Samsung, the South Korean giant has launched 4 new smartphones in the mid-budget segment for the Indian market. Among the launched smartphones are the Galaxy J6 and Galaxy J8 which will be starting at Rs. 13,990 and Rs. 18,990 respectively. The other two smartphones that were launched alongside the J-Series devices are the Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+. Do the phones have the potential to go head-on against the Chinese smartphones that dominate this price segment? Let’s find out.
Display and Design
The major highlight of the Samsung Galaxy J6 has to be its Infinity display. It has a large 5.6” Super AMOLED display. It does have some bezels around the display which differentiates it from the more premium priced offerings from Samsung. Either way, the phone’s display is pretty crisp for viewing any type of content, be it games or movies. Since, the company has integrated the phone with a bezel-less display, the fingerprint sensor has been located on the rear alongside the primary camera. The phone feels pretty durable, just like any other smartphone the company has to offer at the moment.
The Samsung Galaxy J8 comes with a slightly bigger display spanning across 6-inches. This phone also has a bezel-less display, just like its other siblings and embraces the Infinity Display.
Its display has a FullHD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The J8 is the more premium-priced sibling among the two does have slimmer bezels than the J6.
Performance and Storage
The Samsung Galaxy J6 is powered by the Exynos 7870 processor, mated to either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. This processor is designed and manufactured by Samsung itself and is a fairly powerful one. It can help in getting most daily tasks done without breaking a sweat. The inclusion of a 4GB RAM variant is especially helpful since the phone will run Samsung Experience graphical interface which is more demanding in terms of processing resources.
The Galaxy J8, on the other hand, is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 450 SoC made by Qualcomm, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The SD 450 is also an efficient processor that will allow users to get through their daily tasks, light gaming and video consumption without any lags. On the other hand, if you are a heavy user who is looking to play heavy games or edit videos, then you may see some lag.
On the storage front, the Galaxy J8 comes in a single 64GB variant whereas the Galaxy J6 comes in a 32GB and 64GB variant. Both phones support expandable storage up to 256GB through a microSD card.
Camera and Software
For the shutterbugs, the Galaxy J6 is integrated with a 13-megapixel rear camera having an aperture of f/1.9. This allows good photography in low-light conditions. It also has an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front. Both cameras are enhanced with LED flash to capture those low-light moments.
The Galaxy J8 doesn’t lack on the optics front either. It has a dual-rear camera setup comprising of a primary 16-megapixel sensor accompanied by a depth-of-field 5-megapixel sensor. This smartphone will be the first smartphone in the budget segment from the company to have a dual rear camera setup. On the front, it has another 16-megapixel camera to capture the perfect selfies.
In the software department, both smartphones run on Android Oreo out of the box. Samsung layers its devices with the Samsung Experience graphical user interface and these phones are no exception. If you are someone who likes a clean software experience, you may not be very fond of what Samsung has to offer.
Connectivity and Battery
Both the J-series smartphones launched support all the conventional connectivity solutions including 3G, 4G with VoLTE, WiFi and GPS. On the battery side of things, the Galaxy J6 has a 3000mAh battery unit whereas the Galaxy J8 has a 3500mAh unit underneath. Both battery units on the respective smartphones are decent enough to keep the phones powered through the day. You might, however, need to plug them in by the end of the day.