Updated on 2018-06-09 by Shivam Setia
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Samsung Galaxy A6 in the latest smartphone launched in the last week of May 2018. With this smartphone, Samsung has aligned some of the features with the latest trends and a few still to be achieved. Samsung has one of the best industrial design and manufacturing processes in the world and you can be assured of that by the looks of this smartphone. Built primarily of metal, the smartphone feels totally premium without any two ways about It. The metal construction makes the smartphone solid and well-gripping in hand.
On the front, is the iconic Infinity Display at an aspect ratio of 18.5: 9 with a resolution of 720 x 1480 pixels with a pixel density of 294PPI on a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED Panel, the resolution isn’t what we were expecting. It had to be at least a 1080p panel but Samsung has invested into an infinity display which has some borders on the sides and very significant ones at top and bottom. The display feels a lot better than a 720 x 1480 display and is super bright, super saturated and the colours just feel so crisp and punchy.
At the back, we find a refreshing approach to Antenna bands by flaunting them. In the center, is the vertically oriented camera housing with rounded corners. The fingerprint sensor sits right below the camera, followed by Samsung logo embellishing the smartphone. We are not satisfied with the size and placement of fingerprint sensor as It is quite difficult to reach and It still has quite a small surface area. We admire the design of Galaxy A6, It carries the surplus amount of premium and finesse, It is somewhat heavy but doesn’t compromise on build quality and construction materials.
The hardware side of things isn’t a whole lot sweet with Exynos 7870 powering the smartphone. For those who don’t know, Exynos 7780 is an octa-core CPU with Cortex-A53s all lined up and working at 1.6GHz. The device is grossly under-equipped for Its price as the devices coming in at half the price pack equal or better performance. Performance is one of the most crucial aspects of a smartphone and while the normal, everyday tasks are just fine. The deficiency in power starts to show up as you push the device further by opening several apps and switching between games.
Galaxy A6 comes in a single variant with 4GB RAM and 32GB of onboard memory. 4GB of RAM is enough for most cases and makes multitasking bearable on this smartphone. There is a dedicated MicroSD slot to expand the storage up to 256GB. The general performance is no doubt fluid and snappy but the struggle this phone faces on facing multiple apps is quite conspicuous. We recently reviewed Honor 7C which is a budget device and shockingly the performance here is quite similar. Samsung has just thrown the value for money parameter out of the window and for a smartphone priced above Rs 20k, you don’t expect that.
MALI T830 GPU is capable but is still not up to Adreno’s standards on other Qualcomm Snapdragon-based smartphones so the smartphone does fair in casual games but starts to struggle with heavy titles. On the GeekBench, the smartphone scores 723, 3605 on single core and multi-core tests respectively. On the Antutu Benchmark, the Samsung Galaxy A6 scores around 46000.
Let us talk about the camera now, As with most Samsung smartphones, the camera performance sways us away. The smartphone has a single, 16 MP (f/1.7) sensor with LED flash and while you might be complaining about dual cameras, hold on because this smartphone camera does a lot better than other smartphones which have dual sensors. Yes, the smartphone is missing the portrait tricks but It takes absolutely stunning shots whether It be bright daylight or some low-light situations, thanks to the wide aperture. In some shots, we observed excessive sharpening which is software based as Samsung has to compensate for putting a wide aperture lens. The colour reproduction is great and noise levels are fairly low, even in low-light conditions. There is a whole lot of detail and yeah, Samsung cameras do have the tendency to make the scene appear more cinematic and picturesque than It usually is so you can’t escape that.
The front sensor is equally delightful with 16MP, (f/1.9) with soft LED flash for night time selfies. The front sensor also captures some really amazing photos with tons of details and less noise even in low-light situations, It is not as good as the rear sensor in night time but It sure makes a great selfie camera. Again, the selfie camera does some softening on Its own with some added processing to make the photos appear more ‘good looking’ and that’s again a Samsung thing you can’t do anything about. Overall, we are quite pleased with the camera performance of Samsung Galaxy A6, It does equally well on all front and rear shots with good details and dynamic range on spot.
On the software side, Samsung Galaxy A6 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, with Samsung’s own software overlay on top. The skin is called Experience 9.0 and Its a grown-up version of TouchWiz we’d say, but a lot better. We like the overall look and feel of the skin. On top, there are some Microsoft apps which can’t be uninstalled. Experience is fast on Its way to become TouchWiz and Samsung is not much concerned. There are a lot of features, well packed in the UI and a lot of them are quite useful as well, but we feel the Samsung Experience is getting more and more bloated by each iteration.
Samsung Galaxy A6 gets Its power from a non-removable Li-ion, 3000mAh battery which is well enough for a day. Credits to this can be attributed to the OLED panel and the low-power chip which powers the device. Talking of charging, things get a little out of colour here as there is no fast charging support, on top of that there’s a MicroUSB port instead of a USB-C. There is a single downward firing speaker beside the charging port and yes, It is not outrageously loud but It is not any bad either. The device doesn’t carry any IP ratings with It, so don’t get it close to water or dust, for its longevity. The panel is an OLED panel, has Samsung’s always-on features where you don’t have to wake the smartphone to see time, notifications and other basic stuff. It makes life easy.
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Samsung A6 is a perfect phone is you look it from a perspective of camera and build quality. If you are a Samsung lover then this phone surely going to excite you but Galaxy A6 is not meant to handle heavy usage as the processor has limited capabilities. If you do not have heavy usage and have a budget of 20k, you can buy this phone as the solid build quality gives it a long life span.