Apple’s first major change of design happened in September 2014, along with the iPhone 6, whose screen size has been increased from 4-inch to 4.7-inch. But the iPhone 6 had a bigger brother, a phablet with a 5.5-inch screen, the same hardware specs and an identical design, and in 2015, their successors came with an unchanged design and internal upgrades. Last year, Samsung went back to the drawing board and came up with a premium looking Galaxy S6, then more flagships were released with a glass back and a metal frame. But the first smartphone that will arrive this month will have a full metal body and a 6-inch screen. So, let’s take a look at Galaxy A9’s specs and see how it stacks up against the iPhone 6S Plus.
Designs and Displays
The iPhone 6S Plus is the larger variant of the iPhone 6, meaning that it has the same aluminum body with two horizontal lines on the back (they’re hiding the radio antennas), but in addition to the Space Gray, Silver and Gold colors, Apple has released a Rose Gold version for the female buyers. The dimensions of the phablet are 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm, and even if you’re not noticing it, you should know that the material that Apple has used to make the exterior of the iPhone 6S Plus is thicker, because now, the new device has a back that is made of 7000 series aluminum, an alloy that is much more durable and heavier. The phone weights 192 grams, with 20 grams more than its predecessor. The screen kept its size and resolution (5.5-inch with Full HD resolution), but it’s pressure-sensitive, as Apple has integrated the new 3D Touch technology, which detects two levels of pressure applied on the screen.
The Galaxy A9 is enormous, but slim, measuring 161.7 x 80.9 x 7.4 mm and it weights exactly 200 grams. Its exterior was made of metal and it’s available in four variants of colors: Pearl White, Midnight Black, Champagne Gold and Pink, while the screen has a diagonal of 6-inch, but the resolution is Full HD, so the resulted pixel density is 367ppi. The display is Super AMOLED, which gives vibrant colors, but it’s not as sharp as the Retina screen from the iPhone 6S Plus.
The iPhone 6S Plus has double RAM than its predecessor and it’s powered by the Apple A9 Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister processor, which is between 70 and 90 percent faster than the A8. As for the internal memory, it comes in the same three options of 16, 64 and 128GB.
The Galaxy A9 is powered by a weaker Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 octa core processor with four cores that run at 1.8 GHz and four cores are clocked at 1.2 GHz. However, the chipset houses the latest Adreno 510 GPU, which allows you to play the most complex games and enjoy the graphics. The phablet supports multitasking and the processor is backed by 3GB of RAM, so you won’t experience any lags or app crashes. Luckily, the internal memory is expandable from 32GB to 128GB.
Cameras and Batteries
The main camera of the iPhone 6S Plus has been increased from 8MP to 12MP and now it can simultaneously record 4K video and 8MP image, or capture a 3 seconds video consisting of 1.5 seconds before taking the shot and 1.5 seconds after taking the shot. The supported features include phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/3″ sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size and the aperture is f/2.2. The Galaxy A9 has a 13Mp rear camera with f/1.9, autofocus, OIS, LED flash, 1/3″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, but it records Full HD videos. The iPhone has a 5MP camera on the back, but Samsung used a camera with a higher resolution of 8MP.
The iPhone 6S Plus is powered by a 2750mAh battery which offers 24 hours of talktime, but the Galaxy A9 will last a lot longer with its 4000mAh cell.