You need not to have a big budget to enjoy premium features of Samsung-made smartphones as the 2018 models of Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+ have been unveiled by South Korean tech giant as your ultimate stop to the mid-range category. The new duo brings bezelless designs, vibrant displays, fingerprint scanners and much more that you can expect from the A series.
Samsung has split the Galaxy A6 into two variants offering different sizes and specs as the Galaxy S9 and S9+ do. However, as far as design featurs are concerned, you can feel a reflection of Galaxy A8 and A8+ launched around four months ago.
Galaxy A6 & Galaxy A6+ – Features
The Galaxy A6+ is the elder sibling offering better specifications whereas the A6, though, smaller in size but offers the same rear cosmetic lines and the bezelless infinity display. Moreover, the siblings have an IP68 certification for being dust and waterproof up to 1.5m for 30 minutes. Both the devices are equipped with rear-mounted fingerprint sensors for an extra layer of security.
The Galaxy A6+ features a larger display measuring 6-inches of Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. On the other hand, the display of Galaxy A6 measures 5.6-inches diagonally offering 720 x 1440 pixels resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. Both the siblings have Always-on-Display feature along with an unspecified version of Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
While looking inside, we find an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset clocked at 1.8 GHz to power up the Galaxy A6+ while Samsung’s own Exynos 7870 chipset with an Octa-core configuration clocked at 1.6 GHz is there under the hood of Galaxy A6. However, both smartphones come in two storage configurations; 64GB/4GB and 32GB/3GB. Fortunately, a dedicated microSD slot is available that can expand the storage by up to 256 GB.
The Galaxy A6 and A6+ are dual SIM supported devices by default running on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz layer on top. Both A6 and A6+ support Samsung’s Bixby Vision, Bixby Home, and Bixby Reminder.
The real difference lies in the camera department as the Galaxy A6+ embeds a dual camera set up on the rear comprising of 16MP f/1.7 primary shooter and a 5MP f/1.9 secondary one. In addition, the latter allows live background blur and a realistic bokeh effect. Moreover, the rear lenses also support PDAF. It can only shoot up to 1080p videos at 30fps. Selfie camera is a 24 MP unit with an aperture size of f/1.9 and also has its own LED flash for low-light selfies.
The single lens of Galaxy A6 comes with a 16MP resolution with f/1.7 aperture, PDAF and LED flash. Due to the absence of a secondary depth sensor, it does not support live background blur. The front camera is 16 MP (f/1.9) instead and also has an LED flash.
While being the elder in the family, Galaxy A6+ is equipped with a 3,500 mAh bigger battery however, the Galaxy A6 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery unit. Both the devices support USB Type-C input for recharging.
Galaxy A6 & Galaxy A6+ – Pricing and Availability
Although, the South Korean company has yet not disclosed the official pricing of the Galaxy A6 duo but the Galaxy A6+ is expected to be priced around €400 (~PKR 56,000) while the Galaxy A6 to come with price tag of around €340 (~PKR 47,500).
However, both the variants will be offered in diverse colours to choose from Black, Gold and Blue in select regions of Europe, Latin America and Asia including Pakistan and India from early May. Later, the Galaxy A6 duo will be also made available in other markets such as South Korea, Africa and China.
Galaxy A6 & Galaxy A6+ – Specifications
|Galaxy A6+||Galaxy A6|
|OS||Android 8.1 Oreo with TouchWiz||Android 8.1 Oreo with TouchWiz|
|Networks||2G, 3G, 4G LTE||2G, 3G, 4G LTE|
|CPU||Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53||Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450||Exynos 7870 Octa|
|Display||6-inch Super AMOLED with FHD+ (1080 x 2220) resolution||5.6-inch Super AMOLED with HD+ (720 x 1440) resolution|
|Fingerprint scanner||Yes, Rear-Mounted||Yes, Rear-Mounted|
|RAM||3/4 GB||3/4 GB|
|Internal Storage||32/64 GB||32/64 GB|
|Card slot||yes, by up to 400 GB (dedicated)||yes, by up to 256 GB (dedicated)|
|Connectivity||Type-C, NFC, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Type-C, NFC, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|Primary Camera||Dual: 16 MP (f/1.7) + 5 MP (f/1.9), LED flash, PDAF||16 MP (f/1.7), LED flash, PDAF|
|Secondary Camera||24 MP (f/1.9), LED flash||16 MP (f/1.9), LED flash|
|Battery||3,500 mAh||3,000 mAh|
|Price||~Rs. 56,000||~Rs. 47,500|