The flagship mobile retailer Samsung has recently released a premium budget mid-range Smartphone Samsung Galaxy A9. The phone is priced Rs. 36,990 and this device is giving serious goals by sporting quad cameras.
Before we jump on to the detailed review take a sneak peek at the specifications below:
6.3-inch Super AMOLED FHD+
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, 6 or 8GB RAM
24MP rear camera, 24MP front camera, 10MP telephoto camera, 8MP wide angle camera
Android 8.1 Oreo
Design - Samsung Galaxy A9 is a polished version of new Galaxy A7. It looks exactly the same like Galaxy A7 from the rear but comes with an additional fourth camera stacked vertically on the right side of the Smartphone. The display is a whopping 6.3-inch display which almost looks bezel-less with the trimmed bezels. The phone also sports a fingerprint scanner placed at the centre of the rear panel. This indeed is quick and responsive and unlocks the device in a secure way. The aluminium frame design looks classy yet stylish and follows its ancestors from the design front. The phone is neither too light nor too heavy and feels comfortable to hold it. The lively colours bubblegum pink, Lemonade blue and caviar black are sure to add a tinge of cheerfulness to start your day. The power button and the volume buttons are placed on the right-hand side of the device while the Bixby button is placed on the left-hand side of the device. The other ports like USB-C, headphone jack and mono speaker are placed at the bottom.
Display - Samsung Galaxy A9 flaunts a 6.3 inch Super AMOLED display. It comes with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The screen looks impressive with solid brightness and amazing viewing angles. The display does not look as good as the high-end Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus but certainly looks better than its close competitor OnePlus 6T. The display is sharp and it is sure a visual treat to watch movies on Samsung Galaxy A9.
Performance - This device is powered by Qualcomm, Snapdragon 660 processor. Thus, it performs super fast and you will face no lags or issues while multitasking. Apps open up quickly and the games like Tekken, Sonic CD Classic etc run like a breeze. The processor is coupled with 6 GB RAM and comes with internal storage of 128GB. Samsung Galaxy A9 also comes with 8GB RAM but costs more for this variant.
Software - The device runs on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system and this is a major let down for its price range. Samsung should have considered releasing this device with the latest Android 9.0 Pie. Samsung's supposed to be â€˜Experience UI' is a mess keeping in mind the numerous preloaded apps and duplicate apps. Samsung also claims that its AI assistant has improved a lot, but we don't find it any better than Google Assistant. Overall, performance could have been better when compared to its rivals.
Camera - The major highlight of Samsung Galaxy A9 is its Quad camera which has set the device a notch higher from its competitors. The top camera is of 8MP an ultra wide unit with an aperture of f/2.4. This gives you viewing angle of 120 degrees in a single frame. The next one is a 10MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture and 2x optical zoom. The other two cameras include a 24MP main camera with f/1.7 aperture sensor and a Selfie camera of 24MP. Camera performance is remarkable and the photos clicked in broad daylight and bright sunlight is intense and colourful. However, the camera fails to perform during dusk or in darkness.
Battery - Samsung Galaxy A9 packs in a massive 3800mAh battery. This lasts easily for 1.5 days on a single charge even with heavy use by accessing multiple apps and watching movies or playing games. The USB-C port allows you to fast charge the Smartphone but lacks the wireless charging feature.
Verdict - Samsung Galaxy A9 is undeniably a rockstar when compared to its rivals. The Super AMOLED display and build quality are excellent. The phone with four cameras is a sheer dream but could have been better in low light conditions. Nevertheless, it is an amazing budget Smartphone.
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