Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) review
Our Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) review leaves us stunned by high-resolution 24MP selfies. If selfies are your lifeblood, then you really won’t find another mobile phone with a resolution as high as this.
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) is a high performance version of the A6. You can view the Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) deals here.
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) has a super-large 6” FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display. Breaking this down, we find a display that is thinner but longer, has extra rows of pixels and is near bezel-less.
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The 18.5:9 screen aspect ratio and resolution of 2220 x 1080 pixels, lets you see further down a webpage before you need to scroll. There is also an Always On Display feature that makes your notification alerts, the time and other information, always visible.
Design and processor
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) is available in black, blue and gold. The phone weighs 191g, similar to other large screen phones and has a thinness of 7.9mm.
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The 1.8Ghz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM drives the phones performance. We aren’t quite at flagship-level performance but we really aren’t very far off.
Phone Set Up
Your choice of biometrics
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) has both face recognition and a fingerprint sensor. Which of these you use will be down to personal preference. It is worth noting that fingerprint recognition is more secure that facial recognition, but the latter is probably more convenient.
The Smart Switch feature (found in the settings) lets you transfer over content from an old smartphone. This Samsung phone has 32GB on board memory and 15GB Samsung Cloud (online) storage. If you save loads of videos or download lots of media, then you can boost the memory further with an up to 256GB microSD card.
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) comes with the Bixby assistant. There is a dedicated Bixby Home page where you can find everything that is important to you, including your Bixby Reminders.
Bixby Vision is very useful and makes some tasks much easier to complete. Bixby Vision can translate, scan business cards, scan QR codes, find information on wine and help you find out what’s nearby. When it comes to food, Bixby can find a recipe for the dish you are eating, find cooking videos and send the nutritional information of the dish to the Samsung Health app.
Android and Samsung apps
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. There is a mix of Google and Samsung apps and features including:
- App Pair - Multitask like a pro with two apps splitting the screen
- Dual Messenger - Use your work and personal Messenger accounts at the same time
- Wi-Fi switching - Automatically connects to Wi-Fi networks you have used before, in order to save your data allowance
- Samsung Health - Record your nutrition, physical activity and sleeping patterns
- Game Launcher - Mute notifications, select performance (normal, power save or high), lock the brightness and record your gaming sessions
- Dolby Atmos - Enjoy surround sound
- Secure Folder - Keep files, photos and apps private
Camera & Video
Dual camera and a 24MP selfie camera
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ has a great 16MP + 5MP dual camera. The two lenses give you Live Focus where the background blur can be adjusted in the preview screen.
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The 24MP selfie camera has a three level LED flash, making it far easier to get good nighttime selfies. In Selfie Mode you can adjust your eye size, skin tone and the slimness of your face. In Selfie Focus Mode you can blur the background, while Wide Selfie Mode takes care of group shots.
You can also enjoy Live AR Stickers that follow your facial movement, a Story creating feature, FHD video recording and the ability to search the gallery using keywords and images.
High capacity battery
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) gets a suitably-sized high capacity 3,500mAh battery. This can provide up to:
- 15 hours of internet browsing
- 18 hours of video playback
- 120 hours of audio playback
- 21 hours of talk time
Written by: Michael Brown