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