Samsung last year in December launched its metal-clad Galaxy A9 aka Galaxy A9 (2016), soon after which rumours and leaks for the more powerful Galaxy A9 Pro started brewing up. The handset passed certification websites and went through benchmarking websites as well. However, the South Korean tech giant has reportedly finally made the device official by launching it in China.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro aka Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) is available to purchase from an e-commerce website in China at CNY 3,499 (roughly BHD 200). Samsung is yet to reveal the availability details of the device outside the region, or even list the smartphone variant on its China-specific website. The China launch was first reported by MyDrivers. To recall, the Galaxy A9 was launched in China at CNY 3,199 (roughly BHD 180).
The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM + Nano-SIM) Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (SM-A9100), as compared to the Galaxy A9, features a better rear camera, more RAM, and a larger battery. Rest of the specifications remain the same. While the Galaxy A9 comes with a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash, f/1.9 aperture, and optical image stabilisation (OIS), the Galaxy A9 Pro features a 16-megapixel camera with the same specifications. The ‘Pro’ version also houses 4GB of RAM with 5000mAh battery as compared to Galaxy A9’s 3GB RAM and 4000mAh battery.
The Android 5.1 Lollipop-based handset sports the same metal frame and glass body design as seen in other premium Galaxy handsets such as Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, and more. It features a 6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution Super Amoled display with 2.5D curved glass and is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, formerly known as Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 clocked at 1.8GHz, clubbed with Adreno 510 GPU.
Also included is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with few specific modes such as wide selfie mode, self-portrait mode, palm selfie mode and others. As seen in majority of the Galaxy devices, the Galaxy A9 (2016) Pro camera app can be fired by double pressing the home button, which also houses a fingerprint sensor with Samsung Pay support. Connectivity features housed inside the smartphone are Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, Beidou, NFC, Wi-Fi, and USB 2.0. it is available in White and Gold colour variants.