7.2/10
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The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 20 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
6.3"
Camera
24+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


DxOMark

If you’re likely to take the majority of your photographs outdoors, the Galaxy A9 is worth considering, as these conditions play to its strengths, although you should still expect to see some loss of highlight and shadow detail because of its fairly limited dynamic range. If however, you want a smar...

- Angela Nicholson, DxOMark
Digit

Samsung hyped up the camera to such an extent that we expected the four-camera stack to perform exceptionally well, even better than what others like the OnePlus 6T and the Asus Zenfone 5z offers in that price range. But that’s not the case as several glaring compromises take away heavily from the i...

- Subhrojit Mallick, Digit
GSMArena

If you're after the bragging rights for having the world's only quad-rear-cam phone, well, the Galaxy A9 (2018) is the rather obvious choice. But if you are after taking nice pictures with your phone regardless of the number of cameras it has - well, there are better options out there.

- GSMArena
Hitech Century

An attractively designed midrange camphone with the world’s first quad camera array that has optical zoom and the ability to deliver some good shots. Add in generous amounts of storage paired up with good battery life and you have a workhorse phone that's well worth a look.

- Hitech Century
Notebookcheck

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)'s unique selling point—the quad-camera on the back—can be used for a wide range of applications, thanks to its four different lenses. It combines all the usual advantages of multi-cameras (bokeh effect, ultra wide-angle, optical zoom) in one device. However, no conclusio...

- Marcus Herbrich, Notebookcheck


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Samsung released the Galaxy A9 (2018) on November 20, 2018.


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Samsung backs up the Galaxy A9 (2018) with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6.3"

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)'s screen size is 6.3 inches with 1080 x 2220 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SDM660 Octa core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo (Update Available: 9.0 Pie) operating system (OS).

Camera
24+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 24+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 24+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3800 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1380 minutes, 900 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy A9 (2018) Specs

Overview
Release date November 20, 2018
Regions available UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/700/2100/800 /850/900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo (Update Available: 9.0 Pie)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SDM660 Octa core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.351 W/kg
Body: 1.587 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1140 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 900 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 900 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1380 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue, Bubblegum Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.25 x 7.7 x 0.78 cm (6.4 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 183 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2220 pixels
Pixel density 392 pixels
Size 6.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
24+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Second camera(10 MP, f/2.4, 2X optical zoom), Third camera(8 MP, f/2.4, 120° Ultra wide), Fourth camera(5 MP, f/2.2)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
24+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture f/2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-A920F, Galaxy A9 Star Pro, Galaxy A9s

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Critic Reviews


DxOMark

Good for still images

from DxOMark

If you’re likely to take the majority of your photographs outdoors, the Galaxy A9 is worth considering, as these conditions play to its strengths, although you should still expect to see some loss of highlight and shadow detail because of its fairly limited dynamic range. If however, you want a...More

If you’re likely to take the majority of your photographs outdoors, the Galaxy A9 is worth considering, as these conditions play to its strengths, although you should still expect to see some loss of highlight and shadow detail because of its fairly limited dynamic range. If however, you want a smartphone for capturing portraits and shooting indoors, then it’s not the best choice, especially if you anticipate needing to use flash on a regular basis. The same is true if you plan on recording a lot of video.

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Digit

Doesn’t really justify the high price tag

from Digit

Samsung hyped up the camera to such an extent that we expected the four-camera stack to perform exceptionally well, even better than what others like the OnePlus 6T and the Asus Zenfone 5z offers in that price range. But that’s not the case as several glaring compromises take away heavily from the imaging experience.

Read full review

Samsung hyped up the camera to such an extent that we expected the four-camera stack to perform exceptionally well, even better than what others like the OnePlus 6T and the Asus Zenfone 5z offers in that price range. But that’s not the case as several glaring compromises take away heavily from the imaging experience.

Read full review

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GSMArena

Really disappointing image quality

If you're after the bragging rights for having the world's only quad-rear-cam phone, well, the Galaxy A9 (2018) is the rather obvious choice. But if you are after taking nice pictures with your phone regardless of the number of cameras it has - well, there are better options out there.

