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The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (SM-C900F) Phablet Review

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro was the sleeper hit of 2016. It was a large 6″ phablet that saw limited release and lacked a stylus, but proved to be highly popular. Samsung now attempts to replicate that success with the new Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (SM-C900F) phablet. Let’s see how well they did!

 

The Galaxy C9 Pro vs. Galaxy A9 Pro Comparison

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) appears to be a direct evolution of the Galaxy A9 Pro phablet. Here is a specification comparison of those two phablets.

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy C9 ProSamsung Galaxy A9 Pro
ModelSM-C900FSM-A910F
Display6.0" Super AMOLED
- 1080 x 1920 pixels (369 ppi)
6.0" Super AMOLED
- 1080 x 1920 pixels (367 ppi)
ProtectionGorilla Glass with 2.5D edgeGorilla Glass 4
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 652 (MSM8976)Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 (MSM8976)
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A72 cores (1.95 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A72 cores (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 510 (621 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 510 (621 MHz)
Memory6 GB LPDDR3 (933 MHz)4 GB LPDDR3 (933 MHz)
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 256 GB)
32 GB internal flash storage
microSD slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera16 MP Samsung S5K4H5YC sensor with f/1.9 lens8 MP Samsung S5K4H5YC sensor with f/1.9 lens
Main Camera16 MP Samsung S5K3L2 sensor with f/1.9 lens, dual LED flash and PDAF capability16 MP Samsung S5K3L2 sensor with f/1.9 lens and single LED flash
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat6
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz)
Bluetooth : 4.2
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz)
Bluetooth : 4.2
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual StandbyDual SIM, Dual Standby
GPS SupportGPS, GLONASS, BeidouGPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated with Home buttonYes, integrated with Home button
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, Light, GyroAccelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, Light, Gyro
Battery4,000 mAh lithium ion battery (non-removable)
- Supports fast charging
5,000 mAh lithium ion battery (non-removable)
- Supports fast charging
USB PortUSB Type C (USB 2.0)micro USB 2.0
Dimensions80.7 mm wide
162.9 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
80.9 mm wide
161.7 mm tall
7.9 mm thick
Weight188 g210 g

 

Unboxing The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) comes in the usual white cardboard box that Samsung uses for their mid-range devices. The only difference is the size – it’s quite a bit larger. Let’s take a look inside!

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Inside the box, you will find the following items :

  • One Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) phablet
  • One set of Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro documents
  • One 15 W Samsung adaptive fast charger
  • One USB Type C cable
  • One micro USB to USB Type C adaptor
  • One pair of Samsung earphones
  • One SIM card tray ejector pin

Next Page > The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro, Card Trays & Fingerprint Sensor, Front & Rear Cameras

 

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The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Phablet

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) is a 6″ phablet with Samsung’s signature Super AMOLED display. It is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass (unspecified version) with a 2.5D edge, and a full metal unibody chassis.

The Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC as the Galaxy A9 Pro. But the Cortex-A72 CPU cluster has a small clock speed boost from 1.8 GHz to 1.95 GHz. Samsung also gave the Galaxy C9 Pro 50% more memory and twice the internal storage.

The Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) maintains the standard Samsung button placement of the Power button on the right, and the Volume buttons on the left. The separate SIM and microSD card trays are located on the right side, just under the Power button.

Like many thin devices,  the audio port on the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) is located at the bottom, next to the bidirectional Type C USB port. The package includes a micro USB to USB Type C adaptor, so you can reuse your old cables and OTG drives. But note that it is still using USB 2.0 standard, not the latest USB 3.1 standard.

 

Card Trays & Fingerprint Sensor

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) has dual SIM, dual standby capability. It has a dedicated tray for two nano SIM cards, and a separate tray for the microSD card (up to 256 GB). Both card trays are located on the right side, just under the Power button.

The Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) has an all-aspect fingerprint sensor that is integrated into the Home button. Our tests showed that it requires about 20 finger presses to register a fingerprint. However, it is very fast and accurate in recognising the registered fingerprint.

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Front & Rear Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) boasts a 8 MP front camera that uses Samsung’s own S5K4H5YC BSI sensor. It is capable of recording 1080p videos at 30 fps. Thanks to its f/1.9 lens, it will have great low-light capability equivalent to that of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (Amazon) smartphone. It will come in handy since the front camera does not have flash support, not even screen flash.

