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Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro Gold display

Go Big With The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro



Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy A Series (2016) smartphones. They are now going BIGGER with a new member of the Galaxy A Series. Introducing the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazonwith 3 BIG features – a bigger screen, bigger memory capacity and a bigger battery. Let’s take a closer look!

 

Bigger Screen

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazonboasts a large 6″ FHD Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. This is perfect whether you are watching movies or reading books.

Full HD videos fit perfectly to the display – no black bars, no missing pixels. And books are much easier to read on the larger display. Once you try the 6″ display, you will never go back to a smaller display.

 

Bigger Memory Capacity

You will never have to worry about running out of memory with the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazon). It comes with a whopping 4 GB of memory, so you will never run out of memory even with multiple apps running at the same time.

The Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazonalso comes with 32 GB of internal flash storage, and if that’s not enough, Samsung actually bundles it with a 64 GB microSD card. With 96 GB of storage, you can store up to 16,000 photos*!

* Based on an average of 4 MB per picture

 

Bigger Battery

All of that capability is pointless if the Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazon) runs out of power. To make sure that doesn’t happen, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazoncomes with a massive 5,000 mAh battery. This is twice the battery capacity of many smartphones and phablets, allowing you to fully use the Galaxy A9 Pro without worrying about battery life.

 

Galaxy A9 Pro Price & Availability

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (Amazonis currently available in 3 colours (Black, White, Gold) at authorised Samsung distributors with a recommended retail price of RM 1,999 / ~US$ 499.

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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!

 

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Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (SM-A910F) Phablet Review

Recently, Samsung sent us their new Galaxy A9 Pro phablet. While testing it, we wrote two short articles on the big features of the smartphone, and why it is the ultimate travel buddy. But nothing beats a full review. Today, we are proud to share the fruits of our labour – our comprehensive review of the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro phablet!

 

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro Specifications

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy A9 Pro
ModelSM-A910F
Display6" Super AMOLED display
- 1080 x 1920 pixels (~367 ppi pixel density)
Display ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 652 (MSM8976)
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A72 (1.8 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 510
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/1.9 lens
- supports 1080p video recording
Rear Camera16 MP sensor with f/1.9 lens and single LED flash
- supports optical image stabilisation (OIS)
ConnectivityNetwork : 4G LTE / HSPA / GSM
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth : v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
USB : microUSB 2.0
SIM Card SupportTwo nano SIM card slots with Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability
GPS CapabilityGPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC CapableYes
FM Radio CapabilityYes
SensorsAccelerometer, gyroscope, proximity (Hall) sensor, compass
Fingerprint SensorYes
Battery5,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- supports fast charging
SAR (EU)0.62 W/kg (head) / 1.32 W/kg (body)
Dimensions80.9 mm wide x 161.7 mm tall x 7.9 mm thick
Weight210 g
Available ColoursWhite / Black / Gold

 

Unboxing The Galaxy A9 Pro

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro comes in a white cardboard box. Not as fancy as the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge‘s classy black box, but hey, it’s a completely different segment. Watch us unbox the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro in this video, and look at what we found inside!

Inside, you will find the following items :

  • One Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro phablet
  • One Samsung 15 W adaptive fast charging travel charger
  • One USB 2.0 to micro-USB cable
  • One pair of Samsung earphones
  • One SIM card slot extractor
  • One set of  Quick Start Guide and Warranty Card

Next Page > Key Features, Fingerprint Sensor, Cameras

 

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Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro Key Features

Before we go into the details of the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro‘s key features, let’s take a quick tour of those features.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro has a large 6″ display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It also uses a Super AMOLED panel, which gives very rich and vivid colours and true black. Perfect for watching full HD videos.

On the left side, you will find two Volume buttons, while on the right side, are a Power button and the tray for two nano SIM cards. The buttons look really small, but they are the same size as the buttons on the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. They only look small because the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is such a large device.

The microSD card slot is located at the top of the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro. It supports microSD cards of up to 256 GB in capacity. The earphone port is located at the bottom, together with the micro-USB port and the speaker port.

