Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Review, Design, display and Performance

Spacial features



  • 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+ 2,220x1,080px resolution Infinity display (18.5:9 aspect ratio), 392ppi pixel density.

  • Rear camera: Primary 24MP, f/1.7 aperture; phase detection autofocus. Secondary 8MP, f/2.4 aperture, fixed focus, 12mm ultrawide. Third 10MP, f/2.4 aperture, autofocus, 2x optical zoom telephoto. Fourth 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 4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260, Adreno 512 GPU.

  • Memory: 6GB/8GB (market dependant) 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; FM radio.

  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; Samsung Pay; single speaker on the bottom; 3.5mm jack.






Design


The Galaxy A9 (2018) has all the characteristic markings of a modern, near-flagship Galaxy device. At least the other staples of the line are accounted for.Most notably - a huge, 6.3-inch, in this particular case, Super AMOLED display, in the still trendy "Infinity Display" design. That means nicely rounded corners and almost no bezels. In fact, if you are not into the curvy nature of the flagship Galaxy S and Note lines, these devices are currently your best bet over at camp Samsung.

While the front might be flat, the back of the phone is very much curvy on all sides. The slope makes for a familiar and natural-feeling design, which Samsung has been refining for a few generations now.The A9 (2018) is a looker, especially in its Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink variants, which feature a vertical gradient and a very subtle pattern underneath the glass back.




Performance and Software


The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is built around the Snapdragon 660 chipset. It's a solid mid-range option, which offers a potent Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) processor setup and an equally respectable Adreno 512 GPU and a DSP well capable of 4K video capture and overall handling each one of the four main cameras.All important connectivity bases are also covered, including Dual-band Wi-Fi ac,Bluetooth 5.0, NFC. All the sensors are also accounted for, and Samsung didn't skip on Adaptive Fast Charging. It's still based around Quick Charge 2.0, but it's better than nothing for topping-off the sizeable 3,800 mAh battery pack the A9 (2018) is packing. Nearly Galaxy Note9 capacity, we might add. Unlikely to open at an MSRP below EUR 600, could have made the jump to Qualcomm's exciting new Snapdragon 710 chipset. That would have meant a more efficient 10nm process, better GPU, DSP, and a faster modem, among other things.

The well-rounded 6GB/128GB memory setup the Galaxy A9 (2018) comes standard with. The latter is even extendible via microSD, and certain markets will get an 8GB RAM tier, as well. Although, frankly, that seems a bit excessive at this juncture in time and with this choice of chipset.




Display


The top and bottom chins still occupy a fair bit of space. However, that has its practical benefits as well - extra grabbing room for horizontal usage and not nearly as much thumb-gymnastics for reaching the navigation bar one-handed. By the way, in case you were wondering, the A9 (2018) lacks the fancy persistent, hidden home button, under the display. Samsung's UI also lacks gesture navigation out of the box. Though, there are plenty of third-party solutions out there if you desperately need it.

We can't provide any specifics along the lines of brightness and sunlight legibility for the panel, before our full review. But, as you can probably guess, it's a typical Samsung Super AMOLED. It shines brightly when it needs to, it has infinitely deep blacks and looks perfectly sharp, despite its FullHD+ resolution. Unlike its flagship siblings, it is not certified for any kind of HDR standard, though.
The huge 6.5-inch, Super AMOLED panel is pretty much the defining feature on the front of the Galaxy A9 (2018). It'scalled Infinity Display by Samsung PR, hence the rounded corners and the slimmed-down bezel, especially on the sides.




Camera


The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) has a total of four cameras on the back. Practically speaking, however, only three of these are directly usable, with the last 5MP, f/2.2 snapper only being used for depth information. In Samsung terms, it is a "Live Focus" helper camera.
The rest of the snappers are spearheaded by the main 24MP, f/1.7 unit. It's the brightest of the bunch and what you will likely end up using most of the time. Positioned on top of it is an 8MP, f/2.4, ultrawide 120-degree, fixed-focus unit. Then comes the telephoto 10MP, f/2.4 camera. It offers a 2x optical zoom factor and is closely tied to the main camera in the way of operation.




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