samsung C9 Pro
Samsung A9 Pro
While the company has incurred substantial losses with the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, it certainly did not made the South Korean Giant to go on the back foot. They are aggressive as ever.
Samsung, last month announced the Galaxy C9 Pro in India and the phone is available with a price tag of Rs. 36,990. Back in September 2016, Samsung announced the Galaxy A9 Pro with almost similar specifications like the C9 Pro. The A9 Pro recently received a price cut and is now available at Rs. 29,990 exclusively via Flipkart. Here’s how both the phones stack against each other.
The newly arrived Galaxy C9 Pro features a uni-metal body design and measures 162.9×80.7×6.9 mm and weighs around 177 grams. The phone is more sleek compared to the A9 Pro.
The Galaxy A9 Pro comes with a glass and metal frame and measures in at 161.7 x 80.9 x 7.9 mm with a weight of 210 grams. The phone feels bulky in hands, and this weight is primarily due to the massive battery packed inside.
Both the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro and A9 Pro comes with the same screen size of 6-inch, with Super AMOLED panel. So, expect both of the phones to be bright under direct sunlight. The smartphones come with Full HD Resolution with 1920*1080 pixels.
The C9 Pro features an Octa-core Snapdragon 653 SoC Processor clocked at 1.95 GHz, coupled with massive 6 GB of RAM and Adreno 510 GPU. On the other hand, the A9 Pro comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC clocked at 1.8 GHz, which is also an octa-core chip, but it has 4 GB of RAM.
To be precise, the Snapdragon 653 is an upgraded version of the Snapdragon 652. Though, there is slight improvement in performance, though not much. However, the 6 GB RAM makes a lot of difference by holding more apps in memory. So, the C9 Pro is a winner in terms of performance.
The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro and the A9 Pro runs the old Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on top of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Samsung promised the Android Nougat update for both the phones.
The Galaxy A9 Pro, comes with a 16 MP rear camera, with support for OIS, f/1.9 aperture, LED flash, whereas the C9 Pro comes with the same 16 MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/1.9 aperture, but lacks the support for OIS.
The C9 Pro has a 16 MP front-facing camera, which will be much better than the A9 Pro’s 8MP front-facing shooter.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, comes with 32 GB of internal storage and the phone is available in only single storage variant. The phone’ storage can be further expanded up to 256 GB via a microSD card.
The Galaxy C9 Pro, on the other hand, comes with double the storage : 64 GB and the storage can be expandable up to 256 GB via a microSD card.
Battery and Connectivity
The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro’s USP, is the 5000 mAH battery that also has support for fast charging technology. The C9 Pro comes with a relatively smaller 4000 mAH battery, which also has support for fast charging technology.
As far as connectivity goes, both the phones have support for 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v 4.2, ANT+, and NFC. The Galaxy C9 Pro comes with a USB Type-C port.
Conclusion – Should I buy Samsung A9 Pro or C9 Pro
After going through the specifications of both Galaxy A9 Pro and C9 Pro, the C9 Pro is powerful with its slightly upgraded processor, and 6 GB of RAM and the front-facing camera has been upgraded to 16 MP as well. Also there is twice the storage – 64 GB instead of 32 GB.
On the flip side, the Galaxy A9 Pro delivers a two-day long battery life with it’s insane 5000 mAH battery back up but has only 4 GB of RAM and 8MP front-facing camera.
Also, the C9 Pro is available at Rs. 36,990, whereas the A9 Pro is available at a price tag of Rs. 29,900 after the price cut. That is a good Rs. 7000 price difference between the two devices.
Well both are good choices if you are not getting the OnePlus 3T (which is obviously a great choice) with both having Pro and Cons.
Personally I would choose the Samsung C9 Pro for all the advantages it offer compared to the A9 Pro, other than specs, it is also more light weight and easy to use as a daily driver.