Samsung could become the largest manufacturer of smartphones, but over the past few years the market has changed. Available flagships like OnePlus 6T, Pocophone F1, and other models from the Middle Kingdom, which offer high performance, excellent cameras and all this for little money. Until now, Samsung has not released anything concrete, to let us know that the manufacturer is fighting for the market. The Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 phone supposedly needs to change that.
This year, finally, there was something interesting. The new Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 hit just that niche where you can find affordable flagships for as low as $ 500 (Rs. 36,990). The competition here is crazy, and therefore it is necessary to fight and surprise the buyer. Therefore, Galaxy A9 has not one, not two, not three, but four main cameras at once! This is the first smartphone of this kind. But will it allow it to stand out?
Specifications of Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
|Display||6.3-inch Super AMOLED with a resolution of 2220 × 1080|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octacore 2,2 Ggh|
|Storage space||MicroSD slot up to 128 GB expandable up to 512 GB|
|Cameras||Main camera: 24-megapixel, aperture ƒ / 1.7
Ultra wide: 8-megapixel lens, ƒ / 2.4 aperture, 120 ° view
Telephoto lens: 10-megapixel, aperture аф / 2.4, 2x optical zoom
Depths: 5-MP, / 2.2, live focus
Front: 24 MP f / 2.0
|Audio||3.5 mm headphone jack|
|Battery||3,800 mAh, non-removable
USB Type-C port
|Network||3CA, LTE Cat.9|
|Connection||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2,4/5 GGh), VHT80 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC|
|System||Experience 9,0 с Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Size and weight||162,5×77×7,8 mm 183 g|
Pink Bubble Gum
Case of Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 is created by all the rules of the trend – it is made of glass and metal. Thin profile, narrowed edges – maximum for convenience. Nevertheless, someone does not like the fact that the phone is too elongated and wide. For example, this model is clearly wider and longer than the OnePlus 6T or Pocophone F1.
As for the choice of color, the Galaxy A9 2018 is presented on the market in the classic black, pink and gradient yellow-blue colors. The back panel is completely glass, because of what the smartphone can accidentally slip out of the hands and at the same time it instantly collect fingerprints. On the black model is very noticeable. So immediately recommend to buy with a phone protective case.
The design is definitely pretty, although the build quality is disappointing. It is necessary to take the new Galaxy A9 in your hand and shake it, inside you can hear some kind of extraneous noise, as if you forgot to fix some part during assembly. I hope that this problem is individual and is peculiar only to the specimen I tested.
I am also annoyed by the physical button of the Bixby helper, which is also here. One and a half years after the appearance of Bixby, the attitude towards it did not change. Google Assistant is definitely more convenient. So at once I advise you to disable this useless and inconvenient option in the settings. On the rear panel, we see the most important feature of the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 – its four-eyed camera.
Behind, we also find a traditional fingerprint scanner. First, I will note its high-quality work – as a rule, it works on the first attempt, but not as quickly as we would like. But, there is a rather slow animation when unlocking – it can enrage over time.
Ports and connectors
As for the ports, the Galaxy A9 2018 has a full set – on top is the 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones, and USB Type-C. At the bottom there is a mono speaker, and there is a slot for two SIM cards + microSD.
Galaxy A9 2018 display
Smartphone Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 received a 6.3-inch Full HD + display (1080 × 2220 pixels) Super AMOLED and this is another big plus. The screen is bright, juicy, with correctly calibrated colors. Like most other Samsung phones, there is an adaptive mode here, but if you like, you can choose one of the three.
Despite the fact that Samsung calls the A9 2018 a smartphone with a “frameless screen,” I clearly see a noticeable frame above and below. The maximum brightness of the white in the panel of the Galaxy A9 2018 is at 466 nits, it is brighter than the screen OnePlus 6T. The indicator allows you to easily use the phone in sunlight. Since we have AMOLED-display, there is an Always-on mode, in which the screen displays notifications, time, date and battery level.
System and interface
Like many middle-class models, the new Galaxy A9 runs Android with the Samsung Experience 9.0 interface based on Android 8.0 Oreo. It is a little insulting to buy a smartphone for $ 500 and immediately wait for the update.
