Samsung recently launched the Galaxy A6+ in India for 25,990 INR. The phone comes with an 18.5:9 Infinity Display, dual real cameras, face recognition and a metal unibody. This is Samsung’s attempt at introducing a competitor from their team in the mid-range smartphone market.
The phone competes with other players like the Nokia 7 Plus, Honor 8 Pro and Moto Z2 Play. The phone has a lot of things in it but how does it fair in real life usage? Here’s the review for the Samsung Galaxy A6+ that will evaluate the phones based on its different characteristics. Let’s get started.
Build & Design
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ is built out of metal and has a metal unibody. When you hold the phone in your hands, you will see how well the phone is built and it has that sturdy bulk to it which really felt good. The phone feels solid altogether.
The front has an 18.5:9 Infinity Display but you will be able to see some bezels around the screen. Above the display, you will notice the front camera, the sensors and the front facing flash is also there above the display. There is no branding on the front and it looks quite neat and clean.
The back of the phone looks very different from most of the mid-rangers out there. You will notice the antenna lines on the top and bottom of the back. Apart from that, there’s a dual camera setup on the back along with a fingerprint sensor and a LED flash.
Move to the right side of the phone and you will find the power, lock and unlock button and above the power button, you will see a speaker grill. This is a very unique place to put a speaker grill but it works well!
The left side is populated with a split volume rocker, a slot for nano-SIM, and another slot for another SIM and a microSD card. The bottom of the phone has a micro USB port along with a microphone hole and a 3.5mm audio jack. The top of the phone is empty with nothing on it.
The Samsung logo is below the fingerprint sensor and the whole phone feels quite sturdy and has a heft to it since the phone is 191 grams in weight.
The Galaxy A6+ comes with a 6-inch 18.5:9 Infinity Display. The resolution of the screen is 1080×2220 pixels and it is using a Super AMOLED panel. The display looks brilliant and the viewing angles are great. The colors look great and the blacks are deep. One of the best screens on a mid-range smartphone for a similar price point for sure.
The 18.5:9 Infinity Display is great for gaming and media consumption. Since it is a Super AMOLED display, you will find an always-on mode here on this phone. It will show stuff like the time, date, battery and other notifications.
The primary camera setup on the phone on the real has two sensors. One if a 16MP sensor with an aperture of f/1.7 while the other one is a 5MP sensor with an aperture of f/1.9. The 5MP sensor captures the depth while the main 16MP sensor captures the images. The camera setup is supported by a single LED flash.
The camera app on the phone already comes with preset modes like Night, Sports, and Panorama. You can also take advantage of the Pro mode in order to tweak the exposure, ISO, white balance etc. Samsung has also added AR stickers and these work with both rear as well as the front camera.
The rear camera sometimes struggles to focus in low light but once the focus is set, you will see that the camera can take good pictures. The dynamic ranges in the pictures were on point and the colors were accurate as well. The low light images, however, will be a bit grainy but that goes away when you switch to night mode.
The front camera has a sensor of 24MP and an aperture of f/1.9. The front camera is also supported by a flash so you won’t have issues taking selfies in the dark. The front of the camera is able to take portrait shots and bokeh images as well.
Performance & Battery Life
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ can perform really well for day to day utility apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter and more. It is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor along with 4GB RAM. The graphics are handled by the Adreno 506 GPU on the phone.
The processor on the phone is not very powerful and can cause the device to start stuttering if you push it too much. The 4GB RAM can handle a lot of apps in the background though, part of it thanks to Samsung’s Experience UI on top of Android 8.0 Oreo.
The Samsung’s Experience UI has a bunch of animations that can be disabled to make the phone a bit more snappier but if you are someone who is buying a phone just for using utility and messaging apps, the phone should work fine.
The Adreno 506 GPU makes sure that you can game without any lags or frame drops. Games like Asphalt 8 work really well in performance mode and there are no frame drops at all.
Coming to the battery life, the battery life on the Galaxy A6+ is decent and part of it is because the phone uses a Super AMOLED display. You can make the battery life much longer by using your apps in night mode or in AMOLED mode so that the black pixels are turned off, hence saving the phone’s battery to a great extent.
Charging the phone fully takes about three hours with the charger that came inside the box. Samsung should have added fast charging here since the chipset the phone uses allows Quick Charging anyway.
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung’s own Experience UI on top. The Experience UI brings a lot of things including the S-Bike mode, Chat over Video feature and more. The S-Bike mode will help people who use bikes for their commutes while the Chat over Video feature is useful for those who want to chat with people on apps like WhatsApp while watching a video etc.
You also have face recognition on the phone that you can use to unlock your phone. But it is always a hit or miss in case of low light and requires good lighting so you’re better off using the fingerprint scanner anyways.
Some apps from Microsoft are pre-loaded and cannot be uninstalled so you will see a few unwanted apps on the phone. The Experience 9.0 UI has features like ultra data saver mode, an anti-virus from McAfee, one-handed more and theme support. You can download themes and apply them from the market.
Overall at 25,990 INR, Samsung Galaxy A6+ feels a bit expensive due to the fact that company used Snapdragon 450. Except that it scores good points in build quality, camera, and display. It is undoubtedly one of the best displays that you will find in the market. Consuming media content on this phone will be amazing for sure.
Also, both the front and back camera works really well and you can capture good quality images using them. You get the latest Android 8.0 out of the box and the 3,500 mAh easily lasts for an entire day.