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Samsung Galaxy J4+, Samsung Galaxy J6+ Review: Looks over performance

Here's our review of the 2018 Samsung Galaxy J4+ and Samsung Galaxy J6+.

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BGR Rating :
3/5

Samsung recently launched the Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+ smartphones in India, priced at Rs 10,990 and Rs 15,990 respectively. The Galaxy J4+ comes in three color options of black, blue, and gold. The Galaxy J6+ will be available in Red, blue, and black colors. As a part of launch offer, Samsung is providing one-time screen replacements at Rs 990 to buyers purchasing both smartphones till November 11.

Both phones are meant for the offline market, where Samsung has a strong hold. The Galaxy J series has been really popular for the company since the launch of the first Galaxy J series device. It sold more than 60 million Galaxy J series phones in total, and standalone 4 million units of Galaxy J8, Galaxy J6 launched earlier this year. I got the two new Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+ for review, and since both devices have a lot in common, I decided to put my final thoughts into one post.

Samsung Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J6+ : Display, Design and Build

Up front, both the Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+ feature the same 6-inch Infinity Display with HD+ (720×1480 pixels) resolution, and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. While on paper a HD+ resolution display comes across as a bit of compromise, in real life usage Samsung’s over saturated colors output make up for it. The display on both phones look pleasantly rich. The video streaming/ watching experience too was satisfactory.

I liked the build quality of both Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+. Samsung has opted for smart and premium glass finish on both devices, hence both look quite identical too. The rounded edges allow good grip, although both are quite the smudges/ fingerprint magnet. I got grey/black color variant for review, but I really liked the red color in particular, which is only available on the Galaxy J6+.

Samsung Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J6+: Performance and UI

This aspect of both the devices is a tad worrisome. Under the hood, both Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+ pack the same chipset from Qualcomm. This is the Snapdragon 425 SoC, although the difference is in the RAM and storage configurations. The Galaxy J4+ comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB onboard storage, whereas the Galaxy J6+ comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

One good thing is that Samsung has provided a dedicated microSD card slot for you to expand the built-in memory up to 512GB. Additionally, both phones allow you to install apps on the microSD cards as well, so you need to worry about internal storage. There are two dedicated nano-SIM card slot on the phones, and these support 4G VoLTE, but not at the same time. It means you’ll not be able to use Jio SIM on these devices, if your other operator’s SIM is being used for 4G data.

The overall performance, especially when you consider the price segment – is anything but impressive. The Galaxy J4+ especially took longer than usual to open and close apps or multitasking. The gaming experience for low-graphics games like Subway Surfer was satisfactory, but the high-end games like PUBG had problems throughout gameplay.

Overall in my experience, the Samsung Galaxy J4+ performance was quite sluggish, while the Galaxy J6+ too was anything but satisfactory. What’s really disappointing is that there are far better options available at the same or even lower price.

Samsung Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J6+: UI, Fingerprint sensor and Face Unlock

On the software front, the dual-SIM Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+ run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with Samsung’s own Experience UI 9.5 on top. Coming to that UI, I personally prefer stock Android OS over any overlay/ UI skin. But when it comes to Samsung’s UI, I feel that it is among the best skins available today.

I find Samsung’s UI generally smooth, but again with the Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+, that wasn’t the case. Surprisingly, the Nova launcher performed better than the UI itself, so we suggest you to take a look at third-party launchers if you face issues with Samsung’s Experience UI 9.5.

Of the two phones, only Samsung Galaxy J6+ packs a fingerprint sensor on the power button, which is side mounted. It’s not just the placement that is unconventional, but its performance too is a tad under par. During my usage I faced multiple lags, and quite a few times I struggled to unlock the device.

The Face Unlock feature though is present on both Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+. Again it was a bit of a struggle to register my face, and then unlock the devices using this security feature. There were times when it took the device around 5-7 seconds to unlock. Samsung did update both devices, but there was only a marginal improvement in the performance of the Face Unlock feature. One thing I noticed was that unless you are directly looking into the phone and keep it stable at a certain height, the phone doesn’t unlock with face ID.

