Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to take a look at the Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus review. The A6 Plus costs about £370 which is not that much in comparison to the Samsung’s flagships. On paper, the phone does not look impressive mainly due to the mid-range level processor, but in this review, I’m going to take a look at how the Galaxy A6 Plus performs in reality since its all about implementation and optimisation. So, let’s find out-
The new Galaxy A6 Plus looks very similar to the Galaxy J5 since it is made mostly out of metal and I found the overall build quality to be high. Also, the buttons are beautiful and tactile, and the phone feels quite premium. However, Samsung made a few changes to follow at least one trend of 2018 the Galaxy A6 Plus sports an 18.5 by 9 aspect ratio display meaning that the phone is taller, but it is more comfortable to hold in hand. Keep in mind that the device is neither water nor dust resistant like Samsung’s flagship or premium mid-rangers.
Other features you need to know, the phone has two SIM card slots and a dedicated microSD card slot which is nice. There is also a headset jack that provides excellent sound quality thanks to Dolby Atmos and other sound enhancements. However, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus still uses the micro USB port for charging. Finally, I like the placement of the loudspeaker on the side, the quality of sound is pretty good too, and the speaker can get quite loud.
The Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus has 6-inch AMOLED display looks really nice and sharp indoors, and it’s bright enough for outdoors, it uses a typical high-quality panel from Samsung. A highly customizable Always-On display is here which is nice, but there is no LED notification light which is frustrating. The screen is pretty amazing it’s bright. The colours are punchy, very vivid they’re saturated, but that’s what you’d expect from Super AMOLED display. And the Galaxy A6 Plus also allows you for the multi-window experience.
I found the fingerprint scanner to be accurate, but the display could light up a little bit faster. There is also a face unlock feature which is accurate, but it’s not the fastest out there.
There is a beefy 24-megapixel selfie camera with LED Flash for night selfies. On the back, you have the Dual camera setup that helps you take pictures with that bokeh effect.
The A6 Plus takes pictures quite fast but not as fast as Samsung’s flagship. The image quality is great, and the images come out sharply detailed, the colours look nice and even dynamic ranges appropriately adjusted. I also clicked some shots where the colours were not accurate, excellent quality considering the price of the phone.
The portrait mode works very well as most of the images came out sharpen, the objects were nicely separated from the background with just minimal artefacts.
As for the night image quality, the camera is inconsistent. Well, it can take some beautiful shots, but the colours are usually not that accurate for example, the sky was not that blue in all the pictures I took. Also, a few images came out soft and noisy which is a little bit frustrating.
Selfies usually look good, but since the camera lacks autofocus, you need to make sure your faces in Focus if you do that you will get beautiful and sharp looking pictures. Selfie portrait mode works pretty well as I can take pretty good looking images with just minimal artefacts. The front-facing LED flash is mighty even though selfies taken in the pitch dark environment are a little bit noisy they are indeed usable for social media.
The 1080p is the maximum resolution the phone can record videos using both primary and front-facing cameras. Even though I expect that the Galaxy A6 Plus to shoot in 4K the overall video quality is excellent. The footage comes out nice and sharp, and the continuous autofocus works well. Selfie video looks great too as there is plenty of detail and finally sound recording quality is quite good.
Many people may hesitate to buy that new Galaxy A6 Plus because it uses a Snapdragon 450 chipset which is not the most powerful out there. In reality, the gaming performance exceeded my expectations the phone handles most of the 3D games very well, for example, the PUBG runs fine on medium graphics which is quite impressive. Other games that I tested and I found to be running smoothly included Shadow Fight 3, Injustice 2 and Asphalt Extreme, remarkable performance considering a mediocre chipset. So, the Galaxy A6 Plus is not all about sheer specs it’s all about implementation and optimisation.
When it comes to User Interface, it’s a typical Samsung that means that we have the Samsung experience skin that is built on top of Android 8.0 and there are plenty of features and customisation options to choose from like on most of the Samsung phones. I like that you can choose from a vast collection of themes and wallpapers customise the display in many different ways, use the split screen mode to run two apps side by side or use some advanced features, my favourites include quickly pressing the power key twice to open up the camera.
The fingerprint gestures do not work as it does on Samsung’s flagships which are a bit frustrating. I’ve installed plenty of apps on this phone and in general, I’m happy with the day-to-day performance.
The Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus is excellent when it comes to connectivity, call quality and signal reception are great using both SIM card slots, GPS is very accurate, and other connectivity options work fine. Also, the phone has quite a few sensors including the Gyroscope meaning that the Galaxy A6 Plus is compatible with VR and 360 content.
When it comes to the Battery life, I wish Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus was that good, and I could get over 10 hours of screen on time which is just a fantastic result for any phone. It ships with 3500 milliamp-hours battery. Well, you may not achieve this kind of effect, but you should expect the battery to perform well on a daily basis. Finally, it takes about 1 and half hours to charge the phone with supplies fast charger fully.
The Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus turns out to be a pretty solid mid-range phone, but apparently, it has its Pros and Cons.
Let’s start with the Cons,
I hate that the phone still uses micro USB port in 2018 but well you can live with that, I also miss notification LED light, and I wish the face unlock feature was a little bit faster. Finally, I’m a bit frustrated that the phone can’t shoot videos in 4K.
Now the Pros,
The A6 Plus is well made it feels premium, and it’s comfortable to hold in hand, I also like a high -quality display, the overall performance is excellent and the phone can handles 3D games very well despite a mediocre chipset. Also, the overall image quality is excellent, there are no connectivity issues, the loudspeaker is pretty good, battery life is solid, and you get some features that many flagships like a headset jack with Dolby Atmos audio enhancements and the dedicated microSD slot.
At the end of the discussion, the Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus may not be the most powerful phone in the market if you look the specs sheet but considering it’s real-life performance it is a reliable mid-range phone for the price of about 370 Euros but as always make sure to consider a few shortcomings before making a buying decision.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus||amazon||Rs 21,990|
|The USA Buyers|
|Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus||amazon||$ 395.99|
|Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus||Coming Soon||Tk 33,990|
|Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus||Coming Soon||PKR 47,000|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano)|
|BODY||Dimensions||160.2 x 75.7 x 7.9mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2220p, 18.5:9 ratio
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual (16-MP, f/1.7 + 5-MP, f/1.9), PDAF, LED Flash|
|Front||24-MP, f/1.9, LED Flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, face detection, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450|
|CPU||Octa-Core 1.8GHz Cortex-A53|
|MEMORY||Internal||32GB, 3GB RAM or 64GB, 4GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Proximity, Gyro, Compass, Accelerometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Hotspot|
|USB||micro USB 2.0|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, NFC & Radio|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 3500 mAh|