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Phone Reviews : Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016

Update: Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016

Display: 6.0-inches 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED, 367 ppi
Design: Metal, Curved 2.5D Glass, Gorilla Glass 4
Size: 7.9mm thick, 215g weight
Chip: Snapdragon 652 octa-core
CPU: Quad-core Cortex A72 + A53 processor
GPU: Adreno 510 graphics
Memory: 32GB internal + 128GB max microSD card (hybrid)
Camera: 16MP, f1.9 lens aperture, OIS, LED flash, Full HD 1080p video
Selfie: 8MP f1.9 front-facing, 1080p video
Connectivity: WiFi a, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 4G LTE, dual-SIM (hybrid slot)
Sensor: Fingerprint scanner
Port: microUSB 2.0
Battery: 5000 mAh + Fast Charging
Color: Gold, White, Black, Rose Gold
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, up to Android 7.0 Nutella


Full video review and comparison of Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro
Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016: DESIGN

Some say, with a somewhat negative connotation, that metal has become the new plastic when it comes to phone design. If you happen to second this view, then I'd assume you are going to like the Galaxy A9, with its elegant glass exterior. Yes, it'll be easier to crack; yes, it'll attract more fingerprints, but it sure as hell looks and feels fancy!

Phone Reviews : Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016

The design of the Samsung Galaxy A9 is among its main selling points: you can get it in three different colors: white, gold and 'pink gold', with the latter two having a black front. All three options are quite attractive. The metal side frame is colored appropriately for the three variations, and I'm pleased to say the company has excercised enough care so as to smooth out all the edges, making for a phone that feels genuinely good in the hand.

'Solid' and 'substantial' are two words I would definitely use to describe the Galaxy A9. The phone doesn't feel flimsy or plasticky like the Xiaomi Mi5, for example, but nice and solid – it makes you feel confident that it's not going to fall apart easily. And then, having in mind the imposing dimensions and scale-tipping weight of 7.05 oz (200 g), the A9 sure is substantial enough – so much so that it easily outweighs other big and heavy handsets like the iPhone 6s Plus (6.77 oz | 192 g) and the Galaxy Note 5 (6.03 oz | 171 g). However, considering there's a massive, 6" display mounted on the Galaxy A9, such figures are definitely to be expected.

Also worthy of note: as it's become the norm for recent higher-end Samsung handsets, the buttons (home, volume, power) are all clicky and easy to press, with a nicely defined tacticle feedback.

The Galaxy A9, being a higher-tier handset, comes with a fingerprint scanner built into its home button, just like the S7 or Note 5. The scanner also works in a similar fashion: it's mostly quick and responsive, though its accuracy tends to go south the more careless the user becomes with their finger positioning.

One feature the Galaxy A9 does lack, compared to Samsung's 2016 flagships, the S7 and S7 edge, is water-resistance. This is one area where we can say a corner has been cut in order to keep the price of the phone more accessible.{PАGEBREAK}

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016: FEATURES

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016: PERFORMANCE

You’ll find something quite different under the hood this time around, with Qualcomm returning to the Samsung fold with this device. The Galaxy A9 comes with the recently-renamed octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 GPU, backed by the Adreno 510 GPU, and 3 GB of RAM. Seeing a Snapdragon 6xx at the helm may make you think of this as a mid-range processing package, but in terms of performance, what you get is actually quite close to the Galaxy Note 5, and the A9 seemingly surpasses the Galaxy S6, which is very impressive.

Phone Reviews : Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016

The device handles everyday tasks with ease – opening, closing, and switching between apps is a breeze, and gaming is a lot of fun, with few and far between dropped frames. Everything remains smooth and snappy for the most part, and the only instances of stutter that are noticeable are when moving to the Briefing screen to the left of the main homescreen, but that has been the case with previous Samsung smartphones as well, and is likely an issue with software optimization. The overall experience has been incredibly smooth, and the Galaxy A9 is certainly not going to disappoint as far as performance is concerned.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016: CAMERA

The Galaxy A9 comes with a 13-megapixel camera on its back and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. On full resolution both shoot in the 4:3 aspect ratio. I’ll tell you right off the bat: these cameras could have been better. It’s clear Samsung leaves the really good imaging experience to its flagships.

Phone Reviews : Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016
Phone Reviews : Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016

In daylight, it shoots decent pictures with a fair amount of detail and color reproduction and little to no noise. When you’re indoors, it’s a totally different ballgame. The pictures lack detail and sharpness; when the lighting conditions get worse, so does the picture quality. The camera lacks the proper color reproduction. For example, the light of my lamps turn up more yellow than they really are. The autofocus is a problem too – it doesn’t focus quickly enough so you miss your shot most of the time.

The front camera is an 8-megapixel unit and it shoots very acceptable pictures. It’s certainly much better than the Galaxy A8, which needed a lot of light to shoot decent pictures. The A9 is better, yet the colors are still a bit washed out and the sharpness is lacking a little bit as well.

The overall video recording experience is okay but not good enough since optical image stabilization is missing here.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016: BATTERY

Powering this hardware is a 4000mAh sealed battery. The endurance rating is 36 hours, which is really good for its size and above average than most phones today. This equates to near 2 whole days of usage and 5 hours screen-on time.

Charging the whooping 4000mAh using the Fast Adaptive charger found in the retail box took approximate 2 hours. Using higher amperage power adapters will get you lesser charging time.

Phone Reviews : Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016: SPEAKER AND AUDIO

A small bump in audio quality is also seen here with the Pro having a little extra bass and crisper vocals. Make no mistake, the speaker on the Galaxy A9 is still loud and reliable for playing music or video without a headset plugged in. Both have ANT+ audio profile support.

Phone Reviews : Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 2016


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