Samsung Galaxy J6 First Impressions Review: Samsung's Premium Features in a Budget
The Samsung Galaxy J6 has been launched recently by the company and the smartphone boasts of all the premium Samsung features in a budget. Is it enough to make the device an attractive proposition against the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1? We find out in this first impressions review.
Samsung Galaxy J6 (Representational Image: Sarthak Dogra/ News18.com)
Samsung has come up with two new smartphones in India today in the form of the Galaxy J6 and the Galaxy A6+. While the Galaxy A6+ comes as a mid-range offering by the company, the Galaxy J-series addition is meant to be a more budgeted variant of the same. Apart from the design language and the firepower, there is little difference between the two smartphones. The Galaxy J6 offers more or less similar features as found on the Galaxy A6+ including Samsung’s signature Infinity display and face recognition. So does the Galaxy J6 have what it takes to make its mark in the Rs 13,990 (3GB RAM) price range, we find out in this first impressions review.
Samsung Galaxy J6 has a very nominal appeal when it comes to design. Samsung has gone for a simple form factor and design for the smartphone with its Infinity display embedded between bezels on all sides. In essence, the Galaxy J6 sports a similar design language as the Galaxy A6+ (Review). It comes with the same placement of the cameras, hard keys, Samsung logo and the ports sans the premium appeal. The device is easy to hold and operate single-handedly.
The front of the smartphone comes with a camera module on the top bezel and an empty bottom bezel. A USB type 2.0 is placed on the chin of the smartphone alongside the headphone jack. Power key is placed on the right while the volume rockers can be seen on the left. At the back, the device sports a camera and a fingerprint sensor placed above the Samsung logo.
The 5.6-inch ‘Infinity’ sAMOLED display is a treat to use and gives you ample colours, brightness and good viewing angles.
The Galaxy J6 is powered by an octa-core processor and carries a 3GB RAM in its base variant. In our short period of use, we found the device capable enough of handling the everyday smartphone tasks like calling, messaging, using social media apps as well as watching videos and playing music. Playing graphic intensive games on the device can be a bit of a pushover though.
Samsung’s own UI on top of the Android 8.0 Oreo on the device makes it quite easy to use. Samsung has also offered a lot of accessibility features on the device including its own voice assistant Bixby, Memory management, Split screen view, face recognition, fingerprint sensor and more. Included apps in the smartphone comprise of Samsung’s own bunch of offerings like Samsung Mall, Samsung Pay Mini, S-Bike Mode and more.
The cameras on the Galaxy J6 are certainly not the best in the class as they deliver blurry images and the focus has to be kept stable to capture accurate pictures. Even then, the lack of sharpness and the washed out colours are prominent in the images.
The 3000 mAh battery on the device lasts a day’s usage easily but cannot deliver more than that with extensive use. Security features on the Galaxy J6 include fingerprint sensor and face recognition, both of which work well and are quick to respond.
What do we think?
Samsung has come out with quite a simplistic yet efficient device with the Galaxy J6. The smartphone comes in a plain shell incorporating Samsung’s premium features like the Infinity display and offers ample firepower for base smartphone users who would not require too heavy performance output out of their smartphones. Priced at Rs 13,990, the Galaxy J6 might not have too much appeal to the buyers, given that it competes with smartphones like the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the recently launched Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, which have an even lower budget and higher specifications offering.
The things that the Galaxy J6 can ride on are Samsung’s trusted branding, its in-built features on the smartphone and the simplicity of its operations for the user. Has the device been priced close to the Rs 10,000 mark however, it would have been a whole different scenario.
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