Review of Samsung Galaxy A9(2016): A Battery Running Android

Samsung Galaxy A line is intended for the public looking for intermediate models that contain, above all, a good construction.  The Galaxy A9, known out there as Galaxy A9 Pro, fulfills these requirements well, and brings with it a great differential-literally great-which is its 5000 mAh battery. Find out how my days were testing out the device below.

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Samsung Galaxy A9(2016)-Design & Quality of Construction

The Galaxy A9 is a device that fortunately has many good points. One of them is its design that obviously has exaggerated dimensions, since we have here a panel of six inches. You can expect from the A9 the same build quality that can be found in other Galaxy A handsets.

Made from glass on the back, the device features the aluminum side frame, which together give a solid feel during handling. The gold model disguises the fingerprints more, but in general, because the finish is done in glass, it is not very easy to escape them. The right and left edges have a kind of bevel, where the physical buttons of the A9 are located.

As mentioned, the Galaxy A9 is not a compact device, nor is it lightweight. The model weighs 210 grams, which becomes a nice weight considering its dimensions. Otherwise, the feeling of handling would be another, more fragile. Part of that weight is connected to the battery as well, not just the materials that make up the device. So here I am talking about a weight that is comfortable and workable as well.

Luckily, Samsung brought in this device a slot for the microSD and a separate slot for the chips of the operator. No hybrid slot here, by the way. After all, the brand would hardly have any justification for using a divided compartment, since internal space is something that the Galaxy A9 apparently has to spare.

I confess that walking with this device in my pocket is far from comfortable. In fact, any smartphone that has six inches of screen ends up compromising this usability. The pocket of the pants is marked, and for many times, pulling the A9 out of the pocket is a bit complicated. Sitting with him in my pocket is another thing that made me a little worried, because I had the feeling he was going to break in half.

At the time I was with the device I must admit that I took it with me in places I was wearing a backpack or purse. Of course this kind of care or concern is subjective, but I believe that in practice everyone may find it difficult to carry such a device.

Still about the design, we have the standard set of the most advanced Galaxy A, such as biometric reader next to home button, headphone jack and standard audio output.

Samsung Galaxy A9(2016)-Screen

The Galaxy A9 screen is almost a small monitor. Personally, I care a lot about the issue of setting on larger screens. If we had an HD resolution here, I would certainly be disappointed, but with 1920 × 1080 pixels things get a little more interesting. Of course a Quad-HD standard here would be the best of the worlds, but I believe that this is not the proposal of this device.

The AMOLED panel has a strong brightness, which I believe to be the highest among Samsung models. Brightness helps in reading the panel in the open, as well as giving more detail to images and videos. It is a panel of good quality, surprising by the brightness and contrast, which is characteristic of this type of screen technology.

You can not notice the jumping pixels of the Galaxy A9’s six-inch screen(they are 367ppi). One point that caught my attention on the A9 screen was the high sensitivity, which came to bother at times. The screen of the device can be activated in the pocket or when any other object is pressed against the panel. Other than that, nothing to complain about the Galaxy A9 panel(2016).

Samsung Galaxy A9(2016)-Software

The Galaxy A9(2016) is confirmed to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat,according to Samsung, but currently the handset is running Android 6.0.1 with Marshmallow . The software does not bring a lot of news, no feature that explores the big screen or something similar, aside from the way to use with one hand.

I missed here the compact screen mode, which exists in Galaxy S7 with Marshmallow, for example, that adjusts the interface layout to a more squeezed pattern. If available, it would be possible to take more advantage of this tablet-worthy screen.

With regard to apps, we have the Microsoft Office suite with Skype and OneDrive, Google options and some Sammy apps, such as the Galaxy Apps Store and a file manager. Nothing exaggerated, let’s say passage. Most apps can be uninstalled or disabled by the user.

  • Check out the images of the Galaxy A9 system here.

The device received an update of almost 600MB in this period of tests, where the update log pointed out that new features would be implemented. Apparently, nothing has changed and I even thought that this update would release Samsung Pay to the device, which did not happen. Although the Galaxy A9 has the chips needed to use the mobile payment service, Samsung has not yet added the model to the service so far.

Samsung Galaxy A9(2016)-Performance

With 4GB of RAM and Snapdragon 652 processor, the Galaxy A9 is enabled to run any application or game that is available in the Play Store. The eight-core processor has a maximum frequency of 1.8 GHz, and its graphics card is the Adreno 510.

