Samsung Galaxy A6s
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix f/2.0
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Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy A6s
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Such is the quality and aggressive pricing of the budget phone market today, that importing cheaper models from overseas isn’t quite the bargain it used to be. The Galaxy A6S is a solid device if you’re looking for something cheap with decent performance. That being said, the sub-par cameras are less enticing and the strange operating system quirks make it impossible to recommend unless the security patches can be brought up to date.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/27/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%
Model: The Samsung Galaxy A6s is a member of the Galaxy A series, which is a entry-level to mid-range smartphone family. Now, the Galaxy A6s is a bit different from the rest, because it is not produced by Samsung. It is manufactured by a company called Wingtech. It is actually the first Samsung phone that is not manufactured by Samsung.
I picked the Samsung Galaxy A6s to write a review for, because it is a model that is specifically produced for the Chinese market, yet some of the people around me got the device and struggled with its setup.
First of all, this may not be the last device that is produced by someone else for Samsung. Those companies are called ODM (Original Design Manufacturer). It is a tactic used to reduce the production costs. Lets say you have a production line and these ODM companies also have a line. Instead of you producing the goods, you let the ODM company manufacture it and then you shutdown your operations. So, you save money while keeping production. Samsung's China market share was going down, so it looks like they preferred this way.
Now, enough of the introduction. About the phone. I am going to be honest here. It is boring. Because it is a mid-level budget phone, so nothing really stands out. Everything is pretty generic and there is nothing really special about this phone to mention about. What makes it really different from all other phones out there is the part I explained in the introduction.
Now, lets say you are out looking for a new smartphone and you happen to have about 200 to 300 Euros. What phone should you be buying? If you are someone who thinks brand name plays a big role in quality, you will most likely be directed to Samsung Galaxy A Series phones or some of the light versions of Huawei phones. Don't forget that none of them are flagship phones. If you want more performance, I would suggest Xiaomi, OnePlus, or Honor. What I am trying to say is, the Galaxy A6s with its current price (which is around 200 Euros) has a tough job. Because it is expensive just because it is a Samsung, nothing else. Samsung does a good job with flagship phones, but mid range is not where it shines because of the competition.
The question is, would I recommend this model? Nope. Because it does not matter whether you have money or not, you should get the best out of your budget. Therefore in the mid range, I don't recommend any of the big brands. For 200 Euros, a Pocophone from Xiaomi will just beat the Samsung Galaxy A6s everyday. Therefore, I would skip this phone to be forgotten in the history.
Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş
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