Samsung’s strategy of flooding the market with dozens of different smartphone models at different price-points may be a fairly controversial marketing strategy, but there’s no denying that it has given the company the sort of market share that any other smartphone vendor would simply love to have. Even though reports last year indicated that the company may be looking to cut down on the number of models in its portfolio, the company has actually introduced new lineups since then, like Galaxy ‘C’ and Galaxy ‘On’. While the first one is a China-specific line that was introduced recently in an attempt to get back a slice of the Chinese smartphone pie that Samsung has lost to local competitors over the years, the second one happens to be an online-only line originally launched in India last year.
With the tradition of launching newer, refreshed editions of older models alive and well at Samsung, the company is now apparently readying a new variant of the Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) that was originally launched in China back in March this year. The upcoming device comes with the model number SM-A910F/DS, and is believed to be a dual-SIM version of the international Galaxy A9 Pro. The device received its Wi-Fi certification from the Wi-Fi alliance earlier this year, and now it is the turn of Bluetooth SIG to have certified it, thereby paving the way for it to be sent to different government agencies around the world for regulatory approvals and other formalities.
Taking a quick look at the Galaxy A9 Pro’s tech-specs tells us the few key differences between this one and the original Galaxy A9. This one comes with an extra Gig of RAM (4GB instead of 3GB), double the storage (32GB instead of 16GB), a 16-megapixel primary camera instead of a 13-megapixel unit, and a whopping 5,000mAh battery instead of a 4,000mAh unit in the Galaxy A9. The Galaxy A9 Pro is expected to be launched in India and Europe at some stage during this year, but for now, there’s no insider info on pricing and availability of the device in international markets. The Chinese edition of the device, however, has already been on the market for a while now, and is priced at 3,499 RMB ($540 USD) in the country.