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 is a little behind competitors in terms of gesture support – you have to be content with a classic and somewhat outdated system.
CPU and performance
The heart of the Galaxy A9 2018 is a Snapdragon 660 processor, which in all respects is underperforming in comparison to the performance of its flagships. Unfortunately, even if you compare the A9 with OnePlus 6T, the difference between them is too big.
The lack of performance can be seen in games and demanding applications. If you do not load the phone with anything, then in normal mode there are no brakes and no lags. The interface will work smoothly. Pleases the fact that Samsung has released a new A9 with 128 GB of ROM memory, and it support microSD cards and two SIMs.
Connectivity and connections
Although the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 is available in different versions for different countries, the phone still does not support 4G LTE and is limited to 3G connectivity. As for other features, there is dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC for contactless payments.
Galaxy A9 2018 cameras
A feature of the Galaxy A9 2018 is its new four-module camera system – an ultra-wide-angle lens (120 degrees) is installed, a camera with a normal viewing angle, with a double optical zoom, and a lens to create a depth effect (bokeh).
In theory, this gives a lot of opportunities when shooting: you can use the double zoom at any time, or make the maximum depth effect in portrait mode (Live Focus). However, for all these chips, dual main camera is enough in other smartphones.
Here are brief specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) cameras:
- Basic 24 megapixel with an aperture of f / 1.7.
- 10 megapixel telephoto lens with double zoom and f / 2.4.
- 8 megapixel ultra wide-angle camera without autofocus, aperture f / 2.4.
- 5-megapixel camera Live Focus, f / 2.2.
- Front 24 megapixel camera with aperture f / 2.0.
But I’m still interested in how the main module of A9 2018 cameras shoots? In fact – not very. Surprisingly, for the stated capabilities, I got the picture quality far from the highest level. It is unlikely that you will proudly say that you have in your hands the world’s first smartphone with four main cameras. A close comparison with the OnePlus 6T immediately shows how far behind the Galaxy A9 is. There are a lot of problems: the white balance goes to cooler tones, saturation as such is gone, details are lost and a lot of noise occurs when shooting with poor lighting.
Samsung proudly speaks about the capabilities of cameras in Live Focus mode, but in fact this is also a big disappointment, since the camera is simply useless for depth effects. The background from the object never correctly separated, and the shooting was conducted in good light.
Front-camera and video
The front camera of Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 for those who like to shoot themselves more or less cope with their task, but you still have to play around trying to achieve a high-quality picture.
Video can be shot with quality up to 4K, however, electronic stabilization works only in the mode not higher than 1080p. Optical stabilization is not here at all. It’s amazing that even when I tried to shoot a normal video in 4K, I got a fuzzy image. Autofocus when shooting did not cope with the task, and switching between modes here is not implemented in the best way.
In Galaxy A9 2018, only one main speaker is installed, and not very loud and with not the highest quality sound. This is especially noticeable if you unscrew the sound to the maximum. Good, that they left a 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones.
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 autonomy
Galaxy A9 2018 has a battery capacity of 3800 mAh, which is not bad. In theory, it should be enough for a day at constant load. During the screen test, I received 10 hours – the result is above average, but this smartphone will not last for a few days without recharging.
As for the recharge of battery, there is a USB Type-C charger and there is support for fast charging.
After all that I experienced during the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 test, I still have a lot of unanswered questions. Is this all that Samsung can answer to Chinese manufacturers? Is this really what is enough to fight OnePlus, Xiaomi, Honor? Alas, this is not enough.
Yes, the new Galaxy A9 is not such a bad smartphone, it has an excellent screen and everything that a modern phone should have. Here are just the same features of models for $ 200. At this price, choosing Samsung, you get too little power, outdated interface and no recent updates. Here, even the build quality is lame. It’s a pity, but you expect more from Samsung. Yet so far this Korean company is the largest manufacturer of telephones in the world.
- 3.5 mm jack.
- Beautiful AMOLED screen.
- Battery life is above average.
- Large amount of memory out of the box.
- Dual SIM and microSD support.
- The price is unreasonably high.
- The quality of the cameras is very poor.
- Old software and not a word about updates.
- The processor is slower than its competitors for the price.
- No moisture protection and fast 4G.