Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus 

price₹ 22,990 onwards

launchMay, 2018

39.0

excellence score

60.5

value for money score

2-Minute Review

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Design

  • Premium build, with a metal unibody - the phone feels very solid in the hand
  • Quite heavy (191g) and wide, which makes one-handed use very 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
  • The 'Infinity Display' looks nice, but is not exactly borderless - other phones in this price bracket generally have higher screen to body area ratios

Display

  • 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

Software

  • 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)
  • 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

  • Performance wise too, the A6+ falls significantly behind it's competition - push the phone, and slowdowns and stutter become noticeable - thanks to an underpowered 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

Camera

  • Decent dual rear cameras - click good pictures in daylight with good dynamic range, accurate colours and a good amount of detail
  • 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
  • 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 rear and front cameras are decent in daylight, but struggle in low light

Audio

  • 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 quality of bundled accessories too is average - the earphones are very basic, and the Micro-USB cable is extremely short

Battery

  • Good battery life - the phone easily lasts the whole day with medium to intensive use, with some juice left in the tank
  • The lack of NFC and the presence of the old-fashioned Micro-USB port for charging and data transfers are both disappointing too
  • 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

More

  • On the whole, the A6+ has nothing much going for it except the screen, and might only make sense to hardcore Samsung loyalists - for most other users, phones like the Nokia 7 Plus, or the Honor 8 Pro, are going to be much 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 much better value for money

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Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2220 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
  • Infinity Display
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall Sensor
  • RGB Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor1.8 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
GPUAdreno 506
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3500 mAh
Dimensions
Weight191 gm
Thickness7.9 mm
Camera
Camera16.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP)
  • 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture
  • 5MP: F/1.9 Aperture
Secondary Camera24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/1.9 Aperture
  • LED Flash
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
More
  • Dolby Atmos
  • WiFi Direct
  • ANT+ Support
  • Samsung Pay Mini
  • Samsung Mall

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