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Samsung Galaxy A6 + Review

Samsung has renewed its Android average range for this 2018 with its new Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6 + with which it aims to monopolize that market share of the range in which more units are sold. We have already tested the Galaxy A6 + with its dual camera system and this is our analysis.

Many companies take out their flagship and starting from the original design they are cutting specifications to complete their most basic range. This trend we see how families are born Huawei Lite or the Sony family XA2 or for example the Galaxy A line of Samsung .

Galaxy A6 Plus

The Galaxy A6 + is the largest model of this new family of mid-range Samsung and integrates dual rear camera to take advantage of the dynamic focus mode that is how Samsung calls Portrait mode or with background blur.

It also adds to the tendency to mount ultra-panoramic screens . Samsung advertises it as Infinity Display , and has FullHD + resolution with a screen diagonal and SuperAMOLED panel with 18.5: 9 format. Now, we are talking about a mobile of a remarkable price, 369 euros, how is it located in the market ?.

Galaxy A6 + Moto G6 Plus bq Aquaris X2 Pro Nokia 7 Plus Huawei P20 Lite
Size 160.2 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm 160 x 75.5 x 8 mm 150.7 x 72.3 x 8.35 mm 158.4 x 75.6 x 8 mm 148.6 x 71.2 x 7.4 mm
screen 6 “FullHD + Super AMOLED 5.9 “FullHD + IPS 5.65 “FullHD + IPS 6 “FullHD + IPS 5.84 “FullHD + LTPS
Processor Snapdragon 450 Snapdragon 630 Snapdragon 660 Snapdragon 660 Kirin 659
RAM 3 GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
Internal storage 32 GB 64 GB 64GB 64 GB 64 GB
Rear camera 
Frontcamera
16 MPx f / 1.7 + 5 Mpx 
24 MPx f / 1.9 (with flash)
12Mpx f / 1.7 + 5 Mpx 
8 Mpx f / 2.0
12 Mpx f / 1.8 + 5 Mpx 
8 Mpx f / 2.0
12Mpx f / 1.7 + 13 Mpx 
16Mpx
16 Mpx f / 2.2 + 2Mpx 
16 Mpx f / 2.0
Battery 3,500 mAh 3,200 mAh 3.100 mAh 3,800 mAh 3,000 mAh
Price 369 euros 300 euros 379 euros 347 euros 320 euros

As we can see, we are in a price range that has a different balance in terms of specifications than other market alternatives. The Galaxy A6 + has a strong position in camera and screen but remains behind the competition in terms of performance and storage.

Now, how is the Samsung Galaxy A6 +? ¿ Who worth ? Will it be enough for this mobile to make a dent in the busy and increasingly blurred line between mid-range and medium-premium? We see it.

Metallic unibody design with ergonomic finish

Samsung has followed the design line of the A range with a very thin metallic unibody body, without reaching 8 millimeters. The back is reminiscent of the design line of the  S9  this year, sober with the fingerprint reader under the camera and flash, but with a metallic matt finish.

Galaxy A6 Plus

The model  Galaxy A6 +  mounts a system of  double camera rear  of 16Mpx and 5 Mpx that allows to obtain images in way portrait with background defocus. It is interesting to note that Samsung is one of the few manufacturers that integrate almost entirely the camera in the body and practically does not protrude through the back.

Galaxy A6 Plus

If we go to see the front you can see the introduction of a 6-inch SuperAMOLED Infinity Display with ultra-panoramic format. The smartphone has reduced frames at the top and bottom with very tight laterals. In terms of dimensions is the average of other devices with this format and screen size is not so in weight, where this Galaxy A6 + stands out with its 191 grams .

As an interesting design note, this phone still keeps the speaker on the side as we have seen in the rest of the Galaxy A range on the power button on the right side, instead of on the bottom. That’s where we have the microphone, microUSB connector and minijack . Here we have one of lime and one of sand, while not abandoning the use of minijack, the Galaxy A6 + uses the already outdated microUSB for loading and data transmission.

Galaxy A6 Plus

The sensations in hand are good thanks in part to that reduced thickness, as well as its rounded edges and 2.5D glass . Despite not being a terminal of a light weight, it has a great balance and is well distributed so there will be no scares when it comes to holding it in your hand.

The buttons on the side are located in a very comfortable place and maybe, as a hit, we would only say that the fingerprint reader on the back is located in a place that leaves us with some uncertainty about whether we are putting our finger on it or not due in part to its size and the closeness to its rear camera system.

Galaxy A6 Plus

And finally we wanted to emphasize the double tray design that allows the use of a nanoSIM card in one and a microSD and another nanoSIM in another. That is, two SIM cards and a memory card can operate simultaneously . These trays are located on the left side of the terminal under the volume buttons.

SuperAMOLED screen, probably the best of Galaxy A6 +

Galaxy A6 Plus

Samsung has integrated into the Galaxy A6 +  a 6-inch screen with SuperAMOLED panel and resolution 2,220 x 1,080 px. As we can see, it has an 18.5: 9 ratio, which is why Samsung also catalogs it as Infinity Display.

