Samsung was one of the top-ranked smartphone manufacturing and selling company once at a time. But from last few years, Huawei, Xiaomi, and some other smartphone brands are gradually taking the mobile phone market over the competition. Now, most of the brands are trying to provide a better hardware specification with a reasonable and affordable price tag. Samsung is losing that position in terms of price segment and budget category smartphone specifications. Recently, Samsung Galaxy J6 smartphone launched in India as a mid-range budget smartphone with so-called Infinity Display at Rs.13,990. Today we’re giving the Samsung Galaxy J6 Review. Let’s have a look.
The device has a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED HD+ display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio screen. Samsung mentioned that the device has an Infinity Display just like Samsung’s flagship smartphones (Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus, Note 8, S9/S9+). However, we have found this smartphone with just only an 18.5:9 AMOLED display, not an Infinity Display. We didn’t find any reason about this.
Samsung Galaxy J6 Specifications
Samsung Galaxy J6 comes with a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED HD+ 18.5:9 aspect ratio display with the resolution of 1480 × 720 pixels that means almost 293PPI. The device is powered by octa-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 Samsung Exynos 7870 SoC along with 3GB of RAM variant. The internal storage is 32GB and it can be expandable up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot. The processor is coupled with ARM Mali T830 MP1 GPU. Both the old generation processor and GPU are capable of doing daily normal things. But as per gaming and multitasking activities, the CPU and GPU are not suitable at all at this price point.
The Samsung Galaxy J6 smartphone features with a single rear 13MP camera with LED flash with f/1.9 aperture lens. Whereas, the front has also a single 8MP of selfie camera with f/1.9 aperture lens with LED flashlight. Both the cameras can capture a decent amount of detailed images in daylight and in a good lighting condition. But in a indoor lighting, they struggle a lot. The primary camera has PDAF, Geo-Tagging, Panorama mode, HDR mode, and Portrait mode as well. It can record 1080p videos @30fps.
The smartphone has connectivity options like Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz single band), 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB port, 4G VOLTE dual SIM, dedicated microSD card slot, FM Radio etc. It doesn’t have fast charging, no NFC support. All the major sensors are available except Ambient Light and Gyro sensor. The device comes with a non-removable 3,000mAh battery. It has a dedicated fingerprint scanner at the back. The front camera also supports face unlock feature.
The device is running on Android 8.0 Oreo over Samsung Experience 9.0 UI out of the box pack. The dimension of the device is 70.2 × 149.3 × 8.2mm and it weighs around 153 grams. The device is now available in Black color variant only.
Samsung Galaxy J6 Design and Built
This time Samsung provides a better looking mid-range budget smartphone. The device looks quite premium in terms of 2.5D curved display and the smooth polycarbonate matte finish back panel. The sleek body and comfortable hand grip feel really good in our first impression as it’s 8.2mm thick.
The front display is a Super AMOLED 18.5:9 aspect ratio display which means the colors are more vibrant and crisp than other budget category smartphones. The blacks are deep and other colors are quite accurate even in daylight condition. The brightness is also decent enough. But the auto-brightness feature is missing that means there is no Ambient Light Sensor in it. The user has to adjust the brightness manually.
The front camera contains a selfie flash and an earpiece alongside. Like other Samsung J series smartphones, this device doesn’t have any front fingerprint sensor or physical navigation button. This time Samsung Galaxy J6 has full view display with minimum bezels at below. The fingerprint sensor is located at the back side under the rear camera. On the left side, the device has the volume adjustment buttons along with one tray for single SIM and another tray for single SIm and a microSD card. The right side has a power button along with a primary speaker module. On the below, the micro USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, and a microphone placed.
Additionally, the device box contains a SIM ejector tool, 5V/1A power adapter, micro USB cable, a normal old generation wired earphone, and all necessary warranty and quick start guide documents.
Samsung Galaxy J6 Software and UI
The device is running on Android 8 Oreo with Samsung’s latest Experience 9.0 UI and the Android Security level Patch is dated as on April 01, 2018. The Google and Microsoft inbuilt apps are preinstalled along with some of Samsung’s own apps. The Samsung Pay Mini, Samsung Mall, Galaxy Apps, Galaxy Themes etc has been found on the device. All the Samsung themes are paid version except the default one. That’s disappointing. Swiping left to the home screen, Bixby Assistant and voice search feature opens with recent news, advertisements, theme updates, weather, tasks, reminders, YouTube suggestions and more.
