Four cameras in the back. 6.3 inch screen. 6 GB of RAM. 128 GB storage space. And a beautiful design that combines metal and glass with broken colors. these is the weapon that Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 wants to compete in mid-sized high-end Android terminals. Will they be enough to succeed?
Samsung Galaxy A9 is the first mobile with four cameras on the back, making it clear that Samsung is trying to stand out in the photographic section. But A9 is much more than four lenses. It is a very complete mobile phone that has very little to envy to the top terminals on the market. I have had the opportunity to spend almost three weeks using the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 as the main mobile phone, and here I will tell you how it works and what I think about it.
Datasheet Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
|screen||Super AMOLED 6.3 inch panel, FHD resolution of 2,220 x 1,080 pixels|
|Main camera||Four sensors:
· Main 24 MP, f / 1.7
· 5 MP depth sensor, f / 2.2, dynamic focus
· 10 MP telephoto lens, f / 2.4, 2x optical zoom
· 8 MP Ultra wide angle sensor, f / 2.4, 120 degrees
|Selfies camera||24 MP, f / 2.0|
|Internal memory||128 GB|
|expansion||MicroSD (up to 512 GB)|
|Processor and RAM memory||Octa-Core (four to 2.2 GHz and four to 1.8 GHz)|
|battery||3,800 mAh with fast charging|
|operating System||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|connections||4G LTE, GPS, WiFi 802.11 ac double band MIMO, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type C, 3.5mm connector|
|The SIM||Dual Nano-SIM|
|design||Metal and crystal, colors: black, blue and pink (the last two with gradient)|
|dimensions||162.5 x 77.0 x 7.8 mm, 183 grams|
|Featured Features||fingerprint reader
Always on the screen
Four cameras are better than two (or one)?
Perhaps it is one of the questions that you have most frequently repeated to know the existence of a four-camera mobile. Are they needed Why do we want four cameras in a terminal? Needless to say, they are not, but yes can offer us a versatility that we do not find in other phones.
And it is not that all lenses from Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 have the same functionality. On the one hand, we have the usual set we see in a double system. That is, a main sensor accompanied by a depth sensor responsible for the known bokeh effect. In A9, they take off a 24 megapixel sensor with aperture f / 1.7 and another with 5 megapixels with aperture f / 2.2. The latter is what gives us the dynamic approach that I will talk about later.
The other two sensors offer us another type of photography. In fact, they do not work with the first two, but we must choose them in the camera application to use them.
On the one hand we have one telephoto lens with 10 megapixel resolution and aperture f / 2.4. This allows us to have one 2x optical zoom. On the other hand, it has also included a ultra wide-angle sensor with 8 megapixel resolution and aperture f / 2.4. With this last, we can take pictures with a 120 degree angle.
But the photographic set of Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 does not close here. At the front we have one 24 megapixel sensor with f / 2.0 aperturewhich does not lack a complete beauty condition.
Want to see how this four-camera system is shared in real life? Now I tell you, but let's first look at the application.
Samsung Camera application
Samsung makes available to the user A complete camera application, yet easy to use. The location of the mobile horizontally, we have the trigger, access to the gallery and the button for recording video to the far right. Just above we see some shortcuts, such as. Settings, the camera change, some filters, flash or the button to use the full screen.
If we continue from right to left, the next thing we find is a slider to switch between the main camera, ultra wide angle and 2x zoom. And to the left of the whole screen we have the different modes that the camera offers.
Among the available modes, we can highlight Pro Mode, which is the manual mode of Samsung, for my taste somewhat lacking in options. We also have "Dynamic focus" modewhich translated into other phones would be the portrait mode.
On the other hand, we have a state called "Scene Optimizer"which uses the AI system to theoretically improve the photographs that adapt them to the scene recorded by the terminal. And I say theoretically because its effect is very bright. It just limits itself to saturating a few more colors.
Finally, it is worth noting it Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 also has Emoji AR. From this state, we can create our personal Emoji to send it or send it on social networks and messaging apps.
The only thing I didn't like about the Samsung Camera app is that does not allow to enable and disable HDR from the main interface. To do this, we have to enter settings, which is not practical.
The four cameras in action
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 offers three types of photography thanks to its four sensors. With the main camera (I mean the set formed by 24 and 5 MP sensors) we get one good picture quality. If we shoot with plenty of light, the camera can show realistic colors and sharp images.
Against backlight or more complex situations We can use HDR which works very well And it can save us the shadows or the burnt skies. The result is also pretty good for sunrises and sunsets, and its use is highly recommended.
When the light begins to disappear, it becomes as if this is the case. the noise makes a look and you lose clarity, the usual in almost all terminals. With artificial light, we have some faults, such as the appearance of the watercolor effect and sharp loss of sharpness.