The screen itself has a great contrast, inherent in SuperAMOLED technology and its deep blacks. In fact it also has a very accurate colorimetry as well as wide viewing angles, something that can be seen in the following image.

Galaxy A6 +: viewing angles
View angles Galaxy A6 +

It is interesting to note that Samsung has implemented in this Galaxy A6 + functionality Always-On Display that shows the time and notifications when the screen is off with an expenditure of energy very low thanks to the screen Super AMOLED lights only the pixels you need. It is not a life-changing functionality and, in fact, for little that consumes it ends up spending some energy and at the end of the day, depending on the volume of notifications you receive, you end up noticing, In terms of luminosity, it is a screen with a very uniform brightness as we have been able to verify in our measurements.

We are at maximum brightness levels of 568 Lux, enough to see the content outdoors but it is not the highest brightness screen on the market.

The part with greater brightness if we take the mobile vertical is the lower right (568 Lux) and decreases slightly to reach the top with a practically constant lateral uniformity (527 Lux).

Galaxy A6 Plus

It is clear that Samsung has done very good work in the screen section of this Galaxy A6 + and is, without a doubt, one of the strongest points of the terminal. If you are looking for a good screen, the Galaxy A6 + will not disappoint. In this range you can not ask for more resolution or HDR support which is where the mid-range, medium-premium and high-end differ.

Samsung, and its commitment to SoCs Exynos, has been a company that has had very good years with a performance above competitors chips and in other occasions has bet on these Qualcomm processors to integrate into their phones. This time, with the Galaxy A6 + we are in the latter case and has integrated a Qualcomm chip, Snapdragon 450 , an octa-core that we have seen integrated into other phones such as Moto G6 or Zenfone 5 Lite, among others.

Galaxy A6 Plus

Seeing the performance of synthetic benchmarks , we are left with a bittersweet feeling, because if Samsung had bet on the range of Qualcomm 600 we would surely be before a much more complete smartphone. In terms of performance we could talk about that Galaxy A6 + is located in what would become the basic range of this 2018.

PERFORMANCE Samsung Galaxy A6 + ASUS Zenfone 5 Motorola Moto G6 Motorola Moto G6 Plus Xiaomi Redmi 5 Note
Processor Snapdragon 450 Snapdragon 636 Snapdragon 450 Snapdragon 630 Snapdragon 636
RAM 3GB 4GB 3GB 4GB 3 GB
Antutu 69,889 138,398 67,189 89,874 115,748
GeekBench 
(Single / Multi)
752 / 3,901 1,502 / 5,162 742 / 3,848 875 / 4,170 1.319 / 4.899
PCMark 2.0 4.492 6.071 4.543 4,889 5,704
3DMark 
(ES 3.1 / Vulkan)
438/390 ND 437/389 832/705 931/760
AI Mark  130 ND 129 ND 201

This does not mean that the performance is bad on a daily basis, or that we are going to walk with a terminal that shows constant lags. In fact, the Samsung Experience customization layer does a good job for it, although in our opinion, having simplified the graphic transitions would give a feeling of greater fluidity.

Galaxy A6 Plus

Yes that is noted, however, that lack of power when applications are installed, decompress game graphics packages, while loading them. This is where instead of waiting a few seconds, we will have to arm ourselves with patience in front of other smartphones in this price range.

In fact the terminal has behaved well during the use of multitasking thanks to the 3 GB of RAM that it integrates, we have not noticed any problems in switching between applications. Yes it is true that if we leave in the background a game like Asphalt 8, very heavy, and spend a while browsing and making use of social networks like Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp is likely to lose the state in the game.

If we talk about the performance of the GPU , with this mobile you can play PUBG, for example, but the graphic settings in low quality settings, something that has been the general tone in the rest of games as well. This is, without a doubt, the point where this Snapdragon 450 suffers the most.

Software, Samsung experience every day cleaner

Samsung has integrated numerous software features in this Galaxy A6 + . Integrates Android 8.0 with the Samsung Experience 9.0 layer loaded with Google applications and a folder of Microsoft applications that can not be uninstalled.

The experience with this mobile phone on a daily basis is complemented by the support of Bixby , the Samsung assistant, which comes standard on the desktop on the left of the main one, although if you are not going to use it, it can be deactivated.

Galaxy A6 plus: software

Among the integrated software features, the facial recognition support stands out . In our tests it worked correctly although, yes, it is far from the recognition of the S9 and even other mobile phones such as the P20 or the OnePlus 6 .

Galaxy A6 Plus

It is an interesting functionality that we can complete with the fingerprint reader and / or pattern making the experience more bearable. Our face has not always been detected, it is clear that this recognition system suffers in situations of low luminosity.

The adaptation to format 18.5: 9 is well achieved in native Samsung applications, we have the calendar, email and browser that make full use of the entire screen and offer a perfect experience. There are also options for ultra energy saving, McAfee antivirus, one-hand mode.

Samsung Galaxy A6 +: Native software

As an extra note and sure to please the intensive users of social networks and instant messaging, the Galaxy A6 + allows the use of up to three different profiles on Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp on the same mobile since we will have the original application and we can configure up to two different duplicates of it.

