- Great build quality
- Very good battery life
- High-quality Super AMOLED display
- Superb selfie camera
- Compact dimensions, solid build
- High price for the hardware
- Sub-par performance
- No fast charging
- Unwieldy and heavy
- Underpowered chipset
- Flaky face recognition and slow fingerprint sensor
- Grainy display, subpar (in AMOLED terms) sunlight legibility
- Cameras struggle in low light
Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 is the spiritual successor to the Samsung Galaxy J5 of 2017 , but notably it comes at almost double the price, what is this phone bring us new and are the upgrades worth, we are nasphones.com and this is our Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 Review .
the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 is a solid aluminum body, a change from the j series plastic build blending a bit of a premium feel, this should be pretty sturdy, though unlike the more expensive a series phones it isn’t waterproof .
the Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 had a physical home button and capacitive keys, but there’s nothing below the display this time around, the keys are on screen without any vibrating feedback like you see on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S9 .
the display itself is a 5.6 Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a trendy 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Samsung actually calls it an infinity display, but unlike the S9 or S8 you won’t find any fancy curves here .
it’s too bad that the resolution is only 720p for this telescreen, the bigger sibling the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 Plus is the one which comes at 1080p.
you can sort of see hints of the pixels underneath here, even with a pixel density of 294 ppi, brightness wise is okay with 482 nits max brightness in auto mode . Read More : Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2018 Full Specs and Price
sunlight legibility proves okay too, but the score isn’t too impressive for an AMOLED, one thing we’re left wishing for on the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 is an always-on display which the Plus model does have .
there’s no notification LED either, so you’ll be left guessing when to check your phone, there is a selfie flash up here though .
moving over to the back the accents made from the curved antenna lines are an interesting touch, is a single camera and below that the fingerprint reader is mounted in the center .
it’s easy to reach, but being so close to the camera also makes it easy to accidentally smudge your lens, that said the reader is accurate to wake up your phone, if you want to play it safe with your camera, it’s an option for face unlock that works well too .
the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 comes with either 32 or 64 gigs of on-board storage, miss dual sim model has dedicated slots for the two SIM cards in a microSD card, all at the same time .
for audio and the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 has a single speaker located on the side of the phone, it sounds great, this speaker is loud and scored excellent in our tests . Read More : Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite Full Specs and Price
you can also plug in headphones via the 3.5 millimeter jack at the bottom, loudness with headphones is just average, but the sound reproduction is accurate, plus their support for Dolby Atmos sound while plugged in as well as an FM radio .
we are a bit disappointed to see the micro USB port at the bottom though, for a 2018 phone at this price you should probably expect the reversible USB type-c .
inside the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 is Samsung’s Exynos 7870 chipset, with three or four gigs of RAM, it’s the same as on last year’s j5, but it’s over two years old by now and starting to show its age benchmark performance is near the bottom of the charts .
but besides graphics performance, it does still hold its own against the snapdragon 430 and 450 and it saves pretty cool without overheating .
the only strong point this processor has his power efficiency, the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 is 3000 milliamp hour batteries only average in size but still does a decent job, earning endurance rating of 83 hours and our proprietary tests, we do wish it supported fast charging though . Read More : Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury Full Specs and Price
the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 is OS is the latest version of Samsung experience 9.0 running over Android a oreo, like on other Galaxy phones swiping left on the homescreen opens up bixby panels .
an Bixby vision can translate text and recognize objects to search for online, of course there seems support too, with a bunch you can choose from in the store .
one of the big improvements over last year’s j5 is the camera, is the same shooter as on this year’s a8, is 16 megapixels at F/1.7 with face detection autofocus but no OIS .
in daylight photos are quite nice, with good detail, well controlled noise and natural processing, it does fall short in dynamic range though, high-contrast scenes often result in blown out highlights .
you can try to save the scene with HDR mode, which you have to switch to manually, there’s no auto HDR, it does help in difficult scenes if the subjects are still without taking the livelier and more balanced image .
in low light we weren’t impressed by the results from the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018, there’s a general softness of the photos, along with luminescence noise and significant discoloring . Read More : Samsung Galaxy A8 Star Full Specs and Price
since the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 is much better in low light these results are probably do the lower processing power of this phone.
the 16 megapixel F/1.9 selfie cam is also the same as the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 and has fixed focus, it does a great job, shots are sharp with a lot of detail and accurate colors .
the selfie cam has a portrait mode too called selfie focus, the defocusing blur is convincing and subject separation is decent, but the mode comes with some beautification which you can’t control .
video recording is quite basic on the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 probably due to the limited chipset, resolution is capped at 1080p without 60fps mode or electronic stabilization, that said footage is nice, with abundant detail, low noise and good color rendering .
so the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018, it’s not a bad phone but where it falls short is this price tag, 300 euros compared to last year’s j5 which was 170 .
it has seen some upgrades this year with this metal design and a series camera and selfie cam, but otherwise the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 is bringing an underpowered chipset, grating display and no fast charging . Read More : Samsung Galaxy J7 2018 Full Specs and Price
nowadays mid-range phones are all about the bank pure buck, fitting in a lot of features while keeping the price tag as low as possible, but at this price range competitors are doing a lot of what the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 is doing, but better .
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Specification: Samsung Galaxy A6 2018
GSM / HSPA / LTE
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps
Available. Released 2018, May
149.9 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm (5.90 x 2.79 x 0.30 in)
159 g (5.61 oz)
Front glass, aluminum body
Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
5.6 inches, 79.6 cm2 (~75.0% screen-to-body ratio)
720 x 1480 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~294 ppi density)
Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Exynos 7870 Octa (14 nm)
Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
|Memory Card Slot||
microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
16 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), PDAF
LED flash, panorama, HDR
16 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide)
|Selfie Camera Features||
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Dolby Atmos sound (headphones only)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot
4.2, A2DP, LE
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, ANT+
Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Black, Gold, Blue, Lavender
|Specific Absorption Rate||
0.49 W/kg (head) 1.39 W/kg (body)
About 200 EUR