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Samsung's new phablet looks impressive, but good luck getting one

The Galaxy C9 Pro has a 6-inch screen, 6GB of RAM and 16MP cameras on both its front and back. But it's only officially available in China.


You've certainly heard of Samsung's Galaxy S line of phones, and probably heard of the Galaxy A and Galaxy J ranges, too. But what about Samsung Galaxy C phones?

The new Galaxy C9 Pro has a 6-inch screen, which qualifies it as Samsung's latest phablet. It has some enticing specs, including 6GB of RAM, a 4,000mAh battery and an AMOLED 1,920x1,080-pixel display.

The catch is, it's only officially available in China. India will be next, as Samsung announced today it'll also hit that country next month, The Indian Express reports.

The fact that the C9 Pro is exclusive to China and India speaks to the power of the two phone markets, each of which is larger than the US market. That geographic imperative played out in similar news from last week that Nokia's comeback phone, the Nokia 6, is to begin life as a China exclusive.

But if you're real keen to get your hands on the Samsung phablet, you may be able to snag it online for around $500 (AU$650 and £380). That's much cheaper than the $850(ish), AU$1,350 and £700 Samsung was charging for its Galaxy Note 7. You know, before that phone started exploding and then got taken off the market.

It has some other one-ups on the Note 7, including 16MP cameras on both the rear and front, whereas the Note 7 had 12MP and 5MP -- though of course, more megapixels isn't always better. It's also got 6GB of RAM compared to the Note 7's 4GB.

It does, however, run on a 1.44GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon 653 processor. That's not as zippy as the SnapDragon 820 used in the Note 7 and last year's Galaxy S range.

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