Samsung Galaxy A9 vs Samsung Galaxy A8: powerful phablets from Korea

Samsung introduced its new all-metal Galaxy A series devices in October last year with the launch of the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5. Soon after, the brand unveiled the Galaxy A7 as its slimmest smartphone at that time. Then the Galaxy A8 arrived, which is the company’s slimmest offering till date featuring a 5.9mm waistline. Now the company is all set to launch the successor to the A8, the Galaxy A9 very soon.

The Galaxy A9 was recently spotted on the company’s website in Iran, which suggests towards its launch in the coming days. We have all the specs of the Galaxy A9, but its dimensions are still unknown at the moment. To put the specs of the Galaxy A9 and Galaxy A8, let’s compare their features.

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Samsung Galaxy A9 vs Samsung Galaxy A8: features comparison

Design

The Samsung Galaxy A8 offers a premium and appealing design thanks to a metallic build that increases durability of the device. The phone measures just 5.9mm around the waist, and weighs around 150 grams. The Galaxy A9 is also expected to boast a metallic design like its predecessor. There’s no word on its exact dimensions at the moment, but you can expect a slim and lightweight design.

Display and OS

The Samsung Galaxy A8 competes against the Galaxy Note series with a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display bearing a pixel density of 386ppi. The Galaxy A9 on the other hand gets a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 401ppi, resulting in better colour reproduction compared to the Galaxy A8. Software-wise, the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A9, both run Android 5.1 Lollipop with the brand’s TouchWiz UI on top.

Configuration

The Samsung Galaxy A8 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor that has four cores running at 1.8GHz and four clusters spinning at 1.3GHz. The phone offers an Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal memory. The Galaxy A9 is backed by a more powerful and next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 CPU, which has four cores running at 1.8GHz and four clusters clocked at 1.4GHz. The device offers a meaty 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Overall, performance-wise, the Galaxy A9 is more powerful than the Galaxy A8.

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Camera

When it comes to the camera specs, the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A9 offer similar specifications. They are equipped with 16-megapixel primary cameras with autofocus, LED flash, HDR, Touch to Focus, full HD video recording, and more. For selfies, they offer 5-megapixel front-facing snappers.

Connectivity and Battery

Connectivity features of these devices are also the same including 4G LTE support for Indian networks, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro-USB and A-GPS. The Galaxy A8 gets an additional USB OTG connectivity option. When it comes to the battery, the Galaxy A8 hides a 3,050mAh unit under the hood, while the Samsung Galaxy A9 delivers slightly higher usage time thanks to a more powerful 3,200mAh battery.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy A8 is powerful smartphone with a slim design that offers a beefy battery, a close-to-tablet display, a powerful processor, impressive camera specs, and a premium build. The Galaxy A9 on the other hand comes with the same appealing metallic design found on its predecessor, but delivers slightly upgraded specifications. It has a beefier battery, a more powerful processor, meaty RAM, but has a slightly smaller display. As far as the pricing is concerned, the Galaxy A8 is available on the online stores for around Rs 25,000, while its official price is Rs 31,490. The Galaxy A9 is expected to be priced around Rs 33,000 when it launches in India.

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