Market cannibalization and brand dilution have been two of Samsung’s biggest sins for several years now, and while the repetitive Galaxy S7 Plus and S7 Edge Plus are probably not happening this spring after all, a Galaxy A9 Pro is.
Or so it would appear, based on intel exclusively shared by credible tipsters with SamMobile a couple of weeks back, and recent visits to India for R&D and testing of a phone carrying the model number SM-A9100.
That’s clearly directly related to the SM-A9000, aka Galaxy A9 or A9 (2016), but if legit, the Pro suffix feels rather unusual and disconnected to 2015 and 2016 naming policies. A Plus moniker is way more fitting nowadays for an upgraded version of an existing Galaxy handheld, not to mention it’s a little early to already revamp the A9, and any further hardware enhancements would bring it essentially on-par with the GS6.
What we’re getting at, and bear with us here, is the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro could run Windows 10 Mobile on the software side of things. You know, much like the Galaxy TabPro S trades Android for its more productive, professional but less mainstream popular Microsoft-designed counterpart.
Sure, it’s been a while since the last time the world’s largest handheld manufacturer released a Windows phone, and the platform isn’t doing great, but other than the SM-A9100 being a regional A9 derivation, no explanation makes sense.
Can you picture it, a 6-inch upper mid-range Samsung device capable of Continuum convertibility, quad-core Snapdragon 652 power, with 3GB RAM also in tow, Full HD screen resolution, and at least a 4,000 mAh battery?