The Samsung Galaxy A9 of 2018 was released in November and has a variety of colors, those colors being Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink. This Mid-Range device was released with Android 8 (Oreo) and is upgradeable to Android 9 (Pie) and Android 10.
Seen as something close to a Flagship phone at its time and was top of the line in its Series.
The Galaxy A9 comes packed with powerful features and since its Mid-Range you’d expect it to have Mid-Range specs, yes? Well… that’s where this device might surprise you.
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Quick Spec Check:
CPU, GPU, RAM and Chipset
Coming out with an Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver) CPU, 6GB or 8GB of RAM (depends on model), Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm) Chipset, and an Adreno 512 GPU this device surely packs a punch (In 2018).
It comes equipped with a Metal frame, glass front and rear, but the most liked bits about it is the variety of colors to choose from, as stated above it comes in Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink, better yet those exact colors can be seen in a beautiful two tone, which looks cool.
The device also has a Fingerprint Scanner at its rear. The placement is fine and all, but the thing that bothers me is that it gets a little bit frustrating at times when it doesn’t recognize my fingerprint. You shouldn’t have to worry, it’s not the design doing it… my finger tends to smudge up the scanner sometimes, other than that its fine.?
The device also has a Bixby Button on its left side (which I had too much fun playing with) while the power and volume buttons are on it’s right. So, at the bottom you would find a 3.5mm jack and a USB Type-C port for connection and charging purposes.
Its battery is a 3800mAh non-removable Li-Ion which supports fast charging(18W).
Then as we move further into detail, we’ll find that this mid-range device was one of the first in the world to have four cameras at its rear (five cameras if you’re counting in the front camera), each camera providing its own set of skills to the phone.
At its rear you’ll see a 24MP wide-angle lens, 10MP telephoto lens with a 2x optical zooming feature, 8MP 120-degree ultrawide lens and 5MP lens for depth sensing purposes. Oh and with the front 24MP lens as a selfie camera if you’re wondering.
When you’re looking at its storage, you’re able to put its 124 GB (depends on model) to good use and if that’s not enough storage space for you, my friends… then I suggest you install a micro-SD card and since it can handle a micro–SD Card up to 512 Gb there shouldn’t be any problem. Other models, however may have 64 GB of storage space.
Out of the Box
The device may come complete with Samsung (wired) earbuds, USB power adapter (charger), clear cover case, protection film, quick start guide and an eject pin.
It’s entirely up to the market you bought your device from to decide if you’ll get these accessories though.
How It Games:
So… I’ve tried quite a few games on the Galaxy A9 and even went a little over board. Again, I tried ‘Real Racing 3’ and ‘Honkai Impact 3rd’ and it ran superbly. There was no lag whatsoever even when ‘Honkai Impact 3rd’ was on its highest graphics settings.
Honkai Impact 3rd says this and yet:
Gameplay was superb:
Then I tried ‘Left to Survive’ and saw there’s no lag there as well, even when the graphics were set to its highest, but what I saw was that I was not able to enable the High Frame rate option. Not going to lie… that bummed me out, but not as much as ‘Sky: Children of Light’ did.
With ‘Sky: Children of Light’ I could only play on its medium settings and even then, I encountered quite a bit of lag, but at the time it’s been said that the game itself had quite a few bugs to work through for performance.
And at that point I was not sure if it was the game or the Device. But after an update of Sky rolled out it played a little bit smoother, but I am still on the fence about this because sky is a really good-looking game so it’s bound to cause at least a little bit of a lag on a mid-range device.
Either way it games brilliantly on most games including ‘Dragonball Legends’, ‘Dawn of Isles’, ‘Dragon Raja’ and ‘Dead Effect 2’ so this device still gets a thumbs up.
Full Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Full Specifications
|Model||Galaxy A9 (2018)|
|Launch||Announced – October 2018|
Released – November 2018
|Operating System||Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
Upgradeable to Android 9(Pie)
Upgradeable to Android 10
|Body||Aluminium Frame, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Front and Back|
|Colors||Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink|
|Dimensions||162.5 x 77.0 x 7.8 mm|
|Screen||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen|
|Pixel Density||393 ppi|
|Resolution||1080 x 2220|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)|
|Memory||6GB, 8GB (Depends on Model)|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB (Depends On model)|
|Type||Non-Removable 3800mAh Li-Ion|
|Charge||Fast Charging 18W|
|Rear||24 MP, f/1.7, 27mm Wide-Angle Lens, 1/2.8″, 0.9µm, PDAF|
10 MP f/2.4, 52mm Telephoto lens, 1/3.9″, 1.0µm, AF, 2x optical zoom
8 MP, f/2.4, 12mm Ultrawide lens, 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.2, Depth sensor
Video – 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps
|Front||24 MP, f/2.0, 27mm Wide-angle Lens, 1/2.8″, 0.9µm|
Video – 1080p@30fps
Dual Nano-SIM (Depends on Model)
|2G||Yes, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G||Yes, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
|4G||Yes, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66|
|Network Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat9 450/50 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot|
|GPS||Yes, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo|
|Bluetooth||Yes, 5.0, A2DP, LE|
RGB Light Sensor
Always on Display
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