Samsung Galaxy A9 showed up towards the end of last year and just a few months later, the South Korean tech giant is planning to unveil an upgraded version of the phablet, Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro.
As expected with the Pro tag, the Galaxy A9 Pro comes with lots of additions under the hood but retains a huge part of the design language. The smartphone showed up at China’s TENAA as the company looks to gain certifications required for its official launch.
Leaked Galaxy A9 Pro specs and features
From what we can gather from the leaked information, Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro comes with a superb RAM of 4GB. This is actually the standard of most flagship smartphones for 2016, but this device is not a flagship for the company as it has already unveiled the Galaxy S7 and its sibling Galaxy S7 Edge. When compared to the original Galaxy A9, the latest device has 1GB more RAM, which means the phone is getting better at multitasking and executing other demanding tasks.
Furthermore, Samsung will step up the software of the Galaxy A9 Pro, coming in with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow as compared to last year’s Android 5.0 Lollipop for the A9. There is no doubt that Samsung Galaxy A9 will be receiving an upgrade to the latest OS at some point this year. If this comes around, it would mean the two have only their RAM as a distinguishing factor.
With photography already high on the list of priorities for smartphone buyers, Samsung knew they had to do something with respect to the camera of the Galaxy A9 Pro. According to the details obtained from TENAA, the upcoming phablet will feature a rear snapper of 16MP and a front-facing camera of 8MP. This is a huge improvement when compared to what the standard Galaxy A9 comes with – 13MP snapper on the rear and 5MP selfie camera.
One area that Samsung might have choked a little bit was the processing unit, retaining the same Snapdragon 652 chip used in the original Galaxy A9. But this was needed in order to differentiate the phone from the flagships using the Snapdragon 820.
Pricing and availability
Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro was rumored to be coming sometimes early in January. However, the then speculations were that the device will only be unveiled to the Chinese market. Nonetheless, we expect the Galaxy A9 Pro to follow the footsteps of its older sibling and come to the U.S. and Europe, among other regions.
There are still no details regarding the pricing of the phone, but it is expected that Samsung will keep it below the $500 price tag, just like the original Galaxy A9.