Samsung Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+ cameras

For photography, the two Galaxy smartphones pack different set of cameras on the rear as well as front. The Galaxy J4+ packs a 13-megapixel f/1.9 rear camera accompanied by an LED flash, while the Galaxy J6+ comes is equipped with a dual rear camera setup of 13-megapixel and a 5-megapixel sensors. For selfies and video calling, there’s a 5-megapixel f/2.2 front camera on the Galaxy J4+, while the Galaxy J6+ packed a higher resolution 8-megapixel camera.

In daylight or nicely lit conditions, both cameras performed differently. Images from Galaxy J4+ were mostly inconsistent. It could capture colors nicely, but missed detailing. The images were slightly blurred and washed out. When we look at the price range for this phone, we expected a little better in terms of rear camera quality at least. To sum up, Samsung Galaxy J4+ took images that were just about usable.

Samsung Galaxy J4+ camera sample (resized for web)

Samsung Galaxy J6+ camera sample (resized for web)

Samsung Galaxy J4+ camera sample (resized for web)

Samsung Galaxy J6+ camera sample (resized for web)

Samsung Galaxy J6+ camera sample (resized for web)

In the case of the Galaxy J6+, daylight shots were much better in comparison. That said, the overall quality is not on par with rivals like say the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Though Samsung Galaxy J6+ packs a dual-rear camera, it could not do justice to what is expected out of that setup. The images had a very little detailing, but the center sharpness in perfectly lit conditions was fine. Having said that, the smartphone is priced for the offline market, and a normal user with images requirement for social media will not huge problems.

In low-light conditions, the Galaxy J4+’s single 13-megapixel struggled a lot and images came out grainy. The Galaxy J6+ again performed better in these lighting conditions. The images didn’t oversaturate, center sharpness was fine, and these were less grainy compared to the Galaxy J4+. Overall, the shots were fairly average, and they missed finer detailing in low-light. Both phones have ‘Social’ camera mode in the app which lets you instantly share photos to a group of friends using Samsung phones or on social media like Facebook, WhatAapp and more.

Battery

Both Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+ pack the same 3,300mAh non-removable battery inside. Samsung has included micro-USB port for charging/data-syncing, and the box gets 5V/1A two-pin wall charger. These do not support fast charging, neither the supplied charger will fully charge the two phones in three hours. Both phones took so long to reach 100 percent that we mostly gave up half way on charging.

Thankfully, the battery didn’t drain as fast as we’d expected. Both phones could easily last one full day with average usage and video streaming/playback. If you use social media apps with little bit of video streaming and normal day-to-day tasks such as email, maps navigation, then the 3,300mAh battery is sufficient for one day use, and you’ll still be left with 10-15 percent of spare battery power.

Users can take advantage of the ‘Power saving mode’ in battery settings. It is turned off by default, but there are two configuration presets – MID and MAX. These modes limit screen brightens, CPU speed, background apps and network usage to provide more power-on time for the smartphone.

Verdict

Both new Samsung Galaxy J4+, Galaxy J6+ look refreshing and come with Infinity Display, new colors, and shiny premium design. Samsung is focusing on the offline market with these two devices, and their loyal consumer base will enjoy these two smartphones. Having said that, both smartphones perform below average when compared to the choices available online. These will get tough competition from devices from companies like Asus, Honor and Xiaomi. We feel that camera performance can be fixed via software upgrade, so Samsung might overcome that problem in the near future.

In my opinion, both smartphones are priced on a higher side and you have much better options in online e-commerce market. But if you are an average user or an elderly person who prefers brand trust over specifications, then these Samsung phones work fine for daily usage. Otherwise too, if you prefer quality build and want to use these phones as secondary device then it would not be that bad of a choice either.

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  • Published Date: November 3, 2018 2:05 PM IST