‘A’s and’J’s, combine! We have for review the Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) that takes the A8’s camera and rear-mounted fingerprint detector and fits them at a J5 (2017)-like aluminum body. Mind you, there’s also the J6 (no year) that is a whole lot like the A6 (2018), but minus the A’s cameras and using a plastic body. As if Samsung’s lineup may find any more perplexing.
Straight out of the J-series comes the chipset – Samsung’s very own Exynos 7870 that we really liked because of its electricity efficiency all the way back when it was released together with the J7 (2016). Hint, hint – it is a little old. The base model includes a fairly adequate 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage, although a higher-specced 4GB/64GB variant is also available in certain places. There’s a microSD slot also – a dedicated one regardless of SIM count.
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) specs
- Body: Aluminum back; 149.9 x 70.8 x 7.7mm, 159g; Black, Gold, Blue and Lavender color schemes (market dependent);
- Display: 5.6″ Super AMOLED display, HD+ 1,480x720px resolution Infinity display (18.5:9 aspect ratio), 294ppi pixel density.
- Rear camera: 16MP, f/1.7 aperture; phase detection autofocus; LED flash. 1080p/30fps video recording.
- Front camera: 16MP, f/1.9 aperture; fixed focus; LED flash. 1080p/30fps video recording.
- OS/Software: Android 8.0 Oreo; Samsung Experience 9.0 custom overlay.
- Chipset: Exynos 7870: octa-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, Mali-T830 MP1 GPU.
- Memory: 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage or 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage; dedicated microSD slot for expansion.
- Battery: 3,000 mAh Li-Po (sealed).
- Connectivity: Dual SIM; LTE Cat. 6 (300Mbps download); microUSB port; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n; GPS, GLONASS, Beidou; NFC; Bluetooth 4.2; FM radio.
- Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; single speaker on the side; 3.5mm jack.
It’s the same thing about the front – 16MP f/1.9 selfie cam is raised off the A8 (2018), just there it was connected by a secondary 5MP module to get thickness detection. No such thing here, however, only the 16MP camera.
It’s a 5.6-inch SuperAMOLED panel, exactly like on the A8 (2018). Oh, but it isn’t – although the one on the A8 has a 1080p resolution, the A6 becomes 720p, at a tall 18.5:9 aspect, of course.
You would not expect them by a more affordable J-series phone, however using the A in the name comes a higher price tag, and we all start asking for things. And is a USB-C port also much to ask for?
In fact, before we delve in to examining the A6 (2018) up close, we believe that its price puts the bar too high and may wind up being its main issue. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves and have a peek at the design.