Korean tech behemoth Samsung today unveiled the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Powered Samsung Galaxy A9 2016. Samsung Galaxy A9 is at the top of the line model in A Series, a couple of days back Samsung unveiled the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016), Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) and Galaxy A3.
Update(30-12-2015) – The Samsung Galaxy A9 price was not disclosed earlier, now it has got listed in China @ CNY 3199 or $494 (Rs. 33,000).
The Samsung Galaxy A9 2016 comes with a larger 6.0-inch screen while the A7 has a 5.5-inch screen and A5 uses a 5.2-inch screen size. The Samsung Galaxy A9 2016 comes with a beautiful sleek design and 2.5 D glass with beautifully curved corners which merge seamlessly into the metal frame like you would have seen on the iPhone 6.
Design and Display
The smartphone key highlight is it’s gorgeous Super AMOLED display with Full HD Resolution (1920*1080), with 367 PPI. The screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 to make sure if you drop it, there are good chances it survives the crash. The large screen offers a good reading experience and a delight to watch HD videos on it.
The smartphone has a 7.4 mm thickness which is good for a 6.0-inch smartphone, make it look more thin, though it has 200 mg weight which is higher.
The other key highlight for the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016) other than gorgeous design and beautiful display is the long battery life. Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016) comes with a massive 4000 mAH battery capacity. The battery is fast charging and comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
Samsung Galaxy A9 2016 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 (MSM8976) Octa-Core processor. The Processor has 4 Cores clocked at 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4 Cores clocked at 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53.
The processor comes with the Adreno 510 GPU which is more advanced compared to the Adreno 405 found on most smartphones with the Snapdragon 615. The processor is made from 28 nm Lithographic process and supports LPDDR3 933 MHz dual-channel
A lot of news websites have reported that Samsung A9 2016 comes with Snapdragon 620 which is incorrect.
Storage and RAM
Samsung A9 is equipped with 3 GB LPDDR3 ram which is more than enough to run the Android Lollipop OS 5.1. Also, the company has claimed in its media release that Samsung Galaxy A9 will get the Android Marshmallow 6.0 update.
Samsung Galaxy A9 2016 comes with 3 slots; you can use two slots for dual sims and the third one for the micro-sd card. The internal storage on the smartphone is 32 GB while you can also add a memory card with up to 128 GB capacity.
Samsung Galaxy A9 comes with 13 Mega Pixel rear camera with Optical image stabilization and with the Dual image processor to offer high-quality images. The Camera lens has a f/1.9 aperture size and offers fast focus with Dual LED lens support.
Front Camera also is an 8 Megapixel shooter; it is the first time we see Samsung use an 8 Mega Pixel front camera. Even the more expensive Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge plus have a 5-megapixel front camera.
Finger Print Scanner
Another key feature of the Samsung Galaxy A9 2016 is the fingerprint scanner which is housed in the front home button to give maximum ease of unlocking the smartphone. Home button can be double tapped to quick launch the camera function, a handy feature.
With the increase in fingerprint scanner mobiles penetration, pattern and password locking with be history beyond 2016.
Qualcomm 652 supports LTE FDD and TDD and X8 LTE with speeds up to 300 MBPS. ram.
Samsung Galaxy A9 2016 offers 4 G LTE connectivity along with 3G/ 2G/ Wifi and Bluetooth 4.1. Samsung Galaxy A9 comes with USB 2.0 port for connection and charging while misses on the USB Type – C port.
The smartphone will be available in White, Black and Gold color variants. The pricing details for the Samsung Galaxy A9 2016 is not clear.
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