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Samsung Galaxy J6+ (2018) Smartphone Review

Mike Wobker, 👁 Daniel Schmidt (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 03/01/2019

Colorful AR. Samsung's J6 Plus is an entry-level phone for for those with moderate expectations. Quality does not suffer, though, and the device is more than fast enough for everyday applications. Let us find out what we can expect from a smartphone for a little under $200 in early 2019.

Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus

Samsung’s smartphone range extends from high-end devices all the way to entry-level smartphones for users with moderate expectations or those on a small budget. However, this does not mean that the cheaper devices suffer from poor quality, and Samsung continues to deliver a decent balance between performance, design, and rigidity even in the low-cost market of budget devices. Case in point: today’s review unit, the Samsung Galaxy J6+.

Equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, 3GB of RAM, and a Qualcomm Adreno 308 GPU the device is reasonably fast and offers 32 GB of internal eMMC storage. At a price of just under $200 at the time of writing the J6+ hits pretty much the sweet spot in the entry-level smartphones class.

However, competition is fierce in this segment, and Samsung’s Android smartphone must prove itself against a wide variety of rivals. Among others, these are the Sharp D10, the Motorola One, and the Sony Xperia XA2 Plus as well as in-house competitors: the Galaxy A7 (2018) and Galaxy J7 (2017).

Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018 (Galaxy J Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
6 inch 18.5:9, 1480 x 720 pixel 274 PPI, capacitive, TFT, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 23 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm headphone jack, Card Reader: microSD (up to 512 GB, FAT, FAT32, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM (850/900/1,800/1,900), UMTS WCDMA (B1/B2/B5/B8), LTE 4G FDD/TDD (B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20/B38/B40/B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 161.4 x 76.9 ( = 0.31 x 6.35 x 3.03 in)
Battery
3300 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix Dual: 13MP (f/1.9, 28mm) + 5MP (f/2.2)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/1.9
Additional features
Speakers: 1 speaker, Keyboard: on-screen, Keyboard Light: yes, USB power supply, microUSB cable, stereo headset, SIM tool, Samsung Experience 9.5, 24 Months Warranty, Head SAR: 0.308 W/kg, body SAR: 1.334 W/kg, fanless
Weight
178 g ( = 6.28 oz / 0.39 pounds), Power Supply: 44 g ( = 1.55 oz / 0.1 pounds)
Price
250 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The J6+ is available in three different colors, and the metal frame along the sides as well as the entire glass rear are either red, gray, or black. The rear also houses a dual-camera as well as an LED flash. The fingerprint reader has been relocated and integrated into the power button on the right-hand side. Instead of a notch at the front the J6+ features rather thick top and bottom bezels.

Feedback and accentuation point for all physical buttons were very pleasant, and there are two separate slots on the left-hand side; one for the primary Nano SIM and one for the secondary Nano SIM along with an additional microSD card.

Compared with other smartphones of its class the J6+’s footprint definitely stands out, however its weight of 178 g (~6.3 oz) remains average.

Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus

Size Comparison

161.4 mm / 6.35 inch 76.9 mm / 3.03 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 178 g0.3924 lbs159.8 mm / 6.29 inch 76.8 mm / 3.02 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 168 g0.3704 lbs157 mm / 6.18 inch 75 mm / 2.95 inch 9.6 mm / 0.378 inch 204 g0.4497 lbs152.5 mm / 6 inch 74.8 mm / 2.94 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 181 g0.399 lbs149.5 mm / 5.89 inch 72.2 mm / 2.84 inch 7.97 mm / 0.3138 inch 160 g0.3527 lbs148.2 mm / 5.83 inch 74.2 mm / 2.92 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 165 g0.3638 lbs

Connectivity

The J6 Plus is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, an Adreno 308 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of eMMC flash storage. The latter can be expanded with microSD cards of up to 512 GB, supported file formats include FAT, FAT32, and exFAT. Installing a microSD card does not limit the phone’s dual SIM capabilities since the J6 Plus offers two separate slots for the secondary Nano SIM and the microSD card. Unfortunately, only the first SIM supports LTE and VoLTE. As always the latter requires support by your carrier and must be included in your plan. The secondary SIM slot supports 2G (GSM) and 3G (UMTS) networks only. VoWiFi is not supported at all.

