Samsung Galaxy A9 Is A Premium Phablet with Impressive Specs

With all the focus being placed on its Galaxy S6 lineup and Galaxy Note 5, it was high time that Samsung paid some attention to its A series of mobile devices as well. Such is the case with the Samsung Galaxy A9, the latest handset that sports impressive hardware, which is possibly the first time in a long that we are seeing a smartphone belonging to this particular category do so. Starting off with the hardware, Galaxy A9 has a Snapdragon 652 chipset running inside it, and it is running the following configuration.

  • Octa-core processor: 4 x Cortex-A72 running at 1.8GHz and 4 x Cortex-A53 running at 1.2GHz
  • 3GB RAM
  • Adreno 510

Samsung Galaxy A9: A Cheaper Alternative to Note Series?

The smartphone itself has a massive 6 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution measuring at 1080p. While the handset is looking quite impressive right now in terms of the internal configuration, perhaps the biggest game changer has to be its battery capacity, which is a massive 4,000mAh, making it larger than the battery present inside Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6. Consumers will definitely be happy to see the return of the microSD card slot, and Galaxy A9 is able to support up to 128GB of external storage, along with 32GB of on-board storage.

For smartphone camera enthusiasts, there is a 13MP rear camera sensor with a wide aperture of f/1.9, meaning that your images will not be detailed and separated from the rest of the background, but these images can also be captured well in low-light environments. The rear camera is an 8MP sensor, and while there is no front LED flash, 8 megapixels will still produce high resolution images. Pricing of the smartphone is yet to be announced but it costs around $500 in international markets so expect it to be above Rs. 50,000.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
  • Processor: 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex-A72 and 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53
  • OS: Android Lollipop 5.1.1 (will be upgraded to Android 6.0)
  • Display:
    • 6.0 inch with FHD resolution (1920 x 1080)
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 3GB
    • Internal storage: 32GB
    • External storage: Yes (up to 128GB of storage support)
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 13MP, 4K video recording support and aperture of f/1.9
    • Secondary: 8MP
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11n (dual-band)
  • Charging port type: microUSB 2.0
  • Battery capacity: 4,000mAh
  • Price: To be announced


  • Natrium

    “The rear camera is an 8MP sensor, and while there is no front LED flash, 8 megapixels will still produce high resolution images”

    You mean the front camera.

  • Ali

    Price should be 25k or less I will buy it no question asked otherwise not.

    • Ammar

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  • ledzaeem

    With not so impressive price tag

  • Ishtiaq

    With 50k +, still a cheap alternative?

    • Muhammad Yasir

      just propk’s way of advertising….
      mod’s gotta eat too :p

  • Muhammad Yasir

    Premium handset no doubt … BUT with a premium price tag !
    gotta do better than that , Samesung !
    keep trying…

  • Hami Abro

    in 50k one can get s6 edge which is 100 times better that this thing price tag is on high side

    • Omar Sohail

      What universe are you living in? S6 Edge costs between 55-58k for the 32GB model and it does not even have an SD card slot. Galaxy A9 has a chipset that equals Exynos 7420 in performance, has a much larger battery and an external storage limit of 128GB. What more do you want?

      • Taha Najam

        How about a qhd display?

        • Omar Sohail

          Tell me something, is a QHD on a small screen size such a good idea? Large screen monitors and HDTVs do not have such a resolution and the remain limited to 1080p. 1440p is an overkill for battery life and kills performance too.

          • Taha Najam

            That’s beside the point if it’s relevant or not on a small screen. Point is this thing costs upward of 50k, so they could have definitely included it but they didn’t. LG has been including QHD screens on their phones since the last three generations. And neither of those phones had this much battery capacity and were about just as powerful but they did just fine. And if you’re someone like me who’s been using a qhd phone for the last two years, you definitely notice a difference when you use a phone with a 1080p display. So for me, this is a significant downgrade.

            • Omar Sohail

              For you display is a downgrade? What about the other perks you are getting?

              • Taha Najam

                Yes it is. And the other perks alone don’t justify the price. It feels like a compromise.

