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Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018) Unboxing and First Impressions

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The Galaxy J6 (2018) caught a lot of attention when it was revealed that Nadine Lustre would be the celebrity endorser of the phone. But, is it worth the hype? Let's see!
Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018) Unboxing and First Impressions
Meet Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018)

This year, the new J6 is said to be the multimedia focused phone with features like a gaming mode and Dolby Atmos.


It is priced at PHP 13,990 (PHP 11,990 sale price) with a Exynos 7870 and Mali-T830 MP1 chipset and GPU.

Let's check it out!

Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018) Specs

Display: 5.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED 1480 x 720 resolution w/ Infinity Display, 2.5D curved glass and Gorilla Glass protection at 294 ppi
CPU: 1.6GHz 64-bit Exynos 7870 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-T830 MP1
RAM: 3GB
ROM: 32GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 13MP f/1.9 w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP f/1.9 w/ LED flash
Battery: 3,000mAh
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo w/ Samsung Experience 9.0
Connectivity: WiFi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, OTG, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, sound
Others: Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, Dolby Atmos, Bixby, Colors: black, gold
Dimensions: 149.3 x 70.2 x 8.2 mm
Weight: 154 g
Price: PHP 13,990 (PHP 9,990 sale price)

Disclaimer: This unit was loaned to us by Samsung Philippines. This is not a sponsored review.

Unboxing/Accessories

No case included
No case included

The J6 2018 comes in an all white textured box with a colorful J6 logo graphic at the front while marketing and regulatory information with specifications are printed separately on all sides.

Inside is the phone, documentations, SIM ejector tool, USB Type-A to micro USB 2.0 cable, 5 volts 1 ampere power plug and earphones.

Build Quality/Design

Backplate
Backplate

The metal frame feels solid and the texture added to it and the faux metal polycarbonate back plate add friction that minimizes hand slipping. In front, the display has an unspecified version of Gorilla Glass protection against light scratches. We would still recommend getting a case for the phone though because it doesn't come one out of the box.
Top is empty
Top is empty
Micro USB 2.0, headphone jack, microphone
Micro USB 2.0, headphone jack, microphone
Volume rocker and dual SIM and microSD card slot trays
Volume rocker and dual SIM and microSD card slot trays
Speaker and power button
Speaker and power button

Out of the box, the J6 is a good looking phone. It isn't the best looking phone out there but the 2.5D glass at the front immediately catches your attention while your eyes wonder at the subtle details.

Out of the box, the J6 is a good looking phone!

Above the display are the selfie camera, earpiece, LED flash and several sensors while at the bottom of the display is pure chin bezels.

The front glass is held together by a textured metal-like (plastic) frame while the back is mostly a faux metal textured polycarbonate.

It contains the camera, fingerprint reader, LED flash, regulatory information and the DUOS branding. (which indicates it supports dual sim)

On the right is the speaker and power button. At the bottom are the micro USB 2.0 port, 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microphone while the top is empty.

Overall, the device is quite comfortable to hold.

Initial findings

Good looking HD+ display
Good looking HD+ display

1. The J6 2018 is a good looking phone with both premium and lesser premium materials like the metal frame, 2.5D glass and the faux metal polycarbonate backplate.

The display is a 5.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED 1480 x 720 resolution Infinity Display that has gorgeous colors and deep contrast. The 720p resolution is okay but we wished Samsung went above and beyond and went for 1080p given that the multimedia focus. However, it has no light sensor again.

2. It carries the 1.6GHz 64-bit Exynos 7870 octa-core processor and Mali-T830 MP1 with 3GB which is underwhelming if we are comparing specs for similarly priced phones added to the fact that it is being marketed as a multimedia focused phone with gaming inspired marketing commercials.

The 3,000mAh battery also doesn't inspire confidence because of the size and the non adaptive fast charging 1A charger.

3. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo w/ Samsung Experience 9.0 and it is snappy and one of the prettiest version of the Samsung Experience yet.

Our only gripe is that there are too many settings that Samsung decided to organize in a way that it is hard to navigate and find the settings you want out of the box. The search bar was always what I reached for when I was setting it up.

4. The rear camera is a 13MP f/1.9 w/ AF and LED flash while the selfie camera is a 8MP f/1.9 w/ LED flash. What we liked right away is that it has the same camera app as the S9 and S9+ so it has familar modes but with some missing features like Live Focus. It would have been nice to have but we understand that this is more focused on media consumption.

5. The J6 2018 has face unlock, fingerprint scanner, OTG, 3.5 mm headphone jack and a single speaker on the right side.

As of the moment

Samsung has been marketing the Galaxy J6 (2018) as an affordable multimedia consumption focused phone with Dolby Atmos.

Though the audio and video out of the box is  above average, the processor and battery need to be tested more to truly find out if it is capable to keep up with the demands of the gaming and multimedia consumption crowd.

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