PRE­MIUM FEA­TURES, UN­DER­POW­ERED PER­FOR­MANCE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

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?

De­sign:

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.

In­fin­ity dis­play:

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.

Cam­era:

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.

Per­for­mance:

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.

Bat­tery:

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.

Ver­dict:

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.

no tyPe c Port, con­tin­ues to have mi­croUSB port sAm­sunG GAlAxy A6+ ` Price 22,999

does not fea­ture notch 6-inch edge-to-edge dis­play

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