Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) review

7.3/10 AVG.
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7.3/10
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The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 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...


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 and...

- Jamshed Avari, NDTV
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 lot...

- Victor Hristov, PhoneArena
India Today

Much like the Galaxy A7, the Galaxy A9’s best camera feature is the wide-angle lens. The primary sensor also captures some crisp and colorful photos that you will want to share on social media accounts. But the telephoto and ultra-wide angle lenses suffer in low-light. Ironically, it’s everything el...

- Sanket Vijayasarathy, India Today
Beebom

With four cameras in action, the Samsung Galaxy A9 might look like the supreme camera phone. But when it comes to everyday usage and gaming performance it does not live up to the hype. The bright and vivid AMOLED display and included Dolby Sound makes it good for multimedia and watching videos, but...

- Tushar Mehta, Beebom
Softpedia

The phone bundles four different sensors that don’t match the performance of high-end rivals, but they do get pretty close. And given the lower price, the A9 is without a doubt worth a chance.

- Bogdan Popa, Softpedia


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Common Questions


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


The Galaxy A9 (2018) price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) prices from around the web here on The Informr.


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 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.

Galaxy A9 (2018) Specs

Overview
Release date November 20, 2018
Regions available UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SDM660 Octa core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 128 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
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 Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
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 WEP/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 Unknown
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
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 Unknown
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 Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
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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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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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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India Today

Four cameras but buy it for design and display

from India Today

Much like the Galaxy A7, the Galaxy A9’s best camera feature is the wide-angle lens. The primary sensor also captures some crisp and colorful photos that you will want to share on social media accounts. But the telephoto and ultra-wide angle lenses suffer in low-light. Ironically, it’s everyt...More

Much like the Galaxy A7, the Galaxy A9’s best camera feature is the wide-angle lens. The primary sensor also captures some crisp and colorful photos that you will want to share on social media accounts. But the telephoto and ultra-wide angle lenses suffer in low-light. Ironically, it’s everything else about the Galaxy A9 that really works well.

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Beebom

Entertaining but not worth the hype

from Beebom

With four cameras in action, the Samsung Galaxy A9 might look like the supreme camera phone. But when it comes to everyday usage and gaming performance it does not live up to the hype. The bright and vivid AMOLED display and included Dolby Sound makes it good for multimedia and watching videos, b...More

With four cameras in action, the Samsung Galaxy A9 might look like the supreme camera phone. But when it comes to everyday usage and gaming performance it does not live up to the hype. The bright and vivid AMOLED display and included Dolby Sound makes it good for multimedia and watching videos, but there are a lot of things wrong, not least of which is the high price tag.

Read full review

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Softpedia

Second-class pioneer

from Softpedia

The phone bundles four different sensors that don’t match the performance of high-end rivals, but they do get pretty close. And given the lower price, the A9 is without a doubt worth a chance.

Read full review

The phone bundles four different sensors that don’t match the performance of high-end rivals, but they do get pretty close. And given the lower price, the A9 is without a doubt worth a chance.

Read full review

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Gizbot

The world's first smartphone with four cameras

from Gizbot

Starting at Rs 36,990 the Galaxy A9 is an impressive device. But we feel the device is bit overpriced given the fact it's using an old processor. Apart from the additional 10MP telephoto lens, Samsung justifies the price difference between the Galaxy A9 and Galaxy A7 by adding minor upgrades to the existing.

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Starting at Rs 36,990 the Galaxy A9 is an impressive device. But we feel the device is bit overpriced given the fact it's using an old processor. Apart from the additional 10MP telephoto lens, Samsung justifies the price difference between the Galaxy A9 and Galaxy A7 by adding minor upgrades to the existing.

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TrustedReviews

That’s a lot of phone for your money

from TrustedReviews

For £549, the Samsung Galaxy A9 sits just above the OnePlus 6 – and I am yet to be convinced it can properly compete with that excellent device. Yet you’re still getting a lot here and it’ll be a unique product if all the cameras work well.

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For £549, the Samsung Galaxy A9 sits just above the OnePlus 6 – and I am yet to be convinced it can properly compete with that excellent device. Yet you’re still getting a lot here and it’ll be a unique product if all the cameras work well.

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GSMArena

Solid overall experience

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is one of those rare devices that has a clear angle going for it, in a sea of smartphone sameness. In its case, that's both a blessing and a curse. It's very easy to focus on the world-first camera count achievement and simply stop there, either writing off the phone...More

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is one of those rare devices that has a clear angle going for it, in a sea of smartphone sameness. In its case, that's both a blessing and a curse. It's very easy to focus on the world-first camera count achievement and simply stop there, either writing off the phone as a one trick pony or basing your opinion of it solely on its camera capabilities.

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Pocket-lint

Great design for a mid-range handset

from Pocket-lint

The Samsung Galaxy A9 has a great design for a mid-range handset. It's not as striking as the likes of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ but the Bubblegum Pink and Lemonade Blue ombre finish options are fantastic and the four-lens camera certainly makes for an interesting feature on the rear.

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The Samsung Galaxy A9 has a great design for a mid-range handset. It's not as striking as the likes of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ but the Bubblegum Pink and Lemonade Blue ombre finish options are fantastic and the four-lens camera certainly makes for an interesting feature on the rear.

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Expert Reviews

Filled with challenges, although it may very well pull this off

from Expert Reviews

Samsung’s Galaxy A9 is a shining example of smartphone innovation gone mad. Certainly, it’s a phone that will get any bonkers futurist hot under the collar, but I’m still not convinced that we need this many cameras on a single smartphone.

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Samsung’s Galaxy A9 is a shining example of smartphone innovation gone mad. Certainly, it’s a phone that will get any bonkers futurist hot under the collar, but I’m still not convinced that we need this many cameras on a single smartphone.

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