Samsung’s been working on refreshing its Galaxy A-series of Android smartphones before the year’s out, and earlier this month we saw the launch of new Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7 models. Even with all those handsets on the docket, it was clear Samsung wasn’t quite done yet, and we’ve also been looking forward to the debut of the Galaxy A9. With appearances in official certification databases and no shortage of formal-looking leaks, we had little doubt that this guy was on the way – it was just a question of when. Rumors of a late-November/early-December launch may not have panned out, but it turns out we only had a few more weeks to wake, as Samsung finally introduces the Galaxy A9 in China.
The Galaxy A9 sports a six-inch 1080p OLED display, has 3GB of RAM, and runs the newly-renamed Snapdragon 652 octa-core SoC. The phone’s got 32GB of storage, dual-SIM support, a 13MP/8MP camera pair (the front-facer featuring OIS), and a good-sized 4000mAh battery. Samsung’s home-button-mounted fingerprint scanner returns, and the handset will ship running Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Right now, though, that’s about the extent of what we know: the specs are (once again) confirmed, and the phone’s finally official. What we don’t have – and what would be nice to finally help complete the picture – is much in the way of info about retail plans: pricing, markets where the phone will go up for sale – that sort of thing.
We’re hopeful to see all that arrive soon, but for now we’re just happy to see the Galaxy A9 step out of the shadows and finally join the rest of its Galaxy A brethren.