battery Champions are a rare case in the world of smartphones. You watching the Canaltech raised that ball for us, with Samsung Galaxy A9 as possible beast of time. Our editor in chief Igor Lopes was in the United States and brought to our newsroom this A9 here for more thorough analysis that the Canaltech.

Therefore, a clarification: you commented on unboxing of different specifications of the A9 we brought and A9 which is sold in Brazil. In fact, the Brazilian model is the A9 PRO, and this is the standard A9. As the Canaltech was abroad, it is with this international A9 we today. Mainly that until the closing date of this video … Samsung Brazil had not provided any unit testing

The device

Great as a phablet usually is. The Galaxy A9 looks a lot like other brothers Galaxy, after all, following the visual identity that Samsung chooses since the mid-S6. It looks like a stretched version of the S6 / S7 including having even the front and rear glass (with Gorilla Glass 4). The frame is metal. The weight of it all is approx. 200 g (practically a bologna package, but glass). The thickness is 7.4 mm.

The large size of the device leaves the middle gangly footprint, and can be a bad idea to support the A9 on smooth surfaces (he loves slipping around).


Running Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), we have a question about the A9: it was launched in early 2016 with Android 5 (Lollipop) embedded, and has We had to upgrade to 6. If it will also 7 (nougat) is a doubt. There are many predictions and nothing confirmed as of the date of publication of this video.

Following the specifications:

Chipset Snapdragon 652″

CPU Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.2 GHz Cortex-A53)

GPU Adreno 510

– 3 GB RAM

– 32GB of internal storage (with microSD support)

Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac (dual-band)

Bluetooth v4.1



– Reading digital

display and multimedia

Major attribute of a phablet: the large size of your display. In the case of the A9, we have a Super AMOLED screen of 6.0 “, running on the resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (~ 367 ppi closing in density) with Corning Gorilla Glass protection 4.

may not appear, but the difference of 5.5 to 6 “is large enough to change the way you interact with the device. You’ll need both hands to take advantage of it.

But let’s talk image quality. This is Super AMOLED, and once again, we can say that this means accurate color all the time, and vivid when necessary. blacks also make the list without lights interfering in these times.

The contrast also stands out thanks to this, even at higher brightness settings. That is, a sunny day will still allow you to see what is on the screen.

Usability and performance

Samsung is still synonymous with changes in Android. We talked about it every mobile brand that goes through here, with numerous shortcuts, icons, launcher and all. That has not changed, so let’s move on to the next topic, leaving this note here.

In terms of performance, we have an intermediary. No more, no less. The vast majority of games run without complications in the device, but more demanding titles have small losses of frames and occasionally show some delays. intermediate performance without leftovers.

However, a problem occurs in Galaxy A9. Whether by glass account, either by internal construction, is the Chipset … it generates a lot of heat. Do not compare with the explosions of Note 7. We are talking about that old problem that many devices have shown here. Strong heating while running games, heavy tasks and video capture.

Just use more intensively the device to feel the heat in the back, next to the camera area and release button. Another problem: thanks to the metal frame, the nagging feeling very heat spreads through the area where safe is the smartphone. Thus, it is far less interesting deal with the apparatus.

Bonus: heat and performance are mortal enemies, so after a few good minutes of play, you’ll notice any performance drop in A9, natural course too hot processors



At the rear of the A9, we have a camera of 13 MP, f / 1.9, 28mm with OIS (optical image stabilization), to capture videos at 1080p @ 30fps.

The numbers leave no other track, but the fact that the performance in low light is optimized at all f / 1.9 OIS + is a given promising. And in practice, have it even with good pictures in situations that often can already commit a less enlightened casual photo

The problem is that this is only part of the formula. Despite this “eye” and capable, the post-processing is very aggressive software, and regardless of the amount of light in a photo, is the excess noise reduction as a major mark on the picture. This is most noticeable when the expanded form or look at specific parts of a photo, such as a “cut” to publish only part of the picture.

In fact, the noise suppression just “marking” noise, so that picture of your favorite tree will stick to the leaves “watercolor medium,” mixed with each other. To enlarge the photo you will notice that.

In the front of the device, we have a 8 MP camera, f / 1.9, 24mm, with video capture in 1080p . But is not the case as some Sony devices shown here, where a camera suffers from various ailments of the other. In this case, basically have the same heavy-processing pros for their Selfies, leaving “means oil painting” some pictures, trying to suppress noise at all costs.

Note “meh” frontal photo.

Battery and accessories

For a glass monster such a proportional battery is required. If we have 4000 mAh capacity for the device, with support for fast charging. But numbers do not tell stories, and we went to our energy stress tests.

Even with your heating problem, the A9 could go very well in our battery tests. We note that between each round of testing, the A9 consumed 11 to 13% of the remaining energy in moderate use, with maximum brightness and streaming continuous via Wi-Fi.

This indicates a very high energy savings by that 6 panel capacity. “Usually large screens are a disgrace in terms of energy, but definitely not for the A9.

Inside the box we still have adaptive fast charger, and headphones (in-ear, unfortunately). it is worth noting that our charger have this connector “different” just because our device is imported.

it worth it?

This model we show you is the Galaxy A9 model non-PRO. Still, it costs abroad $ 400 (on average) by the closing date of this analysis.

the simple fact is, for we here of writing. Converting this value in REAL and remembering that there are customs costs / travel, have a relatively high price, and not far from that charged by the Galaxy A9 PRO (ie the tOP model with more battery, more RAM plus MP). in addition, the PRO is officially sold in Brazil with warranty, so just go in an official store and pay in real the way you please, at an average price of $ 2,500.

the A9 imported we tested showed that has strong potential battery, even with 1000mAh unless the national model. Thinking only this difference, it is difficult to think that the price of the A9 (and even the A9 national PRO) are correct. This device we tested here is an intermediary, but that is in the line of escape to an incoherent price with the offering. It’s a tough choice. He is “bateriudo”, but this price does not help much …

Do you think it is worth? Spending extra money on an intermediate for more screen and battery? Leave your comments below or on our YouTube channel!