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Galaxy S7 vs. Galaxy A9: Features, Specifics Compared

By Avery Pacheco, 18/02/2016, updated on 27/05/2019

Samsung's flagship smartphone, which carries the "Galaxy" nametags, is the main product line of the company. This year, the giant will successively unveil Galaxy S7, the variant of the first generation integrated with dual-curved display. And months ago in 2015, another Galaxy member named Galaxy A9 has been put into the market and won a big round of applause. So having so many choices of Samsung phones, which one will you select, the hot A9 or the upcoming S7? Here we will make a detailed analysis of features and specifics comparison of them.

Part 1. Table of Basic Specification

For a start, we have concluded the basic specification of each phone. And the table below shows you some features and specifics of Galaxy S7 & Galaxy A9.

SPECIFICATION

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy A9

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

GSM / HSPA / LTE

BODY

Color

Various

Pearl  White, Midnight Black, Champagne Gold, Pink

Dimension

143.4 x 70.8 x 6.9 mm

161.7 x 80.9 x 7.4 mm

Weight

200  g (7.05 oz)

Build

Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel

Corning Gorilla Glass 4 back panel

SIM

Nano-SIM

Optional  Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) - SM-A910

DISPLAY

Type

Super MOLED capacitive touchscreen

Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.1  inches

6.0  inches

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels

1080 x 1920 pixels

Multi-touch

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Platform

OS

Android  6.0

Android  5.1.1, planned upgrade to v6.0

GPU

Adreno 530/ Mali-T880 MP12

Adreno 510

MEMORY

Card slot

×

microSD,  up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

Internal

32/64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM

32 GB, 3 GB RAM

CAMERA

Primary

phase  detection autofocus, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash

13  MP, f/1.9, autofocus, OIS, LED flash

Secondary

dual video call, Auto HDR

8 MP, f/1.9, 1080p

SOUND

Alert types

Vibration;  MP3, WAV ringtones

Vibration;  MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker

Jack

3.5mm

3.5mm

BATTERY

Non-removable

Non-removable

Part 2. Review of Galaxy S7 & Galaxy A9

Body

Comparison of Galaxy S7 & Galaxy A9

First, let's focus on the appearance of the two devices. You can have a pearl white, midnignt black, champagne gold, and pink Galaxy A9. However, Samsung has not release specific info of color of Galaxy S7. But it is officially said that there are various colors for your choice. Besides, Samsung Galaxy A9 is bigger in size than Samsung Galaxy S7. If you prefer an easy-to-carry device, Galaxy S7 will be your choice because Galaxy S7 supports Nano-SIM while Galaxy A9 offers optional dual SIM.

Display

Galaxy S7 & Galaxy A9 Display

Similarly, both Galaxy S7 and Galaxy A9 are equipped with Super MOLED capacitive touchscreen. And both are multi-touch screen. But the resolution of Galaxy S7 is 1440 x 2560 pixels, which is higher than Galaxy A9, the phone of a 1080 x 1920 pixel display. So if you want better reading experience, choose Galaxy S7.

Platform

It is reported that Samsung Galaxy S7 is running Android 6.0, Marshmallow. Galaxy A9 is running Android 5.1.1 but is planned to upgrade to Marshmallow. Besides, Galaxy S7 is integrated with Adreno 530 while Galaxy A9 Adreno 510. That's to say, S7 runs faster.

Memory

When it comes to internal memory, each has strong points. You can buy a 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB S7. For A9, it has the 32 GB version only. But the A9 has a card slot, which allows you to have more space by inserting an SD card.

Galaxy S7 & Galaxy A9 Memory

Camera

Galaxy S7 & Galaxy A9 Camera

S7 is integrated with front and rear camera with great features, for example phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, Geo-tagging, face-detection, auto HDR, and panorama. For video shooting, you can conduct dual video call. And the phone can enable auto HDR mode. A9, which is also couple with front and rear camera, also apply with technology including geo-tagging, touch focus, face-detection, panorama, and HDR.

Price

We all know that both S7 and A9 are chart-topping flagships of Samsung smartphone. Samsung Galaxy S7 is available at US$790 whereas A9 only takes you US$ 579. How do you think S7 stacks up against A9? Which device would you be more likely to buy? Leave your comments.