The Samsung Galaxy A6 has a solid aluminium body, which lends it a bit of a premium feel. It looks to be sturdy enough, but unlike the other phones on the higher end of the A series, it is not waterproof. Despite even the J52017 having a physical home button and capacitive keys, there’s nothing below the display this time around on the A6, with the virtual keys on the screen functioning without any vibrating feedback.
The Samsung Galaxy A6 comes with a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 720×1480 pixels and an 18.5:9 ratio (~294 PPI density). It runs the latest Android 8.0 (Oreo) Exynos 7870 Octa (14 nm) and Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A5 processor. It comes in64 GB memory/4 GB RAM (or 32 GB memory/3 GB RAM) with a non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery. The camera setup is a 16 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), PDAF on the rear.
- Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Android OS, v8.0 (Oreo)
- Exynos 7870 Octa Chipset
- Costly for its features
- No stereo speakers
The Galaxy A6 (2018) comes with its shortcomings though, having neither a good price for the product nor stereo speakers, which is standard in phones today.
Despite its high price, the Galaxy A6 is a stellar phone which brings some of the best features in the market
The display on the Galaxy A6 is a 5.62 inch AMOLED with a trendy 18.5/9 Aspect ratio. It’s still Samsung’s own Infinity Display, but unlike the S8 or S9, you won’t find any fancy curves here. Disappointingly the resolution for A6 is only a measly 720p, while the bigger sibling of the two, the A6 Plus comes with a 1080p display. It doesn’t bode well for the A6 that you can notice the pixels underneath the top surface despite a pixel density of 294 PPI. Perhaps as a redeeming quality, it does well on brightness tests, achieving 482 nits max brightness in auto mode. It also does well on sunlight legibility tests. Despite all of these claims, these numbers fail to substantiate the A6 as a brilliant phone since it boasts an AMOLED screen for its display. It doesn’t have a notification LED either which inadvertently leaves you guessing when to check your phone.
The Samsung Galaxy A6 has a solid aluminium body, which lends it a bit of a premium feel. It looks to be sturdy enough, but unlike the other phones on the higher end of the A series, it is not waterproof. Despite even the J52017 having a physical home button and capacitive keys, there’s nothing below the display this time around on the A6, with the virtual keys on the screen functioning without any vibrating feedback.With a 5.62 inch Super AMOLED screen and an Exynos 7870 octa-core processor, this phone will keep you hooked.
Moving over to the back, the accent made from the curved antenna lines is an interesting design choice which adds value to the overall appearance. Below that is a single camera mounted on top of the fingerprint scanner. The scanner is easy to reach on the back of the phone, but because of its proximity to the camera, there is a chance of the lens getting smudged every time you have to use the fingerprint scanner. Alternatively, Face Id works very well too if saving the camera lens is a priority, and you could consider switching to that for unlocking the phone.
The Galaxy A6 comes with either 32 or 64 gigs of onboard storage. For audio the A6 has a single speaker located on the side of the phone; it sounds great and has an excellent quality. It is one of the phones which still has the 3.5 mm jack where you can plug in your headphones for a better experience with Dolby Atmos surround sound. It does leave you disappointed though, since you get a micro-USB port and not a reversible type C, which is an industry standard at this point.
The Galaxy A6 runs on the Exynos 7870 chipset with 3-4GB RAM. It’s the same processor that was there on the J5, and it has started to get old now. The processor is very efficient.
You also get access to Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant.
One of the significant improvement over last year’s J5 is the camera. At 16MP(f/1.7), with PDAF and LED Flash, the A6 runs with face detection but without the OIS. In daylight, the photos are quite lovely, with good details, well-controlled noise, and natural processing. However, the camera falls short on dynamic range through — with high contrast results leading to blown out highlights which you can try and salvage by switching to the HDR mode. In low light, the A6 most significantly showcases its lack of mettle and quality: there’s no softness in the photos, and there is Luminance noise and significant discolouring with each shot.
Video recording is quite basic on the Galaxy A6, probably due to the limited chipset resolution, which is capped at 1080p without 60fps mode or electronic stabilisation. That said, the footage is decent, with abundant details, low noise, and good colour rendering.
The 3000 mAH battery lives for a decent 83 hours in one go. There’s no support for fast charging, though.
The Samsung Galaxy A6 is not a bad phone, but where it falls short (or large, rather) is its price tag – it’s almost double the asking price of the J5. It has seen some upgrades this year with its metal design, A series camera, and a selfie camera – but these additions fail to add glamour to an otherwise dull proposition. Although the A6 is bringing an underpowered chipset, grating display, and no fast charging, it does well to utilise them to their most efficient ends. Nowadays, mid-range phones are all about the giving you a bang for your buck, fitting in as many features as it possible into the lowest price tag. Sadly for Samsung, at this price range, the competitors are doing everything the A6 is doing, but better.
- Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE
- Thickness0.30 inches
- Height5.90 inches
- Weight159 g
- ColorBlack, Gold, Blue, Lavender
- BuildFront glass, aluminum body
- Width2.79 inches
- Display TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Screen Size5.6 inches
- Pixel Density294 ppi
- Display Resolution720 x 1480 pixels
- Aspect Ratio18.5:9
- Screen to Body Ratio75.00%
- CPUOcta-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
- Chipset GPExynos 7870 Octa (14 nm)
- GPUMali-T830 MP1
- OSAndroid 8.0 (Oreo)
- Expandable MemorymicroSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
- RAM/Internal Storage64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
- Single Camera16 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide)
- Back Camera FeaturesLED flash, panorama, HDR
- Back Camera Video1080p30fps
- Single Camera16 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide)
- Front Camera FeaturesLED flash
- HeadPhone JackYes
- Audio FeaturesActive noise cancellation with dedicated micDolby Atmos sound (headphones only)
- User ReplaceableNon-removable
- Battery Capacity3000 mAh
- Battery TypeLi-Ion
- USBmicroUSB 2.0
- RadioFM radio
- Network SupportGSM / HSPA / LTE
- NFCYes (optional)
- GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot
- SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Announced On2018, May
- StatusAvailable. Released 2018, May
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