Samsung has spent some time experimenting with its A series of devices, and this week will bring some big announcements in regards to the line. Today, Samsung is releasing the highest-end model, the Galaxy A9, in China for CNY 3,199, or roughly $490 USD. That price is a bit higher than expected, considering the A series is designed to target mid-range markets.
What does the Samsung Galaxy A9 bring to the table? Well, for that money you can get a 6-inch 1080p AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery, 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, fingerprint scanner and a high-quality build that utilizes metal for strength. As an added bonus, it’s also about to receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, bringing it up to date in the software department.
A major part of the significance here is that Samsung is expected to announce US availability of the new Galaxy A series tomorrow at its CES event. While the Galaxy A series is designed to be mid-range, a price near $500 would likely alienate many mid-range US customers, while not quite snagging the high-end customers.
We’ll keep an eye on how the situation develops.