Samsung has taken wraps off two new budget smartphones in India. The Samsung Galaxy J6 and the Galaxy J8 are the new players in the mid-range budget segment. Both of these devices have a lot in common, but are different internally and also priced differently. These devices have already been leaked prior to launch, and…
Samsung has taken wraps off two new budget smartphones in India. The Samsung Galaxy J6 and the Galaxy J8 are the new players in the mid-range budget segment. Both of these devices have a lot in common, but are different internally and also priced differently.
These devices have already been leaked prior to launch, and we kind of know the specifications and other details. Now that they are official, let us see what you get with the new Galaxy J6 and the Galaxy J8.
We knew that these would be Samsung’s second series of budget smartphones to feature the Infinity Display. Before this, the Galaxy A8 had received a similar Infinity display. The Infinity display on these phones aren’t in anyway similar to the ones found on the flagship Galaxy S and Note devices. As these are budget phones, they both feature a plastic body.
The smaller of the two, the Galaxy J6, comes with a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display. The panel features an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution. You will find bezels around the display, but the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back.
Internally, the J6 has the Exynos 7870 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, and a maximum of 64GB internal storage. The phone also features a microSD slot of storage expansion. In the camera department, you will get a 13MP rear shooter that has an f/1.9 aperture. An 8MP camera is available at the front, which also has an f/1.9 aperture and LED flash as well.
The phone is backed by a 3000mAh battery, a microUSB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the other essentials such as Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth etc. Software wise, it will run Android 8.0 Oreo with the Samsung Experience 9.0 UI on top.
Now, the big brother, the Galaxy J8, features a bigger 6-inch full-HD+Super AMOLED Infinity display. This panel has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio as well. The internals on this is slightly better than the J6.
The Galaxy J8 is equipped with a Snapdragon 450 processor and 4GB of RAM. You get 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. As this is the better of the two, it also gets a dual-camera setup at the back. There’s a 16MP main sensor, and another 5MP sensor for depth effects and portrait mode. The front camera is a 16MP unit with an f/1.9 aperture and an LED flash. A 3500mAh battery is available on the phone.
The front LED flash on both the Galaxy J6 and J8 gets a feature that allows users to adjust the brightness. You also get Face Unlock and the fingerprint sensor, as mentioned earlier, is at the back on both devices. Samsung has included some AI features for the Camera app that automatically recognizes the scene.
The phones also get a cool Chat Over Video feature that lets users to chat with WhatsApp contacts even when watching a video. The chat window becomes translucent and is placed over the video, but we aren’t very sure if that is super useful. It also runs Android 8.0 Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0 out of the box.
Now, as these are budget mid-range offerings, the pricing has to be competitive as well. However, we don’t think Samsung did a very good job with these.
Samsung has priced the 4GB/64GB variant of the Galaxy J8 at Rs 18,990. That’s a bit too much for a phone with the above mentioned specs. There are cheaper smartphones available with same or better specifications.
The Galaxy J6 gets two variants, the one with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage is priced at Rs, 13,990, whereas the 4GB/64GB model will be sold at Rs. 16490. Both the devices are available in three color choices; Blue, Gold, and Black.
You will be able to buy both the phones from Flipkart, Samsung’s official E-Store, the Paytm Mall, and from brick-and-mortar Samsung stores. The Galaxy J6 will be available as early as May 22, whereas the Galaxy J8 will only be available starting June 20. As for offers, if you purchase from Paytm Mall or ICICI credit card, you will get Rs. 1500 cashback. You also get a one-time screen replacement offer if you buy the phones before June 20th.