Samsung launches modernized Galaxy J6/J8 duo and A6/A6+ in India

Galaxy A6

Samsung has launched not one or two but four new smartphones in India today. This included the two new A series phones, the Galaxy A6 and A6+ as we expected. But it also includes the Galaxy J8 and Galaxy J6, the former of which we did not expect to see. So let’s just get to number crunching, shall we?

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The Galaxy A6 duo aren’t complete strangers to us as Samsung has already launched it in some other regions across the globe. They are stripped down versions of the Galaxy A8 that come with a price tag of Rs 21,990 for the A6 (32GB) and Rs 25,990 for the A6+.

Galaxy A6/A6+ Specifications

For that price, both handsets have been stripped of their glass construction and are pure metal at the back. Looks-wise they’re both the same but underneath they differ in most areas. The front of the device holds an HD+ Infinity Display of 5.6-inches in the case of the A6. While the bigger sibling rocks a 6.0-inch Full HD+ panel. Both of them rock different processors too. The Galaxy A6 has an Exynos 7870 octa-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz. While the Galaxy A6+ packs a Snapdragon 450 chip.

The Galaxy A6+ being the more premium offering has dual rear cameras. To be precise, It is a 16MP+5MP combo with f/1.7 and f/1.9 aperture respectively. On the flip side, the front has an Instagram-ready 24MP shooter on paper. The smaller A6 sports a single 16MP rear camera on both the front and back side. Both the handsets have the fingerprint reader placed below the cameras.

Understandably, the smaller Galaxy A6 has a smaller 3,000mAh battery compared to the 3,500mAh juice pack of the A6+. Both dual-SIM handsets have Android Oreo from the bootup and micro-SD slots as well. Both also come ready with 4G VoLTE support.

Galaxy A6/A6+ pricing

As for prices, the Galaxy A6 has a 3GB + 32GB variant that costs Rs 21,990 and a 4GB + 64GB variant that costs Rs 22,990. You’ll find the duo on PayTM Mall, Amazon India, Samsung E-store, and offline stores from May 22.

Galaxy J6/J8 Specifications

Now for the two J-series phones, the Galaxy J6 and Galaxy J8. The Galaxy J6 is a new arrival in the J-series. Both the new phones come equipped with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, polycarbonate bodies, as well as Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Both the handsets also boast Face Unlock and AI capabilities such as scene and object recognition.

Galaxy J8

Galaxy J8

Samsung Galaxy J6 specifications

  • 5.6-inch (1480 x 720 pixels) HD+ Super AMOLED display
  • 1.6GHz Octa-Core Exynos 7870 
  • 3GB RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.9 aperture
  • 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/1.9 aperture
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio, Fingerprint sensor
  • 4G VoLTE, Dual SIM
  • 3000mAh battery

Interestingly, the Galaxy J8 seems to be share a lot of its DNA with the A6+ and the A6 spec-sheet looks exactly like the J6. In fact, they’re the same devices from the inside, the only difference lies in appearance. That said, the camera hardware of the J6 differs from its better A series counterpart.

Samsung Galaxy J8 Specifications

  • 6-inch (1480 x 720 pixels) HD+ Display
  • 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 CPU
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, secondary 5MP camera with f/1.9 aperture
  • 16MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/1.9 aperture
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio, Fingerprint sensor
  • 4G VoLTE,  Dual SIM
  • 3500mAh battery

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Galaxy J6/J8 Pricing

Now for the pricing, the Galaxy J6 has two similar variants like the A6. The 3GB variant costs 13,990 while the 4GB variant costs Rs 16,490. It can be bought from May 22nd itself on Flipkart and PayTM Mall as well. On the other hand, the dual camera Galaxy J8 is priced Rs 18.990 and will be buyable from July.

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