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Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro: The phablet from abroad
By Ian Chee - 14 Apr 2017
Launch SRP: RM2299

Introduction, Design and Features

It’s not all that uncommon for phone makers to release certain models exclusively in certain regions. Samsung does this too, with our review subject of the day being one of them. It’s the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro, and it was at one point exclusive to China. It has since been made available to India, and we’ve now got this model over here on our shores. But when we got a closer look at what it can do, we were a tad puzzled as to why it wasn’t a worldwide release from the get go.

Design & features

As usual, we start with what we can see on the outside. And the first thing that is immediately obvious is the 6-inch form factor. With the proliferation of massive phones since the debut of the first Samsung Galaxy Note, this isn’t really a novel sight anymore. The front would be familiar to anyone who has seen a Samsung phone – the physical home button/fingerprint sensor combo flanked by two capacitive ones below the Full HD screen, and the earpiece with a metal grille on the other side. Round the back, we have the six thin antenna lines that we first saw on the OPPO R9s. Of course, you have the Samsung branding and the rear camera with the accompanying dual-LED, dual-tone flash. There is a slight bump to the camera, so you’d want to be careful when you put it down on a table or any other surface. The rest of the surface has a nice metal finish, which gives it a feel that’s comparable to the flagships.

On the sides, the top is clean this time because the 3.5mm audio jack socket is placed at the bottom, alongside the speaker grille and the USB Type-C port. The volume buttons are on the top left corner, and the power button sits on the right, alongside the dual Nano-SIM and microSD card trays. Yes, they’re independent trays, so you can have both a second SIM card and a microSD card of up to 256GB.

On the inside, the familiar TouchWiz UI sits atop Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. In recent days, Samsung has already cut down a lot of its own apps, but there’s still a whole suit of Microsoft and Google apps taking up residence.

  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • User-Friendliness 8
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 8
The Good
Metal body
Good performance
Independent SIM and microSD trays
The Bad
Camera bump is annoying and cause for unnecessary worry
No shutter speed control in Pro mode
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