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Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus brings Galaxy S9 strategy to cheaper devices

Like the S9 Plus, the Galaxy A6 Plus comes with dual cameras, a larger screen, and a larger battery than its sibling.
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May 2, 2018
Samsung Galaxy A6
TL;DR
  • The Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus are now official, bringing Galaxy S9 series sensibilities to the mid-tier.
  • The A6 Plus features a dual rear camera, larger battery and a sharper, larger screen than the standard A6.
  • Samsung’s latest phones are set to go on sale this month, starting in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

After several leaks, Samsung has finally taken the wraps off the Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus. Much like the approach taken with the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus flagships, the Korean firm has seen it fit to bring dual cameras, a larger battery, and a bigger screen to the Plus model of the A6 series.

The Galaxy A6 Plus is fitted with a 16MP f/1.7 main camera as well as a secondary 5MP rear camera for refocusing and depth of field effects. In fact, the company says users can create shots with “unique background blur patterns” such as stars and hearts. Look at the front and you’ll find a 24MP f/1.9 camera for selfies and video-calling.

The vanilla Galaxy A6 has to make do with a 16MP f/1.7 rear camera only, as well as a 16MP f/1.9 selfie shooter. Still, megapixels aren’t everything in the selfie department, especially in low light. But both devices pack a front-facing LED flash for those midnight bar selfies.

Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus.
The Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus.

The two devices differ elsewhere though, as the smaller Galaxy phone possesses a 5.6-inch 1,480 x 720 Super AMOLED screen, unnamed 1.6Ghz octa-core chip, and a 3,000mAh battery. The Galaxy A6 Plus offers a 6-inch 2,220 x 1,080 Super AMOLED display, unnamed 1.8Ghz octa-core processor, and a 3,500mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy A6Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
Display
Samsung Galaxy A6
5.6-inch Super AMOLED, 720 x 1,480 (18.5:9)
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
6-inch Super AMOLED, 1,080 x 2,220 (18.5:9)
SoC
Samsung Galaxy A6
Octacore 1.6Ghz
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
Octacore 1.8Ghz
RAM
Samsung Galaxy A6
3GB/4GB
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
3GB/4GB
Storage
Samsung Galaxy A6
32GB/64GB expandable
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
32GB/64GB expandable
Cameras
Samsung Galaxy A6
Main: 16MP f/1.7
Front: 16MP f/1.9
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
Main: 16MP f/1.7, 5MP f/1.9
Front: 24MP f/1.9
Battery
Samsung Galaxy A6
3,000mAh
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
3,500mAh
Sensors
Samsung Galaxy A6
Accelerometer, Fingerprint Scanner, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
Network
Samsung Galaxy A6
LTE Cat.6, 2CA
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
LTE Cat.6, 2CA
Connectivity
Samsung Galaxy A6
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), HT40, Bluetooth 4.2, ANT+, microUSB, NFC (region dependent), GPS, Glonass, BeiDou
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), HT40, Bluetooth 4.2, ANT+, microUSB, NFC (region dependent), GPS, Glonass, BeiDou
Software
Samsung Galaxy A6
Android 8.0 Oreo
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
Android 8.0 Oreo
Dimensions
Samsung Galaxy A6
149.9 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
160.2 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm
Colors
Samsung Galaxy A6
Black, Gold, Blue, Lavender
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
Black, Gold, Blue, Lavender

One other Galaxy A6 Plus-exclusive feature is the Always On Display functionality, which is odd given that both devices sport the same type of OLED screen.

As for shared features, both devices have 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage, a fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, Bixby functionality (albeit no Bixby Voice), and NFC (depending on the region).

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Pricing hasn’t been disclosed, but the Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus will launch early this month in “select European, Asian and Latin American” countries before a wider launch in South Korea, China, and African countries.