With the Galaxy A9 rounds Samsung the 2016 newly launched A-series upwards. With smooth 6.0-inch screen, it is by far the largest model of smartphone family. Unlike the other models, the A9 is not officially available in Germany - just like the previous A8 Duos (Test) . Since January 29, it is in Hong Kong on the market and you can import it via independent dealers. We are eager to see how the dual SIM phone suggests the test, because the very flat phablet with aluminum and glass body comes with 2 SIM slots.
Samsung Galaxy Duos A9 test / report
  • Android 5.1
  • 6.0 inch inch display, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • LTE cat.4, HSPA +, UMTS, GSM
  • Octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor (4x 1.8 + 4x 1.4 GHz)
 

display

In a phablet with 6.0-inch screen, the display is probably the main reason for the purchase. And the Super AMOLED panel makes a very good impression. The resolution is also when you look closely enough fine and is with 367 ppi well above the threshold of 300 ppi. (The lower the value, the more individual pixels and pixel levels can be seen). Also brightness and color fidelity can score. Particularly surprising is also how flat the Galaxy A9 has failed despite its huge screen.

operating system

Somewhat surprisingly for a rather high positioned 2016 Smartphone: The Galaxy A9 runs with Android 5.1 Lollipop. Although the A-models rather constitute the middle class, we would have been pleased here over the marshmallow operating system Android 6.0 and found adequate.After all, pushes the mobile phone in terms of appearance and performance quite to the limit for the upper class. Really negatively the choice of 5.1er OS is not as it is currently pre-installed on almost all new phones. Compared to the classic user interface are integrated as usual additional menu items for the management of the SIM card. Thus, for certain numbers on request for functions such as telephone or Internet settings so assign ringtones SIM cards and the like more.

design

When colors are available: Gold, Pink Gold and White. With the "pink" version Samsung could squint to the target group, which is done by the new rose gold the iPhone 6s. Whether it is true or not the own taste: at least there is an interesting choice of colors for the A9. Whether all hues will be present also in Germany on import depends on the free traders who take the model to the range.
Galaxy A9: New colors, flat design

The Samsung Galaxy A9 comes in silver, gold and pink gold. The metal case covered with 7.4 mm for a 6.0-inch display from very shallow, and the camera lens protrudes only minimally from the rear shows (top left).

camera

The quality of the main camera, despite "only" 13 megapixels Bidlauflösung very convincing, even at high zoom and view on the large PC monitor. The selfies of front camera are also well above the average of our tests. Both lenses convinces the good color reproduction and low noise in low light.
The main reason for the latter is likely to be the aperture very wide opening. Because with f / 1.9 in both front and on the back it is exactly as large as the current flagship of the brand, the S6. At dark, the ways between front and main camera differ but clear: Only on the back of the device there is a LED flash.
Galaxy A9: Main CameraApart from the hardware equips Samsung Galaxy A9 with abundant photo editing functions and to image creation from. are particularly useful in our opinion:
  • Quick Launch by double-clicking the Home button starts the camera app immediately
  • Selfies can be triggered by gestures and by voice commands - our favorite in the test: "Smile!"
  • Various post processing effects as larger eyes or represent face slimmer
  • Images are a few tips as in panoramic mode, continuous shooting, Wide Selfie and HDR possible

Mobile Internet

As usual with import devices from Southeast Asia, they are not at all LTE aligned frequencies in Germany. Therefore, support for the just in rural areas spread 800 MHz band is missing. All other frequency bands are available but, so both the LTE bands 1800 to 2600 MHz as well as all 3G and 2G frequencies.
With up to 150 Mbit / s for downloads at 4G connection, the maximum downlink is significantly higher than it offer mobile tariffs of most providers at all - there, the data throughput is often s artificially limited already at 42, 21 or even less Mbit /. Therefore, compared to models with 300 Mbit / s is only minor deductions in the standings.

SIM slots

For the two slots Nano-SIM cards are required. A little tip: Who still uses a larger map, this better not cut, because nano-SIMs are also flatter than the other formats. While also chopped Micro-SIMs fit sometimes, but they can also get caught and can not be removed - that's already happened to us in previous tests themselves. Therefore, it is recommended instead to apply for a SIM change in your own mobile operator. This is usually within a few days, but is chargeable depending on the provider.

power

The octa-core processor is composed of two quad-core chips, each with 1.8 and 1.4 GHz. The power is sufficient for more than just the most necessary standard apps. quickly wipe High-resolution photos back and forth? No stuttering in the test. See surfing and HD video also works without any complaints.
At the performance limits of the Galaxy A9 actually comes only when really compute-intensive applications. So in 3D games Details are not as fast as calculated at the fastest smartphones in our comparison, about the Sony Xperia Z5 Dual SIM or the S6 from the same manufacturer. For all normal everyday apps can the A9 but running relaxed in our opinion.

battery pack

One of the biggest batteries that we have ever had in the test is installed in the Galaxy A9. Satte 4000 mAh makes the battery, which unfortunately can not be changed - the classic disadvantage of a unibody casing of metal. But this power is also required because the very large phablet display brings a high Strimverbrauch with it. Where the decision "only" Full-HD instead of quad-HD has to offer, the demand for energy mitigates somewhat. This results in a standby time of 436 hours. A quick charge function, the manufacturer has been the Galaxy S6 successfully introduced. The new "Nine" is so equipped: To pass only 2:10 until the 4000 mAh battery is charged from 0 to 100%.

Conclusion

Anyone looking for a flat as possible XXL smartphone in metal and glass housing, for the Galaxy A9 duo is a real recommendation. Although the price is relatively high, but compared to the few similar design alternatives cheaper. Those looking for extreme high performance and in rural areas is dependent on LTE, will probably not be completely satisfied - for any other one worth considering supplementing the Samsung range.
advantages
  • Large display
  • Flat metal construction
  • LTE (but see disadvantages)
disadvantages
  • Battery not replaceable
  • No 800 MHz LTE

Technology and mobile Details

property value
Display / Screen size 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display WQHD
resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels, 518 ppi
operating system announced Android 6.0 update to 7.0 ()
main camera 12.0 megapixels
front camera 5 megapixel
SIM 1 Nano SIM
SIM 2 Nano SIM
transmission standards LTE, UMTS, GPRS
Supported frequencies LTE / 4G: 800/1800/2600 MHz UMTS / 3G: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz GSM / 2G: 1900 MHz
processor Octa-Core 2.15 GHz
memory 4 GB of RAM 64 GB of internal memory
sensors Bullets
battery pack 3500 mAh
Dimensions 15.35 x 7.39 x 0.79 cm
weight 169 g
Others

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