PREMIUM FEATURES, UNDERPOWERED PERFORMANCE
With premium look and feel,
Samsung’s Galaxy A6+ is a feature-loaded device. But is it good enough to compete against the offerings from the likes of Vivo, Xiaomi, Honor and others?
Bezel-less displays and integration of notch have helped smartphone makers incorporate a bigger display in a compact form factor. But Samsung’s A6+ doesn’t belong to this breed. It houses a six-inch infinity display in a metallic frame with curved edges. Weighing 191 grams, the A6+ is heavy to hold but sturdy.
Leaving ample space for sensors, microphone and camera on the top, the six-inch edge-to-edge Infinity display is a delight to look at. This full HD+ Super AMOLED display looks punchy with great colour reproduction. There is also a blue light filter that limits the amount of blue light for reducing eye strain. The option to block accidental touches when the phone is in pocket or bag is handy. Although the navigation buttons are part of the display, Samsung has still left a wide bezel at the bottom.
Samsung is offering a dual camera set-up for depth images and its proprietary Bixby Vision feature.
The former is labelled as the Live Focus mode, which allows adjusting the background blur while capturing an image, even post-capture. The 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel camera set-up were quick to focus and capture images. I was even able to capture bokeh selfies using the single 24-megapixel camera at the front. Both the cameras did a pretty decent job in blurring the background. However, the ones captured from the rear camera were sharper. While the images captured in well-lit surroundings were impressive, low light photography isn’t A6+s’ forte. Bixby Vision is another noteworthy feature with dedicated modes for text, image, location, food, wine and QR Code. However, it uses third-party software for fetching information. There is also a Sticker mode accessible in both the rear camera and selfies.
The Samsung Experience 9.0 based on Android Oreo had a very clean user interface. There are some additional apps too - Samsung Notes for taking notes, Samsung Max for saving mobile data and privacy protection, My Galaxy for entertainment and services, Samsung Mall for shopping, Samsung Pay Mini for UPI payments along with Samsung Health, Galaxy Apps, voice recorder, and more. It has Knox security support and secure folder for storing sensitive data. For device security, there is a fingerprint scanner at the rear, apart from an additional Face Unlock feature. When used for day to day tasks such as browsing the web, streaming videos, social networking and basic gaming, the A6+ came across as a decent performer. But it isn’t designed for heavy graphics games. The device is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM. When running short of space, the memory card slot with support for up to 256GB of storage can come in handy.
Other than heavy graphics games, another thing where Samsung misses the mark is the elimination of fast charging, a norm which is increasingly becoming a standard in smartphones. The 3500mAh battery onboard just managed to last me a day with heavy use.
When compared on paper, the Galaxy A6+ for ` 22,999 does not come across as the most powerful smartphone in its price category. However, the premium design, stunning display along with Samsung’s security feature and Bixby Vision, make it a compelling proposition.
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