If you’re looking for a budget phone from a high-end brand like Samsung, then Samsung Galaxy J6 is definitely something you should look into. It provides great attributes at a really low price. The TechSeer will give it a 7.9 out of a solid 10.
- Camera & Hardware
- Battery Life
- Value for Money
Can Samsung Galaxy J6 2018 be the new reigning king of budget phones?
In the last couple of years, local manufacturers have been failing to meet the challenge put forth by their much formidable Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi Redmi S2 and Redmi Note 5. So after being dethroned from ruling an empire of great quality mid-range smartphones by brands like Xiaomi, Motorola etc. Samsung has finally risen up to its true glory and started a rebellion in the form of it’s latest releases. One of them being the Samsung Galaxy J6 2018 along with Samsung Galaxy J8 2018 launch.
Here’s what we at The Techseer think about whether the J6 with its “Infinity” display can prove to be a great counterattack or does it still lag behind its Chinese competitors.
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Samsung Galaxy J6 2018 – Phone Review
In the summer of 2018, Samsung launched its counterattack in the form of four budget smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy J6 2018 is one of the cheapest of the four but don’t start running for the hills just yet. The phone houses well-equipped features paralleling the best of the world’s flagships at a price that certainly won’t make too much of a dent in your bank account.
- Super AMOLED display
- Great battery life
- Compact and sturdy design
- Wide angle selfie camera
- Facial recognition is slow and won’t work in low lighting
- A micro USB charging port
- Entry level chipset
Samsung Galaxy J6 2018 Specs:
- Body: Plastic
- Screen: 5.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’, 720×1480 pixels (293 ppi density)
- OS: Android 8.0 Oreo-based TouchWiz UI
- Chipset: 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor,
- RAM: 4GB or 3GB
- Camera: 13 MP, f/1.9, 28mm, AF, LED flash, panorama, HDR, 1080p@30fps
- Selfie: 8MP. f/1.9. LED flash
- Storage: 64/32GB internal memory. microSD up to 256 GB.
- SIM: Dual SIM (nano-SIM)
- Battery: Nonremovable Li-Ion 3000 mAh
- Misc: Colours=Black, Gold, and Blue
Samsung Galaxy On6 Price & Availability
If you end up deeming this phone worthy of your time, it’ll be available at your nearest Samsung store or any of its partner stores.
The Samsung Galaxy J6, also known as Samsung Galaxy On6 in India comes in two variants (J600F/DS (Global DS) and J600G/DS (India)). The 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage version comes at the price of approximately $205 USD ($220AUD/190EURO). The other variant being the 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage at an approximate price of $195 USD ($210AUD/180EURO).
Design & Display
Well, Samsung has certainly cast away its typical Galaxy looks and given the new range of phones a sense of originality and freshness with their new designs. It’s a pretty compact smartphone with a 5.6-inch HD+ display running on a resolution of 1480×720 pixels. For the first time in the J-series or any of Samsung’s budget phones for that matter, the Galaxy J6 2018 features a 5.6inch bezel-less display.
Yes, you read that right, it has a bezel-less display and for us and we’re sure a lot of you guys too, the bezel thing has been a problem for quite a while now. With an 18:5:9 aspect ratio and its ‘Infinity Display’ the Samsung Galaxy J6 2018 comes to us fresh and with a great screen to body ratio. And despite its 5.6inch screen, the device is surprisingly compact and lightweight.
The device comes with a fingerprint sensor, a micro-USB charging port along with a thankfully still intact 3.5mm headphone jack. Overall the device felt pretty solid in our hands and the build quality is great too.
The Samsung Galaxy J6 houses a 5.6 inch Super AMOLED “Infinity Display”. The aforementioned screen-to-body ratio contributes to a very attractive display. We think its display might be the best one out of all budget-phones. The AMOLED screen made the display more vivid and where sunlight visibility is concerned, we didn’t really have a problem with it.
At its price range, we found the camera quite impressive. The Galaxy J6 hosts a 13MP camera with an aperture of f/1.9 along with an 8MP front camera with the same aperture. LED flash is available on both sides. When imaging comes into question, the J6 worked remarkably well in daylight and good lighting conditions. But where night photography is concerned, the attribute seems to be J6’s weakness.
The lens does try its best to provide accurate colors in such light but the images that we managed to take still seemed a bit grainy. The selfie camera on the other hand easily impressed us. And if faced with bad lighting, the LED flash in the front comes to your rescue. The camera does offer a variety of options, like HDR, Night Mode ( not really effective ), Panorama, Beauty, and Stickers.
What we really liked, however, was the Samsung Mall integration. Basically, it allows you to point your camera at a product you wish to purchase or search on online stores. Then Samsung Mall instantly links you up and lists the product with its prices on several different online stores.
Hardware & Software
The Samsung Galaxy J6 2018 is driven by Samsung’s Exynos 7870 octa-core SoC, which is a 64-bit SoC builT ON 14NM FinFET process. The J6 comes with eight Cortex A53 cores with the maximum clock speed of 1.6GB. The two variants have already been discussed in detail before.
The J6 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo-based TouchWiz UI. Unfortunately, the phone has been loaded with a lot of software which makes even Facebook a bloatware. But thankfully, the phone allowed us to uninstall system apps so if you ever felt any of those apps were bloatware you could easily get rid of them. Bixby has been forcefully squeezed inside and it isn’t much you can really do with it. Overall it is a pretty smooth phone and the TouchWiz offered us quite the experience. We also got to store sensitive files in the Knox-powered “Secure Folder” thing and payments felt way easier with Samsung Pay Mini.
The audio in Samsung Galaxy On6 is definitely a delight to listen to, the audio experience almost identical to that of the Galaxy S9. The Dolby Atmos feature definitely takes the experience up a notch. The facial recognition feature, on the other hand, is a complete failure as it didn’t recognize our faces for 75% of the time. Eventually, we gave up and stuck with the fingerprint sensor.
The chat over video feature proved to enhance the phone experience as a whole. Often at times, we’ve found ourselves annoyed with switching screens just to reply to say, a WhatsApp text. But with the chat over video, we managed to watch our video but also chat with a friend while doing it. All in all nice job Samsung!
We recommend you opt for the 4GB variant as it provides a smoother experience for a little price difference. We tried out a couple of casual games like PUBG Mobile and Subway Surfers and the experience turned out to be pretty smooth. But when we did take a step further to games like the resident-favorite PUBG. We noticed the frames start to drop and encountered a bit of a lag but our gameplay wasn’t affected much.
We loved the battery life on Samsung Galaxy J6. After constant gaming for 20 minutes not only did the phone not heat up. The battery life only dropped by 5% which is pretty great. The J6 packs a 3,000 mAh battery which is less than the Redmi Note 5’s but still pretty good.
We used the phone for streaming, casual gaming, listening to music, using social media and all of this we managed to do in an impressive 4 hours 30 minutes. Samsung has further managed to improve the battery life by providing us with several power saving modes.
Verdict: Samsung Galaxy J6 2018 Review
If you’re looking for a budget phone from a high-end brand like Samsung, then J6 is definitely something you should look into. It provides great attributes at a really low price. But if you’re okay with buying budget-phones from companies like Xiaomi then have a look at our Best Xiaomi Phones 2018.
While it has its setbacks and leaves a few things to be desired. Samsung Galaxy J6 2018 comes with a budgeted price and definitely should be considered if you have a budget of around 200 dollars.