A MicroUSB port is located at the bottom and can be used for data transfers. Unfortunately, it only supports USB 2.0 speeds. On the plus side, the J6+ includes support for various OTG features, such as charging external devices. It also includes a 3.5-mm headphone jack for wired analog speakers or headsets.

top: no connectivity
top: no connectivity
right-hand side: speaker, power button/fingerprint reader
right-hand side: speaker, power button/fingerprint reader
bottom: 3.5-mm headphone jack, microphone, MicroUSB port
bottom: 3.5-mm headphone jack, microphone, MicroUSB port
left-hand side: microSD/NanoSIM 2 slot, NanoSIM 1 slot, volume rocker
left-hand side: microSD/NanoSIM 2 slot, NanoSIM 1 slot, volume rocker

Software

At the time of writing, the J6+ was running Android Oreo 8.1 with security patches as of September 1, 2018. The operating system was also running the Samsung Experience 9.5 skin, which experienced Samsung users will be instantly familiar with. Beginners and first-time Samsung users will benefit from the menu structure as well as the well-arranged app layout. Although Samsung is planning to provide a major update for its J-series smartphone series, we do not expect to see Android Pie on the Galaxy J6+ due to its limited system performance.

In addition to a handful of modified applications for telephone, file management and more, Samsung has also preloaded its phone with various third-party apps, such as FaceBook and a number of Microsoft apps. These can only be disabled in the settings but not removed completely. Offloading apps to SD is also not supported on the J6+.

Thanks to support for L1 standard DRM management, streaming content from Amazon Prime or Netflix can be enjoyed in HD.

Software Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus - Samsung Experience 9.5
Software Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus - Samsung Experience 9.5
Software Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus - Samsung Experience 9.5
Software Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus - Samsung Experience 9.5
Software Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus - Samsung Experience 9.5
Software Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus - Samsung Experience 9.5
Software Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus - Samsung Experience 9.5
Software Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus - Samsung Experience 9.5
Software Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus - Samsung Experience 9.5
Software Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus - Samsung Experience 9.5

Communication and GPS

The Galaxy J6 Plus connects to 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE cellular networks. The LTE modem is an LTE cat. 4 unit, which means transfer speeds of up to 150 Mbps down and 50 Mbps up. The phone also supports NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, and the ANT+ low-power wireless protocol. The latter connects to compatible fitness trackers, blood pressure meters, and smart watches.

Wi-Fi is limited to 802.11 b/g/n, and therefore does not support the faster 5 GHz band. Accordingly, Wi-Fi performance was poor, and with just 52.6 Mbps (RX) and 43.1 Mbps (TX) the J6+ was the slowest device in our test group by a long shot.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Sharp D10
Adreno 508, 630, 64 GB eMMC Flash
336 (min: 287, max: 344) MBit/s ∼100% +539%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
309 MBit/s ∼92% +487%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Mali-G71 MP2, 7885, 64 GB eMMC Flash
279 (min: 265, max: 284) MBit/s ∼83% +430%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Mali-T830 MP1, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
251 MBit/s ∼75% +377%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=396)
220 MBit/s ∼65% +318%
Motorola One
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
103 (min: 36, max: 118) MBit/s ∼31% +96%
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Adreno 308, 425, 32 GB eMMC Flash
52.6 (min: 42, max: 58) MBit/s ∼16%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
347 MBit/s ∼100% +705%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Mali-G71 MP2, 7885, 64 GB eMMC Flash
320 (min: 164, max: 362) MBit/s ∼92% +642%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Mali-T830 MP1, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
280 MBit/s ∼81% +550%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=396)
210 MBit/s ∼61% +387%
Sharp D10
Adreno 508, 630, 64 GB eMMC Flash
163 (min: 79, max: 172) MBit/s ∼47% +278%
Motorola One
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
112 (min: 57, max: 117) MBit/s ∼32% +160%
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Adreno 308, 425, 32 GB eMMC Flash
43.1 (min: 18, max: 66) MBit/s ∼12%
010203040506070Tooltip
; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø52.1 (42-58)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø43.1 (18-66)
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors

We test GPS accuracy with the app GPS test. The Galaxy J6+ supports GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou location services and turned out to be fairly accurate outdoors (3m/~10 ft) as well as indoors (5m/~16 ft).

We also take every device on a quick bicycle tour around the block in order to compare it to a professional Garmin Edge 520 satnav. Surprisingly enough, the J6 Plus’s GNSS was more accurate in corners and turns than on straights. Long story short: the devices is more than capable of occasional and even somewhat ambitious navigation purposes.

GNSS -  Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
GNSS - Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
GNSS -  Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
GNSS - Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
GNSS -  Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
GNSS - Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500

Telephony and Call Quality

Samsung includes its own telephone App with the Galaxy J6+. It offers a recent and missed calls list as well as a quick access to a dial pad. The other two tabs offer access to contacts and locations linked to recent callers.

