Software - Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0

The Samsung Experience 9.0 found on the Galaxy A9 (2018) is still the same as the Galaxy A7 (2018).

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)

Once again, the Galaxy A9 (2018) does not have haptic feedback system-wide so the phone will not vibrate upon screen presses. I did, however, change to Google’s Gboard keyboard and that lets me customize the keyboard vibration.

One major difference is that Samsung actually defaults a pink colored wallpaper on the Bubblegum Pink unit of the Galaxy A9 (2018) that we have here. I presume that Samsung pairs a blue colored wallpaper for the Lemonade Blue Galaxy A9 (2018) too.

If you are worried about bloatware, then this is a treat for you. Those grey colored apps are shortcuts of those apps only. They are not installed in the phone just yet. Technically, you can remove the bloatware entirely by just throwing away the shortcut. You can download them from the Google Play Store later if you need it.

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) camera UI
The only extra apps that are baked into the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)

Samsung Max makes a return once again – which is the app that is ad-supported and helps you save on data usage. In a way, it functions like a VPN server actually. I recommend you to check out our Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) review where we explained more about the Samsung Max.

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