Announced last December, the Samsung Galaxy A9 represented the company’s latest effort to disguise a mid-range smartphone in high-end construction. Following the lead of Chinese smartphone makers Xiaomi and Meizu, however, Samsung opted to create a Pro version of its jumbo-sized Galaxy A smartphone, which brings us to the Galaxy A9 Pro, reports GSM Arena.
Revealed for China, the Galaxy A9 Pro doesn’t do anything dramatic to differentiate itself from the original, offering slight bumps in RAM, built-in storage, camera resolution, and battery. More specifically, the Galaxy A9 Pro runs on 4GB of RAM, up from the 3GB found in the original, while featuring 32GB of storage, twice the storage of the original. In addition, the Galaxy A9 Pro features an 8-megapixel camera on the front and a 16MP camera around back, nice bumps from the 5MP and 13MP rear- and front-facing shooters, respectively, found in the original. Finally, the Pro version of the Galaxy A9 includes a whopping 5,000mAh battery, up from the 4,000mAh battery found in the Galaxy A9.
Elsewhere, the Galaxy A9 Pro remains identical to the original, with no changes made to the 6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution Super AMOLED display or the 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor. The Galaxy A9 Pro even retains the same exterior design as its sibling. Even so, the improvements Samsung did make ensure not only that the Galaxy A9 Pro will be capable of improved performance, but improved endurance as well.
By that same token, the Galaxy A9 Pro is the definition of iterative. Whether that iteration is worth 3,499 Yuan, or around $540 — a $53 increase from the original Galaxy A9 – will be up to you, though keep in mind the Galaxy A9 Pro was only announced for China. However, previous members of the Galaxy A series have seen worldwide releases, so it remains possible that the same will occur with the Galaxy A9 Pro.