- Analysis by KJ David
The Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus 2018 is an upgraded version of Samsung's mid-range A6 2018 whose technical pros and cons remind us of a few other photography-driven wide-screen Androids. It touts a 6-inch Super AMOLED display with an expansive 18.5:9 aspect ratio . Unfortunately, it fails to impress us with its FHD+ (2220 x 1080) screen resolution , knowing that many full-fledged flagship phablets shoot for premium QHD/QHD+ (1440p) interfaces.
Adding to its cons is this Plus edition's 1.8GHz eight-core processor , which, despite being an upgrade over the plain A6 2018's 1.6GHz-only chip, shies of the engines powering the best octa-core smartphones on the market -- most of which peak at roughly 2.4GHz. Also, it could have boosted the A6 2018's 4GB RAM to 6GB , if only because it comes with upgraded rear and front cameras as well.
Speaking of cameras, this Plus version thrives versus many other 6-inchers (at least the ones that were already out as of this specs-driven review) when it comes to selfies with its high-resolution 24-megapixel f/1.9-aperture selfie cam , which comes with a dedicated front-firing LED flash that has three brightness levels . When it debuted, 24-megapixel selfie cams were rather rare, even among the best selfie phones.
It also replaces its A6 2018 sibling's single-rear-camera with a dual-lens system consisting of a 16-megapixel primary lens and a 5-megapixel depth-sensing subsidy lens. This enables features like Live Focus , which allows users to control the bokeh effect before or after taking pictures. Note, though, that it does not offer 4K-2160p video-recording , which is a pretty huge letdown, coming from a phone with its kind of camera setup.
Even though we expect more than 3500mAh of raw power (Many 6-inchers reach the 4000mAh mark), this Galaxy A model does not disappoint when it comes to endurance, scoring a 21-hour (1260 minutes) maximum 3G calling time and up to 60 hours of continuous music playback -- it promises up to 120 hours of audio playback if the display is off.
Its pros and cons also include both facial and fingerprint recognition and the NFC-based Samsung Pay mobile wallet application. Samsung's trademark Bixby mobile assistant joins the mix as well.
When it's all said and done, the Galaxy A6+ 2018 could have done better in terms of hardware, but it still sounds like a feasible choice for upmarket smartphones shoppers who are eyeing a large-screen, imaging-driven Android.
** This phone is also known as: Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018), Samsung A6+ 2018, Samsung A6 Plus 2018, Samsung SM-A605
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