                • Omar Sohail

                  If that’s the case then I’m sure you’ll have no issue spending money to purchase Galaxy Note 5 and before I forget, Galaxy S7 is going to be much more pricier than Galaxy Note 5 was at launch so under that context, Galaxy A9’s price seems justified.

                  • Taha Najam

                    Yeah, I’m not getting a Samsung phone anytime soon. I’m content with what i have now but if i was in the market for a new phone, I’d be getting the LG V10 or maybe wait for the G5.

  • Fahad J

    Why not SD820? or even the latest Exynos, the price is so High, it should have included better processor. and samsung please stop producing S2 with high end specs, bring something different to the market…

    • Omar Sohail

      If the phone would use a Snapdragon 820, then you can expect the price to skyrocket. Snapdragon 820 is made on 14nm FinFET LPP, and it is extremely expensive to manufacture such chips. Galaxy A9 features a 28nm chip and it is able to beat Exynos 7420 in GeekBench benchmarking results.

      • Fahad J

        Geekbench results are just a test showing that this is how capable the processor is, but when you start using the Phone, installing apps, doing multitasking and all that then starts the real test and output of the processor. This phone is going to cost atleast around 60 plus, because A8 is around 50 plus. I think its pretty expensive and could have included a better processor and 4 GB RAM easily. It’s the end of 2015 and i think the technology of this phone as compared to its price is not up to par and little outdated too.

        • Omar Sohail

          If Snapdragon 652 equals Exynos 7420, then it obviously means that it is just as capable. Besides, Exynos 7420 has Cortex-A57 cores, which heat up a lot, while Galaxy A9 have more efficient and much more powerful Cortex-A72 cores plus a much larger battery and a space to fit in a microSD card.

          • Fahad J

            Dude, i want a mobile that can give me lag free multitasking and an awesome battery life (atleast 3 days with heavy usage) with expandable storage. Battery should be removeable, it should be dual SIM with 4G Lte enablement. Can you please tell me the name of that mobile? that is if it exists…….

            • Omar Sohail

              3 days of heavy use wow!! Sadly the phones you’re talking about that can actually sustain that much battery come with 6,000mAh battery and even with heavy use, then will last you a maximum of 2 days.You can wait for Ulefone Power, it has a 6,050mAh battery, or go for Oukitel K6000, which has a 6,000mAh battery. You’ve probably not heard of these brands before and that is alright because every day new Chinese phones are coming up with brand new smartphones. For a lag free experience, it all depends upon the software that you are using and from my experience, Nexus devices provide the best possible lag-free experience but they do not have removable battery, or SD card support for that matter so if you are looking for a smartphone that will deliver you 3 days of battery life on AVERAGE use, then you will be required to sacrifice other features. After all, there is no such thing as a perfect smartphone.

              • Fahad J

                OPTIMIZATION BRO, its the key, even on 3000 mAh the phone should be able to provide 3 days of moderate to heavy usage. People are even paying 1000 dollars for a phone and they have to charge it sometime twice in a day….that’s not fair.

                • Taha Najam

                  Nope. That’s like saying you can install a motorcycle engine in an aeroplane and optimize it to fly.

                  • Fahad J

                    no dear it does NOT.

                    • Taha Najam

                      Believe me, hon, it’s not possible.

                    • Fahad J

                      ok if you say so. lol

                    • Taha Najam

                      I do, sweetie. Have a little faith. I know what I’m talking about.

                    • Fahad J

                      wow so chummy, come here let me kiss you :P

                    • Taha Najam

                      Aww, did i get you all hot, darling? Don’t worry, you won’t have to sleep alone. I brought something just for you. ?

                    • Fahad J

                      Darling, so tiny, yeh tum le looo, i want big ONE…lol

            • Taha Najam

              Get a Lumia 1520. Downgrade it to Windows Phone 8. Three day battery, LTE, micro SD, removable battery. Only thing that doesn’t check out from your list is dual sim support, but I’m sure you can live with that.