After lots of rumors, pictures, and mockups of the smartphone leaked online over a number of weeks, Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy A9, the biggest handset in the Galaxy A lineup, during their Galaxy A Party 2016 event in China.
The A9 is the most high-end phone in the lineup, with a huge 6-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, a 13MP rear camera with OIS and ƒ/1.9 aperture, and an 8MP front camera. It runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz, Samsung’s software skin found on all of their phones and tablets, layered on top, and comes equipped with a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, which is coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage space. There’s also a microSD card slot which supports cards of upto 128GB in capacity. Plus, the device supports Samsung Pay, the company’s new mobile payment system similar to Apple Pay and Android Pay.
The device measures in at just 7.4mm thin, which is about as thin as an iPhone 6s Plus, and even though it’s only that thickness, Samsung managed to pack in a 4.000 mAh battery into it. However, that’s not as big as a certain Chinese phone’s 10,000mAh battery, but it’ll get the job done. Since this phone has a Quad HD display and an efficient octal-core processor, you can expect to get around 2 days of battery life with normal use.
The Home button doubles as a fingerprint reader which is nice to have.
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.