Apart from refreshing its Galaxy A-series lineup, Samsung is also expected to soon add a new member to the A-series family in the new Galaxy A9. The Galaxy A9 will take over from the Galaxy A8 as the highest-end model in the A-series lineup. So what exactly is going to set it apart from the other A-series smartphones you ask? Well, according to a GeekBench listing, the Galaxy A9 could be one of the first Galaxy smartphones to be powered by Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 620 chipset, which is based on the ARM Cortex-A72 architecture.
This is not the first time that the Samsung Galaxy A9 has been spotted on the GeekBench database, but it is the first time that the device has been spotted on the benchmark with its actual model number SM-A9000. The benchmark listing confirms the 1.4 GHz clock speed for the quad-core Cortex-A53 cluster on the chipset. The Cortex-A72 cluster on the other hand will most likely be clocked at the standard 1.8 GHz that Qualcomm advertises. The chipset also integrates the Adreno 510 GPU and comes with the Hexagon DSP, integrated X8 LTE modem with Cat.7 LTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11n/ac with MU-MIMO, and Bluetooth 4.1.
The only other information that the GeekBench listing reveals is that the device will be equipped with 3GB of RAM, just like the second-gen Galaxy A7. The combination of the powerful chipset and 3GB of RAM results in fantastic performance, as can be seen with the scores that the Galaxy A9 manages. Its single-core and multi-core test results are pretty much similar to many Snapdragon 810 powered smartphones out there. Provided Samsung prices the Galaxy A9 competitively, it could turn out to be a very attractive alternative to flagship devices at a lower price point. The Galaxy A9 was tested with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS, which suggests the Galaxy A9 too could launch with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and not Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Previous benchmark leaks also point to a 5.5-inch 1080p display and 32GB of onboard storage. At the back, the smartphone could be equipped with a 16MP rear camera, just like the Galaxy A8. No info on release data is currently available, but we expect Samsung to announce the Galaxy A9 alongside the second-gen Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7 models soon.