The main camera uses the same 16 MP Samsung S5K3L2 sensor from the Galaxy A9 Pro, paired this time with a dual-tone LED flash. It boasts the same fast f/1.9 lens, which allows for better low-light performance. We will take a look at sample pictures and videos later in the review.

Next Page > The Initial Setup, Ergonomics, Memory & Storage

 

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Setting Up The Galaxy C9 Pro

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and is very easy to set-up. If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only 5 minutes to finish the setup process.

 

The Ergonomics

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) is a large 6″ phablet that is just over 8 cm wide, so this is definitely a two-handed device. The Super AMOLED display is excellent as always, and the large screen with its full HD resolution is just perfect for watching movies.

The anodised aluminium chassis is smooth to the touch, with a nice satin finish that imparts a nice shine and yet is resistant to fingerprint smears. It actually feels easier to grip than the Galaxy A9 Pro, probably because it’s thinner and lighter.

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Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) comes with a whopping 6 GB of LPDDR3 memory, of which 3.8 GB (63.3%) is available for use. That is more memory than many smartphones actually ship with! Needless to say – you will never run out of memory with the Galaxy C9 Pro.

The Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) also has 64 GB of internal flash storage. Of that, 51.9 GB is available to use, which is just awesome. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

Next Page > Camera Performance – Photos & Videos

 

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Camera Performance – Photos

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) uses the same excellent Samsung ISOCELL camera as the Galaxy A9 Pro, just upgraded with a dual-tone LED flash. The full 16 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 4608 x 3456 and a file size of between 4.5 to 5.5 MB.

Here are 6 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

As the pictures show, the Galaxy C9 Pro’s main camera performs best in natural light. It occasionally has white balance problems (see the Dala horse sample) under artificial lighting. The camera isn’t the sharpest we have seen, but the noise level is low, even in low light conditions. With suitable distance, you can even get a pretty nice bokeh (see the flower sample).

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Despite sporting a 16 MP sensor, the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) is only capable of recording videos of up to 1080p in resolution. This is likely Samsung’s way of differentiating the Galaxy C9 Pro from their more premium models like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Let’s take a look at some sample videos.

 

Test #1 : Piano Recital

The first thing you will notice is how jerky the video appears. It is readily apparent that the Galaxy C9 Pro’s camera lacks both optical image stabilisation (OIS) and electronic image stabilisation (EIS). Noise cancellation was also sub-par. However, it showed pretty good control of the highlights in the background.

 

Test #2 : Food Trucks

We did this short take of some food trucks to test out the image stabilisation capability. Obviously, the Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) didn’t do well in this test, because it lacks OIS or even EIS capability.

 

Test #3 : Night Dancing

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) performed well in this test of its low-light capability. Its wide f/1.9 lens had no problem handling the low-light situation. It continued to exhibit good control of the highlights – the much brighter background was not completely washed out, as we have seen in many other smartphones.

Next Page > Work Performance, Battery Life & Recharging Speed

 

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Work Performance Score
(Average)
5180 6313 4954 3884
Web Browsing 4539 6257 5143 3688
Video Playback 3989 4287 4515 3789
Writing 5689 7166 4948 4141
Photo Editing 6991 8262 5243 3933

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) did well in this test, coming in just ahead of the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017).

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Galaxy C9 Pro’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

One of the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro‘s main attraction was its large 5,000 mAh battery. To make the Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) thinner though, Samsung reduced the battery capacity to 4,000 mAh. However, we are glad to note that it only reduced the battery life by 11.5% to 11.5 hours.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) comes with an adaptive fast charger with a power output of 15 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged the 4,000 mAh battery.

It took the Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) just 74.5 minutes (1 hour 14.5 minutes) to recharge its battery from 19% to 100%. That is 80% faster recharging than the Galaxy A9 Pro, and a battery life : recharging ratio of about 9.4 : 1 – a truly amazing performance.

Next Page > Gaming & Overall Performance, Our Verdict & Award

 

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Galaxy C9 Pro’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Gaming Score 17587 17719 13540 7666
Graphics 22940 21124 13548 7511
Physics 9680 11328 13510 8265
Graphics Test 1 127.4 fps 115.2 fps 81.1 fps 49.4 fps
Graphics Test 2 81.9 fps 76.3 fps 46.2 fps 24.4 fps
Physics Test 30.7 fps 36.0 fps 42.9 fps 26.2 fps

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) did well in this test, matching the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra in performance, and beating even the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017).

