Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is a significantly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

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Excellence Score
35.7
29.9
Value for Money Score
50.3
64.0
Price ₹ 31,000 onwards ₹ 15,800 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2016 Jun, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 367 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 386 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Display Features Super AMOLED TFT IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.69 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652Ranked #23 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P20Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 510 Mali-T880MP2
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 16.0MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 1/2.8" Sensor Size, Geo-tagging, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR F/1.7 Aperture
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 13.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording Flash, F/1.9 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.1 mm
Weight 210 gm 179 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 3300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 33.00 hrs 20.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): 17 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): 20 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): 21 hrs, Video Playback Time: 26 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 109 hrs Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 11 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 15 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 15 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 13 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 72 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging: 32% in 30 mins; Scratch Resistant Back Panel (Corning Gorilla Glass 4); Samsung Pay; S-Voice; NFC; ANT+ Support; FM Recording; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay Mini
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium glass-metal design
  • The flattened mid section too helps in making it easy to hold
  • With small bezel size (just 2.7mm) the overall size is kept relatively manageable for such a large screen device
  • Samsung's expertise in making good AMOLED screen shines through in the A9 Pro as well - although the resolution is relatively low at 1080p, the screen looks sharp, offers superb contrast, viewing angles and brightness
  • If you find the colours not to your liking, you can also switch modes from the display settings (adaptive/cinema photo/basic modes)
  • Good overall speed/performance, powered by the Snapdragon 652 processor, paired with 4GB RAM - offers the same class of performance as previous generation flagships - but falls behind the current Snapdragon 820 phones like Le Max 2 and Mi5 which are available in even lower price brackets
  • The 16MP primary camera offers good quality results and has optical image stabilization - although it is easily outclassed by the top camera phones in this price range like the OnePlus 3
  • The battery is massive at 5, 000mAh and combined with the efficient Snapdragon 652, delivers two full days of battery life
  • Fast charging support (30 minutes of charging will give you about a 30 per cent charge)
  • On the whole, if you want a really large screen smartphone from one of the top brands, A9 Pro is a good deal, but if you are ok about going with middle level or smaller brands, you can do better by getting better performance, more RAM, storage and better cameras at a cheaper price
  • Well built - the phone looks and feels quite premium
  • Good, accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Good, bright, large display - decent colour reproduction, good viewing angles - good videos and movie watching experience
  • On the top of Android, is Samsung's new UI - Samsung Experience - it is more refined compared to TouchWiz UX - and continues to have a number of added software features like Games Launcher, one-handed operation mode, Multi-window mode, Direct call (to make a voice call by picking up and holding the device near your ear while viewing call, message, or contact details)
  • Smart alert (to set the device to alert you if you have missed calls or new messages when you pick up the device), Gesture support, Dual Messenger (lets you use two separate accounts for the same app such as Facebook, WhatsApp and more), Secure Folder, Samsung Pay Mini, and others
  • Decent performance - 4GB of RAM is more than enough to run several applications in the background
  • Excellent rear camera in all lighting conditions, comparable to the Moto G5 Plus, which has otherwise been the top camera phone in this price bracket
  • White balance and dynamic range remains impressive in all situations
  • Good selfie camera too, with a front facing flash for low light selfies
  • Video recording quality is decent too (but the phone doesn’t have a secondary microphone so recorded audio is not crisp)
  • Audio through the bundled or third-party earphones is decent
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life - lasts for more than a day with average use - and power-saving modes can extend it even further
  • Good Dual SIM management with Samsung's Smart Dual SIM feature (automatically forwards calls from the phone number on SIM 2, even if a user is on the phone with SIM 1’s number)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No notification LED
  • Pretty big for single-handed use - also a bit heavy at 179 grams - might not suit people with small hands
  • Performance is decent, but not the best in this price bracket - it's a notch below the likes of the Moto G5 Plus, the Redmi Note 4, the Coolpad Cool 1 and Honor 6X
  • Lacks a notification LED light - even though there is the Smart Glow feature around the rear camera, it doesn’t compensate fully for the lack of notification LED
  • Lacks fast charging, which is present in some of its competitors - takes about 2 and half hours to charge the phone
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