• Display: 6.0 inches (1,920x1,080)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Memory: 4GBs
  • Storage: 32GBs (expandable via MicroSD up to 256GB)
  • Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Camera: Rear-facing 16.0MP with OIS, front-facing 8MP
  • Pros:
  • Battery life
  • Performance
  • Cons:
  • Slippery
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu Benchmark: 74,329 points
  • 3DMark SlingShot ES3.1: 868 points
  • PCMark Work:

Is Bigger Always Better?

One would think that the age of phablets is coming to its end, but Samsung goes against that line of thought with the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, in an attempt to prove that there’s always an advantage with going big.

It is not an understatement in saying that the Galaxy A9 Pro is easily one of the biggest smartphones we’ve seen. Underneath the phone’s 6.0 inch Full HD display is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, with 4GBs of RAM and 32GBs of storage, which is expandable via a MicroSD card, which Samsung is generously including with every purchase of the device.

At the back, the Galaxy A9 Pro sports a 16.0MP camera that has an aperture of f1.9 and Optical Image Stabilisation built in. This is great especially for those who enjoy going out and about, taking photos without having to worry about the big phone wobbling too much.

Big displays, big storage space and a camera with more megapixels than many. That’s not all as the Galaxy A9 Pro also comes sporting a 5,000mAh battery, which is easily over 1,500mAh more than many flagship-level phones out there. During our tests, a single charge can easily last two whole days, even with moderately high usage patterns.

If charging such a large capacity battery worries you, fret not as the phone charges pretty much from empty to full in just one to two hours. Samsung’s fast-charging technology is brought over to this phone, making it similar to an extra power bank if you have another phone that requires additional battery power.

Performance-wise, we’re happy to note that the Qualcomm processor and 4GBs of RAM on the Galaxy A9 Pro performs as well as can be expected. Playing games on the 6.0 inch screen feels very vibrant, with nary a lag in most of the games we’ve tested.

The only problem we faced with the phone throughout our time with it is that its glass back and aluminium sides make the phone a tad bit slippery, and combined with the girth of the phone, makes for some heart-stopping moments as the phone has a tendency to slip around in our hands.

CHIP CONCLUDE: For what it is, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is a giant of a phone, and one that will definitely be one to consider if you’re looking for a large mobile device that can last you for days.

(previously published in issue August 2016)

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro