- Analysis by KJ David
Samsung's Galaxy A6 2018 is a semi-high-end wide-screen smartphone that tries to squeeze itself into our list of the best smartphones for photography (We'll discuss its camera setup in a bit). Despite its pros on the imaging front, though, we spotted a couple of hiccups (ergo, cons) that hurt its chances of joining Samsung's 2018 catalog of full-fledged flagship smartphones.
For starters, despite featuring an 18.5:9 aspect ratio , which was as wide as it got before stepping into premium smartphone territory as of this specs-based review, its 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display suffers from a 1480 x 720 (HD resolution . In comparison, most of the best phablets around don't settle for anything less than Full HD or FHD+ (1080p) display definitions.
Another slight con is the fact that the Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 runs on a 1.6GHz eight-core processor that's obviously overshadowed by the 2GHz (or faster) octa-core engines used by a good number of its rivals. It comes with an appreciable 4GB RAM count (A 3GB-only version is also available) and a 64GB/32GB internal memory expandable by up to 256GB , however, so it's not a total letdown hardware-wise.
Its real selling points, though, come in the form of its front-and-back 16-megapixel cameras. The one on the rear has an f/1.7 aperture and comes with support for personalized AR Stickers , while the one up front is armed with a rarely-seen (as we were exploring its pros and cons) frontal LED flash with three brightness levels , giving it a good chance of joining the best selfie smartphones on the market. Sadly, the A6 2018 does not feature 4K or Ultra HD (2160p) video-recording , but its twin 16-megapixel cameras are noteworthy nevertheless.
Even though the A6 2018's 3000mAh battery capacity does not sound that competitive, especially when pitted against the 4000mAh cells of some tantamount models, it tries to make up for its lack in raw power with high stress test scores, such as a 70-hour audio playback time and a 20-hour 3G talk time that translates to 1200 minutes . Also joining its pros and cons are Samsung's proprietary Bixby personal assistant suite as well as both fingerprint and facial recognition .
Offered in colors like Lavender and Blue and running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, the Galaxy A8 2018 makes for a viable middle-class purchase, especially for photography-driven shoppers.
** This phone is also known as: Samsung A6 2018
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