Let’s check out Samsung’s latest midrange offering.
The A series from Samsung offered a decent way for you to enjoy top-of-the-line features without busting a hole in your wallet. But for the latest version of the Samsung Galaxy A9, the four-camera setup is probably its most impressive feature – since basically, no one has done a similar setup before.
Samsung did mention that the Galaxy A9 is ‘Instagram optimized’ – meaning that the screen and the camera is geared towards young adults who use social media on a daily basis.
Its specifications also show a decent hardware offering: an octa-core Exynos 7885 processor, 6 GB RAM with 128 GB of storage space expandable through microSD, a fingerprint sensor at the back and even a 3,800 mAh battery. There’s also the 6.3-inch Full HD+ Infinity display that’s one of the best we’ve seen on a midrange device.
The Galaxy A9 runs Android Oreo with the usual Samsung enhancements filled in. We would have liked it to have Android Pie running out of the box, but good is that the company has lined up this and other midrange devices to receive the Android Pie with One UI update in the next couple of months.
From the outside, the Galaxy A9 comes in a beautiful two-tone look that evokes what Huawei did with their current line of smartphones. The one we had for review came in lemonade blue design that strikingly looks good especially in sunlight. But just like other smartphones with glass surfaces, the Galaxy A9 is a fingerprint magnet, so keeps those microfibre cloths handy.
But let’s look at the quad-camera setup of the Galaxy A9 since that is one of its most advertised features. The vertical line up of lens include the primary 24-megapixel camera, then the 8-megapixel 120-degree, wide-angle lens, followed by the 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera that enables the whole bokeh effect on shots and lastly a 10-megapixel telephoto lens that enables the device to offer 2x optical zoom. A 24-megapixel front-facing camera is also included.
The camera produces decent shots, especially in bright sunlight – though you’d start to lose quality and detail when you start zooming into subjects. The plethora of camera modes also let us play with different aspects of smartphone photography. Night shots are a little muddy, but with enough lighting, you’d probably get an acceptable shot. Not to say that the Galaxy A9’s four cameras are bad, we probably were just expecting more from it.
Battery life is great, and I normally found myself having lots of extra battery by the time the day ends in the weeks I have spent using the Galaxy A9. Unfortunately, wireless charging is not supported on this midrange offering, but the fast charging support makes up for it.
The Samsung Galaxy A9’s 1,499 AED retail price is good enough for a midrange device. With a brilliant screen and a decent quad-camera, it’s one of the best choices if you’re looking for a smartphone with a premium design but doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet.
+ Quad cameras
+ Great display
– Camera quality could be better
– Still doesn’t run Android Pie (though it’s on the way)
Final Rating: 4/5