 

Fingerprint Sensor

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro comes with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the Home button. Our tests showed that it requires 16 finger presses to register a fingerprint. However, it is very fast in recognising the fingerprint after it’s registered, and it has 360 degree fingerprint recognition.

 

Front & Rear Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro 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 16 MP Samsung S5K3L2 sensor, paired with a single LED flash. It also boasts 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 > Initial Setup, Memory & Storage, Battery

 

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Initial Setup

When you power up the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro for the first time, it will take only about 25 seconds to boot up. If you set it up as a fresh device, it should take no more than 5 minutes to complete the initial setup. Check out our video on the initial setup process.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro comes with 4 GB of LPDDR4 memory. This is big advantage since most smartphones in this price segment come with 2 GB or 3 GB of memory. There is a fair bit of bloat, so you have about 1.9 GB of free memory to use. Compare that to the ASUS ZenFone Zoom (Amazon), which also has 4 GB of RAM but 2.2 GB of free memory to use. That’s a difference of 300 MB.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro also comes with 32 GB of internal flash memory. Once you deduct 8.5 GB for the Android 6.0 operating system and apps, you have 23.5 GB of free space to use. This is pretty decent, allowing you to store about 4,000 photos, or record 180 minutes of 1080p video.

Don’t worry about running out of storage space with the Galaxy A9 Pro though. It has a dedicated microSD slot that supports microSD cards of up to 256 GB in capacity.

 

Big Battery

One of the biggest features (literally) of the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is its massive 5,000 mAh battery. That’s the capacity of a power bank packed into a 7.9 mm slim form factor! You should have no problem chasing after Pokemons for a whole day, but to be sure, we will stress-test its battery later in this review.

The Galaxy A9 Pro‘s battery also supports fast charging. Samsung claims it will recharge from 0% to 100% in just 160 minutes (2 hours 40 minutes). We will put that to the test later in the review.

Next Page > Camera & Video Recording Performance

 

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Camera Performance

Although they use different sensors, the camera performance of the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is quite similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (Amazon) smartphone. The difference is only noticeable if you blow up the pictures and compare them side-by-side. The Galaxy A9 Pro pictures have more noise and less edge resolution.

Pixel peeping aside, the Galaxy A9 Pro‘s main camera is definitely one of the better cameras in this segment. The colour is accurate and vivid, even in poor lighting.

 

Video Recording Performance

Despite sporting a 16 MP sensor, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro‘s rear camera is not capable of recording 4K UHD videos. It can only record 1080p videos. Perhaps this is Samsung’s way of differentiating the Galaxy A9 Pro from Samsung’s more premium models like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

The Galaxy A9 Pro‘s camera supports optical image stabilisation, so handshake is minimised. However, it does not support electronic image stabilisation. Probably another product differentiation decision.

To test the Galaxy A9 Pro‘s video recording capabilities, we recorded both a cheerleading contest, and a piano performance by Yang I-Deun. Check them out!

The image quality was good, with good exposure and colours for the subject. Bright areas of the background, especially in the piano performance, were overexposed, but what mattered was the subject was correctly exposed.

The optical image stabilisation really helped to reduce handshake, which can be a problem since the Galaxy A9 Pro is large and quite heavy. Too bad it does not support electronic image stabilisation. That would have helped stabilise the image even more.

Next Page > Work Performance, Battery Life & Recharging Performance

 

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Work Performance : PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro‘s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro honor 5C Samsung Galaxy S6
Work Performance Score
(Average)
5785 5357 5078
Web Browsing 5132 5643 6788
Video Playback 4138 4487 3091
Writing 6286 5944 5918
Photo Editing 8388 5469 5357

Impressive! The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro beat the Samsung Galaxy S6 (Amazon) in all aspects but Web Browsing. Its Photo Editing performance was particularly impressive. The Kirin 650-powered honor 5C (Amazon) did better in both Web Browsing and Video Playback, but like the Galaxy S6 was similarly poor in Photo Editing.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro‘s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro lasted an astounding 13 hours on the PCMark stress test. That is a really remarkable result, as this stress test simulates the worst possible workload using work apps. In our real world experience, we had no problem using it for a full day with light loads, although its battery life dropped to about 10 hours while playing games.

