Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro was launched in India in January 2017. It is also one of the few Galaxy handsets to sport 6GB RAM. Based on the specs list, Samsung aims to put its Galaxy C9 Pro against some high-end smartphones in the market without making any tall claims.
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro: Detailed Review
When it comes to the design, the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro breaks the notion of most Samsung smartphones looking same. The industrial design of the device is fresh and has a premium look. C9 Pro’s design has an uncanny resemblance, only thinner and ergonomically better. C9 Pro is similar to One plus 3T, LG G6, and same to Galaxy S7 Edge. It has a stealthy look given the less-reflective matte metal black body at the back and 2.5D glass covered front panel with black bezels. Mix that with AMOLED black wallpaper and you get a near-perfect looking smartphone. There is a physical home button below the display with the embedded fingerprint sensor. In day to day usage sometimes it failed to recognize fingerprint.
The placement of a home button, front-facing camera, proximity and ambient light sensors and the multi-color notification LED largely stays the same. On the back the smartphone supports an unconventional three-line antenna on top and bottom with a rear camera placed at middle along with Dual Tone LED flash.
The headphone jack is placed beside the USB Type-C port and a speaker, which is surprisingly louder than other handsets sporting single speaker. Samsung claims that its C9 Pro has dual speakers with the second speaker placed on the main speaker grille above the display. The sim card and micro SD card are placed on the right side below the power button. On Left side volume buttons are given.
C9 Pro display size is 6.0 inch with super AMOLED full HD screen. Viewing content from different angles is possible without any color tone change. The screen is bright and comfortable to use under sunlight and can go dim enough in low light to prevent eye stress. Like the situation with every handset with 2.5D glass, the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro’s display is prone to minor scratches if not protected with a screen guard.
Performance and Processor:
The Snapdragon 653 chipset and 6GB of RAM ensure that the Galaxy C9 Pro offers fast performance at all times. As the Snapdragon 653 is equivalent in power to the Snapdragon 810. Apps launch quickly, and animations are smooth throughout. The phone tends to heat up during prolonged gaming sessions and while charging, but it stays cool at other times. As for multitasking, the 6GB of RAM seems to keep slightly more apps in memory.
Galaxy C9 Pro comes with 64GB of Internal storage. Expandable up to 256GB with micro SD card. It also comes with two sim slot. As per the performance, the fingerprint sensor on the C9 Pro is probably its most disappointing aspect.
To be fair, Samsung’s fingerprint sensors have been left behind by the competition even in the flagship range, and most of it comes down to the fact that Samsung’s home button offers lesser surface area than rear-mounted fingerprint sensors or the iPhone’s circular home button. Most people use their thumb for the fingerprint sensor, which means Samsung’s home button is usually smaller than the finger being used and is more prone to failing recognition.
Galaxy C9 Pro runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It’s not Nougat but many features of Nougat are available here, such as blue light filter and Samsung cloud. Understanding the Touch Wiz UI is a no brainer. Navigating through the interface is easy and pretty straightforward. Like with other smartphones, you can long press on the home screen to change the wallpapers, widgets and screen grid.
All of this is powered by a 4000mAh battery, running the show in the background. It’s safe to say that this is Samsung’s best-performing smartphone as far as battery life is concerned. There is also an App Power Monitor where you can stop certain apps from running in the background. Granular controls are also available such as setting the number of days before an unused app is put to sleep or enabling or disabling Fast Charging technology. The device runs for 12 hours on average/heavy use. In our day-to-day usage, the smartphone consistently ran for 12 hours on a single charge.
The smartphone rocks a 16MP autofocus rear camera. Dual-tone LED flash and a bunch of shooting modes including HDR, Manual, Food Continuous Shot, Night, Panorama and more. Open camera app by double-pressing the home button. You can even swipe between different shooting modes. All you need to do is to swipe right to access the aforementioned modes and swipe in the opposite direction to access the filters. The rear camera is perfect for capturing images during daylight. The night mode is of some help as it sharpens the image slightly more.
Front facing camera comes with 16 MP to capture shots in bright lights with accurate colors and sharpness. Galaxy C9 Pro only records up to Full HD at 30 frames per second.
Galaxy C9 Pro Pros and Cons:
- Big Display
- Decent Performance
- More Customization option
- Good battery life
- Slim Design
- Fingerprint scanner not accurate to recognize
- Old android version 6.0 Marshmallow
- Heavy Skin(UI)
Galaxy C9 Pro Price In India:
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro will cost you Rs.31900/- in India.You can avail it any of the offers at Amazon, Ebay or Snapdeal.
Competitors of Galaxy C9 Pro:
While the low-cost segment gets a lot of attention, there are some fierce competitors at and around the Galaxy C9 Pro’s level they are One Plus 3T, Moto Z, Huawei P9, Sony Xperia XZ.