Samsung launches metal-clad Galaxy A9 with Snapdragon 652 SoC in China
Samsung launches metal-clad Galaxy A9 with Snapdragon 652 SoC in ChinaSamsung China (Screen-shot)

Samsung appears to have started preparing for the release of the Galaxy A9 Pro (SM-A9100) just a few weeks after the Galaxy A9 was released.

The Galaxy A9 Pro has been spotted on Bluetooth SIG (via SamMobile) for certification needed before a device is released. Samsung hasn't announced the release date of the device, but its launch is imminent now that it has been put up for certification.

It wouldn't come as a surprise if the Galaxy A9 Pro is unveiled in the first half of the year or even in the next few weeks, now that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have been unveiled. There are possibilities of Samsung releasing the device as early as March or April, with the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 expected to arrive in June.

The device was earlier spotted on GFXBench with a 5.5-inch display and 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, and fingerprint sensor. Under the hood, it has an octa-core CPU clocking 1.8GHz, an Adreno 510 GPU, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, 32GB internal memory and 4GB RAM. It also houses a 15MP main camera with auto focus, face detection, flash, HDR photo and touch focus, and a 7MP front-snapper. 

In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy A9 Pro supports single SIM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC (Near Field Communication) and GPS. It is also expected to come with sensors like proximity, accelerometer, proximity, pedometer and light sensor.