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro‘s remarkable battery life is thanks to its 5,000 mAh battery, which is about 50% larger than the battery capacity in most smartphones. But does it take much longer to recharge? Let’s find out!

Thankfully, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro supports quick charging, and even comes with a 15W fast adaptive charger. Our tests showed that the Galaxy A9 Pro will recharge from 18% to 100% in just 134 minutes (2 hours and 15 minutes). This is very good performance, and backs Samsung’s claim that the Galaxy A9 Pro only needs 160 minutes to recharge from 0% to 100%.

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

 

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Overall Performance – AnTuTu Benchmark

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

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro honor 5C Samsung Galaxy S6
TOTAL SCORE 68184 53417 75222
3D SCORE 18360 53417 20579
– 3D (Marooned) 10739 5795 12475
– 3D (Garden) 7621 4047 8104
UX SCORE 23464 19297 24065
– UX Data Secure 5356 5577 5507
– UX Data Process 3235 2706 4392
– UX Strategy Games 5601 4109 6948
– UX Image Process 6240 3144 3413
– UX I/O Performance 3022 3761 3805
CPU SCORE 19872 19254 25402
– CPU Mathematics 5953 4198 7823
– CPU Common Use 4830 5947 7585
– CPU Multi-Core 9089 9109 9994
RAM 6488 5024 5176

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro did well in this test, coming in just 9% slower than the Samsung Galaxy S6 (Amazon). It did particularly well in the RAM test, where it was 25% faster than the Galaxy S6, and  29% faster than the honor 5C (Amazon).

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro‘s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro honor 5C Samsung Galaxy S6
Gaming Score 16989 11560 21166
Graphics 21800 11067 23298
Physics 9585 13698 16031
Graphics Test 1 120.7 fps 63.4 fps 120.6 fps
Graphics Test 2 78.0 fps 38.8 fps 87.3 fps
Physics Test 30.4 fps 43.5 fps 50.9 fps

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro did well in this test too, delivering close to 94% of the graphics performance of the Samsung Galaxy S6 (Amazon), and almost twice the graphics performance of the honor 5C (Amazon). It only lost out in the Physics test.

 

Our Verdict & Award

Everyone’s focus is on the new Samsung Galaxy Note7. Granted, that is a superior phablet. But not everyone can afford a Galaxy Note7, or even need all of its capabilities.

For everyone else, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is a hidden gem that offers a ton of features and high performance at a far more affordable price tag. Let’s summarise its key features :

Performance : The Galaxy A9 Pro has a fast 8-core processor, with a fast GPU for 3D games
Display : The Galaxy A9 Pro has a large 6″ Super AMOLED display with full HD resolution. Perfect for games and watching movies.
Cameras : The Galaxy A9 Pro has a very good 16 MP main camera, with OIS capability. The 8 MP front camera is no slouch either.
Memory & Storage : The Galaxy A9 Pro comes with 4 GB of fast LPDDR4 memory, and 32 GB of internal flash storage.
Connectivity : The Galaxy A9 Pro has dual SIM, dual standby capability, with a dedicated second nano SIM slot.
Expansion : The Galaxy A9 Pro has a dedicated microSD slot that supports microSD cards of up to 256 GB in capacity.
Battery : The Galaxy A9 Pro has a massive 5,000 mAh battery with a long battery life of 13 hours in our test.

The only major gripe with have with the Galaxy A9 Pro is its weight. It weighs a hefty 210 grams. That’s almost 7.5 ounces, if you are American. Make sure you buy a case for it, because all that mass will likely to shatter its glass covers if you drop it on a hard surface.

We also bemoan Samsung’s continued insistence on using the old micro-USB port. It’s 2016, guys. Time to upgrade to the bidirectional USB Type C connector!

These two gripes aside, we think that the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is a diamond in the rough, overshadowed by the brilliance of the Galaxy Note7. It is an excellent phablet that is worthy of consideration, if you do not need Galaxy Note7 features like IP68 water resistance and the iris scanner. We certainly think it deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

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