Gretel A9 Unboxing And First Impression

Gretel A9 happens to be the latest in release list of the China based OEM – Gretel, the device comes with improved specs, unique features and mostly, a brilliant body design. Announced in March 2017, the Gretel A9 device comes with a front placed fingerprint sensor embedded on the home button and an updated software running the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The device recently became globally available after a period of pre-sale, read full hands-on review here.

Gretel A9 Specs at a Glance

  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 5.0 inch LCD IPS display
  • 146.6 * 72.8 * 7 mm
  • 1.3 Ghz Quad-Core processor
  • 13MP Autofocus back camera with flash
  • 5MP front camera with flash
  • Dual SIM capability (NanoSIM)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB ROM with expandable memory up to 64GB
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • 2300mAh non- removable battery

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Lets now unbox and see what lies in store, the box is quite compact with no wrap and no seal (that “do not accept if seal is broken” ish), so to reveal the content of the box, you will need to slide the top cover of the box upward.

gretel a9 box

Sitting comfortably on top of the box, Gretel A9 is the first thing you see once the box is open

gretel a9 box

gretel a9 box


Gretel A9 Box Components

Before we head over to design and impressions of the new A9, lets quickly go through what we saw further in the box.

The box also contains some accessories; a charger, a USB cable, screen guide, transparent phone case, an ejector pin and off course the user guide, there is no earphone in the box.

gretel a9 box components

Transparent rubber phone case and a protective screen guide

The Gretel A9 USB cord and charger. The charger is branded “Switching Adapter” 

gretel a9 charger and usb cord

The last of the useful contents of the box; the ejector pin.

gretel a9 ejector pinn


Gretel A9 Design and Impressions

After we have gone through the box components, its time to check out the design and impressions of the Gretel A9 device.

Lets start by peeling off the descriptive sticker covering the screen of the phone… It even comes with a screen guard pre-installed!

gretel a9 screen

… and another transparent sticker that covers the rear of the phone

Gretel A9 back

Totally free of its box and sticker, this is what the back of the Gretel A9 looks like… It looks and feels sleek, don’t you think so?

The front top bezel of the device is occupied by the 5MP camera with a soft flash and the proximity sensor

gretel a9 front top

The navigation keys dominate the lower bezel, fingerprint sensor is embedded in the home button.

gretel a9 front bottom

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The USB port and audio jack are located at the top of the phone

gretel a9 top border

The microphone hole is left alone at the bottom right of the phone

gretel a9 border bottom


With the aid of the ejector pin, we opened the SIM/Memory card tray located on the right side of the phone just above the power button, the volume adjustment keys are located at the left side. The SIM tray can hold 2 nano SIMs and a Micro SD card but not at this time, the device uses SIM 1 slot for SD card space.

gretel a9 sim and microsd card tray


The Gretel A9 is priced within the range of ₦31,000 – ₦35,000 (80 USD)


With its attractive black color, curvy and slim border and contrasting wide dark screen, the Gretel A9 is sleek, definitely. I find the inclusion of a clear rubber case and a spare screen guide particularly impressive too, despite having a screen guide pre-installed on the device. The absence of earpiece in the box was a little disappointing but that not withstanding, what was your impression about the Gretel A9 phone, drop your comments below. See full review of this device HERE.

Purchase Links:

Buy Gretel A9 from TOMTOP for $74.99

Buy from AliExpress for $71.99 (Limited time offer)


  • Gretel A9 is one the best smartphone that is available with in the budget. Gretel A9 features the super slim matte black metallic body. The design of this phone is quite attractive, when you closely look at this phone you will feel soft textures due to micron sandblasting. Such precise finishing gives this phone a premium look.

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