Remember last year when Samsung said it would streamline its smartphone range and release fewer handsets? Must have been a fleeting thought, since the company seems to have a new phone to announce on the regular.
Earlier this month, it was 2016 renditions of the Galaxy A7, A5, and A3, all with sleek new builds and low-to-upper-mid-range specs, along with support for Samsung Pay. In other words, phones for anyone who wants a nice, new Samsung, but doesn't want to shell out for a Galaxy S6 or an even pricier model. And now there's an A9, too - don't confuse it with HTC's One A9, either.
Announced in China yesterday, the Galaxy A9 super-sizes the line, delivering a model with a pocket-punishing 6in display. It's a 1080p Super AMOLED panel, with a solidly sharp pixel density of 367ppi, and 9to5Google notes that the phone is only 2mm wider than the iPhone 6s Plus - so there's little space wasted on bezel, thankfully.
Elsewhere, the specs aren't far off from what's in the 5.5in Galaxy A7. It has a 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage, with microSD support up to 128GB. You'll find a 13-megapixel back shooter, 8MP camera on the front, and a fingerprint sensor - so it's Samsung Pay compatible, of course. Like the other new Galaxy A models, it'll ship with a dated OS, however: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz, of course.
The big screen comes with a huge battery, too: it's a 4,000mAh cell, which is a notable step up from the 3,300mAh battery in the 5.5in model. We've got to believe that'll last a nice stretch, especially since it's not a 2K screen and doesn't have the highest-end processor inside. That could be a rather big selling point, too, although this is an extra-large phablet.
We haven't heard anything yet about price - as with the other Galaxy A models - but they should all go on sale in China any day now before launching elsewhere with the new year.