Having only recently been leaked online through unofficial and official sources, the largest of the Galaxy A-series family of devices has now been announced by Samsung. The Galaxy A9 has been unveiled and features a collection of impressive specs which should easily satisfy the desires of any consumers looking for a (presumably) inexpensive phablet…
Samsung’s Galaxy A9 shares many features with its smaller siblings. It has the same design — albeit bigger than the A3, A5 or A7 — complete with the metal sculpted edges and glass front panel. While all three smaller models measure 7.3mm thin, the A9 manages to be the odd one out by adding an undetectable 0.1mm extra to its thickness.
As we already knew prior to today’s unveiling, the Samsung Galaxy A9 boasts an impressive 6-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, giving it a pixel density of 367ppi. While being a really large screen, Samsung has still managed to fit it into a phone which is only 2mm wider than an iPhone 6s Plus.
Inside, it packs in the recently rebranded 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 652 (previously named 620) clocked at 1.8GHz, paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage with the ability to expand up to 128GB via MicroSD card. There’s a 13MP camera on the back, 8MP camera on the front and the home button features a built-in fingerprint sensor. It runs Android 5.1.1 with TouchWiz on top and will be compatible with Samsung Pay, the company’s mobile payments service.
Easily the most notable specification is the battery capacity. Despite having a body as thin as almost any smartphone out there, Samsung has still managed to pack in a huge 4,000mAh battery in to the A9. It’s not quite as eye-watering as the 10,000mAh-equipped Oukitel phone, but with the phone not having a Quad HD display, and hosting a new, non-flagship efficient processor, it should easily be enough to get you through 2 days of normal use.
Although pricing has not yet been confirmed, the newest member of the Alpha family will go on sale in China later this month. We’re unsure if/when Samsung will launch the device in other markets, but we hope they do. You can never have too many premium-looking, big phablets on the market.