It's been less than a month since the Galaxy A9 hit stores in China. Now, a report has emerged that Samsung has already commenced work on an advanced version of the phone.

SamMobile, citing reliable sources in Samsung, has revealed that development of the device, codenamed SM-A9100, has begun in China. The phone will most likely be named Galaxy A9 Pro.

As of now, there is no word on the device's hardware features, such as display resolution, RAM, camera, battery capacity and others, but previous Galaxy device release patterns indicate the Galaxy A9 Pro may come with a QHD (2K: 2560x1440p)-based screen and probably house 4GB RAM, 64GB inbuilt storage with Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out-of-the-box.

For the uninitiated, the original Galaxy A9 model sports 6.0-inch full-HD display and ships with a fingerprint sensor, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 652 Octa-core SoC (System-on-Chip), 3GB RAM, 32GB in-built storage and a massive 4000 mAh battery. So, expect Samsung to bump up the hardware features in the Pro version.

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Coming back to topic at hand, tipsters have claimed Samsung's upcoming Galaxy A9 Pro is developed for the China market. We believe the company might wait for the public response and then decide to launch it in other global regions.

In a related development, Samsung is expected to soon unveil the company's flagship Galaxy S7 series next month at Galaxy Unpacked 2016 either on 20 or 21 February ahead of MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.

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Stay tuned for more updates.