Samsung Announces Galaxy A9 With 6-Inch Display, Massive 4000 mAh Battery

Have you ever wondered at what point a smartphone officially doubles as a tablet? The answer is 6 inches. We're declaring it official because hey, why not? Also, that's the size of the display on Samsung's new Galaxy A9 handset unveiled in China yesterday. To put that into perspective, Amazon sells a 6-inch version of its Fire HD tablet.

Size matters, but so does resolution and unfortunately the Galaxy A9's massive display is only 1920x1080 (Full HD 1080p). That's certainly serviceable, though not particularly exciting, given all that physical real estate. On the bright side (literally), it's a Super AMOLED panel with 2.5D curved glass, so even though the resolution is pretty pedestrian for its physical size, it's a high quality display that should produce bright and vibrant visuals.

Samsung Galaxy A9

The Galaxy A9's engine is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC, which is a 64-bit octa-core part. It also boasts 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage + microSD card slot (supports up to 128GB).

For shooting photos, there's a 13-megapixel camera with an ƒ/1.9 aperture and optical image stabilization around back, and an 8-megapixel sensor on the front for selfies and video chat.

Other features include a fingerprint scanner, support for Samsung Pay, Android 5.1 Lollipop, and a capacious 4,000 mAh battery. The battery is an upgrade over the 3,300 mAh unit in the 5.5-inch Galaxy A7 and 2,900 mAh battery in the 5.2-inch Galaxy A5. It makes you wonder what Samsung has in store for the Galaxy A10!

The Galaxy A9 will be available in China later this month. No word yet on pricing.