Samsung did not really come right out and say it, but the mobile phone company might as well have for all the crumbs on the trail that have been picked up on the expected launching of the Samsung A9. And when it does, it could be the highest-end model ever among Samsung A-series smartphones. The announcement is expected anytime soon as November is almost closing, and the expected release date is rumored to be in December.
The first crumbs on the trail were spotted on two benchmark tests on GeekBench and AnTuTu, where A9 specs were gleaned. And the trail is clearly marked with another recent good spot in an Indian import listing, Zauba, which tracks India’s import and export. And to clinch it all came a sign with an arrow pointing toward Samsung, saying “A9,” with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group certification.
The Bluetooth certification indicates that more certifications will be had quite soon, and thus will follow the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy A9, model number SM-A9000.
Specs gleaned and leaked out show that the A9 has a 5.5-inch or 6-inch 1080p super AMOLED HD capacitive touchscreen running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 chipset. It comes with an octa-core CPU paired with four high-performance Cortex-A72 cores with four battery-friendly Cortex-A53 ones. The GeekBench prototype capped at 1.4 GHz, with a 3 GB RAM running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It is expected to have 4G LTE connectivity having peak download speeds of 300 Mbps and uploads of 100 Mbps courtesy of the Qualcomm modem.
The AnTuTu benchmark takes the 5.5-inch 1080p screen closer to reality, with the naming sequence signaling that the A9 is likely to be better than A8.
As for the A3 and A5, photos of the two possible iterations (edition 2016) were leaked out, mimicking a slight redesign of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6, with the same metal frame design and glass backs, with screen size at 4.5 inches. Specs have not been leaked yet but the Samsung strategy for launching puts the release for these two sometime at the end of this year.