Samsung makes the Galaxy A9 official: Snapdragon 652, 3GB of RAM, 4000mAh battery

by: Jimmy WestenbergDecember 23, 2015
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After getting caught by China’s TENAA earlier today and a few big leaks from the beginning of December, Samsung has finally taken the wraps off its heavily-rumored Galaxy A9 handset in China.

As of right now we don’t have the entire list of specifications, though the ones we do know are pretty nice. The Galaxy A9 sports a 6.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a newly-renamed octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32 gigabytes of on-board storage, microSD card expansion up to 128GB and dual-SIM card support. It also has a 13MP rear camera with OIS, 8MP front camera, a pretty big 4,000mAh battery and support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge. In typical Samsung fashion, there’s also a home button-mounted fingerprint sensor that brings along support for Samsung Pay. It will also ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop on board.

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We aren’t entirely sure why this device is launching with Android 5.1 Lollipop as opposed to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as Google announced the latest version of its OS way back in May of this year. Also, the display might not be at a high enough resolution for some folks out there, but we’re hoping the price point makes up for these two potential caveats.

While the phone is finally official, we still have no information on pricing or availability. We’re assuming this device will start hitting store shelves in China sometime very soon. What are your thoughts? If the price is right, do you see yourself carrying around the Galaxy A9? Let us know what you think in the comments.

  • Diego

    What the note 5 should have been.
    Only with the 7420, S pen, and better software, and we would have a killer phone.

  • Diego

    Oh, And 1440p resolution.

  • George

    The only phone since S4 I’d consider buying since the S4.
    Good job Samsung, at last a complete phone.

  • Kiss my Asthma

    Same battery and same display size in the s7 plus and you’ll have my money Samsung, come on just make it happen.

  • it’s me tim-cock.

    Why are you hoping? You live in China?

  • Tajwar

    1080p not enough? Are you kidding?

    • Lim Ming Quan

      MAYBE because this is a 6 inch screen but not a 5 inch one. But most other 6 inch screen are also 1080p, so yea….

    • robert fish

      1080p vs 4k.Who the hell would see the difference if you glanced quickly at both of them

  • jpswain

    If it comes in at sub $250 they have an instant winner

    • David Onter

      This is no 250$ hardware -.-

    • Tajwar

      Pipe dream

  • Kyng

    It will be very exciting next year, to see how the 650 and 652 stack up…while I’m sure they will have a (comparatively) sub par gpu, they will probably best this year’s 808 and 810 in most areas.

    • William

      GPU is Adreno 510…will perform better than 808 and 810

      • Kyng

        Maybe. Gpu’s on this year’s mid rangers don’t beat the 330. Qualcomm wouldn’t provide a mid range chipset that beats previous years flagships across the board. If they did, there would be less incentive for OEM’s to use the top line flagship chips.

  • Keith Wright

    Replaceable battery? Note 3 Replacement (kinda sorta)?

  • rebirthofcool

    Galaxy A8 with similar spec and larger battery than the A7 with 5.7″ amoled display is a nice balance between aesthetics (all metal build), performance (Exynos 5430 being the better version with 20nm SOC and 25% lower power consumption than the Qualcomm 615 variant), and all-day battery life (for power users, casual users can squeeze 2-day battery life in my opinion), while this A9 would be a nice upgrade though which is now sporting a newer SOC in the 652 and larger 4k mAh battery to power that 6″ gorgeous display.

    • SaRPeR

      Galaxy A series don’t have all metal build. Only metal frames.

  • terpski

    nexus 6