Jun 12, 2018

Samsung Ups "A" Series, Adds Mid-Rangers Galaxy A9 Star and Galaxy A9 Star Lite

The Samsung Galaxy A series is now crowded with the addition of the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star and the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Lite. But are they enough to outperform Chinese tech giants HUAWEI and Xiaomi?

South Korean smartphone maker, Samsung is now clearly determined to up its competition against rising Chinese rivals, HUAWEI and Xiaomi. Recently, the company was noted for its announcement of mid-rangers, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star and the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Lite, both touted to be absolute killers in this category.

Although the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star and the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Lite have already been expected to be launched sooner, it's the place in which the company has announced it in is what tech insiders are now calling as the firm's response to furthering its expansion in the notoriously competitive Chinese market. As expected the mid-ranged devices are packing with more than the essentials.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Star

Running the vanilla Android Oreo 8.0 out-of-the-box, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star comes with a massive 6.28-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It's powered by top-of-the-line Snapdragon 660 chipset that is boosted by a decent 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. All of these are juiced by a dependable 3,700mAh battery. The latest addition to the "A" series will be retailed under Black and White color variants.

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Star should also wow users with its affinity with photography. It sports a dual-camera setup which features a 16MP+24MP camera sensors, the latter is equipped with AI-based beauty offerings.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star (A9 Star)

Samsung Galaxy A8 Star (A9 Star)

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Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Specifications

Display Size6.28 inches
ResolutionFHD+ Super AMOLED, 2220 x 1080 pixels, 18.5:9 aspect ratio
OS verSamsung Experience 9.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660 Adreno 512
CPU Speed2.2GHz, 1.8GHz
Storage64GB
External Storageup to 256GB
RAM4GB
Main Camera16MP + 24MP
Front Camera24MP
Battery3,700mAh
Dimensions162.4 x 77.0 x 7.6mm
Weight191 g
ColorBlack, White

Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Lite

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Lite features a slightly smaller 6-inch display, boasting the same full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display. Under the hood, the Galaxy A9 Star sibling rocks an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset and juiced by an equally massive 3,500mAh battery. Another noticeable downgrade of the Galaxy A9 Star Lite resides on its camera offerings. Though it still comes with a dual-camera setup, it only sports a more-than-decent 16MP+5MP camera sensors. The unit is set to be retailed under Black and Blue color options.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Lite

Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Lite

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Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Lite Specifications

Display Size6 inches
ResolutionFHD+ Super AMOLED, 2220 x 1080 pixels, 18.5:9 aspect ratio
OS verSamsung Experience 9.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 450 Adreno 506
CPU Speed1.8GHz
Storage64GB
External Storageup to 256GB
RAM4GB
Main Camera16MP + 5MP
Front Camera24MP
Battery3,500mAh
Dimensions160.2 x 75.7 x 7.9mm
Weight191 g
ColorBlack, Blue

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Star comes with a price tag of CNY2,999 (around PHP24,900) while the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star Lite costs CNY1,999 (around PHP16,600).

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