Call quality was decent, and the Samsung smartphone managed to suppress ambient noise very well in order to optimize voice clarity and articulation. Voice playback was very clear and without any distortions even at high volume. Alternatively, Samsung includes a stereo headset which offers an even higher level of volume and is very well suited for making and taking phone calls.

Cameras

front-facing camera
front-facing camera

The Galaxy J6+ comes equipped with a 13+5 MP main camera with an f/1.9 aperture and a focal length of 29 mm as well as an f/2.2 aperture. The selfie camera at the front features a simple 8 MP sensor with an f/1.9 aperture. It worked very well in capturing portraits with rich detail and well-defined transitions. Our sample photo turned out slightly overexposed with somewhat pale colors. The camera settings menu is very short and only allows for a few quality adjustments, including a soft-focus filter, a filter for more pronounced colors, and some AR-supported adjustments such as a narrower face or bigger eyes. A professional mode with manual adjustments is not supported.

The J6+’s main camera shot panorama photos rich in detail. When zoomed in, we found visible blur around the edges of individual objects that were not visible otherwise. Significant differences in brightness resulted in unevenly illuminated planes on which shadows and dark elements in general lacked detail. In close-up range the J6+ had less trouble dealing with these differences in brightness, but it showed the same blur around the edges and transitions that we had already noticed in the panorama photos albeit they were more noticeable. Colors were pale, but well differentiated from one another. Poor lighting conditions resulted in clearly visible and distinguishable objects with slightly distorted colors and a very noticeable blur. Objects in the photos remained clearly distinguishable and visible yet got darker and darker towards the edges. In addition to the settings already listed for the front-facing camera, the main camera also supports stickers, a live focus, and a professional mode for manual brightness, white balance, and ISO adjustments.

Video quality was similar to photo quality by and large. Minor shake and wiggle is ironed out by image stabilization, and the settings allow for a manual white balance and brightness adjustment. Supported video resolutions include FHD, HD, 1920x936 (18.5:9 aspect ratio), and 1072x1072 (square). A high-framerate mode is not supported.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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ColorChecker Passport
ColorChecker Passport

We test every smartphone in our lab under normalized conditions with the ColorChecker Passport, and the Galaxy J6+ suffered from major overexposure of all colors and grays across the entire spectrum. Only whites were darker than they should be.

The test chart photo was decent overall. Details and fine structures were clearly visible, however colors were noticeably overexposed and the bottom two edges showed a very distinct paleness.

Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus - test chart
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus - test chart (details)

Accessories and Warranty

Included in the box are a modular USB power supply with matching MicroUSB cable, a stereo headset, and a SIM tool. In addition, Samsung offers various protective cases in various colors as well as general smartphone accessories that are not model-specific, such as headsets, power banks, power supplies, and more.

Warranty is a bit tricky. While European customers get a full 24 months of warranty, customers in the US have to be careful: most devices sold through online retailers do not come with any US warranty at all.

Input Devices & Handling

Samsung’s keyboard app offers fast and simple methods for text input, even for longer texts. Various aspects of the keyboard, including size, layout, and color can be individualized according to one’s liking. The touchscreen was very responsive and smooth, and was thus well-suited for prolonged drag & drop operations. The orientation sensor reacted very quickly when the phone was rotated, and screen orientation was adjusted almost instantaneously.

Unlocking the Galaxy J6+ can be achieved via either a 2D face unlock or a fingerprint reader. Face detection only worked reliably in bright light, and the fingerprint reader had to be covered completely in order to initiate detection and unlock the phone.

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The 6-inch 18.5:9 TFT display runs at a native resolution of 1450x720 pixels. Its average maximum brightness of around 508 nits landed the device somewhere mid-field among its competitors. Maximum brightness without ambient light sensor support is limited to just 446 nits, and the APL50 test yielded a brightness of 515 nits. Its brightness distribution of 95 % was excellent and the best among its competitors.

