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Should you buy the Galaxy C9 Pro?

April 06, 2017 09:56 IST

Is it good for gaming? Multimedia?
What's the camera like?
Abhik Sen finds out.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

I had sleepless nights pondering the matter and my friends' conflicting views confused me further.

Was there no answer in sight? I was hopelessly perplexed.

My tale began with this basic premise: If you're looking for a phone in the Indian market, there are two options.

One, buy a flagship product from storied brands; and two, pick the device that could blow the socks off a flagship, from one of the newer companies (and it helped that the challenger's phone would cost a lot lesser than the flagship).

But what was I to make of the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Rs 38,900)?

At first glance, it seemed like a sleeker successor to Samsung's Mega phablet range.

Yet, it was packed with 6GB of RAM, six-inch screen and 16-megapixel (MP) front and back cameras -- features we've come to expect from the upstarts in the mobile market.

Yet, the C9 Pro most certainly isn't an inexpensive phone.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

The matte black review unit looked sleek and I daresay like phones from a certain Taiwanese manufacturer.

Gone were Samsung's signature shiny metal highlights.

Sadly, the phone runs Android Marshmallow out of the box; Samsung's familiar TouchWiz UI is surprisingly fast (like I found on the Galaxy S7 edge), though it still has bloatware.

A secure folder lets one not only keep private stuff private, but also a separate WhatsApp account.

But with a Snapdragon 653 octa-core processor, I had to game. Asphalt: Airborne 8, Riptide GP Renegade and Pokémon Go were my allies as I achieved glory virtually everywhere.

The brilliant Super Amoled screen (with the 'always on' function carried over from the S7) was a pleasure to use, even under direct sunlight.

The phone did heat up a bit, especially when I multi-tasked. But there were no lags and the touch experience was top-class.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

A walk in the neighbourhood park in daylight yielded some fabulous pictures.

The front camera was good at capturing groups and could be activated by voice.

In a dark room, I focused a light on an object and clicked a picture; the results were encouraging.

But I was disappointed with pictures clicked in low light; there was just too much noise. Also, the phone doesn't shoot 4K videos.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

Then I got my answer.

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro is a curious mix of features and price and could well herald the return of Samsung in the phablet segment it pioneered in India.

And since it's a phablet, the C9 Pro does very well for consuming media and playing games, besides being a capable phone.

But if you want a fabulous camera, pay a few thousands extra and get the Galaxy S7 instead.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro at a glance:

  • Weight: 190 g
  • Display: 6-inch Super Amoled
  • Processor: Snapdragon 653
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB, expandable
  • Camera (rear/front): 16MP/16MP
  • Price: Rs 38,900
Abhik Sen
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