Surely the biggest surprise ofso far this year has not been the Galaxy S9, nor the leaks on thenor about the hypotheticalwith folding panel that we all waited months ago … The biggest surprise of the Korean giant has undoubtedly been the arrival of the newto its mid-range, and is that these two new models nobody expected.
In fact, shortly before the end of 2017 the South Koreans had presented theas his big bets for the new mid-range, with “Infinite Display” panel and Samsung Exynos origin chipset , although it seems that the guys from Samsung have regained their taste for launching different models to meet different needs.
A Samsung immersed in exercises in a noticeable reduction in the number of available devices in its catalog, especially after a perhaps too prolific time in which almost identical models were multiplied for compete even against itself .
It is not that the spirit of refiring models has returned to satiety, but that Samsung has seen that manufacturers like Xiaomi and Honor , examples of the best quality / price relationships in the market, they were eating an important part of the cake with more balanced terminals in the mid-range, good finishes and low prices.
The Samsung brand is still pulling by itself but it is not enough if you do not offer something else, and the competition had become so serious that looking a mid-range terminal more economical but equally well-built and well-built It had become necessary. Y this is where the Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6 + play of Samsung.
Is about mix the concepts of the Galaxy A range with some of the most basic Galaxy J , but keeping the DNA of Samsung intact with its strategy of having two models, one more basic and small with another larger and with some benefit above.
The funny thing is that, in addition to competing better among the most compensated smartphones, the truth is that the Galaxy A6 + even surpasses the Galaxy A8 + in some key specifications , and that has made us think … Would you buy me a Galaxy A6 + before an A8 +? Well maybe, so let’s analyze the reasons.
Samsung has not shown in recent months to be the fastest in the West updating its terminals to new versions of Android, and in fact the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8 + still await Android 8.0 Oreo in most markets.
The problem of fragmentation is surely, and that a device must wait almost a year to receive a new version of the operating system is always bad news …
Maybe that’s why the Galaxy A6 + is positioned as a better option in the software part because it has already been launched directly withpre-installed in your memory, a capitalized competitive advantage regarding its cousin the Galaxy A8 +.
Neither the Galaxy A8 + nor the A6 + have the best photographic modules on the market, but it is fair to acknowledge that Samsung has high quality components that achieve results in line with the best in its price range.
Of course, the curious thing is that both devices bet on such different strategies, and that is that while The Galaxy A8 + is the first Samsung smartphone with dual front camera and Live Focus to take selfies with defocus effect ( bokeh ), the Galaxy A6 + moves the double camera to the back in a perhaps more logical configuration.
Not many people take advantage of the front sensor, so it reduces even more the number of users that would take advantage of the selfies with blur . Surely the unique front sensor with 24 megapixels of the Galaxy A6 + matches the results and even get them sharper and in more detail, being able to play in addition with software blurring and adding a front LED flash for the cause that always comes well.
This decision of Samsung also makes the Galaxy A6 + has better main photographic equipment , with its dual rear camera module of 16 and 5 megapixels. A system that will surely not surpass the results of the Galaxy A8 + 16 megapixel sensor, but it allows us to use Live Focus and blur in a much more logical way .
The last of the three key points where the Galaxy A6 + wets the ear of the A8 + is precisely the multimedia section , one of the most important has been charging in recent times and that in the new model is powered by recognized firms like Dolby’s.
While the Galaxy A8 + has the usual Samsung SoundAlive to touch up the experience with sound, the new Galaxy A6 + has Dolby Atmos to make a positive difference and compete against terminals that start to have dedicated DAC chips and high fidelity sound.
Surely only the most music lovers will enjoy the effects of Dolby Atmos and the vast majority will not notice the difference, especially with basic headphones , but the truth is that it is noticeable and is a novelty in the range of Samsung that we appreciate, and that places above the Galaxy A6 + in the mid-range of the South Koreans.
A curious strategy by Samsung, which at least in the mid-range returns to compete against itself but with moderation, and also allowing users to choose between key aspects that will decant the balance to one or the other side according to their needs.
Both devices have a similar performance and good capabilities not to pale in the experience of use, but in my case I opted for the Galaxy A6 + for its double camera on the back and the Dolby Atmos effect, appreciable if you’re a music fan.
If you have stayed with the doubt and want to know what each one offers us, here we leave you a complete comparative table so you have all the details:
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy A8 +||Samsung Galaxy A6 +|
|Dimensions||159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm||160.2 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm|
|screen||6 inches with FHD + resolution, SuperAMOLED||6 inches with FHD + resolution, SuperAMOLED|
|Processor||Samsung Exynos 7885 OctaOcta-core (2x Cortex-A73 @ 2.2 GHz + 6x Cortex-A53 @ 1.6 GHz) ARM GPU Mali-G71||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Octa-core (8x Cortex-A53 @ 1.8 GHz) GPU Adreno 506|
|RAM||4 or 6 GB||3 or 4 GB|
|Storage||32 or 64 GBSlot microSD||32 or 64 GBSlot microSD|
|OS||Android 7.1 Nougat (upgradeable) Samsung Experience||Android 8.0 OreoSamsung Experience|
|Cameras||Rear: 16 MP (f / 1.7), autofocus PDAF, HDR, LED flash Frontal: Dual 16 MP (f / 1.9) + 8 MP (f / 1.9)||Rear: Dual 16 MP (f / 1.7) + 5 MP (f / 1.9), autofocus PDAF, HDR, LED flash Frontal: 24 MP (f / 1.9), LED flash|
|Battery||3500mAh (non-removable) Quick charge||3500mAh (non-removable) Quick charge|
|Others||IP68 certification, 3.5mm jack for headphones, NFC, Samsung Pay||Dolby Atmos, 3.5 mm jack for headphones, NFC, Samsung Pay|
And you, with which of the two you stay?
Find them at the best price in the best stores.
|Samsung Galaxy S6||€ 299.95||TO BUY|
|RRP € 699|
|Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge +||€ 0.00||TO BUY|
|RRP € 799|