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Samsung Galaxy A6 2018: back at last after a year’s absence

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The A-series by Samsung was launched back in 2015, but due to lukewarm response; they have decided to put it on-hold. Now in 2018, they introduced the Galaxy A6 2016.

The Galaxy A6 2016 was the one that kicked off their foray into the market this year, so here’s a quick throwback at the Galaxy A6 2016 smartphone:

  • 5.6-inch Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2220 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio or ~441 ppi density
  • IP68 certified – dust proof and water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
  • Infinity display (similar with Fullview display)
  • Front/back glass with aluminum body
  • Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Always-on display
  • Exynos 7885 Octa chipset, Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-G71 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • Dual 16MP + 8MP secondary camera with f/1.9 aperture
  • 32GB/64 internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • January 2016 release date
  • ~$450 USD price tag

Now then, let’s check out what is in store for us with the Galaxy A8 2018:

  • 5.6-inch HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1480 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio or ~294 ppi density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Always-on display
  • Metal body
  • Exynos 7870 Octa chipset, Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T830 MP1 graphics and 3GB/4GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 16MP secondary camera with f/1.9 aperture and LED flash
  • 32GB/64 internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • May 2018 release date
  • $21,999 Indian Rupee or $320 USD for 32GB internal storage + 3GB RAM and 21,999 Indian Rupee or $335 USD for 64GB internal storage + 4GB RAM

A quick glance through the specs, and you can find that the Galaxy A6 2018 has fallen quite far behind its bigger sibling. For starters, we can see that the Galaxy A6 2018 is still sporting a similar 5.6-inch Super AMOLED screen but with only a High Definition resolution.

There’s still the Always-On Display, meaning you can get information at a glance without unlocking your phone. Then the metal body that exudes the premium look and feel.

Under the hood of the Galaxy A6 2018 is something in the mid-range territory. Here we can find it equipped with the Exynos 7870 chipset paired with a decent octa-core processor, good graphics and either 3GB or 4GB RAM option.

Camera-wise, this is the best part about the Galaxy A6 2018. With a great 16MP-16MP camera combination at the heart of things, you won’t go wrong with it. Even the selfie camera comes with LED flash, so all your selfies will turn out as bright as day.

Moving on to the storage, you won’t be troubled by it at all. Whether you go for 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, there’s still the 256GB of extra space that can be easily added via the expansion slot.

Finally, the Galaxy A6 2018 is blessed with the latest Android Oreo 8.0 operating system right out of the box. This ensures that it gets the best software treatment to support its mid-range hardware.

Conclusion:

Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 doesn’t do enough justice for its price, as compared to the Galaxy A8 2018. By being ~ USD 115 cheaper, you will be missing out on lots of things; such as the High Definition resolution, IP68 certification, Gorilla Glass protection, better hardware and a dual selfie camera.

Samsung Galaxy A6 2018 had just been released in May 2018 for 21,999 Indian Rupee or 320 USD for 32GB internal storage + 3GB RAM and 21,999 Indian Rupee or 335 USD for 64GB internal storage + 4GB RAM. Plenty of colours to choose from, namely Black, Gold, Blue and Lavender.

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