When Samsung unveiled the world’s first smartphone with four rear cameras last month, it grabbed attention. It goes without saying that all Samsung and photography enthusiasts were anxious for the Galaxy A9 (2018) to arrive in India. Less than a month after its global launch, the corporation moved quickly to launch it locally. The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) boasts a stunning glass body design, stands out thanks to its vibrant colours, has an Infinity display, and its cameras are undoubtedly its best feature. We had a chance to use the smartphone for a few days. To determine whether this is the right purchase for you, continue reading our review:
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Design and Display
The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) smartphone may initially make you think of Samsung’s triple camera phone, Galaxy A7 (2018). However, there are a good number of distinctions between the two. Samsung’s latest product has a glass back panel that slopes toward the corners, unlike the flat back panel of the Galaxy A7 (2018). The large size of the Samsung Galaxy A9 makes one-handed use easier thanks to these corners.
The newly released Samsung Galaxy A9 has a very upscale appearance because to its two tone gradient glass back panel. It has the fingerprint sensor, a quadruple camera array that is vertically stacked, and Samsung branding. The lack of a camera bump on the back of Samsung handsets is something we have always admired. This is also true of the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018). The volume rocker, power, and Bixby buttons are located on the side corners of the smartphone. The Type-C connector, speaker grille, and 3.5mm headphone jack are located at the bottom, while the SIM tray is located at the top.
The smartphone’s 6.3-inch display is visible when you turn it over. Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is one of the few recently released smartphones without a notch. And to be completely honest, we have no complaints. The gadget has identically sized bezels on the top and bottom. The selfie camera, earpiece, and LED flash are located above the display, and the in-display navigation keys are located at the bottom.
The variety of colours the smartphone comes in is one feature we truly enjoyed. The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is available in Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue, and Bubblegum Pink. The device’s colours, Pink and Blue, were a bit unusual to us, although Black was rather standard. The one we received for review had a blue outfit.
With regard to the smartphone’s display, it has a 6.3-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display. The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)’s display is fantastic, if we were to sum it up in a single word.
You can choose from Adaptive display, AMOLED cinema, AMOLED photo, and Basic screen modes in addition to getting superb contrast. For people who frequently use their smartphones in dim light or complete darkness, there is the blue light filter option. You can set a time for it to be enabled automatically or manually.
It projects extremely vibrant colours while maintaining accuracy, and they remain consistent at different viewing angles. However, the company is renowned for producing gadgets with stunning displays. The images were as sharp and clear as one can expect them to be, and we seriously couldn t put our phone down while we were watching videos on it. We even played 4K content on it, and it turned out to be perfect. While watching videos, you can pinch to zoom in so that they fill the entire screen. It s a small tip that you can follow for a better viewing experience. During our time with the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), we had no trouble with sunlight readability on the device.
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Performance and Cameras
Before we start talking about the performance of the smartphone, let s take a look at rest of the specifications of Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018). The new offering by Samsung is powered by Qualcomm s octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor. Now this can be something not everyone would be happy with, considering there are cheaper devices available which come with the most high-end processor that is available Snapdragon 845. We understand that the smartphone focusses more on photography and less on speed and power-packed performance, but we would have been happier to see Snapdragon 710 instead of Snapdragon 660.
Having said that, we should clarify that this does not mean that the performance on Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) was bad. It was good, in fact. But we have used devices with more high-end processors so we know that it could have been better than what it is.
Coming back to the specifications of Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), the smartphone comes with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and has 128GB of onboard storage. The device runsAndroid8.0 Oreo skinned with Experience UI and is promised to get the update for Android Pie. Galaxy A9 (2018) houses a 3,800mAh battery and comes with a fingerprint sensor as well as Face Unlock feature.
Coming to the software of the smartphone, we would have been happier to see fewer pre-installed apps on the device. In spite of the price tag, Galaxy A9 (2018) comes with apps like Dailyhunt, Amazon, Amazon Prime Video, etc. Other than this, rest was good. The smartphone has support for Bixby and on swiping right from the Home Screen, you will see updates that the digital assistant curates for you. Besides this, if you don t like the on-screen navigation buttons, you can enable gestures to replace them from the Settings of the smartphone. You can also decide if you wish to see app icons with frames or without them. Overall, the experience was good, but we are waiting for the device to get the Android 9.0 Pie update so that it gets the latest features that its rivals like OnePlus 6T come with.
