While there might still be little portions of a largely Samsung-controlled world where 2014 or 2015 flagships are yet to receive official Marshmallow updates, the Korean behemoth and its tireless team of software engineers have moved on to lesser phones and a few tablets in an effort to spread the Android 6.0 love as wide as possible.
The Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 and Tab A 9.7 both recently left Lollipop behind, with their little brothers likely following suit soon, and the Galaxy S5 mini seems just a few weeks away from a somewhat surprising OS promotion of its own.
Meanwhile, one of the highest-end Android mid-rangers yet is reportedly treated to a major UI makeover too in China, which unfortunately remains the only country the Galaxy A9 is actually available in.
Not to be mistaken for the even higher-caliber A9 Pro, this bad boy “merely” packs 3GB RAM, alongside an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, sporting a massive 6-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, plus 13 and 8MP cameras, and of course, fingerprint recognition.
Made of premium metal and glass, exactly like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the Galaxy A9 or A9 (2016) is the first of its kind to make the leap to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Up next, we presume the A9 Pro, A7 (2016), A5 (2016), and A3 (2016) are all due for the same stability and performance-improving treatment, hopefully before build N enters the scene.
It’d also be nice if Samsung expanded the Galaxy A9 outside China’s borders, although you have to wonder if Americans would ever be persuaded to cough up around $500 on a non-flagship model.