Over the course of 2015, Samsung has pushed the bar further and further up as far as non-flagship phones are concerned, crafting Galaxy A family members entirely out of premium metal, and fitting the 5.7-inch A8 with remarkable specs like 2GB RAM, a 16MP rear camera, or 3,050 mAh battery.
The million-dollar question is where could things be taken next? Is there still room for improvement outside the Galaxy S and Note rosters, or will mid-range Android soldiers bring more of the same to the table in 2016?
Well, what do you think? Of course the Galaxy A9 aims to improve on A8’s internals, and concrete evidence floated around the interwebs last month. Now, we have confirmation of sorts the mysterious prototype tested at Geekbench and the SM-A9000 visiting India in pieces for R&D purposes were one and the same.
AnTuTu also lists the Snapdragon 620/3GB RAM powerhouse by merely its model number, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell SM-A9000 stands for Galaxy A9. Somewhat surprisingly, the A8 spin-off is apparently smaller, at 5.5 inches, though that means the Full HD resolution should generate a slightly higher pixel density.
The cameras aren’t ready to break cover, unfortunately, while 32GB internal storage hopefully doesn’t rule out microSD support. Finally, Android 5.1 Lollipop runs the software show for the moment, but if the SD620 SoC needs until early next year to be prepared for primetime, 6.0 Marshmallow may enter the equation before the actual launch.
So, how does a 3GB RAM “mid-end” handheld with octa-core Cortex-A72/A53 processing muscle and Adreno 510 graphics capabilities sound? Aside from expensive, that is.