Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Review
Samsung has suddenly become a lot more adventurous of late. There's been a flurry of launches over the past few months, and it looks like the Korean giant is catching on to the fact that it needs to innovate and jump on board with trends as they happen. We usually see new top-end features debut with
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example, Samsung was one of the first to introduce tall, narrow Infinity Display screens, but it took ages for this well-received feature to show up on lower-tier offerings. Competitors caught on much sooner, and began selling low-cost phones that looked much more modern and sleek than Samsung's own.We're eager to see whether Samsung can excite buyers once again with this headline-grabbing new feature. Read our Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) review to find out.Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) design
The Galaxy A9 (2018) has a few striking design touches that show that Samsung is now willing to lead with its current models rather than to roll around. It comes in three distinct looks, one of which is just plain and simple black, while the other two are uncharacteristically exuberant for Samsung. Multicolour gradients are clearly the latest design trend, with Our Galaxy A9 (2018) review unit is the Lemonade Blue version, with a light yellowish green spot at the top fading into a rich, deep blue on the bottom. The last option is Bubblegum Pink, which is a light blush fading into a much deeper pink. Either of these would be sure to grab a lot of attention, so we're glad that Samsung is offering a plain black option for those who have subtle taste.
It isn't just the jewel-tone colours that stand out — the finish is very shiny and there's a faint grainy texture that gives it depth and catches light as the phone moves. The quad-camera module and fingerprint sensor of the Galaxy A9 (2018) are outlined in bright blue. The metal frame of the phone is blue as well, and it matches the bottom of the gradient but stands out sharply against yellowish-green at the top. The contrast is very noticeable because of how the back of this phone curves to meet the sides.The front of this phone isn't half as attention-grabbing as its back. Samsung clearly doesn't think much of current-day notches — we'll have to wait a while for arrive. The Infinity Display screen does not curve at the sides and there are relatively chunky borders above and below it. We don't think there's anything wrong with this, but the Galaxy A9 (2018) doesn't look as modern as some of its competition.
The four cameras are arranged in a narrow vertical strip, similar to what we first saw on the triple-Going from the top to the bottom, we have an ultra-wide 8-megapixel camera with a 120-degree field of view; a 10-megapixel telephoto camera with a 2X zoom lens; the 24-megapixel main camera that boasts of an f/1.7 aperture, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor to assist with focusing and portrait shots. Unfortunately, we often had to adjust our grip to avoid covering the ultra-wide lens when holding this phone horizontally.assistant, and it can't be reprogrammed — at least not without a third-party app. The power and volume buttons are on the right, and the sheer size of this phone means that they won't always be within reach. There's a tray at the top, and thankfully it can accommodate two Nano-SIMs as well as a microSD card. A single speaker, USB Type-C port, and 3.5mm audio socket fill out the bottom of this phone.
With a 6.3-inch screen, there's no denying that this is a bulky phone. We found it awkward in our pockets, especially with the included plastic case making it even thicker. It weighs 183g* and is unwieldy in day-to-day use. The glossy rear is not too slippery but you'll definitely need two hands for most tasks.
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) specifications and software
Rather than using one of its homegrown Exynos processors, Samsung has gone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 for this phone. In predictable Samsung fashion, it's a processor usually found on phones that cost a lot less – around half as much as the Galaxy A9 (2018), in fact. It might not be as good as the Snapdragon curiously, the only difference is that one has 6GB of RAM while the other has 8GB. The price difference between the two is Rs. 3,000, so you can decide whether you want to save a little money or be somewhat more future-ready. Both options feature 128GB of storage. MicroSD capacity support goes up to 512GB. Our review unit is the lower-priced one with 6GB of RAM, and we didn't find it lacking in any way.
The 6.3-inch Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy A9 (2018) has a resolution of 1080x2220. It's pretty vibrant, and if you can control reflections it looks great from any angle and under any kind of light. You can not only tweak the colour profiles and temperature, but also individually adjust red, green, and blue levels in the Settings app. This panel supports an always-on mode that shows you the time, date, battery level, and essential notification icons whenever the phone is in standby (or as per your preferences). Always-On Display styles are now a component of Samsung's UI themes, so you can download many more styles, including full-colour ones.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) packs a 3800mAh battery, which is a surprisingly low capacity considering the bulk of this phone. There's also Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS and GLONASS, and of course 4G LTE on both SIMs. This phone has a geomagnetic sensor that acts as a compass, as well as a gyroscope, Hall sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and accelerometer.
Our review unit was running the Samsung Experience UI version 9.0 with Android 8.0 as the underlying base. While those are a bit behind the curve, we did receive an update that included the November 2018 Android security patch within a day of using this phone. There are loads of Samsung apps, several of which duplicate or replace Google's apps. As usual, you'll also find Microsoft Office apps and some third-party ones.