Let’s be honest here. Samsung has been struggling selling phones in the mid-range market thanks to some excellent mid-range offerings. Their J-series of smartphones sell well but that’s in the Rs.30,000 price segment. In the Rs.50,000 price segment, the phones from Samsung fall flat. With the Samsung Galaxy A6+, the company is looking to change all that. But can it do it? Let’s find out in this Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus In-depth review.
The Galaxy A6 Plus packs in all the bells and whistles you will expect in a mid-range smartphone that is in the Rs.50,000 price point but at the same time misses out in essentials like the use of USB-C port. Is it good, it is bad and more importantly, is it worth your money? Let’s find out.
Galaxy A6 Plus: Design
Three things: Smooth, sleek and slippery! With a metal unibody, with curved edges, the phone is “sexy” to look at. The metal design feels supremely premium and solid in your hands. But yes, finger smudges are a thing, so, a case would be a must-have, if you don’t want to clean your phone every now and then. The back of the phone houses the dual-lens camera, and a fingerprint sensor right below. The flash seems to be a bit “odd one out” beside the camera and sensors.
The phone is large, about 16 cm, and at almost 8mm, it’s not as slim as you’d like. The front is dominated by the Infinity Display, with thin bezels. Below, you will find the 3.5mm headphone jack, and the micro USB charger, which is a bit disappointing!
On the left side, you have the volume rockers, with the SIM trays below. It has two SIM trays, a nano-SIM tray and another with a nano-SIM and a microSD card holder. On the right, the power button and the speaker. Yes, the speaker positioning is very awkward, and it’s very easy to muffle it while gaming or watching media. That is one thing I didn’t like about the phone. Being quite large, one-handed use is a bit difficult, but large phones have their own pros.
Galaxy A6 Plus: Display
Now, let’s talk about the display of the phone. The Galaxy A6 Plus features a 6.0″ Full HD+ display with (2220 x 1080)p resolution at 411 PPI pixel density on 18.5:9 aspect ratio on a Super AMOLED panel. The AMOLED panel is the star, as always, delivering striking colors, optimum brightness and good viewing angles. For a big screen, the resolution does justice and watching media and gaming are quite a treat! Infinity Display does mean on-screen navigation buttons, which is a hassle for some. But it is what it is.
The Always on screen option can be quite convenient to show you time and notifications without having to wake the phone up. Overall, the display is truly one of the best features of the Galaxy A6 Plus.
Galaxy A6 Plus: Camera
The Galaxy A6 Plus sports spectacular camera setup. The primary camera is a Dual Camera setup of 16 MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5 MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture. The 5 MP sensor is mostly there to capture depth data. The camera app is easy to get familiar with. The pro mode will need some getting used to, and it’s not for everyone. You can also get stickers and effects, some are already there while others have to be downloaded. The pictures are good enough, as much you can expect from Samsung’s mid-range phones.
Colours are accurate, and the amount of details is satisfactory. Low light images, however, can be hit-and-miss. Some low light images come out great, while others are grainy. The 24 MP selfie camera is similar; it can give you stunning selfies in good lighting while not so much in low-light, even with the front flash.
Bokeh shots are possible, and the Live Focus feature (only in the rear), which offers satisfactorily accurate edge-detection and depth-of-field effect. One thing off about the camera is that it can take up to a second to focus on a subject, which it struggles at sometimes. This is most noticeable while capturing videos where you need to capture your surroundings. You can record videos at 1080p @ 30fps but as aforementioned, they suffer from focus shifting. Oh yes, and the camera lacks OIS too. Not to mention, there’s no option to record 4K videos.
Galaxy A6 Plus: Platform and OS
The most disappointing aspect of the Galaxy A6 Plus has to be its Octa-Core 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 450 chipset supported by 3 or 4 GB RAM options. I feel that this is a low-level processor for a phone of this calibre, as you can find many mid-rangers on Snapdragon 630s or so. Yes, I am complaining, as ‘just’ handles most of what you throw at it. The Adreno 506 GPU is thankfully a good GPU for gaming. With time, I won’t be surprised, if the phone gets bugged down and slow to respond.
The Galaxy A6 Plus runs on Android 8.0.0 (Oreo), with Samsung Experience 9.0 skin on top. With many Samsung’s bloatware, including Google’s defaults, and even Microsoft apps that cannot be installed, Samsung Experience is on its way to becoming TouchWiz again.
Galaxy A6 Plus: Performance
Causal usage with multitasking can be done pretty well, but of course, it can’t take too much of it. Asphalt 8 will run smooth, after some loading time and a few stutters. It can handle games like PUBG well too but will stutter quite noticeably against the likes of Injustice 2. And yes, I advise you to not multi-task while gaming. The gaming is probably mostly made possible by the GPU and RAM, as the Snapdragon processor is not one that belongs on a mid-range phone.
Causal multi-tasking, however, is fine. Open over 15 tabs (except games), and you’ll still be able to do your stuff still. The speaker grill, though small, delivers good sound, but yes, it’s easily muffled due to its awkward location. The fingerprint sensor is also somewhat awkwardly placed, and you’ll hit the cameras more than the sensors with your fingers.
Galaxy A6 Plus: Battery and Memory
The Galaxy A6 Plus comes in two different options. You can either have one with 32 GB storage in the 3 GB RAM version or 64 GB in 4 GB RAM. But due to the availability of expandable option up to 256 GB via microSD card, you don’t have to worry about storage at all.
As for the battery, it has a 3500 mAh Li-Ion battery that can well last you for a whole day with casual usage. If you game much, then, you’ll have to look for the charger by evening. And since you have a micro USB charger and not a USB C, it means slow charging that can take well over 3 hours!
Galaxy A6 Plus: Conclusion
I feel the Galaxy A6 Plus 2018 has Young Spirit but features Old Flesh. It’s due to the fact that with Samsung trying to integrate so many flagship features into a mid-range phone, it has forgotten some of the most essential ones! A micro USB port? Still? In 2018? I mean, we can do without Bixby even, which the phone has, by the way. But do include a USB C!
The build, the display and the cameras are welcome. The lesser performing chipset is the major off-point for the phone. Also, the micro USB charging and awkward speaker placement are downsides to the phone.
I also feel that the camera can get better, but they might with software upgrades. I am guessing that the phone will cost over 40000 in Nepal. And at that price, it will be hard to recommend a phone with Snapdragon 450 processor. There are other options available with a better chipset for that money. But other than that, everything else is good enough. However, if the company can price the phone lower, it will be an entirely different story.
We will be sure to update any latest developments on the phone. Thank you for reading, and stick with us for more such news and information.