Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) review

GSMArena team, 16 July 2018.

There can be excellent displays in the midrange too

One area where the Galaxy A6+ (2018) is more A than J is the display - a gorgeous 6-inch Super AMOLED. It's in an 18.5:9 aspect, the way Samsung likes to do them, with a 2,220x1,080px resolution and a 411ppi density. Rounded corners - check, notch - no, thanks.

Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) review

We measured a maximum brightness of 568nits on the A6+ (2018) when in auto mode and 387nits when adjusting it manually - both significantly better than what we saw on the A6 (2018), and more in line with the A8 (2018). In fact, save for the Moto G6 Plus, even phones with LCDs (typically brighter than AMOLEDs) can't match the A6+ (2018)'s peak brightness.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) 0 390
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) (Max Auto) 0 590
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) 0 336
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) (Max Auto) 0 482
Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) 0 387
Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) (Max Auto) 0 568
Huawei P20 Lite 0.27 482 1785
Nokia 7 plus 0.254 432 1701
Oppo F7 0.228 446 1956
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera 0.28 530 1893
Sony Xperia XA2 0.401 532 1327
Motorola Moto G6 Plus 0.418 610 1459
Motorola Moto G6 Plus (Max Auto) 0.564 776 1376
Meizu 15 0 444

In our sunlight legibility test, the A6+ (2018) proved superior to the non-plus with a contrast reading similar to the one we got from the A8 (2018). It's a very good result, though the Moto G6 Plus matches it despite having an LCD - so a very good LCD it must be. The P20 lite isn't on the same level in this respect.

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
  • OnePlus 6
    4.321
  • 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
  • Xiaomi Mi 8
    4.086
  • Meizu 15
    4.082
  • Nokia 6 (2018)
    4.052
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • vivo NEX S
    4.012
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • LG G7 ThinQ (outdoor)
    3.978
  • 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
  • Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018)
    3.834
  • 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
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    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
  • LG G7 ThinQ
    3.39
  • 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
  • BlackBerry KEY2
    3.212
  • 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
  • HTC U12+
    3.085
  • Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
    3.077
  • 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 5 Plus
    2.913
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    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
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    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
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    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
  • 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
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Huawei P Smart
    2.563
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    2.556
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    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
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • LG Aka
    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
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • BlackBerry Leap
    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

As usual, the Galaxy A6+ (2018) comes with the Adaptive display mode enabled out of the box. Compared against an sRGB target, we measured an average DeltaE of 5.8 and a maximum of 13.8 for 100% red. It's not the Adaptive mode you should be comparing to sRGB, but Basic mode instead - it yields an excellent average DeltaE of 1.7. AMOLED cinema and AMOLED photo are both super accurate to their respective P3 and AdobeRGB target color spaces, producing an average DeltaE of 1.8 and 1.9.

Loudspeaker

The Galaxy A6+ (2018), as a lot of recent mid-tier Galaxies, has a single side-mounted speaker. That position pretty much guarantees you won't be muffling it in any orientation, plus it means you'd be getting a top-firing speaker when holding it in landscape (or bottom, it's up to you) - arguably better that having sound play to one side only.

Additionally, the speaker pumps out a lot of decibels, enough to rank in the Excellent group in our test, just like its little non-plus brother. Both are louder than the more premium A8 (2018), so there's also that.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Motorola Moto G6 Play 62.6 68.0 71.0 Average
Oppo F5 63.5 70.8 71.5 Average
LG Q6 67.0 69.3 76.1 Good
OnePlus 6 70.2 74.7 70.0 Good
Huawei Honor View 10 68.6 69.9 77.8 Good
BlackBerry KEY2 66.5 72.0 79.8 Good
Nokia 7 plus 67.5 71.3 79.7 Good
Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2) 68.1 69.6 82.2 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) 69.2 70.6 81.6 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) 67.8 71.2 83.1 Very Good
Huawei P20 Lite 66.3 71.5 84.9 Very Good
vivo V7 65.9 73.9 83.4 Very Good
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera 68.4 71.6 84.8 Very Good
Nokia 6 (2018) 67.1 74.0 85.3 Very Good
Honor 10 69.3 72.6 87.3 Excellent
Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) 76.3 73.4 81.1 Excellent
Meizu 15 77.6 74.5 80.7 Excellent
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) 76.4 72.1 91.6 Excellent
Motorola Moto G6 Plus 82.2 76.1 86.8 Excellent

Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) battery life

A plus in the name implies more than just a bigger display - we've come to expect some extra battery capacity too. Such is the case with the Galaxy A6+ (2018), which packs 500mAh more than the non-plus for a total of 3,500mAh. The Huawei P20 lite (no plus in the name) only comes with a 3,000mAh power pack, while the Moto G6 Plus is in between with 3,200mAh.

Well, not only does the Galaxy have one of the bigger batteries in its class, but it's also frugal in the way it uses it. In our testing, it managed to loop our test video for more than 17 hours and last twice that in 3G voice calls. Browsing the web over Wi-Fi is a less impressive, but still excellent 12 hours plus (A6+ and all). These numbers, along with the minimal standby draw, result in an overall Endurance rating of 106 hours - awesome!

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.

It's worth mentioning that for all its endurance, the A6+ (2018) isn't particularly quick to charge. We didn't have the full retail package, so we couldn't test with the 5V/1.55A charger Samsung bundles with its midrangers. We did have a QC3.0 one to try out and a full charge from flat took a little over two-and-a-half hours, while 30 minutes into it, the battery indicator read 21%. You should expect slower charging with the adapter that comes in the box.

Audio quality

The Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) delivered flawless clarity and above average loudness when it was hooked up to an active external amplifier, rounding up a very solid performance.

The headphones dropped the loudness to average and introduced a moderate amount of stereo crosstalk and intermodulation distortion. Its not the most inspiring set of results weve seen, but it will work just fine for the majority of people.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018)+0.07, -0.03-89.789.90.00600.201-91.7
Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018) (headphones)+0.22, -0.21-91.691.00.0160.305-56.2
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
Honor View 10 (headphones)+0.17, -0.03-92.092.10.00230.092-52.8
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

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.

Reader comments

nope

  • Anonymous

Does the Samsung A6+ support OTG???

  • Rems

Nah, mine got wet by the seawater and some parts got all rusty