The world’s first smartphone with four cameras, Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), has finally been launched in India. Samsung has packed a number of premium features in its new device, which comes at a starting price of Rs 36,999 (6GB RAM) and competes directly with the likes of OnePlus 6T (review). The high-end version of the device with 8GB RAM and costs Rs 39,999. Samsung Galaxy A9 is set to go on sale in India starting November 28. To help you decide if you should buy the smartphone or not, we have listed down some reasons for you to buy the smartphone and some reason why you may want to opt for another. Read the entire list of reasons here to know if Samsung Galaxy A9 is the smartphone for you:
To buy: The quadruple camera setup
The first reason to buy had to be this one. As we mentioned earlier, the smartphone is the world’s first to come with a quadruple camera setup on its back panel. And this makes it an obvious choice for those who love smartphone photography. The rear cameras of Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) comprise of a 24MP primary sensor that has an f/1.7 aperture, a 10MP telephoto sensor that comes with 2x optical zoom and comes with an f/2.4 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor that has a 120-degree lens and an f/2.4 aperture and a 5MP depth sensor that has an f/2.2 aperture. The camera app comes with a number of options for the user including Panorama, Pro, Beauty, and Auto modes. Live Focus, Scene Optimiser, and AR Emojis are also present. Samsung Galaxy A9 can also be used to make Super Slow-Mo, Hyperlapse and Slow Motion videos. In a nutshell, if you are a smartphone photography lover, you will get a lot of options in Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018).
To buy: The selfie camera
The smartphone is completely photography centric. So it hasn’t concentrated its complete attention on just the rear cameras of the device. On the front panel, there is a 24MP sensor that comes with an f/2.0 aperture. The front facing snapper of the smartphone comes with Selfie Focus, AR Emoji and Wide Selfie modes. So if you love clicking selfies, you won’t be disappointed with Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018).
Not to buy: Cheaper smartphones offer a more high-end processor
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. It is an octa-core processor This isn’t a bad processor at all, but we cannot ignore the fact that there are smartphones are in the same price bracket, or even cheaper that come with Snapdragon 845 SoC, which is the most high-end chip that is available. If you power user, and value the performance of the device over its cameras, you should rather opt for OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T or Asus Zenfone 5Z.
To buy: Samsung’s Infinity display
The newly launched smartphone from Samsung comes with 6.3-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, which is said to produce sharp contrast and high dynamic colour, that result in a more immersive viewing experience. The smartphone has a screen to body ratio of 18:9 and 383.3ppi. This basically means that anything on the display — be it images or videos — would look super crisp and have a very high quality.
Not to buy: Lacks an all-screen experience
Most smartphones these days come with a notch on top of their display. In fact, the waterdrop-shaped notch, which provides even more screen space is also becoming increasingly popular. However, Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) lacks a notch at the top and doesn’t come with an all-screen experience or even a nearly full-screen experience. While some people may not consider this as a problem, those who spend a lot of time watching videos or playing games on their device may want to opt for a smartphone that comes with an all screen experience.
To buy: Beautiful design with a glass back
If a smartphone’s looks are important for you, you would be happy to know that the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is a stunner. The smartphone has a glass back panel that comes with shaded colours, making the device look extremely premium. Furthermore, the device is available in three colour options — Caviar Black, Bubblegum Pink, and Lemonade Blue. We personally really like the last two because they are so unconventional and make the device stand out.
Not to buy: Not waterproof
Samsung Galaxy A9 is not water-proof. So you would have to use it very carefully. This may not be a deal-breaker for most people, but if you have used to having a water-poof device, it sometimes is difficult to adapt to a smartphone which is not.
To buy: Support for wireless charging
One feature that most smartphones in the mid-range segment ignore is support for wireless charging. But Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) has not skipped it. You do have the option of charging the device wirelessly or, you can opt for charging it via its type-c port that support fast charging.
Not to buy: Does not come with the latest Android version
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, which is not the latest one that is available. However, the company has promised an update where the smartphone will be upgraded to Android 9.0 Pie. And hopefully, it will happen soon.