Samsung refreshed its mid-segment Galaxy J-series with two phones – Galaxy J4+ and Galaxy J6+. The two phones are identical in terms of specifications, except for camera configurations. The more expensive Galaxy J6+ gets dual rear cameras and an 8MP camera on the front, while Galaxy J4+ features a single rear camera and a 5MP front shooter.
We got Samsung Galaxy J6+ for review and the phone is priced at Rs 15,990 in India. The phone gets a 6-inch Infinity display and a reflective glass back design. Samsung has done away with a dedicated fingerprint sensor, which is now embedded in the power button. How does Samsung Galaxy J6+ perform? Here is our full review:
Samsung Galaxy J6+ specifications: 6.0-inch True HD+ Infinity display | Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor| 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, microSD card support (up to 512GB) |3,300mAh battery|13MP+5MP dual rear camera | 8MP front camera | Android 8.1 Oreo OS
Samsung Galaxy J6+ price in India: Rs 15,990
Samsung Galaxy J6+ review: Design and Display
The design on Samsung Galaxy J6+ is appealing, thanks to a polycarbonate body with a reflective glass back design. The phone is comfortable to hold, not slippery and is lightweight. The dual camera units are small and placed at the center along with LED flash unit. The 6-inch display takes up the front. Though this is an Infinity display, the phone has a prominent chin and noticeable bezels on the sides.
The phone sure looks stylish, but the downside to having a glass back cover is it picks up fingerprint smudges as easily. Both the front and back are a fingerprint magnet and I would recommend a back cover.
Samsung Galaxy J6+ uses a USB Type 2.0 port for charging, which is placed at the bottom along side a 3.5 mm headset jack. The power button also working as the fingerprint scanner and is placed on the right. n my usage I found this too high for a comfortable reach.
The volume buttons are further up on the left, which I would have liked if they were on the same side as power button or at least a little bit lower.
Another thing that I disliked about the fingerprint sensor is that the button is so seamlessly integrated onto the frame that it feels a part of it and a lot of times I would end up trying hard to figure out where the button was.
Samsung Galaxy J6+ gets a 6-inch HD+ Infinity display with an aspect ratio of 18.9:5. The screen is vivid and colours pop out, which is great on a budget phone. The phone is ideal for binge watching and playing games, thanks to a larger screen. The viewing angles were decent in bright outdoors, but frankly, I expected the display to be at least Full HD+ at a price of close to Rs 16,000.
Samsung Galaxy J6+ review: Camera and Software
I got some excellent shots in bright outdoors with good detailing and colours, while the low-light shots were a mixed bag. The colour reproduction in outdoor pictures was close to natural, which I liked. Thankfully, there was no automatic beauty filter or enhancement feature at work here and I was also happy with details in pictures as well.
Coming to low-light pictures, some had great loss of details, while some turned out to be actually good. One thing though, you have to be really steady when clicking pictures indoors or in low light as it takes some time to focus. The bokeh shots also take some time to render before you can move to another one, which is a problem for me.
The selfies in varied light conditions were acceptable, though I would like to point out the outdoor selfies might look too bright and unnatural, thanks to beauty filters. The details in low-light photos were not as good, but pretty decent enough.
Samsung Galaxy J6+ runs the company’s Experience version 9.5, which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The UI is pretty simple and will not take time getting used to for first time Samsung users. You can swipe up on the screen to open the app drawer and swipe right to continue browsing apps.
Swiping right on the home screen will take you to My Galaxy suite of apps such as S power planning, S secure, S bike mode and more. Most of these ‘Made for India’ apps are quite useful and exclusive to J-series.
Samsung Galaxy J6+ review: Processor and Battery
Performance is where the phone disappoints. Basic tasks such as opening apps saw a noticeable lag in most instances. Multitasking was a nightmare on the phone as switching between multiple tabs was, not very smooth. I could play graphic heavy games like Asphalt 8, but then the phone would slow down significantly afterwards, which is an issue.
The phone is good for playing YouTube videos or basic games such as Candy Crush. The True HD+ experience does make viewing a pleasant experience and a large screen is just another plus. I would say stick to the most basic things like messaging, making calls, browsing and listening to songs to keep the phone sane.
The Galaxy J6+ also heats up really quickly, say within two to three minutes into a graphics heavy game or minutes of fidgeting with the camera. The fingerprint sensor is not the fastest and has its hits and misses.
Setting up facial recognition indoors was quite frustrating as the process would stop at 15 per cent, sometimes at 60 per cent and more. So many times it told me that the camera is dirty and thus it could not register my face so I had to go outside in bright outdoor to complete the setup. However, when you do get to setting up the face unlock, do not expect it to work as smoothly indoors as in bright light.
Samsung Galaxy J6+ is backed by a 3,300mAh battery, which lasts for a day with light to moderate usage. I was happy with the battery performance during the my review period as it lasted for a day for me with tasks such as making calls, messaging, listening to music and playing games sometimes.
However, be prepared to charge the phone at the end of each day. It takes close to two hours for Galaxy J6+ to get full charged from about 16 per cent.
Samsung Galaxy J6+ has a dedicated nano SIM slot and another slot that can hold a nano SIM and a microSD card. This means you can use two SIM cards a microSD card simultaneously, which is great. Another good thing is the internal storage is expandable up to 512GB.
Samsung Galaxy J6+ review: Verdict
Samsung Galaxy J6+ does qualify as a decent mid-segment phone, but the performance is disappointing. The display is definitely a big plus and design is quite stylish, but options in this price segment are far too many that deliver decently on all aspects such as camera, performance, design, etc.
But for the Samsung’s Galaxy J6+, there’s tough competition in the market. There’s Redmi Note 5 Pro which has dual rear cameras, edge-to-edge display, Snapdragon 636 processor or Realme 2 Pro that comes with Snapdragon 660 processor. Pricing start at Rs 13,999 and Rs 13,990 respectively for the same 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, both are capable options.