For some weeks now, rumors have been floating around that suggested Samsung had a “Pro” variant of its recently released Galaxy A9 (2016) prepping for launch. As time progressed, the words turned to a more visual variety. Now, the product has officially been announced for the Chinese market.
The Galaxy A9 Pro will be released with the product number SM-A9100 and features a 6-inch Full HD (1920X1080) Super AMOLED display with a 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 652 SoC, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. It also comes with a 16 megapixel rear camera and 8 megapixel front camera, as well as a 5,000mAh battery. It supports Dual SIM, microSD expansion, an embedded fingerprint sensor in the home button, and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
The Galaxy A9 Pro will be sold in three colors: White, Pink, and Rose Gold, and will retail for 3,499 Yuan, or roughly $540.
For reference, the original Galaxy A9 (2016), released earlier this year, had only 3GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a 13 megapixel rear camera, and a 4,000mAh battery. It also retailed for a slightly lower 3,199 Yuan, or around $487.
For those keeping tabs, the Pro model comes with 1GB of additional RAM, 16GB of extra on-board storage, an additional 3 megapixels for the camera, and an extra 1,000 mAh for its battery. Ultimately this will ensure the product is not only more powerful performance-wise, but also able to last significantly longer with the added energy.
The Galaxy A9 Pro is currently only set for launch in China, however this has often been the case with the Galaxy A series on the whole. While earlier offerings have in fact launched in other territories around the world, it remains to be seen what will become of this particular product. If anything, Samsung may want to skip the A9 launch entirely in possible markets and simply release the A9 Pro from the get-go.
Please note: All pictures used in this piece depict the Galaxy A9 (2016) standard model for illustrative purposes. On a visual-basis, the newly announced A9 Pro looks the same.