Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) review

GSMArena team, 16 June 2018.

A finite number of pixels on this 'Infinity display'

The Galaxy A6 (2018) is equipped with a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display (is Samsung still fitting LCDs on anything?). The resolution is 720x1480px in a Samsung-typical 18.5:9 aspect, because 18:9 is too mainstream.

The pixel density works out to 294ppi, which should be fine, but with the diamond pixel arrangement, we swear we can see the fine weave of subpixels. We'd generally dismiss it with something like 'it's no big deal in this price range', only the A6 isn't all that affordable.

Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) review

Anyways, in our brightness testing, the A6 posted 336nits of maximum brightness with the auto toggle disengaged, and a healthier 482nits when in auto mode and when the ambient light is bright enough. Both numbers are virtually identical to the ones we got from the J5 (2017), but short of what true A-series members like the A8 (2018) and the A7 (2017) are capable of. The Huawei P20 Lite with its LCD is equally bright as the A6 (2018) in auto mode while this year's Nokia 6 is a few nits short.

The A6 (2018)'s minimum brightness of 4.7nits is great for nighttime viewing without added strain on your eyes.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) 0 336
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) (Max Auto) 0 482
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) 0 326
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Max Auto 0 485
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) 0 390
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) (Max Auto) 0 590
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 0 413
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) max auto 0 559
Huawei P20 Lite 0.27 482 1785
Sony Xperia XA2 0.401 532 1327
Nokia 6 (2018) 0.367 469 1278
Oppo Realme 1 0.35 423 1209
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera 0.28 530 1893
Motorola Moto G6 0.421 459 1090
Motorola Moto G6 (Max Auto) 0.583 560 961
Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2) 0.47 504 1072

Sunlight legibility in our test proved okay, but the score is far from the best AMOLEDs. In fact, there are some good LCDs that have posted better contrast ratios in our bright light test. It's not bad, it's just not up to the standard we're used to.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone X
    5.013
  • OnePlus 5T
    4.789
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    4.658
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
    4.63
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
    4.537
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    4.459
  • Oppo R11
    4.454
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Oppo R15 Pro
    4.251
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Nokia 8
    4.239
  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)
    4.234
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    4.148
  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus
    4.147
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Huawei P20 Pro
    4.087
  • Nokia 6 (2018)
    4.052
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • OnePlus 5
    3.914
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Motorola Moto G6 Plus
    3.865
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
    3.842
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.812
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3.804
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
    3.767
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    3.765
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Nokia 8 Sirocco
    3.745
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
    3.729
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)
    3.725
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Huawei P20
    3.683
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
    3.675
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
    3.597
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
    3.58
  • LG G6
    3.556
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • Nokia 7 plus
    3.479
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Motorola Moto G6
    3.448
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
    3.445
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    3.419
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
    3.397
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
    3.393
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    3.378
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Honor 8 Pro
    3.341
  • Oppo F7
    3.333
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Lenovo P2
    3.316
  • Archos Diamond Omega
    3.305
  • Honor 9
    3.289
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Nokia 5
    3.261
  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)
    3.244
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    3.238
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
    3.228
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Oppo F3 Plus
    3.218
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
    3.206
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    3.19
  • ZTE Nubia Z17
    3.159
  • Oppo R11s
    3.153
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • HTC U11 Life
    3.108
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • HTC U11
    3.089
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    3.023
  • Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KL
    3.019
  • Motorola Moto X4
    3.012
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Sony Xperia L1
    2.994
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • LG Q6
    2.987
  • Huawei P10 Lite
    2.974
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Huawei P20 Lite
    2.952
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    2.951
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Sony Xperia XA2
    2.938
  • Oppo Realme 1
    2.932
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4
    2.92
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • Huawei Honor View 10
    2.896
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Nokia 3
    2.871
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Honor 10 (Vivid)
    2.757
  • Nokia 2
    2.752
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)
    2.742
  • Motorola Moto G5S Plus
    2.737
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Huawei Honor 7X
    2.734
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    2.714
  • Meizu M5
    2.71
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    2.689
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • vivo V7+
    2.671
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
    2.654
  • Oppo F5
    2.653
  • Doogee Mix
    2.642
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a
    2.635
  • Sony Xperia Z3
    2.618
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)
    2.616
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Meizu M5s
    2.58
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Huawei P Smart
    2.563
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    2.556
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • BlackBerry Motion
    2.494
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Xiaomi Mi 4
    2.424
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)
    2.417
  • HTC 10 evo
    2.407
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Vivo V7
    2.404
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Oppo F3
    2.376
  • vivo V5 Plus
    2.371
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • Razer Phone
    2.328
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Sony Xperia L2
    2.266
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • HTC U11+ (EU)
    2.253
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Meizu M5 Note
    2.189
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Mi 4S
    2.095
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • vivo V5
    2.059
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    1.944
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    1.311
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Nokia X
    1.291
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

