Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy A9 in China. The A9 is Samsung’s top of the line smartphone in the A series. Coming to the specifications of the A9, the device has a 6-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 2.5D curved glass. It has the octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor (earlier called the 620) with quad-core 1.8GHz and a quad-core 1.2GHz CPUs couped with Adreno 510 GPU. The device also sports 3GB RAM and 32GB built-in storage expandable up to 128GB via micro SD card. The A9 runs on Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The smartphone supports dual-SIM capabilities (Nano+Nano). The rear of the smartphone has a 13MP camera with OIS and the front has an 8MP camera. The device will also house a fingerprint sensor. A 4000mAh battery powers the package and it supports fast charging as well.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 will come in in White, Gold and Pink colour variants. No pricing or availability was announced during the launch of the smartphone. There is no word on when the smartphone will debut in India either. Coming to the build of the A9, it has a metal frame and glass back similar to what we have seen on the Galaxy S6 and the Note 5.
Coming back to the processor powering the smartphone, the Snapdragon 652, it was earlier called the 620. Recently, Qualcomm announced that the Snapdragon 618 and 620 chipsets would be renamed to Snapdragon 650 and 652, respectively. The reason for this is because the company had observed significantly better performances when compared to the 615, 616 and 617, and hence, has been renamed as 650 and 652. On its website, Qualcomm has stated, “Since the announcement of the Snapdragon 620 earlier this year, we’ve added a number of processors to the 600 tier including the 615, 616 and 617. The Snapdragon 620 and 618 processors stood out however, with their use of our advanced X8 LTE modem technology with Cat 7 support and carrier aggregation plus the advanced ARM-A72 CPU and next generation Qualcomm Adreno 510 GPU. The Snapdragon 620 and 618 have significant user experience and performance advantages even within the current 600 tier of processors. Because of this, Qualcomm Technologies is making minor adjustments within the product lineup to better reflect the positioning and capabilities of these two processors by renaming the Snapdragon 620 and 618 to the Snapdragon 652 and 650, respectively.”
Qualcomm’s next flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 820, is expected to debut in 2016, and will power the flagship smartphones that will launch in the year. Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S7, Xiaomi Mi 5, the Xperia Z6 family and more are expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 820.