The Samsung Galaxy A9 was previously leaked through promotional materials, but the device has now been officially announced. The Galaxy A9 now joins the A series lineup alongside the Galaxy A3, A5, A7, and A8 as the largest model of the lot. Other than the huge 6-inch FHD display, what else has Samsung added to its latest mid-range offering?
Unveiled at an event called the “Galaxy A Party 2016” in China alongside the 2016 editions of the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7, the Samsung Galaxy A9 offers the highest end specifications in the entire A series lineup. It has a Super AMOLED display furnished with 2.5D curved glass on the front, and runs on a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor (previously known as the Snapdragon 620) paired with 3GB of RAM. There’s also a fingerprint sensor embedded into the physical home button on the front.
In terms of storage, the Galaxy A9 has 32GB of internal storage with support for microSD card expansion (up to 128GB). Round the back, there is a 13MP camera with F1.9 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), while an 8MP camera sits on the front of the device. Also, the smartphone’s larger footprint allowed Samsung to include a huge non-removable 4,000mAh battery, easily giving the device more than a day’s worth of battery life.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 measures slightly thicker at 7.4mm, and unfortunately, the device will run on Android 5.1.1 instead of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It will also have Samsung Pay included, but the feature is only usable in China. The Galaxy A9 will come in three colour options – Pearl White, Midnight Black, and Champagne Gold.
No pricing information has been revealed as of writing, but the device will first be available in China, with an international rollout likely on the cards.