Adaptive display is the default color mode on the Galaxy A6 (2018) as it's been on Samsungs for as long as we can remember. Tested against an sRGB target, it produces an average DeltaE of 5.6 with the usual over the top colors and bluish whites. The AMOLED Cinema and AMOLED Photo modes are much more accurate and get the whites down to about 2-3 units of deviation and are overall accurate to their respective target color spaces - average DeltaE of 2.3 and 2.1 when compared against DCI-P3 and AdobeRGB. Basic mode, which should reproduce the sRGB color space, does so with an average DeltaE of 3.0.

Audio quality

The Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) delivered the excellent output we've come to expect from smartphones these days when hooked to an active external amplifier. Its loudness was above average too, rounding up a solid showing by the mid-ranger.

When we plugged in our headphones the stereo quality was only average and a tiny amount of intermodulation distortion crept in, but the overall accuracy of the output was still very good. Loudness was only average for the case, but, all in all, the phone has what it takes to please all but the most demanding audiophiles.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)+0.00, -0.03-92.892.70.00330.052-91.7
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) (headphones)+0.35, -0.07-90.990.60.0170.256-55.0
Motorola Moto G6+0.06, -0.01-88.589.90.0110.039-88.8
Motorola Moto G6 (headphones)+0.12, -0.03-88.690.00.0520.138-38.1
Motorola Moto G6 Plus+0.00, -0.03-93.693.50.00500.011-94.6
Motorola Moto G6 Plus (headphones)+0.02, -0.02-93.593.40.00670.033-81.0
Oppo F7+0.01, -0.10-92.592.70.00190.0077-91.2
Oppo F7 (headphones)+0.50, -0.20-91.491.80.00790.402-51.5
Nokia 6 (2018)+0.10, -0.20 -37.580.40.00184.735-93.3
Nokia 6 (2018) (headphones)+0.05, -0.03-94.390.20.00270.019-58.6
Nokia 7 Plus+0.02, -0.31 -38.881.70.00134.690-95.9
Nokia 7 Plus (headphones)+0.25, -0.23-93.390.40.00450.227-53.9
Honor View 10+0.02, -0.01 -92.692.60.00210.012-94.4
Honor View 10 (headphones)+0.17, -0.03-92.092.10.00230.092-52.8

Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) frequency response
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Loudspeaker

The Galaxy A6 (2018) is a member of that weird bunch of Samsungs that have their loudspeakers on the side - the right one, above the power button. Unorthodox position aside, the speaker is plenty loud - enough to get our highest 'Excellent' mark. That puts it a notch above both the A8 (2018) and the J5 (2017) in terms of decibels.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Motorola Moto G6 Play 62.6 68.0 71.0 Average
Oppo F3 Plus 62.3 69.8 70.0 Average
Oppo F5 63.5 70.8 71.5 Average
LG Q6 67.0 69.3 76.1 Good
Huawei Honor View 10 68.6 69.9 77.8 Good
Motorola Moto X4 67.2 71.1 80.7 Good
Sony Xperia XA2 68.7 72.7 78.3 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) 68.0 70.2 82.3 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) 69.2 70.6 81.6 Very Good
Huawei P20 Lite 66.3 71.5 84.9 Very Good
Oppo Realme 1 64.8 70.5 89.9 Very Good
Nokia 6 (2018) 67.1 74.0 85.3 Very Good
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 71.1 72.7 87.7 Excellent
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) 76.4 72.1 91.6 Excellent
Motorola Moto G6 81.1 75.7 83.7 Excellent

Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) battery life

The Galaxy A6 (2018) has a 3,000mAh battery inside, the same capacity as the A8 (2018) and the J5 (2017). In our testing, however, the A6 couldn't quite match those in battery life, though it's not half bad taken in isolation.

Thirteen and a half hours of looping videos is a downright excellent result, and the twenty-plus hours of voice calls are plenty. The web browsing longevity is the least spectacular, but nine and a half hours - we can live with. Standby performance turned out pretty great too and in the end, the Galaxy A6 (2018) scored an 83h endurance rating.

Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)

Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Reader comments

  • A6

A6

  • vickrant

also this is 2018 phone...wait by november or december to get 9.0 os...as i got 8.0 to my j7 pro(2017 phone)on 2018 november!!!

  • vickrant

when 2019 comes