At this point, the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro is exclusively available to the Chinese market, possibly causing aggravation to some enthusiasts living in other parts of the world. If rumors are to believed, however, the device is already poised to stage its international debut.
C9 Pro's International Version
The bulk of reports citing the Galaxy C9 Pro's availability in other markets such as the United States is largely caused by a recent Wi-Fi certification obtained by an unidentified Samsung device.
The document that gave the stamp of approval for the completion of the Wi-Fi Alliance interoperability testing cites the certified device as SM-C900F/DS. This label has excited observers because it leaves little to the imagination. The name is almost a direct reference to the Galaxy C9 Pro or its international version.
Some believe that the certification is only part of Samsung's move to launch the C9 Pro in other markets and that it signifies an impending release.
Galaxy C9 Pro Specifications
The degree of interest on the Galaxy C9 Pro should be interesting to the uninitiated, but tech watchers already know that the mid-range smartphone is packing serious muscle and stylish aesthetics to boot.
The C9 Pro has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653, which should immediately establish its mid-range credentials. However, it ships with an insane 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. These specs are usually seen in premium units. The RAM even trounces its equivalent in the high-end Galaxy S7 and edges closer to the 8 GB standard it wants to pioneer in the smartphone industry.
The Galaxy C9 Pro also boasts a 6-inch Super AMOLED display and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera. Interestingly, its selfie shooter also features the same pixel count.
There is also a 4,000 mAh battery capable of fast charging, a fingerprint sensor and expandable storage.
Availability And Pricing
The expectation is that the international variant will ship with roughly the same hardware and design. The Chinese version runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow straight out of the box but at this point when Samsung is already poised to unleash its own Android Nougat update, the device could ship with the latest and greatest Android system to date.
According to SamMobile the device will likely get a 2017 international release. As for its cost, one can just turn to its retail price in China. The Galaxy C9 Pro is currently being sold in that part of the world for 3,199 yuan or around $470. The price could still vary from market to market.