Portrait mode (Dynamic Focus) can be used with any type of object, it is not limited to persons. Yes, we must meet a minimum distance of 1-1.5 meters, tells us the application of it. But what he does not tell us is when we have met that distance. So to know if we are in the right distance, we have to press the object to focus. If we are well placed, a sign informs us that Dynamic Focus is ready.
We can Adjust the degree of blur, both before and after the picture is taken. Of course, the more blurred, the less precise the cut will be to be able to blur a portion of the image that should not be.
As for the other two goals, we should always remember that they are much less bright than the most important ones. The wide angle gives us Another viewpoint on stage thanks to its 120 degrees. The image quality obtained by this sensor is quite good, much like the one seen in the main sensor.
And with regard to 2x zoomI was a little disappointed. is loses sharpness when you use it, but the most striking thing is that the colors are quite washed with less force.
Samsung has used all its sensors on the back, so the selfies camera only has one. Especially a 24 megapixel sensor with aperture f / 1.9.
This camera offers average results. With good light you get one clear photography with slightly subdued colors. The HDR system again works quite well in complicated situations that are capable of greatly improving a photograph.
As for portrait mode, get one well managed blurAs long as we do not put you in a very complex situation. If we are in a less light environment that you can see in the picture, the errors will appear. In addition, we must look directly at the camera, because if we do not, it will not be blurred.
I leave here a gallery of photographs taken with the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 to see how it behaves in different situations.
Gallery of photos made with Samsung Galaxy A9 2018
Video with or without stabilization
And to close the analysis of the camera I will talk about the video section. the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 allows recording with 4K resolution and Full HD. If we decide to record with 4K resolution, we get a picture with more definition, realistic colors and a good level of contrast, but we lose the electronic stabilization.
If we are to record a motion video, we may be more interested in choosing 1080p resolution. We get a good picture quality and we want it the ability to use HDR, video effects and the commented electronic stabilization. The truth is that the latter is quite noticeable and worth having activated.
Metal, crystal and beautiful color gradients
We started with the camera because it is one of the major attractions of the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018, but not the only one. This year, Samsung has taken a step forward in mid-range, giving its terminals larger displays and better materials.
A9 has metal frames and 3D glass on the back. A rear part that curves to the sides, much in the style of the S area, but with a less pronounced curvature. The four cameras are placed at the top left and vertical. We have the four sensors that form a single set with a black background. Below them, the small LED flashes. These do not protest almost anything, so the terminal is not boring when it is back on the table.
In this model, Samsung replaces it fingerprint reader on the back. It is located in the center and slightly submerged. In addition, it looks a little different color on the back of the mobile. And in the colors A9 2018 is available in black, blue and pink. The last two offer a fine gradient finishvery striking
The buttons only the buttons on the terminal are located in the frames. To the right (look at the mobile front) we have volume and ignition buttons. On the other hand, we have Bixby button, without much use for the moment, as assistant of Samsung only speaks English. However, it seems that it will soon be available in Spanish.
The cards on the cards are located in the upper part and in the bottom we have 3.5 mm jack for the headphones and Type C USB connector for the load.
The front is controlled by a large 6.3-inch panel, which we discuss later. We have no notch as Samsung has preferred to use a small one black frames on both top and bottom. Both have a size of one centimeter, which gives the symmetry that many users require.
The full dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 are 162.5 x 77.0 x 7.8 mm, weighing 183 grams. It is a nice terminal, comfortable to use and with a beautiful striking finish. It has nothing to envy at the design level of high-end mobile phones.
Large screen with Super AMOLED technology
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 has one 6.3-inch Super AMOLED panel. This offers a FHD resolution of 2,220 x 1,080 pixels, enough to get a good experience.
I do not have the maximum brightness data, but I can tell you that I have had no problem seeing the content even with the sunset directly. Yes, Automatic brightness control works regularly. There have been several occasions where in dark surroundings the screen dazzled excessively.
Samsung takes a lot of its displays so it offers many configuration options. From Settings we can Change screen mode Adapt the colors to our personal tastes. also change the color balance, to get a colder or warmer tonality. And even activate "Advanced Options" and change colors individually.
On the other hand, we have the opportunity to activate "Blue light filter"To reduce visual fatigue. And of course the function is lacking"Always on the display"Even though it has lost a lot of prominence because it has not advanced too much, it is still quite useful.
In general, we could say that The screen of Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 is goodwithout exceeding the others. It provides correct viewing angles and good tactile sensitivity. Of course, it is very easy to make accidental touches when we hold the phone with one hand, as the side edges are very narrow.
Very RAM with a slightly outdated processor
The technical data from the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 is pretty striking. First, because we see that it has one eight-core processor, four runs at 2.2 GHz and four others at 1.8 GHz. Although the Korean manufacturer recently did not want to inform about the processor model, we have found out that the international version of the A9 this year is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. It is a good performance processor but launched last year.
However Samsung has equipped the A9 with 6 GB of RAM, a very tall figure. In addition, it has 128 GB internal storage. A figure that we can expand using a Micro SD card of up to 512 GB.
