SamsungGalaxyA6(2018) Review

Introduction

‘A’s as well as ‘J’s, join! We have for evaluation the Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) which takes the A8’s electronic camera and also rear-mounted fingerprint sensing unit as well as fits them in a J5 (2017 )-like aluminum body. Mind you, there’s likewise the J6 (no year) which is a whole lot like the A6 (2018 ), but minus the A’s cams and with a plastic body. As if Samsung’s lineup could get anymore confusing.

Right out of the J-series comes the chipset – Samsung’s very own Exynos 7870 which we truly liked for its power performance all the way back when it was presented with the J7 (2016 ). Hint, tip – it is a bit old. The base design features a rather sufficient 3GB of RAM as well as 32GB storage, though a higher-specced 4GB/64GB version is likewise available in some areas. There’s a microSD slot too – a devoted one despite SIM count.

The A8 (2018) offers its main electronic camera – the 16MP f/1.7 shooter changes the J5 (2017 )’s 13MP one. It’s the same point on the front – 16MP f/1.9 selfie cam is taken off the A8 (2018 ), only there it was signed up with by an additional 5MP component for depth discovery. No such point right here, though, just the 16MP cam. And a flash, there’s a front-facing flash.

There’s also a front-facing display – a rather received arrangement. It’s a 5.6-inch SuperAMOLED panel, much like on the A8 (2018 ). Oh, but it isn’t – while the one on the A8 has a 1080p resolution, the A6 obtains 720p, in a tall 18.5:9 aspect, certainly.

Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) specifications

There are no A-series goodies like water as well as dirt security, or quickly billing. You wouldn’t expect them from an even more budget friendly J-series phone, but with the A in the name comes a much greater price, and we start asking for points. As well as is a USB-C port way too much to ask for?

Actually, even prior to we delve into examining the A6 (2018) up close, we really feel that its cost sets the bar too expensive as well as may wind up being its most significant concern. Let’s not be successful of ourselves however, and look at the design.

Competition

The Galaxy A6 (2018) is no S9 – it’s got a tough crowd to fight in the mid-range. We’re not claiming it’s not furnished to do it, however possibly, just perhaps, somebody at Samsung goofed with the prices.

Seriously, though – for much less than A6 money you can have the Nokia 6.1 with a much more effective Snapdragon 630 chipset, a 4K-capable cam, a USB-C port, and quick billing. The Galaxy’s selfie video camera transcends, though.

The Moto G6 is another viable choice that will leave you some extra money. Much better GPU, sharper display, 1080p/60fps video clip (however still no 4K), USB-C, and quickly billing all enter the Moto’s support, while the Galaxy snatches success for its selfie web cam as well as battery life.

Or exactly how regarding the Huawei P20 Lite? This set might be slightly extra costly relying on where you are, though it’s vice versa in other regions. An additional efficiency battle shed by the Galaxy below, plus the Huawei has a higher-res display screen, USB-C and rapid charging (hmm, we appear to be stating this usually). The A6’s cam result is superior around, and it has a particular edge in battery life.

A-ha! Right here’s a rival where the USB port and also charging speed will not make a difference – the Oppo F7 is an additional phone with heritage microUSB and also 10W charging. The Helio P60 inside it is a powerhouse compared to the small Exynos in the Galaxy, as well as however, the F7’s battery life is somewhat much better. Plus it features more RAM and also storage as common, and also a larger, sharper display screen. The Galaxy is the one to select for image top quality, and dislike on it as you might, Samsung’s software program still beats Oppo’s in our publication.

Decision

We kicked things off with the Galaxy A6 (2018) anticipating it to experience in the bang-for-buck metric. A complete evaluation later, it appears we were right accurate (word play here meant).

Pros

Disadvantages

It’s a truly qualified phone, the Galaxy A6 (2018 ). It’s got an excellent back electronic camera, an excellent front encountering one, outstanding battery life, as well as well, an all right AMOLED screen. Trouble is, it’s unsatisfactory to justify its current rate. Cost declines and service provider aids might aid make it a much better offer, but as it stands, it’s not a simple suggestion.

Network
  • Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps
  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • Launch
  • Announced: 2018, May
  • Status: Available. Released 2018, May
  • Body
  • Dimensions: 149.9 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm (5.90 x 2.79 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight: 159 g (5.61 oz)
  • Build: Front glass, aluminum body
  • Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • – Samsung Pay
  • Display
  • Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 5.6 inches, 79.6 cm2 (~75.0% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 720 x 1480 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~294 ppi density)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Platform
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: Exynos 7870 Octa (14 nm)
  • Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Mali-T830 MP1
  • Memory
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Internal: 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
  • Main Camera
  • Single: 16 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), PDAF
  • Features: LED flash, panorama, HDR
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Selfie camera
  • Single: 16 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide)
  • Features: LED flash
  • Video:
  • Sound
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    – Dolby Atmos sound (headphones only)
  • Comms
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE
  • Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Yes (optional)
  • Radio: FM radio
  • microUSB 2.0
  • Features
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
  • Browser: HTML5
  • – ANT+ support
    – MP4/WMV/H.265 player
    – MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
    – Photo/video editor
    – Document viewer
  • Battery
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Misc
  • Colors: Black, Gold, Blue, Lavender
  • SAR EU: 0.49 W/kg (head)     1.39 W/kg (body)    
  • Price: About 200 EUR
  • Tests
  • Performance: Basemark OS II: 1137 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 1019Basemark X: 5639
  • Display: Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 3.397 (sunlight)
  • Camera: Photo / Video
  • Loudspeaker: Voice 76dB / Noise 72dB / Ring 91dB
  • Audio quality: Noise -92.8dB / Crosstalk -91.7dB
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 83h
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