506
cd/m²
507
cd/m²
505
cd/m²
519
cd/m²
512
cd/m²
503
cd/m²
524
cd/m²
497
cd/m²
498
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 524 cd/m² Average: 507.9 cd/m² Minimum: 4.08 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 512 cd/m²
Contrast: 1829:1 (Black: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.6 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
95.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.14
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
TFT, 1480x720, 6
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Super AMOLED, 2220x1080, 6
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Super AMOLED, 1920x1080, 5.5
Sharp D10
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.9
Motorola One
IPS, 1520x720, 5.9
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
IPS, 2160x1080, 6
Screen
41%
28%
1%
-2%
24%
Brightness middle
512
570
11%
454
-11%
745
46%
467
-9%
597
17%
Brightness
508
565
11%
463
-9%
723
42%
452
-11%
592
17%
Brightness Distribution
95
93
-2%
86
-9%
89
-6%
87
-8%
92
-3%
Black Level *
0.28
0.6
-114%
0.38
-36%
0.32
-14%
Contrast
1829
1242
-32%
1229
-33%
1866
2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.6
1.5
73%
2
64%
4.52
19%
5.29
6%
2.4
57%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11.8
3.6
69%
5.3
55%
9.14
23%
7.71
35%
5.3
55%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8
1.2
85%
1.7
79%
5.8
27%
5
37%
3.4
57%
Gamma
2.14 103%
2.07 106%
2.1 105%
2.262 97%
2.376 93%
2.2 100%
CCT
7831 83%
6504 100%
6394 102%
7660 85%
7583 86%
7172 91%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9524 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The contrast ratio of 1,829:1 and a black level of 0.28 nits were excellent as well. Blacks were comparatively dark, and colors were very clearly delimited from one another.

Our CalMAN analysis showed fairly balanced blues and greens on the one hand, and lacking reds on the other. Color balance cannot be manually adjusted, and the only color-related setting we found was a blue-filter mode resulting in a considerable red tint.

CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - color space
CalMAN - color space
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.8 ms rise
↘ 15.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 38 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
51.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24.4 ms rise
↘ 26.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 85 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (40.3 ms).

Outdoors the device remained usable as long as one remained in the shade. Direct sunlight can be a bit of a challenge due to reflections.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors

Viewing angles were superb. We found no distortions of colors or contents from any side regardless of angle. Reflections permitting, the Samsung smartphone can be used and viewed even from the most unusual and peculiar positions.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, an Adreno 308 GPU and 3 GB of RAM, overall performance was mostly smooth. A total of 32 GB of internal eMMC flash storage should offer plenty of space for everyday apps. Most of the J6+’s competitors at a comparable price point are better equipped.

Consequently, more often than not the Galaxy J6+ can be found in the last place in our benchmarks. The results were strikingly similar to the older Samsung Galaxy J7 2017. Subjectively speaking the device was powerful enough to run everyday apps smoothly and with only minor frame drops.

