Performance & Gaming

  • 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 2220×1080 pixels in resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset
    • 4x Kryo 260 LP @ 1.8GHz + 4x Kryo 260 HP @ 2.2GHz
    • Adreno 512 GPU with 128 ALUs @ 850MHz
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD)
  • 3,800mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0

Samsung used the typical higher powered Snapdragon 660 instead of the AIE variant. One big difference is that the Snapdragon 660 AIE variant has a lower maximum clock speed, as seen on the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M2). So let us take a look at the benchmarks here.

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) 3DMark benchmark Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) VRMark benchmark Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Geekbench benchmark Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) Antutu benchmark

Nothing out of the ordinary in terms of benchmarks here. For those who claims that Samsung’s firmware is full of bloatware and affects performance, then take a look at the benchmarks here instead.

Gaming

Once again, nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to the gaming performances. It still is the usual, powerful Snapdragon 660 that we know and love. Here is a quick rundown of what the Galaxy A9 (2018) is capable of doing in terms of games.

Starting off with Honkai Impact 3 at the highest graphical settings with all the effects enabled, and playing at 60FPS. It runs pretty smoothly if we are playing with the usual characters. The new, flashy “God Kiana” character does have a lot of fancy graphics and that is where the game gets a little choppy.

Asphalt 9 is rather smooth at highest graphics. Though, the anti-aliasing seems to be nonexistent here. Though for a fast-paced game like Asphalt, I don’t really mind if anti-aliasing is disabled.

Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) PUBG Mobile

As for PUBG Mobile, it can run on “balanced” graphics pretty well. For some reason, Vikendi, the new snow map, seems to suffer the most. Maybe that is because that map is still in beta stage. Sanhok runs well, though.


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