Considering the amazing wizardry that they’re able to accomplish, you’d think that technology companies would have figured out how to count to 10 at this point. The Xbox was followed by the Xbox 360, then the Xbox One, then the Xbox One S and Xbox One X (with XBOX as its acronym). There was the iPhone, then the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S… all the way up to the 7, 8, and X. After Windows 3.1 was Windows 95, NT, 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8. 8.1, and 10. This is how we end up with the new Samsung Galaxy A6 today.

Prior to today, if you were to walk into the store for a wireless carrier, you might be greeted with the Samsung Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A8 from the company’s Galaxy A series. The numbering scheme gives you the sense that the A8 is three generations ahead of the A5, but that’s not really true either.

In fact, there have already been multiple iterations of the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7. Maybe we should be thinking about these numbers more as a model scheme and not as a generation scheme, kind of like a BMW 325 or whatever. In any case, Samsung has decided to fill in a gap.

The Samsung Galaxy A6 and the Galaxy A6 Plus continue with mid-range tradition that started several years ago with the Galaxy Alpha. The smaller of the two, the Galaxy A6 has a 5.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display, whereas the larger Galaxy A6 Plus has a 6-inch screen. Beyond the screen, the former has a single 16MP primary shooter and a 16MP selfie cam, whereas the Plus doubles up with a 16MP + 5MP dual camera configuration on the back and a 16MP selfie camera on the front.

Both phones run on Android 8.0 Oreo and get the usual bevy of wireless connectivity options and the fingerprint reader. The Galaxy A6 has an octa-core 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 chip, whereas the Plus has a Snapdragon 450 (octa-core 1.8GHz). In both cases, there are options for a 3GB RAM + 32GB storage configuration or a 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option. Other highlights include Dolby Atmos audio, the Infinity Display, face recognition, Always On Display, and Bixby Vision.


Look for the Samsung Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6 Plus to launch very soon starting around the €300 range in black, gold, blue or lavender. There’s no word on North American availability, however, as they’re targeting these mid-rangers for “select European, Asian and Latin American markets” before rolling out to “additional markets throughout South Korea, Africa and China.”

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