We did a lot of multitasking with the device. There were times when we used it for navigation for two straight hours and kept watching videos or playing games simultaneously. And we were happy that it took it well.
Speaking of gaming, you may find the smartphone warming up a bit when you play heavy games on it. It cannot be called a heating issue, but it does warm up a bit, which is something very common with smartphones that have a glass body. But then, as we mentioned earlier, the company is focusing on photography and not power performance with Galaxy A9 (2018). If you like to play only simple games like Alto s Odyssey and Temple Run 2, it should not be a problem for you. Only heavy gamers would not be as happy as others.
The call quality of thesmartphonewas good. We even tried making calls from an elevator, and we could do that without facing any problem. The fingerprint sensor is very accurate and it worked for us each time we tried using it. However, the same cannot be said for the face unlock of the phone. It sometimes didn t work too well in dark or dimly lit areas.
The 3,800mAh battery was decent. It will last you almost an entire day with heavy usage involving games, YouTube videos, playing music, and long phone calls. If your usage is moderate, it may even last longer. We observed that gaming on the device does consume battery quicker than performing other tasks.
Now let s talk about the key highlight of the smartphone itscameras. To recall, Samsung Galaxy A9 has a 24MP sensor (wide f/1.7 aperture), a 10MP telephoto sensor that features 2x optical zoom (f/2.4 aperture), an 8MP ultra-wide sensor that has a 120-degree lens (f/2.4 aperture) and a 5MP depth sensor (f/2.2 aperture). The company has also said that in lowly-lit conditions, the smartphone combines data from four pixels of primary sensors in order to enhance the quality of the images taken. The modes on the camera app of the smartphone include Panorama, Pro, Beauty, Live Focus, Auto, Scene Optimiser, Super Slow-Mo, AR Emoji, Hyperlapse, and Slow Motion.
Speaking of the images the camera managed to capture, we have to say we are impressed. The details, the clarity and the colour accuracy are as good as one can expect them to be in the given price range. The shots we took in well-lit conditions came out great and we managed to click some really nice ones during our time with the phone. Moving to the shots taken in dimly lit conditions, the smartphone did a good job there too. The images didn t lose their clarity or colour quality. We even transferred the photos to our laptop and saw them, and we are extremely happy with the results that we got. Some of them are also on our Instagram channelhere. However, at night, the smartphone takes a longer time to focus on the object that is being clicked.
We even clicked some images with Live Focus enabled and the quality of images still remained consistent. Only when we zoomed in to click images did we observe some noise in the photos.
We are extremely happy with the 24MP selfie camera of the device too. Other than the normal Selfie mode, users can choose from Selfie Focus mode, AR Emoji and Wide Selfie mode. While Seflie Focus adds the Bokeh effect to the photos, the AR Emoji has Snapchat-like filters and Wide Selfie lets you capture more area in your picture. Most selfies that we clicked with Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) turned out to be great. We didn t even consider editing them before we uploaded them on social media. And how many smartphones can give you results like that?
When we ran a few benchmark tests on the device, it scored 1,611 and 5,423 in Single and Multi-core score in Geekbench and 1,41,420 in Antutu. All indicate better than mediocre performance.
Verdict and Final Words
The pros outweigh the cons here. In terms of design, Samsung Galaxy A9 is an absolute stunner, it has a great display and the photography on the device truly lives up to what the company promised. Samsung could have used a better processor, but even with Snapdragon 660, the performance of the smartphone was smooth. And because the device has been promised to get an Android 9.0 Pie update, we can t consider Android Oreo as a minus. If you value speed in a smartphone over everything else, you would be happier with a OnePlus 6T. However, if you don t use power hungry apps on your smartphone and want decent battery backup, Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) makes for a good buy. And needless to say, if you are a photography lover, you should just buy it already.
Amazing Cameras, Beautiful design, Vibrant display
Processor could be better, Warms up while playing heavy games, Face Unlock could be better.
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