Many specifications and UI features of the new smartphone phones match the Samsung J Series and On Series handsets. But some new experiments have been done about the design. The starting price of Samsung Galaxy J6 is Rs 13,990. Will this Samsung phone be able to challenge the Redmi Note 5 Pro (read review) and ZenFone Max Pro M1 on the basis of these features and specifications? Through the review, we will try to find the answer to this question.
Samsung Galaxy J6 Design
The design of Samsung Galaxy J6 is refreshing. Due to the long display and sleek frame, it is convenient to keep it in your hands. Its thickness is 8.2 millimeters. We did the same thing in First Impressions that fingerprints do not fall easily on the rear panel.
2.5D curved glass has been used in the front of this Samsung phone. It has an infinity display with 18.5: 9 aspect ratios. Samsung has given its 5.45 inch Super AMOLED panel which is HD + (720×1480 pixels) resolution. The AmoLED display brings colors crisp and steak. Blacks are quite deep. Brightness is quite good. But the resolution disappoints a bit.
There are also some drawbacks. Samsung has also adopted its old strategy with this phone. The Galaxy J6 does not use ambient light sensor. Due to this, there is no auto brightness adjustment toggle in the phone. During the review, it was difficult for us to repeatedly manage the brightness level itself.
Above the display is an 8 megapixel selfie camera, selfie light, and earpiece. For the first time, a Samsung Galaxy J series phone has no physical buttons below the display. This time the Home, Back and Overview buttons are on the screen.
There is a power button on the right edge of the phone and there is also space for the speaker. On the left side are buttons for volume control. There are two separate slots. One can have a SIM card. At the same time, there is room for microSD card with a SIM card in the other. Nano SIM will have to be used in both slots, but only one SIM will work on 4G network at any time. The micro-USB port, microphone and 3.5mm headphone jack have got place at the bottom. There is a power adapter, USB cable, SIM ejector tool and wired headset and quick start guide inside the retail box.
Samsung Galaxy J6 specification and software
Galaxy J6 speeds up the Exynos 7870 processor, which is the most disappointing aspect of the phone. For the past two years, the chipsets of the Acinos 7 series have been part of Samsung’s budget phones. Now the company needs to change this. We have reviewed the 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage variants of this phone. But the company has also launched 4 GB RAM and 64 GB RAM storage variants of Samsung Galaxy J6. But the variant with more RAM is not being sold in India right now.
The connectivity feature includes 4G VoLTE. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 3.5mm headphone socket and FM radio are also present in the phone. But there is no support for NFC. Wi-Fi calling is also an option. Like the old smartphones of Galaxy J and Galaxy On series, Samsung has not given some important sensors in this phone too. The phone only has proximity sensor and accelerometer. Ambient light sensor or gyroscope will not be found.
Talking about the software, the Samsung Galaxy J6 handset runs on Samsung Experience 9.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo. This OS has been a part of the company’s premium handset. The date of Android security level patch in the phone is 1 April 2018. The default screen is on the home screen and the time widget at the top. Apart from this, there are shortcuts for Google and Microsoft apps with Google search bar. Swiping left will reveal the Bixby home screen.
Samsung has given the image recognition based shopping app Samsung Mall in Galaxy J6. It was introduced with the Galaxy On7 Prime. Samsung Mall has now become much better than before in identifying gadgets and clothes. It also has Samsung Pay Mini. Samsung brand video and music apps are not pre-installed in the phone. If you want, you can download them from Samsung’s My Galaxy App Store.
Chat over video is a useful feature. is. With its help, users can now reply to WhatsApp and SMS messages while watching fullscreen videos. There is a dual messenger mode for social media apps like Facebook and WhatsApp. There is panic mode. Users can browse notifications with the help of fingerprint sensor.
Samsung Galaxy J6 performance, camera and battery life
We have reviewed 3 GB RAM variants. We never felt the need for more RAM except on a few occasions. However, how will it perform when it gets old? It will be a thing to see. The Galaxy J6 has limited animations and transitions. The Bixby home screen often runs intermittently. This is probably due to more content. There is no digital compass or gyroscope, so even Google Maps cannot tell in which direction you are looking.
Casual games like Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2 ran smoothly on the phone, as well as there was no problem in playing games like Asphalt 8 with powerful graphics. Battery consumption during the game was also not very high.
The company has heavily publicized about the Face Unlock feature of Galaxy J6. It works well in daylight. But at night it is of no use on most occasions. The good thing is that the fingerprint sensor is available. During the review we found that it was working fast.
Benchmark scores were below average. It could not challenge the Redmi Note 5 Pro and ZenFone Max Pro M1 from anywhere, while the price of these handsets is only around the Galaxy J6.
The Galaxy J6 has a 13-megapixel camera on the rear. This camera has also been used in Galaxy On7 Prime. Its aperture is f / 1.9 and it comes with LED flash. Whether it is daylight or low light, pictures taken with the camera come as a disappointment. Bland color reproduction is clearly visible on the Super AMOLED panel. It also has HDR mode but you will not get much help. In the camera app, you will find modes like Beauty, Night, Pro and Panorama which do not make a big improvement in the quality of photos.
The sensor of the front camera is 8 megapixels. It also comes with F / 1.9 aperture and LED selfie light. Selfies taken in daylight are good, but in low light selfie camera performance is very poor. The camera app also has 3D stickers for social media enthusiasts.
There are no video shaky records due to no electronic image stabilization or optical image stabilization. You will be able to record videos of maximum 1080 pixel resolution.
Samsung is also promoting its Galaxy J6 with regard to battery life. The 3000 mAh battery may not be a huge battery on paper, but the standby time of this phone is commendable. Samsung Galaxy J6 supported our HD video battery loop test for about 14 hours 10 minutes. The phone manages to beat the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 in this department and gives Redmi Note 5 Pro the same level of performance. During common usage, we only needed a charger once a day. The charge given with the phone takes about two and a half hours to fully charge the phone, which will disappoint many people.
Compared to Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Samsung Galaxy J6 is not a product worth the money. Snapdragon is the more powerful processor between the Acinos 7870 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. The starting price of Galaxy J6 is 13,990. At this price, 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage will be available. At the same time, the price of 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants is Rs 16,490. Slow charging and average cameras weaken the phone’s claim. But the most frustrating is the lack of essential features like ambient light sensor, digital compass and fast charging.
However, Samsung’s midrange handset will not be lost in the crowd due to the new design, reliable battery and super amoled display. Overall, this handset with an initial price of Rs 13,990 has some appeal. And it will not be out of stock like its rivals.