Samsung inexplicably halted the budget-conscious Galaxy Mega line of gargantuan phones after last year’s second-gen release, but the A9 should soon enter the stage with a similarly massive display and non-flagship price point.
A purported benchmark leak suggested about a month back the Samsung Galaxy A9 would “only” sport a 5.5-inch panel, yet as it turns out, Indian import/export authority Zauba has the all-metal device listed at 6 inches.
Phablet enthusiasts careful of their bank statements have already been catered to by the Korean OEM with the 5.7-inch Galaxy A8, but the A9 is rumored to push the mid-end boundaries ridiculously high, to an even faster octa-core Snapdragon 620 SoC and 3GB RAM.
Granted, the two premium-ish specifications were revealed in the same report that erroneously hinted at a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, though it’s still possible the AnTuTu exposure was right about a few things. Hopefully, the 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution pans out, and compared to the A8, the Galaxy A9 could also upgrade battery capacity, to 3,500 mAh or so.
Of course, the per-unit values mentioned for testing and R&D purposes in India feel a little on the too-low-to-be-true side, ranging from Rs 13,000 to 23,000, i.e. $200 – $350. Sorry to break it to you, cash-strapped Android power users, but $350 is likely the best case scenario if the SM-A9000 is as well-equipped as we think. More so if it doesn’t go on sale very soon, and ends up running Marshmallow out the box.