The Samsung Galaxy J6 comes with an HD+ Infinity Display.
The Samsung Galaxy A6+ comes with a Full HD+ Infinity Display.
Both smartphones come with Samsung Pay Mini, Bixby and Dolby Atmos.
Samsung launched four new smartphones in India today at an event in Mumbai. The line-up includes the Galaxy J6, the Galaxy J8, the Galaxy A6, and the Galaxy A6+. The Galaxy J6 is the budget smartphone, whereas the Galaxy A6+ is placed in the upper mid-range segment. The highlight of all four smartphones is that they come with Samsung’s Infinity Display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9.
The Galaxy J6 is priced at Rs 13,990, the Galaxy J8 is priced at Rs 18,990, the Galaxy A6 is priced at Rs 21,990, and lastly the Galaxy A6+ will set you back by Rs 25,990. The Galaxy J6 and Galaxy A6 are also offered in other variants with more storage and RAM – priced at Rs 16,490, and Rs 22,990 respectively. I got some time to play around with the Galaxy J6 and Galaxy A6+ ahead of the launch today, and here are my first impressions.
Samsung introduced the Infinity Display with the Galaxy S8-series, and soon extended it to the Galaxy Note 8, and the Galaxy A8-series. Now, the Infinity Display also makes its way to the Galaxy J6 and Galaxy A6+. Both smartphones feature Super AMOLED panels with the only difference being the screen size and resolution.
The Galaxy J6 comes with a 5.6-inch HD+ display running at a resolution of 720×1480 pixels. The Galaxy A6+, on the other hand, comes with a 6-inch Full HD+ display running at a resolution of 1080×2280 pixels. The screen is a treat to look at – it is adequately bright, and colors look punchy too. And despite boasting bigger displays, both smartphones are compact, and easy to operate with one-hand.
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Chat Over Video
Let’s admit it, after Reliance Jio disrupted the telecom sector with aggressive data plans, internet consumption, especially videos, has increased. At the same time, WhatsApp is also one of the widely used instant messaging platforms, especially in India. Keeping this in mind, Samsung India has built a feature that is Made in India, and most importantly, Made for India.
Until now, if you were watching a video and got a text message or a WhatsApp ping, you were required to pause the video, reply, and then resume playback. Multi-tasking feature is there, but it just divides both screens into the equal half. Samsung’s new Chat Over Video feature keeps the video playing at the back, while bringing a small popup window and keyboard as an overlay on top. It lets you keep watching the video while you respond to messages.
The Samsung Galaxy J6 comes with a 13-megapixel rear snapper with an LED flash, and an 8-megapixel front camera, which also comes with an LED flash. The front camera supports “selfie focus” mode that lets you add DSLR-like background blur effects to your photos. Both front and rear camera also come with AR sticker support, that lets you infuse your photos with animated stickers.
The Samsung Galaxy A6+, on the other hand, features dual cameras at the back. One is a 16-megapixel primary sensor of aperture f/1.7, whereas the other is a 5-megapixel depth sensor of aperture f/1.9. Both cameras work in tandem to add DSLR-like bokeh effects to your photos when Live Focus mode is activated.
Up front is a 24-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling. The camera also comes with support for Selfie Focus mode that lets you add background blur effects to your photos, and AR sticker support is also included.
Samsung Pay Mini
Digital Payments in India have increased after demonetization back in 2016, and Samsung was quick enough to introduce Samsung Pay Mini on its affordable and mid-range smartphones. It comes with UPI integration that lets you send and receive money from other users, and the money directly gets debited and credited to the bank account. Samsung has also added Mobikwik and Paytm integration on Pay Mini allowing you to make digital payments from the respective wallets without downloading those apps.
In addition to fingerprint sensor at the back for biometric authentication, Samsung has also added Face Recognition feature. You can now register your face as a password, and simply looking at the device will unlock it after authenticating you.
Besides Google Assistant, the Galaxy J6 and Galaxy A6+ also come with Samsung’s intelligent assistant, Bixby. It can be accessed by swiping from left to right on the home screen. Bixby screen brings you a quick look at LinkedIn content, Facebook Notifications, your calendar events and reminders, trending keywords on Twitter and Facebook, trending videos in YouTube, weather, and much more. Sadly, the highlight feature that lets you to talk to the voice assistant, is absent, and it is only reserved for the flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 lineups.
Samsung has also added Dolby Atmos audio enhancement to let you enjoy your audio listening and video watching experience. For security, you also get Samsung Knox where you can use Secure Folder to hide your photos, videos, notes and apps from prying eyes. Samsung Mall, the shopping app powered by Amazon India and Jabong is also a part of the package. On the software front, you get Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung’s custom Experience UI running on top.
Both the Galaxy J6 and Galaxy A6+ are placed in different price segments. Yes, they are a bit on the expensive side compared to the competitors, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Honor 9 Lite, Moto X4, Oppo F7, and Nokia 7 Plus to name a few. However, the cashback offers and the overall package make these smartphones a bit appealing. Whether or not users choose Samsung phones or the one from the above mentioned Chinese brands completely depends on sole preferences. We will soon be reviewing both the smartphones and bring you our detailed review, so stay tuned for that.