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About Samsung Galaxy A6 - Review, Specs + more

With its high-quality screen and a low retail price, the Samsung Galaxy A6 has a lot of pluspoints. It's also  fairly up to date with Android 8.0, although this has since been surpassed with Android 9.0 but this is available as a free upgrade, depending on the network carrier.  So let's take a closer look to see if you should opt for this, or the larger A6+.

Nice case, only average display

The big "A" in the name already says it all: The Galaxy A6 is part of Samsung's mid-range family. It combines a low price with solid equipment. The mid-level phone's case composed of metal and glass and it encases a Super AMOLED display with a size of 5.6 inches. The resolution on this isn't quite as impressive as some of the other specs, because with 1480 × 720 pixels Samsung offers here only HD quality but not Full HD, and certainly not 4K.

For comparison, the predecessor model Galaxy A5 (released in 2017) strangely featured Full HD quality.

Perfect for taking pictures, the front and rear camera both have a resolution of 16 megapixels. When using the rear camera, you also have features such as an autofocus and a self-timer available. Furthermore, the rear camera is HDR-capable so with the help of this, you can take superlative photos in particularly high contrast. The 'even brightness distribution' is quite something that is rarely seen in middle market models, our tester found.

With 3GB of memory and an octa-core processor, the Galaxy A6 reflects the typical features of a modern midrange smartphone. The processor operates at a clock rate of 1.6 GHz. This is weaker than the Galaxy A5 (2017) with its 1.9 GHz, again... but you can expand the internal 32 GB memory up to 256 GB (this requires a microSD memory card, available separately). Thanks to dual-SIM technology, 2 additional SIM cards can be accommodated simultaneously.

The operating system pre-installed is Android 8.0 Oreo but this can be upgraded easily to Android 9.0 Pie.

The battery is suitable for everyday use and delivers a 3000 mAh strong punch, which is not removable, but it does allow you a talk time of up to 20 hours. In addition via a 3.5 mm jack you can also connect headphones, and don't forget you also have a micro USB port available.

There is however no USB C port so no quick charging.

New tech, old name

Samsung has boosted the A line's credentials with a fingerprint sensor as well as the option to unlock the device via face recognition.

A6 and A6+ : a comparison

The differences to the sister model Galaxy A6+ are relatively small but as always let's run a comparison. As the name suggests, the A6+ is a bit larger with a 6-inch display. With 2220 × 1080 pixels it resolves in Full HD quality and a pixel density of 408 ppi.

For comparison, the smaller A6 displays only max 294 ppi. Even with the camera equipment , some subtle differences are recognisable — the larger model has a dual camera, which should increase the image quality of your recordings markedly.

Last but not least, the battery with 3500 mAh provides more power. Of course, the big brother is being sold at a higher price to cover the additional features - so it really comes down to personal choice as to which one you want.

Price of the Galaxy A6 in the UK

You can now buy a Galaxy A6 for about £180 in the UK, but if you prefer to pay monthly then some of the best deals are available with this model. It's a much better bargain than it's larger and more popular brothers in the "S" range, yet this one still packs a sizeable punch in terms of features and looks. The cheapest pay monthly contract deal for the Galaxy A6 is £5.99 at the time of writing - wow!

Samsung Galaxy A6: Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 149.9 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm
  • Weight: 159 g
  • Operating System
  • Platform: Android
  • Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Display
  • Resolution: 720 x 1480
  • Performance
  • Memory Card:
  • Processor: 1.6 Ghz
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Battery Capacity: 3000
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 16 MP
  • Back Camera: 16 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: 4G
  • GPS:
  • SIM Capacity: 2
  • Network
  • WIFI:
  • WIFI Hotspot:
  • Bluetooth:
  • USB: