Among the first phones with five cameras up to speed and, several months following the announcement, still the only person with four on the trunk – it is the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018). We attempt to learn how well the impressive specsheet results in real world performance.
Sitting along with the ever-confusing Galaxy A-series, the A9 leaves without doubt it is the best-equipped of the bunch. Of course, it offers more cameras than any other – it adds a telephoto module to the A7’s regular/wide/depth configuration. There’s ‘only’ an individual cam on leading – the 24MP selfie shooter doesn’t get yourself a depth sensor of its.
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It’s not simply the camera count that sets the A9 in addition to the remaining 2018 midrange Galaxy models – it is also got the most effective chipset. Its Snapdragon 660 outclasses the Exynos chipsets of its lesser brethren and only falls short of the recently announced A8s (which lacks a year designation, so that it doesn’t really count).
The major display of the A-series can be found on the A9 (2018), its 6.3-inch diagonal only bested by that pesky A8s that arrived as we were doing the A9’s review, so we’d to reword stuff occasionally. Anyway, the A9 (2018) feature set continues with an increase of RAM than you should possibly need, 128GB of storage that you could also expand with a dedicated microSD slot, and ample battery capacity filled with Samsung’s sort-of fast charging – yup, the A9’s spec sheet has all of the right boxes checked.
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) specs
Body: Glass back, metal frame; 162.5 x 77 x 7.8mm, 183g; Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink color schemes;
Display: 6.3″ Super AMOLED, FullHD+ 2,220×1,080px resolution Infinity display (18.5:9 aspect ratio), 392ppi pixel density.
Rear cameras: (1) 24MP, f/1.7 aperture; phase detection autofocus; (2) 8MP, f/2.4 aperture, fixed focus, 12mm ultra wide; (3) 10MP, f/2.4 aperture, autofocus, 2x optical zoom telephoto; (4) 5MP, f/2.2 aperture, depth sensing only. LED flash. 2160p/30fps video recording.
Front camera: 24MP, f/2.0 aperture; fixed focus; 1080p/30fps video recording.
OS/Software: Android 8.0 Oreo; Samsung Experience 9.0 custom overlay.
Chipset: Snapdragon 660: octa-core 4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260, Adreno 512 GPU.
Memory: 6GB/8GB (market dependent) of RAM, 128GB of storage; dedicated microSD slot for expansion.
Battery: 3,800 mAh Li-Po (sealed); Samsung Adaptive Fast charging.
Connectivity: Dual SIM; LTE Cat. 9 (450Mbps download/50Mbps upload); USB 2.0 Type-C port; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO; NFC; Bluetooth 5.0; Radio.
Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; Samsung Pay; single speaker on underneath; 3.5mm jack.
Well, we’d have recommended Android Pie rather than last year’s Oreo, however in a world where in fact the Note9 does not have v9.0 of the OS yet, and the S9 only first got it as a post-Christmas present, we didn’t actually expect it of the A9, of most models.
Even though we usually avoid thinking in price-vs-performance conditions before evaluating a phone on its merits, the quantity Samsung is requesting the Galaxy A9 (2018) raised a few eyebrows around any office as soon as the telephone got in through the entranceway. We’ll be quick to debate the lab test outcomes, but not before we’ve a glance at the A9’s design.