Samsung features an image search based online shopping app called Samsung Mall. This app will let the user click any image of cloth, shoes, furniture, or any home or personal care products and the Samsung Mall app will quickly recognize the thing and opens a page of all available online sites like Flipkart, Amazon, etc. Then you can compare and buy that product very easily. But there is also a downside that you can’t buy anything within the app, the app will redirect to other links or shopping apps.
Samsung Pay Mini
Samsung also includes on their every device Samsung Pay Mini app. This app allows the users to make payments via the UPI based mobile wallets. That means you don’t have to install and keep the unnecessary wallet or UPI payment apps. This Samsung Pay Mini will do all the things related to the online transaction. This is an NFC based physical transaction app and obviously, this is the mini version of fully featured Samsung Pay app.
Settings and Accessibility
The settings menu is featured with some of the accessibility options such as Chat Over Video, S-Bike mode, dual messenger mode, emergency dialer contact, One-Handed mode, Easy mode, on-screen navigation key hide on/off, navigation key background bar color change, lock screen roaming clock display feature, scroll the notification panel via fingerprint sensor etc.
The Chat Over Video option will help the user to chat via Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger app without switching or pausing any video streaming. The on-screen keyboard will turn into a translucent overlayed keyboard for better viewing and typing also.
Samsung Galaxy J6 Camera Review
The Samsung Galaxy J6 has a single 13MP of rear camera with f/1.9 aperture lens which will give you nice portrait shots in good lighting condition. Whereas, the front has a single 8MP of selfie camera with f/1.9 aperture lens. The front can capture also a good amount of details with nice bokeh effect. The primary camera can record 1080p videos @ 30fps. It has PDAF, HDR, Face Detection, Panorama, Geo-Tagging, Beautification mode, Animated GIFs, etc.
The Face Detection unlock works well in lighting condition but the unlock speed is average. In low light condition, face unlock doesn’t work well. The dynamic range is below the average and most of the times, images are washed out. The HDR mode also not working that much. Both the rear and front have a flashlight but it doesn’t help that much. However, videos are too shaky due to lack of any image stabilization feature.
The 3,000mAh battery life is just okay. It lasts up to a whole day on a single full charge. Though the device doesn’t support fast charging, battery standby timing is also good enough as a budget device. We found that the battery standby timing was 16 hours left with the 64% of juice, even the power saving mode was off. Battery power saver mode was showing that the medium saving mode can last up to 18 hours and the maximum mode can last up to 54 hours of standby time. This is really good enough.
After the usage of non-stop data connection on with internet browsing, 4G VOLTE calling, video calling, media streaming etc, the battery juice lasts up to the minimum of 17 hours.
The Samsung Galaxy J6 scored 59581 in AnTuTu Benchmark, 3854 in PC Mark Work 2.0. The Geekbench 4 single-core score was 728 and the multi-core score was 3544. However, the results are much lower than the other same price range smartphone like Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Note 5 Pro, and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. We have played Asphalt 8 Extreme on this device on a medium graphics setting and still, the frame drops are frequent. The game loading time is also very laggy. That’s quite unexpected.
The fingerprint unlock is very fast and accurate. There is no issue with the battery drainage or battery heating after non-stop usage for a few hours. The camera application opens quite faster but the focusing and the image capturing take a little bit of time. The Samsung’s Experience 9.0 UI is suitable for all Samsung devices but there is no confirmation about the Android P update on budget devices till now.
Samsung Galaxy J6 Review Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy J6 comes with a good display and design but it’s not a deal breaker at all. The device lacks so many things including hardware and performance. In terms of the 14K price tag, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Note 5 Pro, Huawei Honor 7X, Xiaomi Mi A1, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6X will be a great choice as an overall budget smartphone. The lower processor with an average camera performance, the device seems a quite low budget segment phone. However, all the mentioned things are based on our review and it doesn’t declare anything that the performance of this device is poor for daily usage. The usage results may vary.