Better than expected cameras, good mid range

The Galaxy A6 + mounts a dual rear camera system consisting of a 16 Mpx sensor with aperture f / 1.7 and a secondary sensor of 5 Mpx f / 1.9. With this configuration, Samsung has succeeded in implementing what it calls a selective focus that allows the focused object to be separated by bokeh from the background part of the photograph.

Galaxy A6 Plus

The camera application includes several photography modes: night, sports and panorama plus a Pro mode that allows you to change the exposure, ISO and white balance. Apart from that if we slide to the right we have stickers that are applied on faces with both the front and back camera and image filters that give different aspects to the photograph to be taken.

Something we have noticed during our tests is that sometimes it is difficult to focus on the rear camera, however the automatic HDR mode has achieved good images many times. When there is good light, in most cases we have a good amount of lighting in the final photograph and the colors are precise.

However when the light goes down, by much f / 1.7 opening of the Samsung that boasts … we find dark results, with notable noise and lack of sharpness.

Galaxy A6 Plus

The mobile has a front camera of 24 Mpx with aperture f / 1.9 that also has an LED light that works as a flash to capture selfies at night. The results are similar to those obtained by the rear camera, decent with good light but they come very low when the light is scarce with noise and remarkable grain in the captures.

How does the blur mode work on the Galaxy A6 + ? The truth is that this phone allows you to get photos with bokeh with both the front and rear cameras and allows you to vary the intensity of the blur during the capture and afterwards.

Galaxy A6 Plus
Sample Selective focus portrait: Galaxy A6 +

The result of the selective focus mode of the Galaxy A6 +  is quite good, in fact the detection of edges has surprised us and the blur is very natural with the rear dual camera. In the field of selfies, bokeh is calculated using software algorithms and does not have the same quality in border detection or in the level of detail.

Galaxy A6 +: front camera bokeh

In the field of video, this Galaxy A6 + is capable of recording FullHD video but it is also capable of recording video in 18.5: 9 format. The videos obtained have a good amount of detail but we find an obvious lack of stabilization and certain problems with automatic focus control. That is, you can get videos with a certain quality, but it is not the strong point of the terminal.

If we have any notorious complaint with this Galaxy A6 + is, without a doubt, the battery section. While Samsung has equipped the Galaxy A6 + with a 3,500 mAh battery that promises great autonomy on paper. 

On a daily basis we have found that its large 6-inch screen and Samsung’s Always-On Display make it with high use (6 hours of screen) you arrive at the end of the day with around 20%, so well, comply However, you will have to pass each other by the plug during the night.

Galaxy A6 Plus

With a lighter use you’ll probably be able to get up to 12 hours of video playback or even with a use of web browsing, YouTube and push messaging you can get up to about 9 hours of screen. By this point well, the Galaxy A6 + meets in autonomy .

However, in this section of the autonomy we must mention that the Galaxy A6 + makes use of a microUSB connector and that Samsung does not offer a fast charger with the terminal. In fact, although the Snapdragon 450 is compatible with Qualcomm’s QC 3.0, it does not have the active fast-loading functionality and although you use a fast charger it will not charge beyond that speed.

With the charger of the box, 5V 1.55A , the charging period is eternized reaching almost three hours. Yes, the load is fairly linear, so do not expect it to load faster up to 50%. Getting to that point of the load takes about 1 hour and a half. As we see about 8% every 10 minutes that the phone is charging unused. In case of using it, turn on the screen, etc., that load rate decreases. In the best case the  full charge takes around 2 hours and a half .

In short, perhaps the worst section of this mobile and that you should take into account if you want to buy it based on how your profile is used. Not having fast charge is a drag and we would like to have seen some more autonomy from that 3,500 mAh battery.

Conclusions, a Ferrari with Seat engine that is not for anyone

The Samsung Galaxy A6 + is a smartphone that comes fully to the mid-range with a price of around 350 euros . It is a pity that in certain sections it falls into a lower category. We speak especially in terms of performance since with the Snapdragon 450 it remains noticeably behind the competition in its price range.

The terrain of the camera is not badly solved, in fact you can get photographs with an average quality of what you expect with this price range with the addition of background blur mode that is pretty well resolved.

Galaxy A6 Plus

The most negative point of this terminal is, without a doubt, the loading speed. Samsung sells this terminal as a mid-range smartphone and is really located between the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 last year. The SoC Snapdragon 450 has fast loading support QC 3.0, however, Samsung has not enabled this support or software, that is, even if you use a QC 3.0 charger different from the one that comes in the box (5V 1.55A) no charge is made fast . It is very difficult to justify that a mobile takes two and a half hours to load in 2018.

For the rest, we are facing a very well balanced smartphone in fluency and use during the day to day. If you are someone who charges your phone at night (we eliminate the problem of the upload speed) and you are not an intensive user, it will convince you. The Galaxy A6 + has weapons for it: its screen or its camera system are at the height of the best mid-range smartphones.

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