Updated on 2018-06-09 by Geetansh Arora
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Samsung Galaxy A6 plus is the higher variant launched along with the Samsung Galaxy A6 in May 2018. As always the build quality is amazing, with not the top notch but a decent camera and a low value for Money score. Let us talk about each of the features of Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy A6+ is slightly bigger than the Galaxy A6 with a 6-inch Super AMOLED Panel with a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. The display comes from the line of famous Samsung ‘Infinity Displays’ so its tall at an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. This makes up the pixel density to be ~411PPI which is quite better than Samsung Galaxy A6’s ~292PPI. This difference is well seen in real life as well, where we find the A6+ having a more bright, punchy and crispier display with better contrast levels. So, this sets it out straight - Samsung Galaxy A6+ doesn’t only have a bigger screen but a better screen than Galaxy A6. There are some bezels up top and bottom as well. There’s is no notch, and the top houses an array of sensors, earpiece, front camera and a soft LED flash for selfies in low-light.
On the rear, the device is again identical to Galaxy A6 with premium metal design and quite visible antenna bands in a rounded pattern. The striking difference comes in the camera housing, where Samsung Galaxy A6+ has a dual camera set up against one on the Galaxy A6. The fingerprint sensor sits right below the cameras and again, we don’t like the position as It often leads to fingers on camera and is quite difficult to reach as well. The device is quite gorgeous and quite slippery as It comes sleek at 7.9mm thickness and weighs over 190 grams, It definitely gets tough to grip this one tight for longer durations. In all, we love the design and build quality of Samsung Galaxy A6+, Its an absolutely beautiful device with some amazing build quality with zero compromises.
Samsung Galaxy A6+ is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450. Yes, the same Snapdragon 450 found in Xiaomi Redmi 5, the budget champion. We are quite shocked with Samsung’s choices here, being a mid-ranger the least we expected is a Snapdragon 600 series SoC but the situation is even worse here. Ergo, the performance is like a budget smartphone and multitasking is quite not what we would expect with lags and hangs as the number of apps get more. On the Antutu Benchmark, the Samsung Galaxy A6+ scores around 57000 which is quite low for a performance index of a mid-range smartphone.
Adreno 506 serves as GPU and It works fine with most games but we did observe some stutter and frame drops in normal mode in some heavy games like Asphalt 8. All of this is backed by 4GB of RAM, which is great but makes quite a weird combination with Snapdragon 450. The result is, that the smartphone is able to keep more apps in memory and hence switching is a bit faster. There is an option for expandable storage up to 256GB with a dedicated MicroSD card besides the 64GB of onboard storage. Everyday tasks are smooth and the UI is responsive, If you aren’t much of a heavy user, the smartphone performance isn’t gonna concern you a lot, but in comparison with other mid-rangers like the Nokia 7 Plus or even some lesser ones like Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A6+ eats dust.
The camera is perhaps the best thing about Samsung Galaxy A6, and it doesn’t get much different here with a single sensor now being replaced by dual sensors with the primary sensor being 16 MP (f/1.7) and secondary being 5 MP (f/1.9) with LED flash. The presence of two sensors makes Galaxy A6+ portrait mode capable. The camera performs the best at the price with best colour accuracy and dynamic range. The sensor taps on a lot of details but exposure gets misplaced at times which can be corrected with a tap to focus. There is some noise in low-light shots but they are still admirable. Moreover, the A6+ can intelligently detect objects or scenes being shot, and optimise camera settings accordingly, to get the ‘best’ shot. We like the camera on A6+ in all, it is probably the best camera in the range right now with some micro issues, that you can look over like the colour temperature and some absurd bokeh shots at times.
The front camera is brighter with a 24 MP (f/1.9) coupled with a LED flash, and the selfies are just stunning. The front flash accompanies you through dark times and It never let us down, It gets super bright making it virtually impossible to distinguish selfies taken in daylight to ones taken at night. The big sensor keeps all the details, intact with some reasonable noise. Samsung Galaxy A6+ as a camera is quite excelling.
On the software side, Android Oreo 8.0 is the in charge, with Samsung Experience 9.0 skin on top. We see a ton of redundant apps from Samsung and Google for the same thing, and now some of the apps by Microsoft have also laid permanent claim to the device. We can’t let go of the word, ‘bloated’ here. The best you can do is put all the apps in a folder, forget about it and smile. Nonetheless, we felt no hiccups while tinkering around and playing with Samsung Experience, It is still responsive and fluid like before.
There is a Non-Removable, Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery at play here, which lasts for a day at best. Samsung has had a rough time in the past with batteries so we don’t really blame them for playing safe but compared to other smartphones with the same amount of battery, Galaxy A6+ tend to last less, maybe this can be attributed to software or the general chemistry of Samsung batteries is different. A MicroUSB 2.0 port sits at the bottom for charging, yeah, no USB-C here, additionally, there is no fast charging.
The speaker on the A6+ is identical to one on the A6, so there is not much to compare here in sound quality as well. The speaker is reasonably loud but has a bit shrill in Its signature. There is a dedicated microphone for active noise cancellation during calls, which we found out to be pretty effective during our testing. The sound output via headphones is a whole different story with Dolby Atmos. The sound quality, staging and clarity are just as we’d expect from a Dolby Atmos capable device and we are quite delighted. Samsung hasn’t mentioned any IP rating for the device, so we assume none and advise you to keep It way far from liquids and dust. 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 somewhat easy.
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Samsung A6 Plus comes with strong build quality and new design. It also has an excellent camera quality available in this price range. But on the processing side, it uses the processor used in budget smartphone so the multitasking is somewhat limited. If you look for a durable phone and do not have very high usage or multitasking requirement, then you will love this phone for under 25k.