Geekbench 4.3
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
1411 Points ∼31%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4026 Points ∼89% +185%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
2371 Points ∼52% +68%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
3728 Points ∼82% +164%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
3592 Points ∼79% +155%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
3621 Points ∼80% +157%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (1113 - 1460, n=15)
1352 Points ∼30% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (663 - 21070, n=297)
4520 Points ∼100% +220%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
1801 Points ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4429 Points ∼99% +146%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
3777 Points ∼84% +110%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
4203 Points ∼94% +133%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
4374 Points ∼98% +143%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
4152 Points ∼93% +131%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (883 - 1939, n=17)
1752 Points ∼39% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1174 - 11598, n=351)
4482 Points ∼100% +149%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
644 Points ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1525 Points ∼100% +137%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
736 Points ∼48% +14%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
875 Points ∼57% +36%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
878 Points ∼58% +36%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
858 Points ∼56% +33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (541 - 692, n=17)
654 Points ∼43% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (758 - 4824, n=353)
1326 Points ∼87% +106%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
3243 Points ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
5387 Points ∼100% +66%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
3722 Points ∼69% +15%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
4936 Points ∼92% +52%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
4953 Points ∼92% +53%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (2829 - 3629, n=17)
3268 Points ∼61% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3227 - 11440, n=347)
4930 Points ∼92% +52%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
4088 Points ∼69%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
5625 Points ∼95% +38%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
4920 Points ∼83% +20%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
5796 Points ∼98% +42%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
5927 Points ∼100% +45%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
5659 Points ∼95% +38%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (4009 - 4813, n=17)
4080 Points ∼69% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4096 - 14439, n=515)
5389 Points ∼91% +32%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
896 Points ∼45%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1871 Points ∼93% +109%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1711 Points ∼85% +91%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
2003 Points ∼100% +124%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1744 Points ∼87% +95%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (375 - 911, n=16)
839 Points ∼42% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 4493, n=375)
1781 Points ∼89% +99%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
250 Points ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
954 Points ∼45% +282%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1325 Points ∼62% +430%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
762 Points ∼36% +205%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1303 Points ∼61% +421%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (118 - 250, n=16)
240 Points ∼11% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (131 - 14951, n=375)
2124 Points ∼100% +750%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
298 Points ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1071 Points ∼59% +259%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1395 Points ∼77% +368%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
884 Points ∼49% +197%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1381 Points ∼76% +363%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (145 - 298, n=16)
284 Points ∼16% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (159 - 7980, n=376)
1809 Points ∼100% +507%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
899 Points ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1829 Points ∼87% +103%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
1535 Points ∼73% +71%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1743 Points ∼83% +94%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
2091 Points ∼100% +133%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1757 Points ∼84% +95%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (622 - 907, n=17)
865 Points ∼41% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (512 - 4240, n=469)
1644 Points ∼79% +83%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
54 Points ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
845 Points ∼49% +1465%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
278 Points ∼16% +415%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1269 Points ∼73% +2250%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
751 Points ∼43% +1291%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1248 Points ∼72% +2211%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (31 - 199, n=17)
56.3 Points ∼3% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 10008, n=469)
1739 Points ∼100% +3120%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
68 Points ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
960 Points ∼64% +1312%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
340 Points ∼23% +400%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1351 Points ∼90% +1887%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
876 Points ∼59% +1188%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1334 Points ∼89% +1862%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (39 - 239, n=17)
70.5 Points ∼5% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 7673, n=477)
1493 Points ∼100% +2096%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
10416 Points ∼66%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
13914 Points ∼88% +34%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
12955 Points ∼82% +24%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
13090 Points ∼83% +26%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
15762 Points ∼100% +51%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
13217 Points ∼84% +27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (3958 - 10784, n=17)
9816 Points ∼62% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4811 - 45072, n=629)
13516 Points ∼86% +30%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
5447 Points ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
15567 Points ∼80% +186%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
7456 Points ∼38% +37%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
18635 Points ∼95% +242%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
13382 Points ∼68% +146%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
18472 Points ∼94% +239%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (2546 - 5712, n=17)
5304 Points ∼27% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3585 - 162695, n=629)
19557 Points ∼100% +259%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
6093 Points ∼36%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
15167 Points ∼89% +149%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
8318 Points ∼49% +37%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
17032 Points ∼100% +180%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
13847 Points ∼81% +127%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
16972 Points ∼100% +179%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (2951 - 6379, n=17)
5871 Points ∼34% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4164 - 83518, n=630)
16333 Points ∼96% +168%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
7.6 fps ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
12 fps ∼35% +58%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
30 fps ∼88% +295%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
23 fps ∼67% +203%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
30 fps ∼88% +295%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (3.4 - 7.8, n=17)
7.41 fps ∼22% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (6 - 251, n=657)
34.2 fps ∼100% +350%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
13 fps ∼37%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
12 fps ∼34% -8%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
29 fps ∼83% +123%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
35 fps ∼100% +169%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
28 fps ∼80% +115%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (6.4 - 20, n=17)
13.4 fps ∼38% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.8 - 120, n=660)
26.5 fps ∼76% +104%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
2.8 fps ∼15%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
5.1 fps ∼27% +82%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
13 fps ∼70% +364%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
9.9 fps ∼53% +254%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
14 fps ∼75% +400%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (1.3 - 2.8, n=16)
2.69 fps ∼14% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.7 - 132, n=576)
18.7 fps ∼100% +568%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
5.5 fps ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
5.1 fps ∼27% -7%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
14 fps ∼74% +155%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
19 fps ∼100% +245%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
13 fps ∼68% +136%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (3.7 - 11, n=17)
5.94 fps ∼31% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.4 - 115, n=581)
17.4 fps ∼92% +216%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
41483 Points ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
122826 Points ∼97% +196%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
61811 Points ∼49% +49%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
90099 Points ∼71% +117%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
65759 Points ∼52% +59%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
89006 Points ∼70% +115%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (41483 - 46710, n=11)
39072 Points ∼31% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (52607 - 380913, n=259)
127011 Points ∼100% +206%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
35465 Points ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
87728 Points ∼100% +147%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
47339 Points ∼54% +33%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
72035 Points ∼82% +103%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
66291 Points ∼76% +87%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
70346 Points ∼80% +98%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (29054 - 39106, n=17)
36278 Points ∼41% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (23275 - 274007, n=463)
84012 Points ∼96% +137%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
685 Points ∼63%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1090 Points ∼100% +59%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
10 Points ∼1% -99%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
921 Points ∼84% +34%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
860 Points ∼79% +26%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
936 Points ∼86% +37%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (10 - 802, n=17)
611 Points ∼56% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1731, n=589)
734 Points ∼67% +7%
Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
446 Points ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1356 Points ∼72% +204%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
533 Points ∼28% +20%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1495 Points ∼79% +235%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
1019 Points ∼54% +128%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1480 Points ∼78% +232%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (418 - 447, n=17)
437 Points ∼23% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 15969, n=589)
1890 Points ∼100% +324%
Memory (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
643 Points ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
2445 Points ∼100% +280%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
1265 Points ∼52% +97%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1235 Points ∼51% +92%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
1235 Points ∼51% +92%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1334 Points ∼55% +107%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (363 - 1372, n=17)
678 Points ∼28% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 6661, n=589)
1412 Points ∼58% +120%
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
1239 Points ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4506 Points ∼100% +264%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
2368 Points ∼53% +91%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
3298 Points ∼73% +166%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
3176 Points ∼70% +156%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
3284 Points ∼73% +165%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (1043 - 1477, n=17)
1274 Points ∼28% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 12202, n=589)
2798 Points ∼62% +126%
Overall (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Adreno 308, 3072
702 Points ∼35%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Samsung Exynos 7885, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
2009 Points ∼100% +186%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, Mali-T830 MP1, 3072
353 Points ∼18% -50%
Sharp D10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1539 Points ∼77% +119%
Motorola One
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506, 4096
1362 Points ∼68% +94%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508, 4096
1570 Points ∼78% +124%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
  (207 - 891, n=17)
642 Points ∼32% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (150 - 6097, n=593)
1388 Points ∼69% +98%

