Samsung Galaxy J6+
The Samsung Galaxy J6+ is yet another midrange smartphone by Samsung. It is a member of the very familiar J household that has been in existence since its inception in 2015. It is 2018 and in October Samsung added this one to its J line. This article will describe the Galaxy J6+ in the best way possible noting its strengths and towards the end inform you if this is a recommended midrange smartphone in 2018. But first let us take a quick look at its main features as provided by Samsung. Below it goes.
- Available. Released 2018, October
- GSM, HSPA and LTE (2G, 3G and 4G) network technology
- Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 6.0 inches, 91.4 cm2 (~ 73.6% screen to body ratio)
- 720 x 1480 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~ 274 ppi density)
- Android 8.1 (Oreo)
- Qualcomm MSM 8917 Snapdragon 425 (28 nm) chipset
- Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex – A53 CPU
- Adreno 308 GPU
- Micro SD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot)
- 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
- Primary camera: 13 MP, f/1.9, 28 mm (wide), AF
5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
- 1080p@30fps video recording
- LED flash, panorama, HDR
- Front facing camera: 8 MP, f/1.9
- LED flash
- 1080p@30fps video recording
- 3.5mm jack
- – Dolby Atmos sound
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
- GPS Yes, with A GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- NFC Yes (optional)
- Stereo FM radio, recording
- Micro USB 2.0, USB On The Go
- Fingerprint (side-mounted)
- Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Non removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery
- Available in Black, Gray, Red or Blue.
Below is my descriptive content about the Samsung Galaxy J6+.
Networking and communication
A 4G enabled smartphone is always advised and that is just what you get here. It has support for the three common network technologies which are 2g, 3g and 4g.
There is support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP and GPS here. Also be informed that NFC is very available on the Samsung Galaxy J6+, only that it is optional. You want it you can buy a model that has it. I also love to see a 3.5mm jack which with you experience Dolby Atmos sound.
Design and build
The first thing I noticed about this phone is that there was no fingerprint scanner on the back nor on the front. On the front since there is no physical home button. But interestingly it has been side mounted on the power button which serves as a fingerprint scanner as well. This used to be Sony’s style. But now as Sony drops it, it seems someone else is picking it up and making partly good use of it.
But away from that it has a clean finish the Galaxy J6+ with a very simple design. On the back a dual camera setup with LED flash and Samsung branding. On the front a top bezel with a selfie camera, call speaker, LED flash and sensors. The bottom chin has been left untouched. I feel Samsung should have added a physical home button here that would serve as a fingerprint scanner as well. But it’s all good.
Display and camera
As to why previous J smartphones (like the J7) have AMOLED panels yet this one an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen I do not know. It is a 6.0 inches display that comes with 73.6% screen-to-body ratio, 720 x 1480 pixels resolution, and 274 ppi density and sits on 91.4 cm2. Look it is an okay display especially considering that estate with good outdoor visibility and great color.
There is no mention of screen protection of any sort here but you can always throw on a glass protector just to be safe, or sure. What has been mentioned though is that this is a 16 M colors display that has multi touch functionality.
Now both the primary and selfie camera share a few things in common here. The LED flash for example- both have that. And both shoot 1080p@30fps videos. The primary camera is a 13 MP lens and is supported with a 5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor while the selfie shooter is a 8MP lens. Both quite impressive at their work that you can count on.
Performance and memory
I am happy to see that this one comes running Android 8.1 (Oreo). We certainly hope for an update to 9.0, although on a Samsung midrange it will not be as timely.
A Qualcomm MSM 8917 Snapdragon 425 (28 nm) chipset and a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex – A53 CPU power this device while an Adreno 308 GPU performs all graphic tasks.
There are two versions of the Samsung Galaxy J6+ with respect to memory allocation(s). The first is a 64 GB that runs on 4 GB of RAM and the second is a 32 GB internal memory smartphone that runs on 3 GB of RAM. The former is definitely more powerful of course thanks to the higher RAM. But with memory both can be expanded up to a whopping 512 GB using an SD card. There is a dedicated slot for this function so you need not worry about sacrificing one SIM slot.
I feel battery performance and life solely depends on ones’ usage of any smartphone. To some the J6+’s non removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery will last a day, to others it will stretch to two. It is a decent capacity though that should finish the day with some charge left in the bank.
Here I will mention that with its 3.5mm jack you will get Dolby Atmos sound experience when listening to your content via wired headphones. Great sound quality.
Samsung Galaxy J6+ is available in Black, Gray, Red or Blue at Phone Place Kenya . Order yours today.