DREAM MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHER? – Review and experience of using Samsung A9 2018

Marketers Samsung clearly know how to “HYIP”, because on Galaxy A9 2018 did not say just lazy. Ordinary at first glance, the smartphone middle segment was able to attract a lot of attention due to four main cameras. But let’s look at what is actually waiting for user who spent $ 600 on new.

Design

Despite the almost identical design of all modern phones, taking the A9 in hand, you immediately realize that this Samsung. Phone nice, well built, weighty and even in minor elements follow the General style of its devices.

But also comes the understanding that this is not a flagship phone, because a smooth transition from the glass to the metal frame there. The angle of the frame can clearly be felt, which may confuse some potential buyers.

The smartphone was rather large, and even with my not very small hand for normal use I like to intercept the device. But a couple of hours and you get used to it.

Controls are placed closer to the upper edge, which brings some inconveniences, can not be said about the fingerprint scanner. It is slightly recessed and to find it in the blind without any problems.

Recognition works extremely adequately and quickly. Plus the phone is support for unlock by face recognition. Setup takes a couple of minutes, and A9 is ready to work. As for speed, it upset me a little. For example, my personal Meizu 15 Samsung was faster by 2-3 seconds. However, this may change with the update.

The device I liked. Closing his eyes to minor things, global issues here to be found. Would be allowed to reassign the call button is extremely “useful” Bixby on something else — it would be cool.

Custom module four camera quite successfully entered in the General style of the phone and does not feel alien. So ugly it is because this module did not.

The tray for SIM-cards here the king’s – here’s two separate slots for SIM cards plus space for a microSD. But I’ve got interested in something else: around tray there is a rubber seal, which confirms the possible certification of the device according to the standard of ip67 or ip68, but the exact information yet, so under the water we did not be omitted.

Oh, I almost forgot to say the most important thing! The headphone output on the spot, no adapters USB Type-C to a 3.5 mm Jack is not needed.

Display

The front side is covered with a rounded glass with a good layer of oleophobic. Under it is a 6.3-inch screen on the basis of SuperAMOLED-matrix with a resolution 2220 x 1080 pixels.

Proprietary features panels allow to obtain excellent black, AlwaysOn display and a steep saturation. But on the green hue deviation should not be forgotten.

In the settings screen has all the necessary settings to calibrate it for themselves, making the image less saturated or activate the filter mode blue.

Brightness suffices with a head. Even on a Sunny day you can see the text on the display. And that’s the only thing that would change is the frame around the display.

They are then symmetrical to that question is no, but there are phones which cost less and offer a bar for a few tenths of an inch more in the same case.

Features

Technical characteristics of the device is familiar to the pain. The basis is one of the most popular processors for devices in the medium price segment – Snapdragon 660. He is very cheerful, only to meet it, as the Xiaomi for $ 200 and the Samsung for $ 600. A pair to it with 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal. Plus, as I said, the phone has support for microSD cards.

On the one hand, on gland all is well. The device works quickly, the interface is smooth, games run on high settings, and the amount of RAM here will last for a long time. Without knowing the exact model of the processor, we can assume that there is the flagship chip. But on the other – such the hardware platform used in smartphones, which are much cheaper than the Samsung A9. And the only justification would be a wide set of wireless modules present in the model.

So, of course, for the money it is possible to find more efficient solutions, and you’re right, buying them. But I personally know people who can not stand any of the Chinese and they are willing to pay more for the brand. And 128 GB of internal memory you get not free. So to sum it up – comfortable to work and play, but dragomoschenko.

In addition, A9 is the whole useful set: dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and GPS. So fast Internet you, and contactless payments. The shell was usable, I can finally feel at ease to say that the irritation it I have no objections. Quick, easy and with lots of Goodies. Well, inside it Android 8.0.

Autonomy and sound

The sound in the headphones I liked. Settings full, any “uluchshayzerov” too, and the volume level. But the external speaker is simple and only one. For this price I want a stereo sound and not going anywhere until I get. The call will hear you clearly, but from watching clips or movies satisfaction don’t wait.