The overall performance of the terminal is good. Multitasking works with ease and even though we have one little delay when opening heavy applications, it's not annoying. The loading of the games is also relatively quick, so the experience with the terminal is satisfactory.
But for those who love numbers, you can see the result in the AnTuTu and the Geekbench tests in the picture at the top. In the first, A9 2018 has been given 141,566 pointswhile in AnTuTu it reaches 5,877 points for the Multi-Core test. It is located in terminals such as the BQ Aquaris X2 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 comes with it Android 8.0 Oreo base. But as you know, Samsung's adaptation layer is quite intrusive. For pre-installed applications, we have from Samsung's own apps for the Office suite, Facebook or most Google apps. Nothing wild.
In addition, Samsung's customization offers some advanced features in the company. For example, we have the function Smart staythat keeps the screen on while you look at it. We also have the opportunity one-hand operationwhich adjusts the screen size and design to control the phone with one hand.
On the other hand, we have "Digital sensor manager", Which allows you to open and close the Notifications panel using the fingerprint sensor. Others like"Wear palm to catch"They are pretty curious. And others like"Smart Alert"They are very useful as they will notify us using a vibration when they pick up the phone that we missed calls or messages.
Before joining the software, it is worth highlighting the security section. Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 has a fingerprint reader that honestly hasn't convinced me completely. In fact, it is not that it seems wrong sometimes, it is unlocking is not as fast as it should be and sometimes he seems to have ignored it.
On the other hand, we have one face recognition system. The system detects the face fairly quickly, but then it takes between 2 and 3 seconds to perform the face lock. Perhaps it doesn't seem to be too much time at first, but when you get used to immediate unlocking of other mobile phones, it will appear. In addition, it is very difficult if we use glasses and we will have to "turn on the screen" for the system to scan the face. That is, we will end up choosing the fingerprint reader for sure.
Very good autonomy
A big screen, lots of RAM and four cameras for feeding, so we need a good battery. Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 equips a 3.800 milliamp battery, even Samsung Galaxy S9 + surpasses.
This results in a very good autonomy. In the three weeks I've used my cell phone, I haven't had a single day where I had to charge the battery before I slept. Not even the days when intensive use of the camera is used for testing. On a day of normal use, with social networks, messages, navigation, some video and some pictures, I have come home with more than 30% of the available battery.
In terms of charging, the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 uses a USB Type-C connector compatible with fast charging. The included charger allows the battery to charge 100% in less than two hours from a vacuum. But despite the use of glass, it is not compatible with wireless charging.
Dolby Atmos decaf sound
To play music on A9 2018 we have two options. On the one hand, a small speaker is located at the bottom of the USB Type C connector. Yes, only one, the terminal does not have stereo sound. This gets a "heap" of sound. It sounds good, it has enough power, but it does not face the competition.
On the other hand, we have the ability to connect headphones to your 3.5 mm jack. Because yes In this model, Samsung has decided to hold the headphone jack, which shows that the thickness of the mobile is not a problem.
When connected, in the audio and vibration settings, we will have a special section dedicated to the advanced audio features called "Effects and sound quality". From here we can activate Dolby Atmos, change the settlement or assets "UHQ Optimizer"And"Pro tube amplifier".
One thing that has got my attention is "Customize sound"This adjusts the sound profile taking into account our age. And I also liked the feature"Independent application sound"That allows you to play the sound of a particular application on an external audio device. That is, we can tell you that the sound of Netflix, for example, reproduces it in the room's audio line.
Conclusions and price
We reach the end of the analysis and touch conclusions. Samsung this year wanted to distinguish itself from the camera-based competition. Therefore, the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 came with three cameras in the back and increased the bet for the four cameras with the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018.
Do we want to make better pictures by having four cameras instead of two? No, but at least we will have more options. The truth is, it's not bad has the ability to take normal photos, photos with 2x zoom and wide-angle photos on the same phone. However, it would be better if all sensors had the same image quality.
In design, you cannot add many "buts" to this terminal. It is a nice, comfortable and elegant mobile. You can immediately see that we have a premium device. Could they have hurried the top and bottom of the screen? Obviously, yes, but the symmetry that is achieved is sure to like many users.
The screen looks good and the terminal, despite having used a chip from last year, It seems pretty fluid. The small "delays" in the opening of applications that we have commented on are minimal and certainly almost unacceptable by much of the users.
We also have a very good autonomy and a software that you may like more or less, but there is no doubt that it works perfectly. In addition, we have several options added "made in Samsung" that enhance the user experience.
Can it be improved? Of course I could for example. Count with wireless charging. It can also be compatible with Samsung Pay. The cameras could be better and the processor more modern. But then we will probably be before a model of S.
Perhaps the biggest handicap of the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 is that official price of 600 euros. Now that we arrive at the end of the year, we can find high-end models with a very similar or even lower price.
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