Samsung A9 Pro launched in India, Specs Price, and Initial Thoughts
Samsung A series get a new addition this year with the latest A9 PRO getting launched in the Indian market today. It is available for purchase at Rs. 32,490 and will go on sale starting September 26th in Black, Gold and white color variants.
Design and Build
For starters, it comes with a top-notch build quality and feels premium with the glass and metal body finish. The front and the back side are made of strengthened glass and the edges are metallic. It looks like a larger iteration of the Samsung S7 with similar contours and design.
Further, it comes with a thin bezel 2.7 mm, which makes the display even more immaculate. Notably, it has a 76% screen to body ratio which is decent. Despite having a very large battery (5000 mAH), the Samsung A9 Pro measures just 7.9 mm in thickness.
It comes with an enormous display and if you like to read and watch videos you would love the 6.0 Inch Super AMOLED Display with Full HD ((1920*1080) pixels) resolution and 367-pixel density. In fact, the Super AMOLED Displays offers richer colors and better contrasts in comparison to the IPS LCD screens.
Also, the screen comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and 2.5 D curve glass coating to make it more resistant as well as pleasing to touch.
Powering the mobile is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octo-Core processor with a max clock speed of 1.8 GHz and it even comes with Adreno 510 GPU.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 is a very capable processor and is equivalent to a Snapdragon 810, used in several flagship phones. We can expect blazing fast performance from the phone.
Additionally, it comes with 4 GB of Ram similar to the high-end Samsung S7 and S7 edge.
The key differentiator between budget and premium phones these days are a camera and build quality.
For photography, the A9 PRO has a 16 Megapixel rear camera with Optical image stabilization and f/1.9 aperture lens. Also, there is a front 8 Megapixel camera which has a wide angle lens and f/1.9 aperture.
This could be one of the major reasons to buy the Galaxy A9 Pro. As the device comes with an enormous 5000 mAH capacity which can easily last all day with moderate to heavy usage.
Besides, it comes with fast charging support and can charge from 0 to 100% in 160 minutes, that is really impressive.
Storage and OS
Furthermore, it comes with 32 GB of inbuilt storage expandable up to 128 GB using a micro-sd card. There is a dedicated slot for the micro-sd card and 2 separate slots to use Dual Sim, a luxury you usually get when you buy a gargantuan sized mobile.
It comes with the Android Marshmallow OS 6.0 along with the touch wiz UI.
Although Marshmallow was released 1 year back it is still present only on 18.7 % of Android devices globally. There is no word when the A9 pro will get an update to Android Nougat 7.0.
Aforementioned, there are 2 sim slots which you can use with nano sim and there is even a dedicated slot for the memory card.
However, it comes with the micro-USB port and skips the more futuristic USB type C.
There is support for 4G LTE as well as Volte if you plan to use the JIO Sim on this device. To make things even better it comes with NFC support and has all necessary sensors.
Samsung has kept the price at Rs. 32,490, which can be termed as acceptable considering it is Samsung (brand).
Initial Thoughts – Should you buy it?
The new Samsung phone looks good and comes with a premium design, decent specs, and great battery life. In this price range, it will compete with the OnePlus 3 and Google Nexus 6P, which have better processor when in comparison to the A9 Pro.
However, the A9 Pro has a better design, a larger display, and a much longer battery life. The OnePlus 3 offers great value for money but not everyone would want the same device.
Key Specs of Galaxy A9 Pro
- Screen – 6.0 inches
- Display – Full HD (1920*1080)
- Processor – 1.8 GHz Octa-core snapdragon 652 processor.
- RAM – 4 GB
- Storage – 32 GB with micro SD support Up to 128 GB.
- OS – Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
- Camera – 16 MP Rear and 8 MP Front Camera.
- Fingerprint Scanner Support – Yes
- Connectivity – Dual Sim, 4G, HSPA
- Battery Capacity – 5000 mAH.
- Price – Rs. 32,000.
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