Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) has four rear cameras. Yes, you read that right, four. It's a world's first, and while it may seem excessive Samsung believes the additional hardware makes for better photos.

Samsung goes as far as to say the Galaxy A9 is 'optimized for Instagram', which gives you a clear indication at who this handset is aimed at. Young adults where camera experience is king and social media is a daily ritual.

Unsurprisingly, the main focus of the Samsung Galaxy A9 is its quad-cam setup round the back, but with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage (plus microSD slot) and a 3,800mAh battery it offers up a decent array of specs.

It sits atop Samsung's mid-range A series of devices, sliding in just under the flagship Galaxy S line - offering some top-end features at a more attractive price point.

This means the new Samsung Galaxy A9 has the likes of the OnePlus 6 (and soon the OnePlus 6T) and Honor 10 to contend with in an increasingly competitive "affordable flagship' segment.

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) release date and price

We're yet to get a firm Samsung Galaxy A9 release date, but Samsung has told us that the phone will be available from "mid November" - so you shouldn't have more than a month to wait to get your hands on it.

We do, however, know the Samsung Galaxy A9 price will be £549 (around $720, AU$1,020) SIM free, making it more expensive than the Honor 10 and OnePlus 6, but comfortably cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S9.

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)

Design

The Samsung Galaxy A9 has a premium design with a metal frame and a glass front and rear, insuring the handset looks and feels the part.

It's available in three colors, with the most eye-catching options being lemonade blue and bubblegum pink, which boast attractive two-tone hues which are reminiscent of the fancier finishes on the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro.

For those who want their phone to be a little more understated, the Samsung Galaxy A9 is also available in caviar black.

Measuring 162.5 x 77 x 7.8mm, the Samsung Galaxy A9 is a sizable handsets - thanks in part to the 6.3-inch display - which makes slightly taller and wider than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

It's lighter than the firm's supersized phablet though, weighing in at 183g. It means that while there's no getting away from the fact that this is a big phone in the hand, it doesn't feel overbearing.

The glass back doesn't provide much grip however, so one handed use feels a little precarious (a case may be required for peace of mind), plus it's a fingerprint magnet. 

We had to wipe the rear numerous times during our hands on preview of the Galaxy A9 so get clean pictures for you.

The rear mounted fingerprint scanner falls nicely under forefinger, while the power/lock and volume keys on the right can be hit relatively easily is you've got larger hands.

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) hands on gallery

Flip to the left side of the Samsung Galaxy A9 and there's another physical button - Samsung's Bixby button. 

This key launches the firm's smart voice assistant, and while it may not be to everyone's taste, its inclusion in a non-flagship device is another example of Samsung filtering down its top-tier tech.

There's good news for audiophiles on the base of the Samsung Galaxy A9, as a headphone jack resides alongside a USB-C port and single, down-firing speaker.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) packs a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display which is bright, clear and colorful.

While the 1080 x 2220 resolution isn't as impressive as the QHD panels on the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9, for its price point it's hard to knock the Full HD+ offering on the Galaxy A9.

You can see the design language of Samsung's flagship infinity display spilling over to the Galaxy A9, but it's not quite as edge-to-edge here, with slightly thicker boarders all the way around the device.

That's to be expected considering the Samsung Galaxy A9's price point, and there's still plenty of screen to enjoy here - and no notch, which may please some users.

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)

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