The browser benchmark results painted a similar picture, and the J6+ was outperformed by every single one of its competitors save for the WebXPRT 2015 test in which it scored barely high enough to land in second to last place instead.

Everyday usage seemed fast and scrolling was smooth. However, media content heavy websites can occasionally stall for significant amounts of time or even fail to load.

JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (Chrome 70)
47.986 Points ∼100% +159%
Average of class Smartphone (12 - 273, n=494)
38.1 Points ∼79% +106%
Sharp D10 (Chrome 70)
27.85 Points ∼58% +50%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus (Chrome 67)
27.615 Points ∼58% +49%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 (Samsung Browser 5.4)
25.972 Points ∼54% +40%
Motorola One (Chrome 69)
21.317 Points ∼44% +15%
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018 (Chrome 72)
18.527 Points ∼39%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (15.5 - 18.7, n=16)
17.5 Points ∼36% -6%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (Chrome 70)
9165 Points ∼100% +172%
Average of class Smartphone (1994 - 43280, n=650)
6112 Points ∼67% +81%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus (Chrome 67)
5017 Points ∼55% +49%
Sharp D10 (Chrome 70)
5004 Points ∼55% +48%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 (Samsung Browser 5.4)
4560 Points ∼50% +35%
Motorola One (Chrome 69)
3781 Points ∼41% +12%
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018 (Chrome 72)
3374 Points ∼37%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (2411 - 3374, n=17)
2952 Points ∼32% -13%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018 (Chrome 72)
13548.5 ms * ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (10742 - 16192, n=17)
13125 ms * ∼97% +3%
Motorola One (Chrome 69)
12194 ms * ∼90% +10%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=670)
10908 ms * ∼81% +19%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus (Chrome 67)
10086 ms * ∼74% +26%
Sharp D10 (Chrome 70)
9807.1 ms * ∼72% +28%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 (Samsung Browser 5.4)
6820.9 ms * ∼50% +50%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (Chrome 70)
4122.8 ms * ∼30% +70%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 161, n=123)
62.7 Points ∼100% +151%
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (Chrome 70)
57 Points ∼91% +128%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus (Chrome 67)
37 Points ∼59% +48%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (24 - 28, n=5)
26 Points ∼41% +4%
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018 (Chrome 72)
25 Points ∼40%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 (Chrome 70)
168 Points ∼100% +121%
Average of class Smartphone (66 - 362, n=326)
119 Points ∼71% +57%
Motorola One (Chrome 69)
113 Points ∼67% +49%
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus (Chrome 67)
106 Points ∼63% +39%
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018 (Chrome 72)
76 Points ∼45%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017 (Samsung Browser 5.4)
75 Points ∼45% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917) (62 - 79, n=8)
71.3 Points ∼42% -6%

* ... smaller is better

A total of 32 GB of eMMC flash storage is installed, and around 23 GB thereof was available for apps and data. While its write and read performance was below average in our benchmarks, we failed to notice anything in day-to-day use.

The internal microSD card reader supports microSD cards of up to 512 GB. When benchmarked with our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference card it performed on a level comparable to the J6+'s competitors.

Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Samsung Galaxy J7 2017Sharp D10Motorola OneSony Xperia XA2 PlusAverage 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
12%
-25%
22%
94%
12%
-8%
-6%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
61.45 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
64.39 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
5%
63.86 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
4%
63.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
3%
60.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
67.02 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
9%
49.3 (3.4 - 87.1, n=131)
-20%
48.3 (9.5 - 87.1, n=392)
-21%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
76.63 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
78.15 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
76.12 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
83.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
9%
80.8 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
5%
86.01 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
12%
68.1 (8.2 - 96.5, n=131)
-11%
66.4 (8.1 - 96.5, n=392)
-13%
Random Write 4KB
12.71
15.45
22%
10.54
-17%
16.79
32%
69.1
444%
10.5
-17%
18.5 (0.75 - 77.3, n=175)
46%
19.3 (0.14 - 250, n=699)
52%
Random Read 4KB
64.64
83.98
30%
25.86
-60%
47.2
-27%
61.9
-4%
77.43
20%
38 (3.59 - 117, n=175)
-41%
43.9 (1.59 - 175, n=699)
-32%
Sequential Write 256KB
95.57
104.87
10%
52.98
-45%
211.5
121%
214.9
125%
146.16
53%
94.6 (14.8 - 189, n=175)
-1%
90.2 (2.99 - 392, n=699)
-6%
Sequential Read 256KB
292.87
295.76
1%
198.47
-32%
280.71
-4%
280.2
-4%
281.06
-4%
233 (25.8 - 452, n=175)
-20%
254 (12.1 - 1468, n=699)
-13%

Gaming

All things graphics are handled by a Qualcomm Adreno 308, which is very limited when it comes to modern demanding games and failed to render many of the games we tested properly. For example, "Asphalt 9: Legends" suffered from massive image artifacts rendering the game all but unplayable. In "Arena of Valor" we noticed occasional massive frame drops even on low settings, particularly in scenes with a large number of light effects. Casual games should remain playable on the J6+ albeit loading times can be longer than expected.

Touchscreen controls in games worked flawlessly. It responded quickly and reliably, and its smooth surface allowed for extended and drag and drop operations without wearing out the finger tips. The orientation sensor was very quick to react.

Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
Temple Run 2
Temple Run 2
Aspahlt 9: Legends with rendering artifacts
Aspahlt 9: Legends with rendering artifacts

Arena of Valor

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; min: Ø29.7 (16-32)
; high HD: Ø26.7 (17-31)

Temple Run 2

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: Ø53.9 (20-60)

Emissions

Temperature

GFX-Bench - ES 2.0
GFX-Bench - ES 2.0

In our tests, we were able to measure surface temperatures of 31 °C (~88 °F) when idle and slightly over 33 °C (~91 °F) under load. Accordingly, the Samsung Galaxy J6+ remained fairly cool overall and never got too warm to become uncomfortable to be held in hand. GFXBench ES2.0’s sustained load test showed that performance did not decrease over time, and the J6+ was capable of maintaining its high initial level of performance over long periods of time.

Max. Load
 27.8 °C
82 F
27.4 °C
81 F
31.9 °C
89 F
 
 27.8 °C
82 F
28.4 °C
83 F
30.8 °C
87 F
 
 28.7 °C
84 F
29.7 °C
85 F
30.6 °C
87 F
 
Maximum: 31.9 °C = 89 F
Average: 29.2 °C = 85 F
27.9 °C
82 F
27.9 °C
82 F
27.9 °C
82 F
27.6 °C
82 F
32.1 °C
90 F
30.4 °C
87 F
27.9 °C
82 F
31.7 °C
89 F
33.4 °C
92 F
Maximum: 33.4 °C = 92 F
Average: 29.6 °C = 85 F
Power Supply (max.)  30.5 °C = 87 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.2 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 31.9 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 35.6 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 33.4 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.8 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.
Heatmap - top
Heatmap - top
Heatmap - bottom
Heatmap - bottom

Speakers

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

The single speaker was comparatively loud and balanced with a focus on mids for a clear reproduction of voices and music. However, we strongly suggest headphones or external speakers for an improved audio experience. These can be connected either wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.2 or with a 3.5-mm audio cable via the integrated headphone jack. The port was firm and did not have a detrimental effect on sound quality.

The included headset was good enough for audio contents and overall louder than the integrated speaker. However, third-party accessories should offer a much higher level of quality.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.6372528.2263124.625.2402119.1502831.16327.225.48025.422.110023.623.312519.2181602027.320016.434.92501742.631516.549.340015.654.450014.360.663012.864.28001467.5100014.668.7125014.269.816001472200014.169.4250014.470.3315014.275.4400014.674.8500014.171.1630014.667.3800014.770.51000015.166.91250014.959.2160001547.8SPL26.683N0.852.5median 14.6median 66.9Delta1.611.836.940.336.538.337.241.337.637.331.736.223.826.624.427.123.624.319.92823.330.918.438.918.242.915.847.714.655.315.557.21358.912.357.212.164.711.968.410.771.710.772.710.571.310.368.910.765.710.566.410.568.810.662.710.659.810.557.610.644.672.461.552.561.424.180.325.514.68.214.50.642.9median 11.9median 58.93.411.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018Sharp D10
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 34.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 50% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 38% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 69% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 24% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Sharp D10 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.4% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 41% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 64% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 28% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management

Power Consumption

According to our measurements, the Galaxy J6+ consumed between 0.64 W when idle and 6.38 W under load. Accordingly, while it remained a fairly energy efficient device overall, it was outperformed by many of its competitors.

