- Analysis by KJ David
Entering the market together with the Galaxy J8, which is its higher-specked 6-inch big-brother, the Samsung Galaxy J6 is a 5.6-inch smartphone taking the middle-class route in terms of technical specs. Leading its cons is the modest HD+ (1480 x 720) resolution of its 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display, which would have otherwise ended up as a solid pro, given its expansive 18.5:19 aspect ratio -- a display setup that brings to mind some of the best phablets available.
The Galaxy J6's 8-megapixel selfie camera is a slight drawback as well, considering that its raw pixel resolution was no longer that impressive as we were reviewing its pros and cons. That being said, the triple-brightness-level LED flash accompanying the forenamed selfie cam could still give it an edge versus those of competing middle-class Androids. On the opposite end, it features a 13-megapixel camera that does not sound that appealing, considering that its J8 sibling touts a dual-lens rear cam.
Adding to its weaknesses is its apparent lack of NFC (Near Field Communication) support , which is surprising, coming from a model that debuted in the middle of 2018, when NFC was already considered a staple feature.
The J6 is powered by a 1.6GHz Exynos 7 Series eight-core processor that although fails to level with those of the best eight-core smartphones in terms of clock speed, sounds adequate, especially when coupled with a 4GB RAM (A 3GB-only version is also available). It comes with either 64GB or 32GB of on-board memory that can be expanded by a maximum of 256GB .
This Galaxy model's pros and cons also include a bunch of signature Samsung applications, such as the Samsung Mall shopping app accompanied by the AI-powered Visual Search feature , basically enabling users to search for items of interest across a number of online shopping portals by snapping a quick photo of them. Also, like a good number of its mid-end contemporaries, it combines a physical rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and facial recognition for its security suite .
Rounding out its features is a 3000mAh battery scoring a favorable 21-hour 3G talk time and up to 76 hours of continuous audio playback , the former being roughly 50 percent higher than the corresponding average when it came out.
To rehash, the Galaxy J6 fails to impress us with its screen definition and engine clock rate, but its promising battery scores and flash-equipped selfie cam could still attract some mid-end smartphone shoppers.
** This phone is also known as: Samsung J6, Samsung SM-J600F
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