Samsung always manages to serve the best in the segment. Be it mid-ranger or a flagship model, it grabs all the attention of the users and stands as a tough competitor. And now, this South Korean giant has come up with another device for all big form factor fans out there. Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro launched with the finest combo of style and performance. Claiming another flagship offering from the company, A9 Pro packs some amazing specs for its price in India.
The main factor which drives you to look at the phone is the battery. Samsung is accused for a long time about compromising on battery capacities for a sleeker design. Somehow it managed to get higher capacity batteries for its Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. But a flagship offering just a 3000-3600mAh battery isn’t a big deal through. Surpassing this, Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro packs a massive 5000 mAh battery without the loss of elegant looks. Let’s dig into the Galaxy A9 Pro review and find out what all this flagship range from Samsung is offering.
Galaxy A9 Pro Design:
In spite of heavy battery, Galaxy A9 Pro sports a slim design, and the phone is a bit hefty. Choosing a right phablet is really a big deal as what’s the effective screen size what we are going to get is a big deal. Thanks to the slim bezels of the device which allows making maximum use of the screen. Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro borrows its design cues from its regular flagships like Samsung S6, Note 5, Samsung A7 and A5. With metal framed body and gorilla glass protection on both the sides, the device has got premium looks and is no lesser than any of flagships.
Employing glass back does help the phone in availing top notch look. But, at the same time, it is not a good resistant of scratches, cracks, and smudges. The power button is placed on the right edge and the volume rockers on the left. Again, SIMs slot and microSD slots are distributed on either side without any embossing causing a disturbance in gripping.
The physical home button on the front panel incorporates a fingerprint sensor in it. The regular positioning of the capacitive keys remained same in the Galaxy A9 Pro with backlit. Audio out speaker is sited on the button edge and sadly, there is no USB Type-C port. Gorilla Glass on the back helps for a better gripping, and overall in-hand experience of the phone is good.
Galaxy A9 Pro is undoubtedly one of the best big screen phones with top-end Super AMOLED display. The 6-inch 1080p resolution display does work well and not just limit its ability on paper alone. The small bezel results in the excellent screen to body ratio and enhances the purpose of choosing a phablet model.
Coming to the display itself, choosing Super AMOLED display itself made a success. Refreshing rates of the display are high with bright color reproduction. Galaxy A9 Pro display ensures saturated eye colors and good brightness level. Viewing angles are brilliant, and viability is sunlight is also good.
Samsung also offers touch one-handed operation feature in Galaxy A9 Pro. The feature allows you to operate mobile with a single hand if you are not a great fan of using the mobile with both hands. Fingerprint scanner provided on the front works well and is responsive in all angles.
Samsung A9 Pro is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor which clocked at 1.8GHz. The processor is clubbed with Adreno 510 GPU and 4GB of RAM. 32GB of onboard memory can be further expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card slot.
Functioning of the device is fast, and no lag issues were noticed. The only disappointment occurs where you only get a Snapdragon 652 chipset at this price. The phone performs the essential functions very well and ensures a smooth run. A9 Pros is a dualSIM smartphone with 4G VoLTE and NFC connectivity. The device is fairly well equipped will all other connectivity options and the sensor range.
Slight lag does occur at times particularly while switching between apps. However, it is TouchWiz issue than something creeping out of processor constraints.
Digging into Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro gaming review, basic games are handled well. Heavy games like Airborne and Asphalt 8 may cause some lag while playing for a longer duration. There are no major heating issues on regular usage, but you may observe few at extreme usage. However, it gets cool down very quickly.
The mono speaker on the bottom produces pleasantly loud sound. Voice quality during calls is excellent.
Summing all, Galaxy A9 Pro specs impress you with all-around performance until you compare it with others.
Galaxy A9 Pro runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz UI on the top. The software what the mobile comes with is the Samsung’s standard thing. It seems the company is trying to cut down the unnecessary bloatware and unwanted apps. This is an acceptable move, but still few issues remain unchangeable with the TouchWiz OS.
Though Samsung cuts down all the stuff from Inside the UI, occasional lag in the phone exists. Other Android OS like OxygenOS on the OnePlus 3, or the MIUI on Xiaomi Mi Max is much better comparatively with the same specs. However, Galaxy A9 Pro doesn’t have any major flaws in the software and still manages to get a good benchmarks score.
The 6-Inch Phablet ha got some excellent typical Samsung features. S-Bike mode, Ultra power mode, and Data saving mode namely. One-Handed Mode works well considering the size and using it with one hand. Split screen options allow multi-tasking with ease.
Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.9 aperture. The sensor offers a good range of camera options like Optical Image Stabilization, autofocus, and LED flash.
A smartphone satisfying all camera needs has become a challenge these days. Samsung A9 Pro has got a decent camera and is surely a worth buying it. The phone clicks good photos in good light conditions. You don’t find any metering or over exposure issues much. Dynamic range of capturing is good, but overexposure blows out highlights at times. Photos captured in low light are good, but you may find some noise in very poor lighting conditions.
Camera app launches very quickly, and Shutter speed and autofocus are up to the mark what you expect in this price range.
Meanwhile, Samsung A9 Pro does come with an 8MP camera on the front of the f/1.9 aperture. It captures detailed selfies even in low light conditions. The assigned camera is perfect for all your selfies and video calls, and you’ll experience the best out of it.
Samsung A9 pro camera is a good camera mobile and will be a tough competitor in the segment. If you are not a great fan of Samsung camera, OnePlus 3 and the ZenFone 3 are the one for you.
Galaxy A9 Pro Battery:
The Phablet packs a massive 5000 mAh battery which claims standby time of up to 22.5 days. Samsung also claims talk time of up to 32.5 hours and a video playback time up to 26 hours. Considering the Samsung’s battery life, what the device claims is simply fantastic.
Mi Max has been talking about the town for long lasting battery life. But, Samsung A9 Pro will be the one to serve best with branded logo. It serves more than a full day at extreme usage and 2 days at moderate usage. Surprisingly the phone observes only a negligible battery drop out when remained untouched overnight. The device won’t let you run out of juice for your daily usage even if you are a heavy user.
Samsung does provide power-saving modes with the Galaxy A9 Pro, and it works well to get beyond the best. The handset does support fast charging which recharges the full battery in 160 minutes. 30minutes of charge will give you a charge up to 32 per cent as per Samsung real-world statistics.
Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is definitely one for you if you are a great fan of Big form factor phones. Otherwise, you have plenty of options to choose around. Keeping the premium looks aside, A9 Pro is a decent phablet with a massive battery and grand display. The specifications which this Samsung offers are brilliant comparing the branded phone market.
Apart from the large battery, Camera experience is good until you compare it with others. The typical Samsung features like one-handed usage and s-bike mode will impress you. The fingerprint sensor and the range of apps work well, and you don’t find any issues in day-to-day usage. But the question is, do we really need to spend that amount for this specs? If you are ready for a brand drop, a lot of Chinese phones are in the market for you.