Samsung’s Galaxy A family is the closest you can get to the premium S series and things got even better with the release of the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus earlier this year. Apparently, it seems the tech giant has plans to expand the options in the A family with the addition of the Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus.
Here’s everything we know about the Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus specs, features, release date and more.
Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus specs
- 5.6-inch 18.5:9 sAMOLED Infinity Display
- Octa-core Exynos 7870 SoC
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of expandable storage
- Tri-lens camera system
- Android 8.0 Oreo OS
- Android P eligible
- 149.9 x 71.5 x 7.8 mm
Galaxy A6 Plus
- 6-inch 18.5:9 sAMOLED Infinity Display
- Octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC
- 4GB of RAM
- 32/64GB of expandable storage
- Quad-lens camera system
- Android 8.0 Oreo OS
- Android P eligible
- 160.2 x 76.2 x 8.3 mm
This is the first time details of Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus are showing up online. The two phones have been spotted on benchmarking platform Geekbench, where the former has model number SM-A600FN while the latter has model number SM-A605G, a typical Samsung naming for a standard and plus variant of the same phone.
As usual with Geekbench, we only get the chipset, software and RAM details. It’s a surprise that Samsung is turning to a Snapdragon chipset for one of its midrange phones. As for the Galaxy A6, the Exynos 7870 isn’t a new chipset. We’ve already seen it in several Galaxy J handsets as well as the A3 2017, which says a lot about the type of device to expect in the standard A6.
Since both handsets will come preinstalled with Android Oreo, it means you get Project Treble as well, which promises faster software updates.
Although we have little knowledge about their design, the switch to a nearly bezel-less design for the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus is enough to hint that the Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus will come with Infinity Display screens as well. However, we can’t say much about their screen sizes other than the fact that they should come with slightly smaller packages than the current A8 and A8 Plus, which have 5.6-inch and 6.0-inch panels, respectively.
March 30: Galaxy A6 cleared by FCC with model number SM-A600FN
The same model that has appeared on the Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG has now made a stop at the FCC, an indicator that the Galaxy A6 is coming to the U.S. It also implies that the launch date isn’t too far away, but other than adding more weight to the model number SM-A600FN, there isn’t much we can gather from the FCC listing, but we can confirm that the device will include an NFC chip.
April 14: Multiple Galaxy A6 Plus variants cleared by Wi-Fi Alliance
We first came across traces of the Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus in benchmarks. The phones have also appeared on Bluetooth SIG and while the Wi-Fi Alliance had given us further proof of the existence of the standard A6, it’s only now that we have gotten our eyes on more evidence about the Galaxy A6 Plus.
Thanks to the Wi-Fi Alliance, we can now confirm that the Galaxy A6 Plus will be launched in multiple markets across the globe. The phone has appeared on the platform with model numbers SM-A605F, SM-A605F/DS, SM-A605FN, SM-A605FN/DS, SM-A605G, SM-A605G/DS, SM-A605GN, SM-A605GN/DS, SM-A605X, SM-A605XC, SM-A6050, and SM-A6058. All of them have Android 8.0 Oreo on board, which, sadly, is the only vital thing we get for now.
April 19: Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus renders surface
Notorious leaker, OnLeaks, alongside MySmartPrice have combined to come up with renders of the two Samsung Galaxy A6 handsets and indeed they look stunning in their Infinity Display glory. This design change also means they don’t have a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, rather, it appears just below the main camera on the back panel.
Speaking of which, the Galaxy A6 will stick to a single-lens camera on the back, but the Galaxy A6 Plus will get a dual-lens camera system. Like their Galaxy A8 2018 counterparts, however, you get a dual-lens camera on the front, which speaks volumes about the phones’ target market.
If these renders are to be believed, Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus will disappointingly come with a microUSB port, which is a strange decision considering that even the Galaxy A 2017 family had already ditched the traditional port in favor of the latest USB-C. On the brighter side, you still get a 3.5mm audio jack.
Galaxy A6 image gallery and video
Galaxy A6 Plus image gallery and video
Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus price and release date
- Release expected in May 2018
- Certified at Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG
- $300-400 price expected
We also have a clue as regards the release date of the Galaxy A6 and its bigger brother, the Galaxy A6 Plus. We just spotted the device at the Wi-Fi Alliance, where it’s now listed as model no. SM-A600FN, presumably the Galaxy A6 (not the A6+). The screenshot you see above comes from the Wi-Fi certification authority. The same phone has also been certified by the Bluetooth SIG and so has the Galaxy A6 Plus with model number SM-A605FN, another indicator that the launch date is nearing.
If anything, it’s possible that their launch could happen this summer or even earlier. As for the price, expect anything between $300 and $400.