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> The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is a mid-range phablet with a big battery and storage space
THE LAST few weeks have been a difficult time for Samsung. It has had to deal with a worldwide recall exercise, and was later forced to stop the production of one of its biggest Galaxy flagship models.
As of today, the ramifications of this action to current owners of the device and the impact to the company’s future have yet to be determined.
But does this spell the end of the Galaxy range? No, not by a long shot.
Samsung has other equally striking devices in the range that can now take the spotlight, starting with the Galaxy A9 Pro.
This mid-range phablet is a variation of the successful Galaxy A9, which came packed with all the necessary features, and a massive 4,000mAh battery.
Now, the A9 Pro seeks to deliver all those same features, but with some slight improvements and an even bigger battery.
Right out of the box, the A9 Pro looks very much like its predecessor, with a solid metal frame and a 6in Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Super Amoled display.
The Corning Gorilla Glass 4 also extends to the back panel, giving it a glossy, smooth appearance.
While that is a natural fingerprint magnet, at least, it
helps to prevent minor scratches from daily use.
The device also feels solid in your palm, weighing a slightly hefty 210g, but with a svelte 7.9mm in thickness.
By far, the biggest improvement has been to the battery, which now holds a massive 5,000mAh.
On the inside, the specs are pretty much the same as the Galaxy A9. The only change is the increase in RAM to 4GB, which powers the two quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processors.
For graphics, the device runs on the Adreno 510 GPU, which helps to produce bright visuals and videos.
The A9 Pro runs on Android 6.1 Marshmallow straight out of the box, which also
helps it to conserve battery life even further, with features like Doze, which puts your device in a sleep state when not in use, and App Standby, which helps you lower the impact of your most seldom-used apps. All this, combined with the already monster-sized battery, meant that I was able to make the device last nearly two full days on a single charge with light use, and it was still able to go just over a full day even with photo taking, video streaming and some light gaming. Speaking of photo taking, the 16MP camera is another upgrade from its predecessor, boasting all the expected features, including geo-tagging, face detection and HDR (high dynamic range). Despite all that, the camera isn’t the A9 Pro’s best feature. Shots taken outdoors in bright light worked the best, indoor shots looked darker than normal, and lowlight shots were quite disappointing. Still, the main camera should be good enough for casual snaps, as is the 8MP front-facing camera. When it comes to storage, the device has a built-in capacity of 32GB, with further expansion
using a microSD card up to a whopping 256GB.
The device also supports dualSIM capabilities, making it the perfect device for transitioning between work and leisure.
If you’re looking for a decent, feature-packed mid-range device that can last you throughout the day, the Galaxy A9 Pro offers the most bang for your buck with at a recommended retail price of RM1,999.
It comes in a range of four colours, pearl white, midnight black, champagne gold and pink.
For more, visit the Samsung Malaysia website.