The included 5-W charger is not powerful enough to provide the Samsung Galaxy J6+ with enough energy under load to simultaneously charge the battery.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.16 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.64 / 1.81 / 1.91 Watt
Load midlight 4.88 / 6.38 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
3300 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
3300 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3600 mAh
Sharp D10
2900 mAh
Motorola One
3000 mAh
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
3580 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
2%
47%
21%
1%
21%
-21%
-3%
Idle Minimum *
0.64
0.71
-11%
0.39
39%
0.7
-9%
1
-56%
0.35
45%
1.113 (0.54 - 4.02, n=17)
-74%
0.881 (0.2 - 3.4, n=727)
-38%
Idle Average *
1.81
1.36
25%
1.06
41%
1
45%
1.6
12%
1.81
-0%
2.19 (1.2 - 6, n=17)
-21%
1.736 (0.6 - 6.2, n=726)
4%
Idle Maximum *
1.91
1.47
23%
1.08
43%
1.4
27%
2
-5%
1.83
4%
2.55 (1.62 - 6.64, n=17)
-34%
2.02 (0.74 - 6.6, n=727)
-6%
Load Average *
4.88
5.13
-5%
1.82
63%
3.7
24%
3.3
32%
3.31
32%
4.32 (2.9 - 9.6, n=17)
11%
4.07 (0.8 - 10.8, n=721)
17%
Load Maximum *
6.38
7.89
-24%
3.21
50%
5.2
18%
5.1
20%
4.97
22%
5.5 (4.3 - 7.34, n=17)
14%
5.87 (1.2 - 14.2, n=721)
8%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our real-world Wi-Fi test, the J6 Plus lasted for almost 11 hours before it had to be recharged. Overall, the results were average and the device was outperformed by the likes of the Motorola One with a significantly smaller battery.

The included charger does not support fast charging, and accordingly it took just over three hours to fully charge the battery from near empty.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
34h 40min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
10h 51min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
11h 46min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 32min
Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018
3300 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
3300 mAh
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
3600 mAh
Sharp D10
2900 mAh
Motorola One
3000 mAh
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
3580 mAh
Battery Runtime
-5%
45%
-1%
0%
69%
Reader / Idle
2080
1467
-29%
1950
-6%
1652
-21%
4682
125%
H.264
706
836
18%
1096
55%
769
9%
893
26%
WiFi v1.3
651
605
-7%
904
39%
644
-1%
735
13%
837
29%
Load
272
273
0%
525
93%
268
-1%
529
94%

Pros

+ decent touchscreen
+ solid camera performance
+ Dual SIM and microSD simultaneously
+ premium build quality

Cons

- mediocre system performance
- mediocre Wi-Fi performance
- LTE support only for SIM 1

Verdict

In review: Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus. Review unit courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de.
In review: Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus. Review unit courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de.

Our test proved that the Samsung Galaxy J6+ is a solid and well-made smartphone with a decent touchscreen, premium materials, and a modern and appealing design. Its low price, a battery life of almost 11 hours, and decent cameras only further reinforced this first impression.

However, not all that glitters is gold and the J6+ does suffer from a few setbacks that are more obvious than on competing devices. Overall system performance is fast enough for simple tasks, however even slightly more complex websites can already be too much to ask for. Graphically demanding applications either do not run at all or require a lot of patience while loading. Internal memory is limited to just 32 GB, which is particularly scarce considering that apps cannot be offloaded to SD on this device at all. Competitors at the J6+’s MSRP of $250 should run circles around it, however at its current street price of around $180 it is definitely worth not just a closer look, but also our endorsement.

The Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus offers a premium build quality and a solid hardware configuration. Its MSRP is definitely too high, but at its current street price the device is well worth its price.

Samsung Galaxy J6 Plus 2018 - 02/28/2019 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
81%
Keyboard
66 / 75 → 88%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
37 / 60 → 61%
Weight
90%
Battery
93%
Display
84%
Games Performance
7 / 63 → 10%
Application Performance
38 / 70 → 55%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
76 / 91 → 83%
Camera
66%
Average
71%
80%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2019-03- 1 (Update: 2019-03- 2)