Samsung Galaxy A9: When Big Isn’t Big Enough

If fashion is cyclical, then smartphone technology is fashion. Small handsets are obsolete for now, and hulking phablets are in vogue.

Apparently Samsung felt that the plus-size Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus isn’t large enough, so it is upsizing not only the display size for its new mid-range, but some other notable aspects as well.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 wears a 6.0-inch display, which unfortunately is not of Quad HD quality, though Samsung has still stuck with Super AMOLED panels. Its 1920x1080p resolution puts pixel density at 367ppi. At the heart of the A9 is an octa-core Snapdragon 652 accompanied by an Adreno 510 GPU. Internal storage is at 32GB with microSD support up to 128GB.

The great news for the 13MP camera is optical image stabilization. It is coupled with an 8MP front shooter. While it doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor and comes out of the box with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, the 4,000mAh battery is a huge positive. That’s 57 percent more capacity than the battery in the Galaxy S6. The following flagship is also expected to have about 2,550mAh for battery capacity like the S6.