Samsung makes more than just the Galaxy S and Note series. With a large portion of the world not able to afford phones with flagship specs, Samsung makes several different series that focus on price. The latest is the Galaxy A6, a budget option with a flagship feature.
The Galaxy A6 is a budget phone that you can actually watch videos on. Thanks to its Super AMOLED display, colors are crisp and contrast is fantastic. Combine that with its large screen, and this is one of the better options for those looking to enjoy videos on a budget. The rest of the spec sheet is good, especially when you consider the price.
- OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
- Skin: Samsung Experience 9.0
- CPU: Exynos 7884 (Octa-core running at 1.6 GHz)
- GPU: ARM Mali-G71
- RAM: 3 GB
- Storage: 32 GB (expandable via microSD)
- Display: 5.6-inch Super AMOLED
- Resolution: 1480 x 720
- Rear Camera: 16 MP (f/1.7)
- Front Camera: 16 MP (f1.9)
- Battery: 3,000 mAh
For those on a budget, it's rare to find phones which offer Samsung's Super AMOLED display technology. AMOLED is typically reserved for phones much closer to midrange pricing because of its higher cost. Fortunately, Samsung makes the screens themselves and decided to include in the Galaxy A6.
The Galaxy A6 has a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display. It is limited to 720p resolution, but it uses the 18:9 aspect ratio, so vertical and horizontal black bars shouldn't a problem when watching movies.
Samsung included Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. While Android Pie would be nice, it is unlikely Samsung would include the OS on the A6, especially since at the time of writing, neither the Galaxy Note 9, S9, or S9+ use the latest version of Android.
However, what is interesting about its use of Android 8.0 Oreo is Project Treble. Project Treble is the new way the operating system is organized on devices. Hardware compatibility with the new operating system is separate from the operating system, making it easier to implement software updates. This new organization method makes it easier for budget phones like the Galaxy A6 to get Android 9.0 Pie, a series customarily ignored.
Additionally, combined that with its Exynos processor, it makes it possible for those in custom ROM community to create ROMs for the Galaxy A6, including ones not based on Samsung Experience. For a breakdown as to why this is the case, check out the link below.
The Samsung Galaxy A6 will be available on September 14 at an MSRP of $359.99. You will be able to purchase at Samsung's and Sprint's websites on that date, with other carriers following in the coming weeks. We will add the links below when they go live.
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