 

Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
TOTAL SCORE 84892 76096 56431 41486
3D SCORE 20812 18816 15458 4868
– 3D (Marooned) 12069 10861 10511 3188
– 3D (Garden) 8743 7952 4947 1679
UX SCORE 33130 26794 18496 17640
– UX Data Secure 6684 5077 5295 4885
– UX Data Process 4290 4198 2612 2542
– UX Strategy Games 8163 7503 3671 2829
– UX Image Process 9626 6879 3373 3885
– UX I/O Performance 4367 3137 3545 3499
CPU SCORE 23253 23689 16459 14336
– CPU Mathematics 8083 6950 3132 3142
– CPU Common Use 6787 6311 5199 4805
– CPU Multi-Core 8383 10428 8128 6389
RAM 7697 6797 6018 4643

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) did well in this test, beating the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra by 11.6%, and the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) by a full 50%!

 

Our Verdict & Award

If you liked the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, you will love the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada). It is literally an improved Galaxy A9 Pro, with a faster processor and a lot more RAM and storage. Samsung also upgraded the front camera with a 16 MP sensor, and gave the main 16 MP camera a dual-tone LED flash.

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) also features a thinner, curvier design that fits better in the hand. The only downside – it has a 20% smaller battery, with a 11.5% shorter battery life. The good news – it takes just under 1 hour 15 minutes to fully recharge the Galaxy C9 Pro!

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro’s cameras lack stabilisation, so if you are taking videos, it’s best to use a tripod or a gimbal. But both front and back cameras have great resolution and low-light capability, thanks to their wide f/1.9 lenses.

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If you wish to use two SIM cards and a microSD card simultaneously, you will be glad to know that the Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) has dedicated trays for two nano SIM cards and a microSD card.

Arguably, the main attractions are its large beautiful Super AMOLED display, coupled with its performance and large memory and storage capacities. They make the Galaxy C9 Pro a truly excellent entertainment / gaming device. Whether you like to watch movies or play 3D games, the Galaxy C9 Pro is well-suited to the task.

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Amazon | Lazada) is a great option for those who want a large phablet, and do not need a stylus. We like it so much, we think it deserves no less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Congratulations, Samsung!

 

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Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro Is The Ultimate Travel Buddy!



Smartphones are no longer just communication devices. We use them to play games, watch movies and even catch a few Pokémons! In fact, we use our smartphones so much that most of us never leave home without a power bank.

That is no longer necessary with the new Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazon) smartphone. With powerful processors, a large high-resolution display and a massive 5,000 mAh battery, it is the ultimate travel buddy!

 

Large Awesome Display

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazon) has a large 6″ display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. This allows you to watch Full HD videos at their original, full resolution. There is no need to downscale or upscale the video, so the picture quality is perfect.

But most importantly, the Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazon) uses a Super AMOLED display. Super AMOLED displays offer superior colour gamut and contrast ratios to IPS displays common in other smartphones. Your pictures and videos will “pop” with more vivid colours.

Pokemon hunters will especially love the fact that the Super AMOLED display works great in bright sunlight. You will never miss a Pokemon with the Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazon)!

Summary : The Galaxy A9 Pro has a beautiful large display that works great outdoors!

 

Awesome Gaming & Entertainment

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazon) uses the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, which boasts eight processing cores, as well as a fast Adreno 510 graphics processor. It has no problem handling even the most arduous 3D game available out there. In fact, it can even handle 4K Ultra HD video recording and playback!

The Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazon) also comes with 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage. And if that’s not enough, you can upgrade the storage space with a microSD card! With so much memory and storage, you will never run out of memory for your games, and storage space for your photos and videos.

Summary : The Galaxy A9 Pro is the ultimate gaming and entertainment device!

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Leave Your Power Bank At Home!

Even with such a large display and powerful processors, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazon) has an incredibly long battery life. So long you can leave your power bank at home!

In our test, the Galaxy A9 Pro lasted over 13 hours of non-stop use, and took only 2 hours and 15 minutes to fully recharge its battery! How amazing is that???

This remarkable battery life is partly due to its massive 5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery, that supports quick charging, and partly due to better power management.

What does this mean for you? Whether you are an avid Pokemon hunter, or just enjoy watching videos on the Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazon), you will love how you can enjoy a full day of entertainment without carrying a power bank!

Summary : The Galaxy A9 Pro allows you to enjoy hours of gaming and entertainment without worrying about battery life!

 

Disclosure

This post was sponsored by Samsung Malaysia.

 

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