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Samsung Galaxy A6 vs Galaxy A6 Plus: How are they different?

04 May 2018 6

The South Korea giant Samsung recently announced their two new mid-range smartphones as Galaxy A6 and A6+. Although both the devices look like Samsung J-lineup devices the company announced new mid-rangers under A-series. One of the reasons behind this strategy is this year so far Samsung announced only two Galaxy A-lineup smartphones as A8 and A8+. Both the devices are the most expensive and premium smartphones ever announced under A-series. The higher cost price of A8 series makes it non-affordable for everyone.

The new Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus certainly emerge as a very good option for those who want a Samsung mid-ranger Galaxy A lineup smartphone at an affordable price tag. Apart from the display size, there are a number of aspects which differentiates both the devices. Both the devices fall into the same budget-friendly category. So if someone is looking for a new mid-range from Samsung they will surely consider both the devices. Today we will put both the devices in head-to-head comparison to know in detail how well A6 competes against its larger sibling A6+.

Both the devices yet to hit any market, the company confirmed initially the device will be released for Asian, European and Latin America during this month whereas China, Africa, and South Korea will get the device later. The best thing about the devices is their full front-facing Infinity display. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices. Usually, the design is the first aspect buyers consider while purchasing a new smartphone.

70.8 x 149.9 x 7.7 mm
5.6 inches - 1480x720 px
75.7 x 160.2 x 7.9 mm
6 inches - 2220x1080 px
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In terms of design both the devices shares design aesthetic. Both the devices have unibody metal design which looks quite premium. The antenna lines are quite prominent on both the rear of the device. Being the larger and pricer variant the A6 Plus features dual rear cameras. Both the devices have the full front-facing display that's why both have on-screen navigation buttons and the fingerprint scanner is on the rear side below the camera setup. In terms of colors options, both the devices will be available in Lavender, black, blue and gold.

The A6 dimensions are 149.9 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm whereas the larger sibling A6+ measurements are 160.2 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm. Both the devices volume controllers are on the right edge whereas power button is on the left edge. For connectivity, both the devices have USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack.


In terms of display, both the devices have Super AMOLED Infinity display panel with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The bezels on both the devices are trimmed from edges. The A6 features a 5.6-inches Super AMOLED display with HD+ screen resolution of 720 x 1480 pixels whereas the A6+ display panel is of 6.0-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. The A6 display pixels density is 411 pixels-per-inch whereas the A6+ pixels density is 294 pixels-per-inch.


At the announcement, Samsung didn't confirm the chipset of the devices instead confirms the clocking speed. The A6+ is powered up by an Octa-core chipset clocking at 1.8Ghz. The base variant has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage whereas the top-tier variant has 4GB RAM with 64GB native storage. Both the variants support memory expansion up to 256GB using MicroSD card.

On the other hand, the smaller sibling is running on slightly toned down Octa-core chipset with maximum clocking at 1.6Ghz. Like the larger variant, it also comes in two configurations. The base variant has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and the top-tier model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Its native storage is also expandable using MicroSD card. As both the devices fall into lower mid-range category so you can't expect them to be powerhouses. The devices are powerful enough to be a good daily driver to handle your daily routine tasks. Being the latest devices both the devices are pre-installed with the Android Oreo 8.0 straight out of the box with the Samsung's custom UI layer over it. Both the devices have Bixby Assistant on board.

Specs Galaxy A6 Galaxy A6+
Display 5.6-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 720 x 1440 pixels 1080 x 2220 pixels
Chipset Octa-core at 1.6Ghz Octa-core at 1.8Ghz
RAM 3/4GB 3/4GB
Storage 32GB/64GB Expandable via MicroSD 32/64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 16+5MP 16MP
Front camera 24MP 16MP
Battery 3,000mAh 3,500mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
OS Android Oreo Android Oreo


From the look of the things it seems like Samsung's new strategy is to bring larger siblings with dual rear cameras, so far this year we witness dual cameras for Galaxy S9 Plus, A8 Plus and now the latest A6 Plus also has dual sensors on the rear side. The primary snapper is a 16MP module with f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is 5MP with f/1.9 aperture. The device features Live Focus which allows the user to capture using bokeh effects by blurring the background. The best thing is users can adjust the depth of field even after capturing shot as well.

The front-facing selfie camera is 24MP with f/1.9 aperture. It is certainly one of the few Samsung's mid-rangers with top-notch selfie cameras. Both rear and front-facing cameras accompanied with LED flashlight. There are number of blur patterns available to replace the original photo background.

Being the standard variant the Galaxy A6 features a single rear snapper of 16MP with f/1.7 aperture. The front-facing selfie-camera is the 16MP module with a f/1.9 aperture. Like its larger sibling, both the front and rear cameras have LED flashlight.


A 3,000mAh battery cell is on board to keep the A6 lights on. As a mid-range smartphone, it lacks support for fast charging. However, the charging speed is good thanks to USB-C port. The A6 Plus is packed with a fairly large battery cell of 3,500mAh which easily last more than one day on single charge. It also lacks support for fast charging. Due to unibody metal design both the devices lack support for wireless charging.


Both the devices share design aesthetics so no matter which smartphone you opt both have a similar design except the dual rear cameras on the larger sibling. As far as display is a concern if you opt the smaller display you will get just HD+ resolution whereas the A6 Plus not only have a larger display but also better screen resolution. In-camera section having dual rear cameras is always better than a just single sensor that's why A6 Plus takes lead in this department. The battery cell on both the devices is pretty good to give you pretty good battery life.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Galaxy A6 vs A6 Plus in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons and previews.

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There are actually very less things to differentiate when it comes to a choice between a standard device and a Plus variant. A few features are upgraded in the bigger ones.


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