Now, that does not mean that the graphics processing power of the gaming machine is exceptional, not least because some games just ran “ok” on A9, as was the case for UNKILLED and Implosion titles.

More classic games, like Asphalt 8, for example, run with the graphics at most. Routine activities, such as e-maisl and social networks, also run smoothly. The multitasking can get crowded that the performance of the device does not fall, nor does it heat up or something. With regard to the processor, I can say that we have a truly advanced intermediate set, above Quantum Fly and Zenfone 3,but below the Galaxy S7, obviously.

Samsung Galaxy A9(2016)-Audio

The Galaxy A9(2016) has a regular audio system, with bass and treble pronounced on calls and in the hands-free mode. During the calls, I noticed that the noise block works within the expected, as well as call quality, which was not affected at any time. Audio, however, is mono and does not offer a more immersive experience in games and multimedia content.

Samsung Galaxy A9(2016)-Camera

The Galaxy A9 features a 16MP sensor at the rear and an 8MP sensor at the front. In terms of price and specifications, the Galaxy A9 is the only model that comes in the wake of the Galaxy S7, although its lenses set is not up to its most powerful brother. We do not have the best cameras on the market here, not least because there is a considerable loss of sharpness in any lighting condition.

Auto mode focuses quickly, but sins in exposure, which often comes out too bursty. The software, by the way, is very agile and has the same features as the Galaxy S7, like HDR mode. I also noticed that in shady environments, such as internal parts of a house with medium illumination, the sensor has some difficulty working on the composition of the scene. The result in these environments are slightly darkened photos.

Regarding the selfies, the Galaxy A9(2016) delivers good results. The beautifying mode is very exaggerated, and should be used fairly sparingly.

  • Check here the photos made with the cameras of the Galaxy A9

Samsung Galaxy A9(2016)-Battery

The Galaxy A9 now has the largest battery capacity in the domestic market. It’s 5,000mAh that did not disappoint me during the time I spent with the device, almost a month. My days started at 8am, and my use is not very advanced, with streaming on Spotify over 3G, Instagram quite often and emails. I keep account synchronization disabled, but I like to keep the brightness always on automatic.

Using mobile data, performing these activities and under these conditions, the Galaxy A9 yielded two full days of use. Turning to 4G, using the camera more often and running casual games, it is possible to start the first day at 8am with 100% load and arrive at the second day with 25% around 1pm.

I confess that I did not bother to use the battery saving mode of Samsung, even because the power consumption of the A9 got me that concern right on the first day of use. It is funny to note here how 10% of load yields an eternity. Below, for example, with 34% usage, the Galaxy A9 gave me an estimate of another 17 hours of power:

The Galaxy A9 processor is not as economical as the Moto Z Play processor,and we also have a bigger, brighter screen. However, the battery performance here can be tied, depending on the type of use you make, since Z Play has a smaller AMOLED screen and a processor that manages power consumption better, and the software is slightly modified. Of course, in any type of use, the advantage will always be on the A9 side(2016) between these models.

The Zenfone Max is another model that has similar battery capacity, however, as we have not tested this device, I can not talk about the autonomy of Asus compared to Samsung. However, Sammy has been more concerned with polishing the software, which is something that Asus has not paid much attention to. I can not even imagine, for example, what the performance of the A9 would look like if it came with a version of TouchWiz present on the Galaxy S4 or S3.

Finally, I must talk about the warm-ups, which did not even bother me during my use. Even running the game Implosion, the A9 has not warmed up. The device warmed up more during charging, which is turbocharging, it was possible to feel some parts of the heated rear. Overall, the Galaxy A9 can yield between a day and a half and up to three full days of use depending on how you will use the software.

Final Verdict

The Galaxy A9 is a device that delivers a battery that is above average among the options we have in the market. However, to deliver an expressive number of mAh, Samsung needed to developed a large model. The A9(2016) is not a model suitable for those who are afflicted with phablets, because we have here a “almost tablet”.

The model’s display has good brightness and vivid colors. The processing is not behind its main competitors in the market, but the caveat here: it does not replace the Galaxy S7 in terms of hardware and power. But it’s a faster model than the Moto Z Play, Zenfone 3 and Quantum Fly. Now, if you’re behind cameras, it might be better to look for another model, since this is not the A9’s strong point, as is the audio experience.

The battery is large, and guarantees a longer durability than what we are accustomed to. I strongly believe that all users can spend a day and a half of use with this device, even by abusing resources and performing heavier tasks.

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