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Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro preview

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Samsung popularized the big screen smartphone back in 2011 with the launch of the Galaxy Note. Back then, the phone was considered freakishly large and was laughed off for being too big to be successful. Fast forward six years and now every smartphone being launched has a screen over 5.0-inch in size, with 5.5-inch quickly becoming a popular option. In contrast, the original Galaxy Note had a display that measured only 5.3-inch in size.
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro review
And with big screen phones growing in popularity today, going even bigger seemed a logical path to take. Enter the 6.0+ inch phones. Samsung is surely no stranger to this category - but it seems phones like the Galaxy Mega 6.3 came too early to a market that wasn't quite ready for it. Today, however, 6.0-inch phones suddenly don't seem all that big so this might be the perfect time to jump back into this segment and try your hand at it. And so we have the Galaxy C9 Pro.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro key features

  • 6.0-inch, 1920x1080 Super AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 653; 4x Cortex-A72 at 1.95GHz + 4x Cortex-A53 at 1.44GHz; Adreno 510 GPU
  • 6GB RAM, 64GB storage with microSD support
  • 16 megapixel rear camera, f1.9 aperture, PDAF, two-tone LED flash; 1080p video
  • 16 megapixel front camera, f1.9 aperture, 1080p video
  • VoLTE, dual SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, A-GPS, USB-C
  • Stereo speakers; fingerprint sensor; FM radio
  • 4000mAh battery, Quick Charge 2.0
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Key shortcomings

  • No water or dust resistance
  • Imbalanced stereo speakers
  • Heats up when in use and charging
  • Too much bloatware
Launched first in China, the C9 Pro has now made its way internationally and we have the Indian model here for review. Users in both China and India have shown considerable interest in big screen phones and as such are perfect for the C9 Pro. But Samsung hasn't just stopped at the screen size; it seems the Korean giant has taken some pointers from its Chinese rivals. So now the 6.0-inch display is coupled with a powerful octa-core processor, 6GB of RAM and a big 4000mAh battery. Because if there's one thing that Asian markets like it's big numbers, and the C9 Pro has them in spades.
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Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro press photos
The C9 Pro specs get about as good as a non-S or Note series device specs can get. Samsung even went overboard with 6GB of RAM, which is a first for any Samsung phone. But numbers only tell part of the story so let's get to the part where we use the phone and see what it's really like.


The Galaxy C9 Pro has a 16 megapixel camera on the back with f1.9 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and two-tone dual LED flash. The camera can also record 1080p 30fps video.
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Camera app
The camera software on Samsung phones has been refined over the years and remains one of the best out there. However, the app on the C9 Pro is a bit too simplified, as is often the case with non-flagship phones.
There is a Pro mode but it's simplified and it doesn't offer shutter speed control or manual focus adjustment.
Fortunately, there aren't too many compromises in image quality and photos taken with the C9 Pro generally come out looking good.
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Photos taken by the Galaxy C9 Pro
Daylight images have good level of detail and accurate colors. Closer inspection reveals some smearing of finer details and occasional patchiness but it does help keep the noise level down and isn't too distracting.
The dynamic range isn't great and the center-weighted average metering often blows highlights to keep the center of the frame well lit.
Fortunately, the HDR mode works really well most of the time, dialing just the right amount control for the shadows and highlights depending upon the scene. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer live preview or auto mode.
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In low light, the image processing gets a bit more aggressive and we see more of the smearing and patchiness in finer detail but again it's not particularly problematic. The phone does come with a very capable Night mode, which takes multiple shots and combines them, much like the HDR mode, to clean out the noise and restore some of the lost detail.
The video capturing doesn't come with Slow motion mode, 60fps option or electronic stabilization (EIS), with the latter being its biggest drawback.
The video quality is also quite good. The dynamic range isn't great but the level of detail, colors, and the focusing are perfectly fine. The lack of stabilization does make the video quite shaky, though.

Battery Life

The Galaxy C9 Pro has a massive 4000mAh internal battery. The battery is not replaceable but that's fine because it does last a really long time.
The average Screen-On times we got are generally between 6-7 hours even with heavy use. The overall standby times are generally over 24 hours, which means the phone can easily get you through an entire day and still have some power left towards the end.
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Battery life times
If that's not good enough, you also get Quick Charge 2.0 support, which means the phone does a full charge in just over an hour and a half. The downside to this is that the phone gets ridiculously hot while charging, which is a common problem with Quick Charge devices.
If you are someone who charges the phone overnight, it would make sense to use a standard 5V 2A charger and use the bundled fast charger only for when you are in a hurry.


Samsung played a huge part in carving the phablet niche out of nothing with its Note series. Of course, up until recently, having a 6+inch phone seemed like an outlandish idea. But now that users are finally warming to the idea of having the biggest possible screen in their pocket, there is no better time for Samsung to have another go at this segment. And so we have the Galaxy C9 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro review
In our time with it, the C9 Pro proved itself as a really good smartphone. It is well designed and very well made. It has an excellent display, an excellent battery life, good performance, good camera, and a full bag of proprietary software features, which add positively to the user experience.
It may not be as good value as something like the Xiaomi Mi Mix or the OnePlus 3T but if you want the peace of mind that comes with a big brand like Samsung and are also looking for a big screen phone then you can't go wrong with the C9 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
  • Released 2016, November
    189g, 6.9mm thickness
    Android OS, v6.0.1
    64GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 36%5,106,387 HITS
  • 6.0"1080x1920 pixels
  • 16MP1080p
  • 6GB RAMSnapdragon 653
  • 4000mAh
LAUNCHAnnounced2016, October
StatusAvailable. Released 2016, November
BODYDimensions162.9 x 80.7 x 6.9 mm (6.41 x 3.18 x 0.27 in)
Weight189 g (6.67 oz)
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.0 inches (~75.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels (~367 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
PLATFORMOSAndroid OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 653
CPUOcta-core (4x1.95 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.4 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPUAdreno 510
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal64 GB, 6 GB RAM
CAMERAPrimary16 MP, f/1.9, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Secondary16 MP, f/1.9, 1080p
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackYes
 - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetoothv4.2, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS (region dependent)
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
USBType-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
 - Fast battery charging
- ANT+ support
- MP4/WMV/H.264 player
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
BATTERY Non-removable 4000 mAh battery
MISCColorsGold, Pink Gold, Black
SAR EU0.79 W/kg (head)     1.62 W/kg (body)    
Price group9/10

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