The Samsung Galaxy A9 is a great phone. It released as a cheaper alternative to Samsung’s flagships, and in 2022, purchasing it may be a good move. Let’s see if it’s worth your time below.
Since Samsung discontinued its fourth generation A series models a while ago, finding a new A9 would be highly unlikely. However, for somewhere around Rs 35,000, you should be able to find a second-hand phone from one of the local ecommerce sites.
The A9 is a major fingerprint magnet. It didn’t take us long to realize this. We spent a lot of time wiping its back down.
It’s a major fingerprint magnet due to its glass back. It rocks Gorilla Glass 5 on its rear. We have to say, it makes the phone feel sturdy. You’re getting a 183-gram device.
No doubt about it, the A9 is stunning. The colourway of its gradient is great, especially in its lemonade blue version. If you’re not a fan of gradients, don’t worry. There’s a plain black version for you to purchase.
The phone’s pretty big and is 162.5 x 77 x 7.8 mm across. We’re total fans as its height and slimness make it feel like a premium device.
Its buttons are tactile and easy to reach. This is especially true for its fingerprint sensor. When checking its sides, you’ll notice a dedicated Bixby button. It powers the virtual assistant, which is neat. However, the usefulness of the Bixby is questionable.
Samsung decided to leave the headphone jack in the A9. They didn’t remove the microSD slot either.
Its screen is bold and beautiful. It’s 6.3 inches, giving you immersive viewing experience. The fact that it’s so detailed helps as well. You’re getting a 1080 x 2220 pixel screen resolution.
Samsung loves its Super AMOLEDs. Why wouldn’t they? They’re colourful and dynamic. So we’re happy to see the panel on the A9. It wasn’t surprising, though. Samsung places Super AMOLED panels even in their budget devices, like the M30.
The A9 is a phone from 2018. It’s not surprising that it doesn’t come with much bezel as phones these days. Its screen-to-body ratio is 80.1%, which if you ask me, is still decent.
We mentioned that you get Gorilla Glass 5 on its back. You hit the nail on the head if you guessed that it comes on its front too.
Let’s not forget that the A9 is seriously bright. You’re getting a 606 maximum nit display, easily battling the harsh Sri Lankan sun. Over 500 nits is the gold standard.
So far, things look good. Battery-wise, this trend continues.
You’re getting a 3800 mAh unit. Although it’s somewhat small, it lasts over a day. The cherry on top is the fact that its battery is larger than the S9 Plus’.
Being a mid-ranger on the slightly higher end of the price spectrum, we weren’t surprised to see fast charging. You get an 18 W fast charger, taking the phone around 2 hours to fully charge. This is pretty standard.
Unfortunately, the A9 does not support wireless charging.
If you’re wondering what type of port you’ll have to use to charge the device, it’s USB-C.
We have to say, the phone’s fast. You get the Exynos 7885 chipset, making it a breeze to use. Not all versions of the A9 come with the processor, though. You’ll see some variants with the Snapdragon 660. The Exynos chip is faster.
How fast your A9 is will depend on the memory variant you get. You can choose from 64 or 128 gigs of space along with 6 or 8 GB of RAM. Its RAM options are really good, making the A9 a snappy device. As mentioned, the phone has a microSD slot. You can expand its storage to over 500 GBs if 128 gigs are not enough.
What’s surprising is that you get an 8 gig RAM variant, while you don’t even get as much RAM with the S9.
In terms of what version of Android it rocks, the A9 comes with Android 8 out of the box. Yes, it can be upgraded to Android 10.
The UI on the phone is good too, and we have no complaints. However, it does have a lot of bloatware.
You’re getting a primary 24 MP lens, a secondary 10 MP telephoto lens, a tertiary 8 MP ultrawide lens, and a fourth 5 MP depth sensor. We’re kind of iffy about its camera. You’re getting a quad set up, which we love to see. However, it doesn’t perform that well.
