Samsung’s Galaxy S collection is thought for its digicam efficiency, however lately the corporate modified its technique, and introduced a four-camera setup to its mid-range A collection first as a substitute of S collection. The Galaxy A9 (2018) is the primary gadget on the earth to function a quad-camera setup on the again.
I obtained an opportunity to first experience the handset on the launch occasion in Malaysia, publish which the corporate introduced the gadget to India. The handset comes in two RAM options in India, 6GB and 8GB. The 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs 36,990, whereas the 8GB RAM with 128GB storage prices Rs 39,990. Samsung is providing three shade variants – Lemonade Blue, Caviar Black and Bubblegum Pink. Right here’s my evaluate of the 6GB RAM variant of the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018).
Design, construct and show
The 2018 version of the Galaxy A9 doesn’t solely have quad-camera as spotlight, however the general design too is up a notch. Samsung hasn’t adopted the notch development, and you’ll as a substitute get quite thick bezels on the high and backside of the show. It’s fairly taller than than the Galaxy A7, however the brand new Galaxy A9 nonetheless holds properly in arms.
The 3D curved glass again on the Galaxy A9 is borrowed from the flagship Galaxy S collection smartphones, and it blends seamlessly with mid-metal body. The curved edges and rounded corners make for a premium in-hand really feel.
Samsung has opted for gradient design this time round, and that’s yet another factor that I appreciated within the Galaxy A9. Apart from the Caviar Black variant, the opposite two shade choices – Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink – look fairly flashy. I discovered the pink variant to be finest wanting of the three. Having mentioned that, the back and front glass attracts smudges very simply, and the telephone is sort of slippery as nicely. Samsung offers a tender clear case with the telephone, in order that works as a fast answer to this drawback, and the telephone’s look doesn’t get compromised both.
Upfront, Samsung is utilizing its signature AMOLED ‘Infinity Show’ for the Galaxy A9, which is 6.3-inch panel dimension and gives full-HD+ (1080×2220 pixels) decision with 18.5:9 facet ratio. It gives general good colours with deep blacks. The daylight legibility is nice, and the show gives sufficient brightness for any out of doors situation. The photographs, movies and texts look sharp on Galaxy A9’s show.
Efficiency, UI, Face Unlock and fingerprint sensor
So far as the inner energy of Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is worried, it packs a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, and our evaluate unit had 6GB of RAM. Samsung has been beneficiant with onboard storage and the Galaxy A9 comes with 128GB built-in flash storage. In case you want to develop it additional, then there’s a provision for the usage of as much as 512GB microSD card.
Throughout my evaluate, I didn’t come throughout any efficiency situation with the Galaxy A9. Each day utilization and multitasking weren’t an issue in any respect. Though I generally felt that the Galaxy A9 would have carried out similar with 4GB RAM, one thing Samsung can think about for a lighter mannequin.
I exploit apps extensively, and the one situation I got here throughout was how some apps weren’t optimized for the Galaxy A9. As an illustration, the Instagram Tales reply choice didn’t pull the textual content space above keyboard, so i couldn’t see what I used to be typing. Having mentioned that, the problem has to do with a selected app, and never the general gadget. When it comes to gaming, heavier video games like PUBG performed out tremendous, and so did decrease graphics video games like Subway Surfer.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 comes with Android 8.zero with Samsung’s Expertise 9 UI skinned on high. In terms of Expertise UI, I really feel that it’s among the many finest UIs on the market. I personally favor inventory Android OS over any overlay/UI, however in case of Samsung’s UI, I didn’t have any complaints. The general expertise of UI feels easy, and I principally used full-screen gestures as a substitute of navigation keys. In case you are coming from any inventory Android or every other customized overlay, you then’ll discover a little bit of studying curve initially, however that doesn’t take away the graceful expertise.
For safety, Samsung is utilizing fingerprint scanner and face unlock on the Galaxy A9. I discovered fingerprint scanner to be okay, however the face recognition was a little bit of let down initially. It took few seconds to unlock, however learnt over time. It’s not clear if the software program replace throughout my evaluate time helped face unlock, however after a daily use, it took much less time to unlock.
Samsung has vertically stacked 4 lenses on the Galaxy A9, which is world’s first of its type on a smartphone. This clearly raises lots of expectation from the digicam. The setup contains an ultra-wide lens, telephoto lens, main lens, and a depth sensor. Whereas it’s the spotlight of the gadget, I felt that the cameras have been common at finest. I anticipated much more from Samsung on this division contemplating they have already got nice single and dual-camera setups on the premium Galaxy S collection.
First lens on the Galaxy A9 is an 8-megapixel 120-degrees extremely wide-angle lens, adopted by a 10-megapixel f/2.four telephoto lens for 2X optical zoom, then a 24-megapixel f/1.7 primary digicam, and lastly the fourth 5-megapixel f/2.2 depth digicam for reside focus.
I discovered the first digicam to be first rate in good lighting circumstances, and it managed to seize pure colours, lights and shadows. The middle sharpness in all pictures was up to speed. Additionally, the dynamic vary appeared good in all pictures. It might handle first rate quantity of detailing as nicely. I principally discovered the scene optimizer mode to be fairly helpful. It really works extra like a preset for various conditions.
When it got here to low gentle pictures, the digicam principally processed photos for higher sharpness, however corners nonetheless missed a bit detailing. Even for the telephoto digicam, it does get near topic however misses out on sharpness and detailing. To be trustworthy, the pictures regarded synthetic.
Having mentioned that, my favourite within the setup was wide-angle lens. The great half about 120-degrees extremely wide-angle pictures is you can take huge group pictures or greater panorama, though it finally ends up with a slight fish-eye impact.
As for the entrance 24-megapixel selfie digicam, it isn’t sensational both. I discovered the pictures to be acceptable however not very nice or detailed. The bokeh mode does an okay job, however misses out on detailing and sharpness.
The Galaxy A9 packs a 3,800mAh battery with Samsung’s personal 15W adaptive quick charging and USB Kind-C port. I discovered the battery charging to be cheap, however not as quick as a few of its opponents. It often took about two hours to cost full 100 %. The battery might simply go for one full day with out charging. I used to be principally left with about 10-15 % battery on the finish of my day. My utilization sample included internet browsing, calling, little bit of video streaming, maps navigation, and social media apps. The telephone does warmth a bit whereas charging, however that’s regular.
All of us count on Samsung to ship high quality construct and really feel for its gadgets, and the Galaxy A9 does simply that. I used to be totally impressed with the standard construct, design, and really feel of the telephone. In efficiency division too, the Galaxy A9 managed virtually all the things proper in my evaluate time. From multitasking to response time, I didn’t encounter any main drawback within the gadget. Additionally, the telephone doesn’t warmth in any respect besides whereas charging.
However, I really feel the Galaxy A9 is a camera-centric smartphone first, and Samsung ought to attempt to repair the problems at earliest potential. I assume that digicam could be improved over time if Samsung can tweak or improve the software program accordingly. The handset sits in a worth phase the place its apparent competitor is now OnePlus 6T, which is general a greater providing. However Samsung has its personal set of shoppers offline, and the Galaxy A9 comes with a model belief that almost all shoppers would possibly wish to have a look at. This won’t be a closely spec’d smartphone to beat the competitors, however the 4 cameras and an incredible design nonetheless makes it a worthy contender.