Two years after unveiling the Galaxy Tab Pros and Note Pros that surprisingly never spawned sequels, and one year after focusing its CES presence on super-high-res televisions, Samsung is expected to take the Las Vegas stage tomorrow with yet another batch of Smart TV announcements, a trio of in-development Creative Lab projects, and the US expansion of the 2016 Galaxy A smartphone lineup.

As novel and intriguing as smart belts may look to early wearable adopters, the metal-and-glass new A3, A5, A7 and A9 handhelds should definitely steal the Consumer Electronics Show spotlight, especially if priced right.

Unfortunately, the highest-end model of the mid-range family substantiates recent rumors in going on sale in China, at a fairly extravagant retail cost of CNY 3,199. That converts to roughly $490, and given the budget-focused character of the world’s largest smartphone market, the best Americans can hope for is probably a sub-$500 price tag. As in, $499, not $450 or $400.

Is the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016) worth it? Well, it is a beast in many ways, including sheer size (6 inches in display diagonal, 200 grams in weight), build quality, RAM (3GB), battery capacity (4,000 mAh), and cameras (13 and 8MP).

It’s also digital hoarder-friendly, thanks to microSD support, fingerprint-enabled, and just about ready for a Marshmallow software update. Then again, the Galaxy S6 features a sharper screen and zippier processor, and it’s currently available for $470 or so unlocked, not to mention discounts to $400 or even less look likely to return.

Source: Samsung China

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