In daylight, the A9 takes alright shots. However, it struggles with the dynamic range. This means you don’t get proper contrast. It does especially badly in settings with varying degrees of light intensities.
The A9 struggles with metering as well. This means shots are brighter than they should be.
If things don’t look that good in normal light, you can only imagine how bad they are in low light.
In terms of its front camera, you’re getting a 24 MP sensor. It’s nothing extraordinary.
The A9 is a phone worth your time. To help you decide if you want to buy it or not, let’s compare it with a couple of alternatives.
The device is a feather compared to the A9, coming in at 169 grams. It looks great, though. We’re fans of its prism effect. It especially looks good in the black variant.
If you didn’t like how huge the A9 was, you won’t like the fact that the A50s is slightly larger. As it rocks a large display, you just know your viewing experience will be great. It doesn’t disappoint, you get a Super AMOLED screen, so the colours pop.
The phone barely comes with any bezels, giving it a superior 85.1% screen to body ratio. It’s a gift that keeps on giving as you’re getting a sharper display as well. It’s 1080 x 2340 pixels, which is exactly what you want.
Not only is its display better but so is its processor. You’re met with the Exynos 9611, leaving the A9’s 7885 chip in the dust.
Onto the Android version: it runs Android 9. You’re probably wondering if it can support Android 10, well, the phone can be upgraded to this.
You get similar memory variants. The A50s comes in either 64 or 128 GB storage capacities. 128 gigs should be enough, but if it isn’t, know that the phone’s storage can be expanded.
Things get iffy when we compare their RAM variants. The A50s doesn’t do that well, only offering 4 and 6 gig options.
Battery-wise, you get a unit that’s 200 mAh larger. However, both phones last around the same time. The A50s comes with a more taxing screen and processor after all.
How did you feel about the A9’s 18 W fast charger? You’re met with a 15 W one in the A50s. You’d think that the A9 charges faster, but this isn’t the case. Both devices take around 2 hours.
How could we forget about its camera? There’s a triple camera set-up by your side. The primary sensor is 48 MPs. Front camera wise, a considerable 32 MP shooter is at your disposal.
The F1 has a metallic look. It’s pretty deceiving, to be honest. You might find it hard to tell that the phone is made from plastic.
You’d notice that it weighs as much as the A9. They’re similarly built. The Pocophone is slightly smaller, though. You’re not getting a vivid viewing experience either. Its screen is an IPS LCD, which means the colours don’t pop. If it’s any consolation, the F1 comes with a slightly better screen to body ratio.
In terms of its sharpness, the screen is a bit sharper than the A9’s. The Pocophone comes with a 1080 x 2246 pixel screen resolution.
Let’s talk about its insides. To begin with, you’re not getting an Exynos chip. A Snapdragon 845 chipset is by your side. It’s very snappy and out-does the A9’s 7885 easily.
What version of Android will the 845 be running? Android 8.1. If you’re wondering, yes, the phone is getting the Android 10 update.
The phone’s memory variants are really good. You can choose from 64, 128, and 256 GBs of space. 256 GB means the sky’s your limit, but if this isn’t enough for you, a MicroSD slot is by your side. What else? The ability to choose from 6 or 8 gigs of RAM.
Like the A50s, you’re getting a 4000 mAh battery. Its screen and processor aren’t the most taxing, which is why the F1 can last for around 2 days. Although it takes the cake for having the best battery, you’ll still have to wait 2 hours for it to charge. The phone comes with an 18 W fast charger.
The Pocophone has a dual-camera set-up. There’s a primary 12 MP sensor as well. In terms of its selfie camera, there is a 20 MP shooter.
The A9 doesn’t perform as well as its alternatives. This is especially true when compared to the A50s.
If you’re thinking of making a purchase, you might want to look at its alternatives first. If you’d rather take the leap anyway, keep its warranty and memory variants in mind. You could save quite a bit.
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