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03 Mar, 2017 ,
Samsung was the first manufacturer to start the big screen trend in the year 2011 with the Galaxy Note which had 5.3 inches display. The device was considered very large and became the prime topic of jokes for being too big to be successful. Fast forward 6 years, now every phone has a bare minimum screen size of over 5 inches. Some Chinese manufacturers are also coming up with 6 inches of display and Samsung thought of jumping on to the opportunity as well. So here we have the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro priced at Rs 36,900.
The matte finished black device with a slick glass front unit looks stealthy and premium. The sides of the device are wrapped with metal and subtle rounded glass edges. At 6.9 mm, the device is quite slim and to our delight it doesn’t feel like a big phone. The phone weighs 189 grams and is certainly not the lightest in the league.The top and bottom antenna lines on the rear remind you of HTC phones. The camera lens protrudes a slight bit and surprisingly the smart-phone misses out on water and dust protection rating. The physical home button comes with an integrated finger print sensor coupled with capacitive buttons on both sides. The power button is on the right while the volume buttons are placed on the left. You have a dual tray set up on the right edge for dual Nano SIMS and a microSD card. The bottom edge consists of a USB Type-C port with a standard 3.5mm audio socket. There is also tiny speaker cut out on to the right side of the bottom edge. One handed use is not possible but the matte texture allows you to grip the device firmly. The device also attracts a lot of finger prints and smudges on the metal.
The full HD AMOLED display on the C9 Pro offers an eye-catching viewing experience. Viewing angles are wide, with crisp color reproduction and deep blacks. Visibility under harsh sunlight was surprisingly good. This is not the best AMOLED display out there but can give a good fight to the devices like Google Pixel. The color tone is on the cooler side with a bluish tone and you can switch to basic display mode to set things to normal. The screen comes with a screen protector and is resistant to scratches.
The C9 Pro comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653, which has four Cortex-A72 cores running at 1.95GHz and four more Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.44GHz, and integrated Adreno 510 graphics. The most compelling feature on this device is the massive 6GB RAM which we feel will attract a lot of prospective buyers.The phone runs on Android 6.0.1instead of Nougat sadly. However, the device is open to the Nougat update in the future. Samsung comes with the same and simple user interface with a bit more improvement. The left side of the home screen you have the newsfeed app called Briefing. Pull-down quick settings panels consist loads of toggles. Then you have the split-screen mode to run dual apps, but not all apps are supported. You get custom fonts for the user interfaces which by the way are also available at store for download. Like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge the C9 Pro features an always-on display mode. You can view the time in one or two time zones, battery level, calendar and icons for missed notifications. The mode allows you to choose colors and background patterns unlike the monochrome power-saving modes on other devices. When the back light goes off in standby mode you can see that information on the screen.
The setting app has been allotted with some convenient shortcuts which help you to find other related settings in other sub sections. Features like blue light filter, easy mode, game mode, shortcut gestures, power saving, memory clean up tools can be found in here. Then there are the usual Google apps, Microsoft Office suit and a few utilities from Samsung. Secure Folder helps you to secure your data and apps behind a fingerprint. Games like Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2 ran without any lag. Benchmark results on the C9 Pro were solid. In AnTuTu we got 84,596, 10,233 in 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme, 3,997 in Geekbench's multi-core test and 36fps in GFXBench's T-rex test. The device comes with 4000mAh battery. With normal usage consisting of on screen activity, LTE and Wi-Fi streaming we got a day and a half of usage time. You get 12 hours and 56 minutes of continuous video playback time on this device.
Samsung means pure business with 16 megapixel snappers at the back as well as the front. The camera app can be launched by double-pressing the home button. The layout is pretty clean and the pro mode comes with the usual exposure, ISO, and white balance settings. A separate button for video recording is there for the ease and convenience. There are 8 filters for your clicks and you can download more of them from third party apps.
The image quality from the rear camera was amazing and focusing was swift and quick. Pictures were sharp and rich with details. Depth of field achieved on this camera was damn sweet. Shots taken at night had very little noise. Ambient lighting helped to maintain the colors of the shots taken at night. Video quality was very impressive both in the day and night. The phone sadly misses out on 4K and there are voice gestures to initiate a video recording command.
The C9 Pro comes with dual Nano SIM setup that supports 4G and VoLTE. Call quality and signal reception during calls were exceptional. The device also supports dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, LTE, VoLTE, USB Type-C and GPS. Wifi reception was good and we got some amazing downloading, uploading and streaming speeds.
The multi-media experience on the C9 Pro is pretty good considering the big display and powerful viewing angles. Sound quality from the speakers was not overwhelming but ok. Sound from the external headset was decent.
The Samsung has pitched the C9 Pro against obvious targets like OnePlus 3T, Moto Z, Huawei P9, and Sony Xperia XZ. Despite the phone being great on its own it isn’t as powerful as its competitors and Samsung is really trying to bank on with brand power and mouth-watering specifications.
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