The Samsung A6 VS Samsung A6 Plus: How Do They Stack up Against the Samsung A8 and A8 Plus

Samsung continues to target the mid-range smartphone market with its latest smartphones. The company released its Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus phones in May 2018. The two phones are a cheap alternative to the A8 and A8 Plus that the company released back in 2017. The devices boast of infinity display and draw a lot of resemblance from the A8 phone. Discussed below are some of the features that the A6 and A6 Plus have, and how they compare to the A8 and A8 Plus phones. If you are looking at something cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 about to be released, continue reading to see how they stack up.

 1.      Design

The Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus come with an aluminum bodily design. The A6 has a thickness of 7.7mm while the A6 Plus has a thickness of 7.9mm. The A6 Plus comes with a dual camera set-up while the A6 features a single camera set-up. Both phones have a fingerprint sensor mounted below their rear camera set-up. You can also buy both of them in body colors such as Lavender, Blue, Black and Gold.

The Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus also feature a fingerprint sensor mounted below their cameras. The A8 is lighter in weight than the A8 Plus. Both phones are heavier than the A6 and A6 Plus. The A8 and A8 Plus phones have a front and back glass and a body made of aluminum.




The Samsung Galaxy A6


 Samsung Galxy A6 Slider





The Samsung Galaxy Display



 Samsung Galaxy Display slider





2.      Display

Samsung included its critically-acclaimed AMOLED capacitive touchscreen on both A6 and A6 phones. The Galaxy A6 sports a screen measuring 5.6 inches and a screen-to-body ratio of 75 percent. The Galaxy A6 Plus, on the other hand, has a 6.0-inch screen with a screen-to-body ratio of 75.3 percent. The two phones have thin bezels as well as an 18:5:9 aspect ratio.

The screen resolution of the Galaxy A6 is low when compared to the A6 Plus. The phone has 720 x 1480 pixels in resolution with a PPI density of 294. The A6 Plus has a higher display resolution (1080 x 2220 pixels) with a PPI density of 441. The Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus also sport the AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and measure 5.6 inches and 6.0 inches respectively. The phones have the same display resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels.



 Galaxy A8 slider


 3.      Camera

The A6 Plus sports a rear camera with a 5MP f/1.9 aperture secondary sensor and 16MP f/1.7 aperture primary sensor. The rear camera has the LED flash feature.  The phone's front camera features a 24MP resolution coupled with a f/1.9 aperture and LED flash. The A6, on the other hand, has a single rear camera of f/1.7 aperture and 16MP sensor and a front camera with a 16MP sensor and f/1.9 aperture. The phone's back and front cameras have a LED flash feature.  The A8 and A8 Plus both have a dual rear camera with the same aperture as the A6 Plus.



 Galaxy A6 camera slider



 4.      Hardware and Software

The Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset including a 1.8 GHz Octa-core processor. The A6 features the Exynos 7870 chipset including a 1.6 GHz Octa-core processor. The two phones support 2G/3G/4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS connectivities. The connectivity specifications are similar to the ones of the A8 and A8 Plus. However, the A8 and A8 Plus phones both have the Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU and the Mali-G71 GPU.


Both A6 and A6 Plus smartphones have the Android 8.0 Oreo OS while the A8 and A8 Plus have the Android 7.0 Nougat OS. The A8 and A6 series both come in two variants based on the memory. You can buy the 64GB ROM with 4GB RAM variant or the 32GB with 3GB RAM variant.

 5.      Battery

Just like the A8 Plus, the A6 Plus features a non-removable battery with a 3500mAh capacity. Consequently, the A6 rocks a non-removable battery of a 3000mAh capacity just like the A8. The A6, A6 Plus, A8, A8 Plus don't have fast charging features. The phones only come with a standard USB 2.0 cable for charging.


Final Verdict

If consumers were to choose between the Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus, most of them would choose the A6 Plus phone. The phone boasts of a good camera, long battery life, large size and better screen resolution. In terms of price, the A6 Plus is more expensive ($443) than the A6, which costs $371. The two phones are similar to the A8 and A8 Plus phones based on battery life, connectivity and camera set-up.