Galaxy A6 Plus review- worth to purchase at this price point?

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Galaxy A6 Plus

Samsung launched its latest Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6 Plus model in June 2018, this year.  It is the latest addition to its highly popular A-series smartphones. The smartphone was launched along with Samsung’s affordable devices J6 and J8 in May, this year. Samsung is trying hard to bring its customer back by launching phones at different prices. Especially, in the lower-mid and upper-midrange. The Galaxy J6 is one of the most affordable devices by Samsung featuring Infinity display.  It has alone sold around 2 million units after launch!

Brief Specifications

The Galaxy A6 Plus comes with a 6-inch Super AMOLED display. Samsung here followed their 18.5:9 aspect ratio game. This finally brings the Infinity display to A-series after A8 Plus 2017. The device runs on Snapdragon  450 SoC. The device comes with 64GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM.  It consists of most sensors. You will find the Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor. Also, it has the Hall Sensor as well.

 Galaxy A6 Plus – In Box Content

Inside the box, you will find your A6 Plus Handset, basic Samsung Earphones, a power brick, USB cable, A SIM ejector tool, and some Quick Start Guide.

Galaxy A6 Plus In Box Content

Galaxy A6 Plus – Ports

The device comes with a Micro USB port. Yes, there is no USB Type-C, that means no fast charging. I found that Samsung here saved some of its manufacturing cost by not putting a Type-C port. This device doesn’t even sport fast charging, although the Processor does support Qualcomm Fast Charge 4.0! What are you up to Samsung? This is the basic need in today’s smartphone world. But I am happy that Samsung has retained the 3.5mm jack. Some relief here. Also, you will find the primary microphone near the 3.5mm headphone jack.  The audio from the primary microphone is pretty solid. Samsung has included the Dolby Atmos here, with their SoundAlive, the default equalizer software. And believe me, Dolby Atmos with UHQ Scaler turned on sounds hell amazing! It also has a dedicated SD card slot, expandable up to 256GB.

Galaxy A6 Plus Ports

Galaxy A6 Plus – Display

Here comes the epic display of Samsung. The Super AMOLED display! I really love this device. My first Samsung device was J7 Prime, which comes with a TFT display. So for me, the sAMOLED is the best display I ever encountered. The viewing angles are pretty solid here. The sharpness is very high. The display has a resolution of 2220x 1080p with 411ppi density. That means FHD+ display with no pixelation! That’s the thing I hate the most on a  phone (suffered from Lumia  640XL which comes with around 200ppi in a 6-inch display).

Galaxy A6 Plus

Yes, it does comes with the Samsung’s Infinity Display. it has the 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The bezels are little thick below, as you can see. Also, the bezels near the screen should have been thinner. But the display looks gorgeous! Unfortunately, you will miss the curved display here, which IS a part of Infinity Display. These are well reserved for flagships here. Since it got the sAMOLED display, you will also get the Always On display. the Always On Display allows you to see the notifications on-screen without even turning the display on. It is good to see that they have included it because there is no LED notification present.

Galaxy A6 Plus – Sensors

Samsung is well known for omitting sensors from its devices, especially from its mid-range devices. The first midrange to get all sensors was J7 2017 or J7 Pro. A-series does get all the sensors. But one important sensor is missing here – NFC. Samsung does include the Samsung Pay Mini in the devices shipped to India, but they could have added the NFC here.  Other than that, you get the basic sensors here. You will get Magnetometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor, Fingerprint Scanner, and Proximity Sensor.

Sensors on Galaxy A6 Plus

Galaxy A6 Plus – Security

Samsung has included 2 security options here. The fingerprint scanner and Face Recognition. The fingerprint scanner is quite snappy but does take half a second delay to unlock the device. Sometimes, it fails to detect your finger, but that happens in case your finger or the sensor is dirty. There is also Face recognition option, which unlocks your device using your face. It functions great in artificial light (bright) and natural light (bright) condition. The fingerprint sensor is rear-mounter and is easily accessible if you like holding a 6-inch device.

Rear View

Galaxy A6 Plus – Camera

The best part of the device is the Camera. It has a dual-lens setup in the rear and a single camera set up in the front. The rear camera has a combination of 16MP+5MP with f/1.7 and f/1.9 respectively. The lower camera is the main sensor whereas the upper camera is the depth-sensing camera. And yes, you get the Live focus feature here, as well. The front camera features a massive 24MPcamera with aperture f/1.9 and takes nice selfies with a great amount of details. The front camera supports the portrait mode called the Selfie Focus and its average, actually, but is good. Both the front and rear camera has LED flash as well.

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Galaxy A6 Plus – Performance

The Galaxy A6 Plus comes with a Snapdragon 450 SoC which is an octa-core processor out there. But do you think at this price point the processor is justified? Well, I don’t think so. Samsung should have gone with Snapdragon 660 at least. Anyways, the performance of day-to-day works is quite good. The graphics are supported by Adreno 506. The processor can handle heavy titles like PUBG: Mobile easily. Call quality is superb. Network reception is superb.  The loudspeaker is a decent one, which could have been little louder, but its little soft, which gives you soothing effect.

Galaxy A6 Plus – Battery & charging

The device comes with a massive 3500mAh battery for your use. It can run through an entire day with a single charge. However, it solely depends on your usage. If you play heavy titles, it will reduce the battery life for sure.  You will get a simple charger in the box which has the rating of 1.55A – 5V, that means no fast charging. But, hold on. The device charges pretty fast, not as faster as Quick Charge but rather fast.

Galaxy A6 Plus – Software

The device runs on Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box. However, Samsung should have considered giving Android Oreo 8.1 on the device, considering the OS has already turned one this year. The device will receive Android P when Google launches it. On the top, Samsung’s own Samsung Experience UI is present. The skin is smooth to use in day to day life. Also, Samsung Updates your Launcher from time to time. In the recent update, Samsung brought the landscape feature to its Samsung Experience Launcher.

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Verdict

The price of this device is very high, considering its specifications. The Snapdragon 450 is a budget range SoC which is used in Upper-lower range devices. But I don’t know why Samsung used 450, instead of 660 SoC. The performance is pretty good. I didn’t find any lag in normal usage. Slight lag is faced when switching apps continuously, generally a problem of software. The Storage is more than enough if you are sort of casual user. Heavy users may find battery backup to be average, but I already told you it solely depends on your usage.

Now is your choice to buy this device or not. The Processor used here may hold your thinking back But the display and the camera can help you decide. And Notch lovers, stay away from Samsung devices since they will never bring notch crap.

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