Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Review

Samsung’s new mid-ranger has four cameras, but can it compete with the OnePluses and Pocophones of the world?
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28 Comments

5. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

That phone is a pure trash. You can buy cheaper S9 and it's way more better.

6. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Score maybe low but a phone which prides itself on its camera capabilities but produces such poor inconsistent stills deserves a low score (maybe not a 4, 6-7, great amoled screen, great design and the 660 is a good mid range processor) . Have seen multiple reviews of the A9 from pros and consumers and most pan the cameras. No wonder samsung is struggling in the mid range market, it all comes down to pricing and competitive specs.

7. syam7863

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

It is not a good phone... yes But to score it 4 seems absurd.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not really, for a phone they are calling a mid range phone the score is right. Now if they called it a low range phone i could see the score being low.

42. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It shouldn't matter what a company is calling it's product. Samsung could have called it the best cameraphone on the planet but that shouldn't affect review scores.

9. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

How 4 might be too low for this phone, but take into consideration that they charging for $500, you can get a lot of better phone with premium specs or even cheaper phone that has Snapdragon 835 with mediocre camera, like the Pocophone. Honestly this phone is DEAD the moment they release with such a ridiculous price, it is better to get a S8 than this.

14. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

This mobile is crap! Score is good.

16. Elvis358

Posts: 227; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

A s**t phone with ugly design thanks to four vertical camera's! A good score!!!

17. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

This is a $225 starter phone for the person that just makes mostly calls and wants a nice screen. Now i do think the camera is a little better then PA is saying. Samsung dropped the ball on this phone. I would buy the a8+ before i would the a9.

28. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

For someone looking for a decent screen and only cares about basic phone functions the Samsung J-series may be better suited.

32. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Trust me, the camera is this bad. I've seen few reviews other than this, and they all agree on one thing, the camera on this thing is god awful.

46. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah, i went and looked up camera reviews and they are not to good. I hadn't paid a lot of attention on this phone and sometimes i wonder about PA's camera reviews. But you are right maherk

23. Yahiagalhoum

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 27, 2018

Samsung galaxy Note only now from Samsung The mid range in vague situation

55. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

The A series was decent not long ago the 2017 was pretty decent with IP68, average cameras and performance. They just dropped the ball after the A8/A8+ 2018

36. gws898

Posts: 24; Member since: May 31, 2013

In my country which costs S$799, you can get Huawei Mate 20 for the same price.

37. Alex2017

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 08, 2017

Only 4 out of 10

43. G1andonly

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

You could get a note 8 for cheaper and get a lot more for your money, by the same company. I don't understand what Sammy is thinking.

56. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

That's true, the S9 is also priced the same, but here's the kicker: those prices only apply in North America. Head to Europe, Asia or Latin America and the S9, Note 8 and company sell for much higher. The A9 2018 was never meant for North America, so there's that

45. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Of course the phone ships with oreo, Samsung wouldn't launch a mid range with newer software than what's on the flagships. Considering Pie has been a mess for the Pixel I'm not stressed about using Oreo. Over all this isn't a bad phone, it's just too expensive compared to the competition. Well the cameras are a bit of a joke.

50. Kibzara

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

Samsung, stick with flagship models. Your midrangers are dull and expensive...

53. akistz

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 26, 2018

Victor has done a good job at telling it how it is. Well written and well justified review. Imagine some of the guys here reviewing this phone and giving it a 9/10 just because it’s a Samsung smh

57. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I don't remember the last time I saw pictures with heavy purple tint shot with a $500+ phone. I believe those can be easily corrected with a SW updatex but why rush, Sammy?

59. Ichimoku

Posts: 171; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

I hope Sammy will take a lesson from this bad Quattro camera edition.

61. rkoforever90

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Was samsung high when they set the price for this phone? In my country it's more expensive than regular s9 by about 70$

62. smsgator

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 12, 2019

I'm confused where it says it doesn't support any U.S. 4G LTE bands. It supports the following LTE Bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66 AT&T: 2, 4, 5, 12, (29), (30) Sprint: 25, (26), 41 T-Mobile: 2, 4, 5, 12, 66, (71) Verizon: 2, 4, 5, 13, 66 What am I missing here? BTW, You can now use non-CDMA phones on Verizon and only use LTE, though it's up to Verizon which phones they allow. Often you need to activate on a supported SIM then move the SIM card over.

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