Samsung Galaxy A6 Review – With the Galaxy A6 (2018), Samsung brings to the market an elegant mid-range smartphone, which adds points with its 5.6-inch Super AMOLED screen and two 16 MP cameras. In our review, the Android smartphone is very powerful, but it has some weaknesses.
Samsung Galaxy A6 Review
With the Galaxy A6 (2018), Samsung is expanding its range of mid-range smartphones. The 5.6-inch Android smartphone costs 309 euros (~ $ 362). For that money, you will get a Super AMOLED screen with a native resolution of 1480×720, two 16 MP cameras and a dual SIM function (optional). Those who need an even bigger screen and a better camera should get the Galaxy A6 + (2018), which Samsung launched at the same time as the Galaxy A6 (2018).
According to Samsung, our review device, the Galaxy A6 (2018), is aimed at demanding users looking for a reliable and smart smartphone. But what does this mean in practice and who should get this phone? To learn this, we opposed the Galaxy A6 (2018) to other smartphones with similar pricing, performance and specifications. Competitive devices include: BQ Aquaris X Pro, Honor 7X, Motorola Moto G6 Plus and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. In addition, our review unit will also compete with the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy J7 (2017).
Samsung Galaxy A6 Design
Compared to its predecessor in the A series, the Galaxy A5 (2017), the Galaxy A6 (2018) features a completely new case and a modern design. Thanks to its unusual 18.5: 9 aspect ratio, the Galaxy A6 (2018) looks much thinner. The glasses have also fallen considerably. As before, the entire facade is protected by a rounded glass sheet that blends perfectly with the aluminum sides of the unit. In general, the housing is very rigid and highly resistant to fingerprints, thanks to its aluminum back.
The Galaxy A6 (2018) fingerprint sensor is located on the back, below the 16 MP main camera, which protrudes slightly from the case. That is why the smartphone wobbles when it touches on one side or the other, especially when placed on a flat surface.
The Galaxy A6 (2018) is available in three colors: “golden”, “black” and “lavender”. The smartphone does not have IP certification.
Samsung Galaxy A6 Connectivity
We use our dual SIM version of the Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) for our review. It carries the following model number: SM-A600FN / DS. There are two locations on the left side of the unit. The top slot takes a nano-SIM card, while the bottom slot can contain a MicroSD card and a second SIM card. Samsung also offers a single-card version of the Galaxy A6 (2018) SM-A600FN model number.
On paper, the smartphone comes with 32 GB of internal storage, which is actually reduced to 22 GB. However, the internal storage of the smartphone can be expanded using a MicroSD card with a capacity of up to 256 GB. The SD card can be used as internal storage (after formatting), which means that not only multimedia files, but also applications can be stored on the SD card.
The USB port of the Galaxy A6 (2018) only supports the USB 2.0 protocol, which is fine, because this port will be used primarily to charge the device and not to transfer large amounts of data. In addition, it is also compatible with USB OTG. The micro USB connector is permanently obsolete. The fact that a USB Type-C port is no longer a rarity in mid-range smartphones is visible on devices such as the BQ Aquaris X Pro and the Motorola Moto G6 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy A6 Software
The manufacturer uses a patented launcher (Samsung Experience 9.0), which does not differ much from the Android stock. Those familiar with Android will have no problem acclimatizing to the Samsung launcher. Security patches date back to April 1, which means they are still quite up to date (this article was written in late June).
Samsung Galaxy A6 Communication
The Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) is compatible with wireless standards of category 6 LTE, NFC, 802.11 a / b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.2. This means that the Galaxy A6 (2018) offers many communication options. That said, it does not support more high-end communication features, such as 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 5.0. Wi-Fi performance is also not excellent: even if the smartphone works in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectral bands, it is significantly slower than the rest of the competition in our Wi-Fi tests. In combination with our Linksys EA8500 reference router, the Galaxy A6 (2018) has a maximum of 123 Mb / s, enough to beat the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. The Motorola Moto G6 Plus is almost three times faster. Even other mid-range Samsung smartphones such as the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy J7 (2017) leave the Galaxy A6 (2018) in the dust of Wi-Fi performance.
For geolocation, the Galaxy A6 (2018) is based on GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou. The device has problems locating the user inside. In fact, 1): the smartphone takes a long time to establish a satellite connection and 2): it has a margin of error of 19 meters, which is not a very good result. However, on the outside, the smartphone works very differently: it determines its position here very quickly and only has a margin of error of seven meters.
To determine the accuracy of our geolocation review system, we take it with us by bicycle. On this walk, we are also accompanied by the professional navigator Garmin Edge 500. At the end of our nine-kilometer journey, the Galaxy A6 (2018) and the Garmin Edge 500 are 30 meters away. Here, the Galaxy A6 (2018) and the Garmin Edge 500 provide almost identical results.