Without any doubt, the Samsung Galaxy A series of devices comes next after the company’s flagship the Galaxy S and Note series. Furnished will almost the same features as the flagship phones from Samsung, the Korean tech giant is already in full force to launch the 2016 mid-range flagships, a 2016 refresh of the popular Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A7. Apart from these devices, Samsung surprisingly confirmed the Galaxy A9 to join the anticipated launch which is expected to go on full-scale later this month.
The Galaxy A9 is the series’s top-end device with 6-inch super AMOLED display and 1080 full-HD resolution. Under the hood, the handset is powered by an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 chipset with 4 cores of Cortex-A53 and 4 cores Cortex-A72. Graphics division is handled by Adreno 510 GPU and these are supported by 3 GB of System RAM and 32 GB of internal storage.
The upcoming handset/phablet will include a 13 Megapixel main camera with Optical Image Stabilization and a bright f/1.9 aperture. The front is adorned with an 8 Megapixel front-facing camera that supports panoramic capture and built-in filters for a perfect Selfie. With higher resolution front camera on board, expect a much clearer and cleaner video calls.
It supports Cat.7 LTE connectivity so expect blazing speed when surfing the web. Aside front 4G wireless connection, the Galaxy A9 will also include legacy support for 3G/HSPA+ and 2G/GSM connectivity as well as standard connectivity features in the Galaxy A series.
With a large 4000 mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy A9 is said to feature powerbank capabilities, a feature that has already been supported by Android 6.0 Marshmallow natively. While the Galaxy A9 will launch with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, Samsung is already cooking up Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Galaxy A series devices which will be released in the next few months after its release. While native power bank features may not be fully supported with Android 5.1 Lollipop, Samsung can always have its own custom software to provide such feature just like the way they did with the S Pen feature.
Following the same designed aesthetics all through the Galaxy A series, the Galaxy A9 will also be built with metal frame and a 2.5D glass lamination both on the front and back. Like Galaxy A8, the Galaxy A9 will also feature a fingerprint scanner for a more secure online transactions including support for Samsung Pay and better device security.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 together with the other 2016 refreshed of the Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 is expected to launch in the market this holiday season or by early January. As Samsung haven’t officially launched these upcoming devices as of yet, the company also have not disclosed any information about its pricing but as rumors have suggested, the Galaxy A9 will launch with CNY 3,000 in China and that’s about $430 in the States.