The battery capacity of 3800 mAh delivers. I’m only in if the phones will be a millimeter thicker, but with a big battery. Autonomy here a day and a half, well, or very active day. Charging the case via USB Type-C and up to one hundred percent takes a little less than two hours.

Camera

Here are the company “Poipet” on the number of cameras, adding to the device in the medium price segment, and shirik, and telephoto, and a normal module and even the device responsible for determining the depth of the frame. Looking at this kit, the impression that this is a good choice for the mobile photographer. But I’ll tell you right now, this fourth camera is needed here more for quantity than for real problems. After all, a phone with two modules well shoot portrait photography, and some cost one.

The final software on the Galaxy A9 yet, so these cameras have a certain specifics, but this is not surprising because this device is the first of the company’s experience with so many cameras. To understand how well pictures of the novelty, I took Meizu 15 (excellent fotosmoralo in the middle price range) and Huawei P20 Pro, which plays in the League of flagships. About overloaded with all sorts of features of the camera to talk a lot of sense. There, where to spend a few hours studying every mode, but I’m interested in is the quality of the photos.





Start with sirica. It is 8 MP with f/2.4 and good does what it’s designed. 120 degree angle should be enough for most tasks. The quality of the final images at the level of middle price range. Detail a bit, but those that are can be sharpley. The lack of light it gets worse. So wide module is a good option to make a couple of shots of urban architecture, but no more. The main camera makes the footage a little better.

Samsung

Samsung

Huawei

Huawei

Meizu

Meizu

The main module then 24 MP with aperture of f/1.7. Taking three telephones in fully automatic mode and removing the same objects, I realized that even with active HDR from the A9 still happen overexposure due to the lack of dynamic range, and detail, there are some problems.

Meizu

Meizu

Huawei

Huawei

Samsung

Samsung

Plus the white balance sometimes goes to red tones, which is strange. The main condition to get a good picture – a lot of light. In a dark room does not help even the existence of stabilization. Perhaps by turning the manual settings, you can get a better quality picture, but in automatic the situation is the following – on the screen of the smartphone all is well, but on closer examination one sees the problems.

Meizu

Meizu

Huawei

Huawei

Samsung

Samsung

At the moment telephoto is enabled only after a bit of playing with the zoom, because on the test device by pressing the switch occurs simple digital zoom. But having spent a couple of minutes, I was able to deal with this bug, which soon must fix. Despite a positive attitude, telephoto A9 in the Galaxy was mediocre. First, it is very difficult to catch the focus, because sometimes the phone just refuses to do it. And secondly, there are some problems with dynamic range and detail.

Samsung

Samsung

Huawei

Huawei

Meizu

Meizu

Huawei P20 Pro there is a clear leader, but not particularly expensive Meizu 15 shows themselves very cheerfully, despite the fact that the magnification a bit lower than Samsung and Huawei. So to make a really good shot at telephoto is too heavy.

Meizu

Meizu

Huawei

Huawei

Samsung

Samsung

Left portrait mode. There are all approximately equal. One missed a bit there, this bit of butchered the contours, but the result is almost the same. The funny thing A9 should include the ability to change the blur strength and pattern of the side after shooting photos.



The frontalka nothing unusual: module 24 MP makes the ordinary as “Sebaste”. Plus there is the extended self, in which is glued a few photos.

In the end, four cameras A9 Galaxy is nothing more than a nice marketing ploy. Yes, after the update the picture quality might improve, but to take it just for the sake of the cameras, I would not. The formula “shirik, telephoto and normal module” – an excellent number of extra modes huge, but a welcome detail pictures, unfortunately, I have not received. Today this is clearly not the best choice for a mobile photographer for the money.

Summary

What the company requests from the buyer $ 600? I will say this, for the combined weight of the chips brand, the quality of housing and a certain uniqueness. Where you’ll meet a phone with four cameras? Rumor has it that the local cost may be a little less than $ 600, but at a serious discount, and I wouldn’t count on it. So the phone will be a good option for supporters of the brand, fans of unusual devices and those who simply can not tolerate Chinese brands.

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