In the last two years, Samsung have worked hard to consolidate their product range by removing surplus models and redesigning new smartphones and phablets around the same components. The Korean giant is still the Android market leader and still has a number of different product families. Today’s story concerns the Galaxy A models, which adopted a premium metal and glass finish before the flagship Galaxy S and arguably started with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Samsung now market the Galaxy A range alongside the Galaxy S range, with a number of different models offering a different size of screen. The Galaxy A series offer a metal chassis and AMOLED panels, but often of a lesser resolution compared with the flagship models. The Galaxy A range also ship with a lesser, mid-range chipset rather than the latest and greatest processor.
Today’s article concerns the new Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, which Samsung appear to be preparing for the European market. The Galaxy A9 Pro, model designation SM-A910F / DS, has received certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. Here, the “DS” in the model designation stands for “Dual SIM,” so it is possible that Samsung will only be selling the A9 Pro as a dual SIM device. This could be an unusual move as Samsung typically only sells dual SIM variants of its devices in the Asia regions. The handset may also be called the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016) variant instead and is based around a 6.0-inch, 1080p or full HD resolution, Super AMOLED display panel. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 System-on-Chip, which uses a big.LITTLE architecture based around the ARM Cortex-A53 lower performance application core paired up with the ARM Cortex-A72 higher performance application processor. The device has 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, plus a MicroSD slot that will accept cards of up to 128 GB capacity. There’s a 16MP main camera and an 8MP front facing camera for selfies, high speed Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and of course LTE. Samsung have included a fingerprint scanner on the home button and a large, 5,000 mAh rechargeable battery, topped up by a MicroUSB port – there’s no USB-C port here.
At the moment, the A9 Pro does not yet appear to have been through the Bluetooth SIG validation process as it does not have this certification, so it might be some weeks before the A9 Pro is ready to be sold in Europe. It may also only be sold as either a single or dual SIM model, or perhaps Samsung will sell both the single and dual SIM variants – but we will let you know when we receive more information.