Samsung has been invested in its Galaxy A-series for quite some time now. The company had recently launched the Galaxy A9 (2018), which is announced as Galaxy A9S in China along with its first ODM phone, the Galaxy A6S. Being an ODM phone, the Galaxy A6S has not been manufactured by Samsung, just designed. The manufacturing company for the A6S is Wintech, which is why it is cheaper. Despite being an affordable Samsung phone, the A6S does not compromise on specs. It has a Snapdragon 660 SoC powering it, along with 6GB of RAM and dual cameras at the rear. Let’s take a look at the specs of both the devices below.
What Does Samsung’s First ODM Phone Packs?
Starting with the Galaxy A6S, it comes with a metal and glass body with a 6-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display bearing Full HD+ 2160 x 1080 pixels resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB storage, depending on the variant. The storage can be further expanded via microSD card.
Coming to optics, the Galaxy A6S does not have higher megapixels than the recently launched Samsung A8 Star but is good enough for getting decent output. The phone has a 12MP+12MP dual camera setup at the rear, wherein neither of the two lenses is telephoto. The second lens in the setup is for meant for capturing Live Focus bokeh pictures. There is a 12MP selfie snapper on the front.
Completing the package, the Galaxy A6s is backed by a 3300mAh battery. It has USB Type-C connectivity and does not miss on a 3.5mm audio jack. The phone features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. On the software side, it runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Samsung Experience UI.
The Galaxy A9S is a Rebranded Galaxy A9 (2018) So Nothing New Here
The Galaxy A9S features Glass body with an aluminum frame in between. It has a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (expandable up to 512GB). A 3800mAh battery backs the device with support for fast charging.
One of the USPs of the Galaxy A9S aka Galaxy A9 (2018) is its quad camera setup at the rear. The phone features vertically stacked four sensors on the back – a 24MP primary sensor followed by an ultra-wide 8MP sensor, a 10MP telephoto lens below it with 2x zoom, and then finally a 5MP depth sensor to facilitate Live Focus shots. The phone has a 24MP selfie snapper on the front with Face Unlock.
Galaxy A9S aka Galaxy A9 (2018) May Launch in India on November 4, Expected Price in India
After launching the Galaxy A9 (2018) in Malaysia, Samsung is expected to announce the phone in India on November 4, 2018. A report by 91Mobiles confirms that the South Korean giant is all set to make the smartphone official in India. It would be interesting to see at what price Samsung brings this quad-cam phone out as India is one of the markets where price point matters. With the growing domination of Oppo and Xiaomi, Samsung won’t have it easy in the region.
In China, the Galaxy A6S has been launched at CNY 1799 (approx. INR 18,972) and CNY 2199 (approx INR 23,190) for the 64GB and 128GB variants, respectively. The Galaxy A9S is priced at CNY 3499 (approx INR 36,900). Concerning color options, the Galaxy A6S is available in Koi Red, Salang Black, Flower Blue, and Purple. While the Galaxy A9S is available in Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue, and Bubblegum Pink color variants.
While Samsung is seemingly gearing up to launch the Galaxy A9 (2018) in India, you can check out our review video for the Galaxy Note 9 below.