Samsung Galaxy A6+ hands-on, first impressions
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ retains much of the design of its smaller sibling except for the added secondary rear camera and bigger frame. The back panel still has that distinct top and bottom antenna bands though the shiny finish easily attracts smudges and fingerprints. Overall, it’s a simple yet somewhat stylish looking device.
At the front, you’ll be greeted by the 6.0-inch HD+ “infinity” display, 24MP front camera, call speaker, some sensors, and the LED flash. The screen itself is vivid and has punchy colors. The screen real estate and FHD+ resolution is more than enough to provide a good viewing experience.
Like the A6, we have a pretty weird placement of buttons on the sides. The left houses the volume rockers and two separate slots — one for the SIM 1 tray and the other for the SIM 2 and the microSD tray.
The right, on the other hand, has the power/lock button and, surprisingly, the Dolby Atmos loudspeaker. The speaker provides the same audio quality as the one found on the A6.
Down below, disappointingly, is the microUSB port along with the main microphone and the 3.5mm audio port. At its price point, it would’ve been wiser if Samsung used a USB Type-C port.
Flipping the phone over reveals the dual 16MP + 5MP dual rear camera accompanied by the signature Samsung rectangular fingerprint scanner and LED flash.
Despite the 6.0-inch screen size and frame, the Galaxy A6+ is still comfortable to hold and is a snug fit even for users with small hands. While the weird placements of the buttons takes a little bit of time to get used to, it’s actually logically placed and easy to reach.
As mentioned earlier, the device uses dual 16MP + 5MP rear cameras and a single 24MP front. By the looks of it, Samsung wanted the device to be a selfie-centric smartphone. So far, it’s living up to those expectations. Selfies are clear, have good detail, color reproduction, and accuracy. Rear shots are also good, with enough detail, vivid colors, and sharpness though, colors have a bit more contrast than usual.
Night shots were also acceptable, with little noticeable grain and noise but the quality isn’t too great and some details are blurred or lacking. Either way, we’ll be testing its cameras out more in the coming days, so for now, check out our initial sample shots.
Like it’s smaller A6 sibling, the Galaxy A6+ runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung’s Experience UI, the operating system found on their more prominent flagships. It’s clean, fluid, and easy to use though it leaves the impression that it has more power under the hood, which sadly, it does not.
That’s because the phone is using a somewhat budget chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450. While not a shabby performer, it’s in a territory where most other chipsets, including its 600 series cousins, offer way more power. We’re a bit baffled with Samsung’s choice here, but performance isn’t all that makes a phone great. Either way, here are a few benchmark scores:
- AnTuTu v7 – 70,400
- Geekbench – 751 (Single-core), 3859 (Multi-core)
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ will be available next month, June 9th, with a price tag of Php 22,990. Is there more to it than meets the eye? We’ll find out once we take the device for a full spin and review in the coming days.
Samsung Galaxy A6+
|Specification||Samsung Galaxy A6+|
|Display||6-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2220) 18.5:9 Super AMOLED display|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 1.8GHz octa-core CPU|
|Storage||microSD up to 256GB|
|Rear Camera||16MP AF F1.7 + 5MP FF F1.9 rear cameras w/ LED flash|
|Front Camera||24MP FF F1.9 front camera|
|Connectivity||4G LTE Cat.6, 2CA|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz)|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.2 LE, ANT+|
|GPS||GPS, Glonass, BeiDou|
|NFC||NFC (vary by country)|
|Audio||Speakers w/ Dolby Atmos|
|OS||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Dimension||160.2 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm|
|Color||Black, Gold, Blue, Lavender|