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The Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus!

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Excellence Score
36.2
37.4
Value for Money Score
52.0
60.3
Price ₹ 28,990 onwards ₹ 22,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2017 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 1080x2220 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Super AMOLED, 2.5D + 3D Curved Glass, Always-on Display Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.9 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 7880Ranked #41 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #50 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T830MP2 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, 27mm Focal Lenght, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP), 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/1.9 Aperture
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording F/1.9 Aperture, LED Flash
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 159 gm 191 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 16.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 13 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 16 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 18 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 19 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 53 hrs, Audio Playback Time (Always On Display Off): upto 78 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging; NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Samsung Pay Mini; Samsung Mall
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Classy design, flagship-grade build quality
  • Comfortable size, nice heft
  • Water-resistant/Dust-resistant with IP68 rating
  • Fast/accurate fingerprint reader embedded in the home button
  • Excellent 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display - bright, vivid, and visible in the sun
  • TouchWiz, Samsung's interface is functional and feature-rich, and now also sleeker
  • Also includes Samsung Pay, Samsung's new mobile payment interface, which is pretty useful and can remove the hassle of using physical debit/credit cards
  • Pretty good overall performance (though not flagship-class), backed by a pretty efficient chipset
  • Decent rear camera (same as Galaxy A7) - gives out good, balanced results especially in daylight
  • 1080p video quality is pretty decent too, so is the audio that accompanies it
  • The 16MP selfie camera (same as Galaxy A7) produces decent results too (but its focus is fixed way too close, so you're forced to choose between wide coverage or images that are simply not in focus)
  • Decent loudspeaker - it's nice and clear at maximum volume too
  • Superb battery life, posting excellent numbers in all battery life tests - should last you a full two days with moderate use
  • Quick charging support
  • Premium, elegant design, with a metal unibody - the phone feels very solid in the hand
  • The highlight of the phone is the modern 18.5:9 display ratio 'Infinity Display' - it has great viewing angles, punchy colours and deep blacks - the tall screen lends itself well to gaming and multimedia consumption and makes content look immersive - the screen also has an always-on mode that shows the time, date, battery level, and notifications for missed calls and alarms without waking the phone from sleep
  • Samsung's Experience UI on top of Android has some nifty features such as ultra data saving mode, an anti-virus app powered by McAfee, theme support, and a one-handed mode - there is also Samsung Pay Mini (enables mobile payments), and Samsung Mall (allows users to search for products across four e-commerce platforms using image recognition), and S Bike mode (promotes two-wheeler safety)
  • Pretty decent dual rear cameras - click good pictures in daylight with good dynamic range, accurate colours and a good amount of detail
  • Pretty decent front camera too, in daylight
  • Both the rear and front cameras are also capable of taking bokeh shots, and these generally come out well
  • Good battery life - the phone easily lasts the whole day with medium to intensive use, with some juice left in the tank
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No LED notification light
  • The glass back is inevitably prone to fingerprints, and is slippery
  • Quite heavy (191g) and wide, which makes one-handed use difficult - at 7.9mm, the phone is also not the slimmest out there, which exacerbates the issue
  • Thanks to the conspicuous antenna lines and prominent regulatory information, the back panel looks quite busy and cluttered
  • The fingerprint sensor is located right below the rear dual camera setup - not only is the sensor narrow and rather sluggish, but the location is also quite unergonomic - you might find your fingers constantly hitting the rear cameras instead of the sensor
  • Facial recognition too is not the best - the feature only works well when you are facing the front camera head-on, and that too in favourable lighting
  • The 'Infinity Display' looks nice, but is not exactly borderless - other phones in this price bracket generally have higher screen to body area ratios
  • Samsung's Experience UI with a host of Samsung applications competing with Google's own, as well a suite of Microsoft apps that cannot be uninstalled, is fast becoming as bloated as TouchWiz
  • Performance wise too, the A6+ falls significantly behind it's competition - push the phone, and slowdowns become noticeable - thanks to a budget Snapdragon 450 that is now more seen in under Rs. 10k phones - additionally Samsung Experience UI's drawn-out animations make the Galaxy A6+ feel even more sluggish
  • The rear and front cameras are decent in daylight, but not so good in low light
  • The single speaker is loud but shrill, and its location is quite awkward - it is easy to cover the speaker with your hand while watching videos or playing games in landscape
  • The lack of NFC and the presence of the old-fashioned Micro-USB port for charging and data transfers are both disappointing too
  • The quality of bundled accessories too is average - the earphones are very basic, and the Micro-USB cable is extremely short
  • Battery life is good, but charging speed is quite slow - the bundled charger takes more than three hours to charge the Galaxy A6+ fully, and takes 1.5 hours to get to 50 percent
  • On the whole, the A6+ has nothing much going for it except it's great screen and decent cameras, and might make more sense to hardcore Samsung loyalists - for most other users, phones like the Nokia 7 Plus, or the Honor 8 Pro, are going to be more well rounded options - at the cheaper end, you could also look at the Nokia 6.1 or the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which are going to be better value for money
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  1. Awesome display, battery life to spare and a couple of neat cams...Reasonably affordable too
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are looking for a reliable affordable phone with a good camera, the A6+ will not disappoint
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  3. Samsung loyalists can consider the Galaxy A6+ but others should take a good look at the competition before parting with their hard-earned money
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  4. Not the best smartphone in the price range
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  5. A well-packaged phone for its price point
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  6. An easy-to-use everyday smartphone
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