Read full review

If you're after the bragging rights for having the world's only quad-rear-cam phone, well, the Galaxy A9 (2018) is the rather obvious choice. But if you are after taking nice pictures with your phone regardless of the number of cameras it has - well, there are better options out there.

Read full review

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Hitech Century

Well worth a look

Hitech Century

An attractively designed midrange camphone with the world’s first quad camera array that has optical zoom and the ability to deliver some good shots. Add in generous amounts of storage paired up with good battery life and you have a workhorse phone that's well worth a look.

Read full review

An attractively designed midrange camphone with the world’s first quad camera array that has optical zoom and the ability to deliver some good shots. Add in generous amounts of storage paired up with good battery life and you have a workhorse phone that's well worth a look.

Read full review

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Notebookcheck

Mid-range, very attractive look

from Notebookcheck

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)'s unique selling point—the quad-camera on the back—can be used for a wide range of applications, thanks to its four different lenses. It combines all the usual advantages of multi-cameras (bokeh effect, ultra wide-angle, optical zoom) in one device. However, no co...More

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)'s unique selling point—the quad-camera on the back—can be used for a wide range of applications, thanks to its four different lenses. It combines all the usual advantages of multi-cameras (bokeh effect, ultra wide-angle, optical zoom) in one device. However, no conclusions should be drawn on the basis of the recommended retail price when it comes to the quality of the main camera. The camera is very fast, but in terms of image quality, it performs no better than average for a mid-range smartphone.

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AndroidPIT

3 cameras too many

from AndroidPIT

The Samsung Galaxy A9 is a mediocre mid-range phone with a price that's too high for what it offers. It has 3 cameras too many - other devices achieve much more with better software and one sensor. It delivers nothing groundbreaking in the camera department or any other one, for that matter.

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The Samsung Galaxy A9 is a mediocre mid-range phone with a price that's too high for what it offers. It has 3 cameras too many - other devices achieve much more with better software and one sensor. It delivers nothing groundbreaking in the camera department or any other one, for that matter.

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Gizbot

A decent all-rounder from Samsung

from Gizbot

We still feel that the company could have done a little extra apart from putting four camera sensors. They might have all the top-notch camera features but might not be the most desired camera phone for the users. But, the device is strong on the performance front and is aesthetically pleasing.

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We still feel that the company could have done a little extra apart from putting four camera sensors. They might have all the top-notch camera features but might not be the most desired camera phone for the users. But, the device is strong on the performance front and is aesthetically pleasing.

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NDTV

A competent phone that delivers strong performance

from NDTV

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)'s four cameras don't amount to a whole lot just yet — you get a little versatility and they might occasionally come in handy, but we wouldn't call this an absolute must-have for photographers. Cameras aside, this is a competent phone that delivers strong performance...More

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)'s four cameras don't amount to a whole lot just yet — you get a little versatility and they might occasionally come in handy, but we wouldn't call this an absolute must-have for photographers. Cameras aside, this is a competent phone that delivers strong performance and looks good doing it. If you're looking for a big, bold style statement, you've found one.

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BGR

Solid for its design, cameras not so much

from BGR

This might not be a heavily spec’d smartphone to beat the competition, but the four cameras and a great design still make it a worthy contender.

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This might not be a heavily spec’d smartphone to beat the competition, but the four cameras and a great design still make it a worthy contender.

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PhoneArena

Camera quality is SHOCKINGLY bad

from PhoneArena

At its current price, the camera performance here is shockingly bad, its speed is not on par with rivals, its interface is old and updates are not something Samsung even brings in the conversation. Heck, this phone is not even built well and it rattles when you wiggle it! And we expect more – a...More

At its current price, the camera performance here is shockingly bad, its speed is not on par with rivals, its interface is old and updates are not something Samsung even brings in the conversation. Heck, this phone is not even built well and it rattles when you wiggle it! And we expect more – a lot more – from the world’s biggest phone maker.

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