A Pro- fes­sional de­vice

> The Sam­sung Galaxy A9 Pro is a mid-range ph­ablet with a big bat­tery and stor­age space

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FEATURE - ANANSA JA­COB

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.

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