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The Galaxy A6 is a far cheaper option for Samsung fans than superphones like the Galaxy Note 9.


Who says you need a big budget to enjoy a big Samsung phone?

The South Korean giant's Galaxy A6 ($202 at Amazon) and A6 Plus are for those who like Samsung's designs at a far thriftier cost than the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 demand. Previously announced, the Galaxy A6 is coming to the US for $360, starting Sept. 14. It'll sell first at before joining other carriers in the coming weeks. The Galaxy A6 price converts to around £278 and AU$500.

The Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus will also sell in certain European, Asian, African and Latin American countries.

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Photography is evidently a focus here, with plenty of megapixels to go around. The A6 Plus has a 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual-camera combo on the rear, and a big ol' 24-megapixel camera on the front. The A6 has 16-megapixel cameras on both the front and back.

As usual, though, the salient cosmetic difference is screen size. The A6 sports a 5.6-inch, 1,480x720-pixel screen, while the A6 Plus is bigger and clearer at 6 inches and 2,220x1,080 pixels. You'll note both have a 18.5:9 screen ratio that follows the big screen, small-bezel trend of late.

The A6 Plus gets a slightly more powerful processor, too, with an octa-core 1.8GHz CPU over the A6's octa-core 1.6GHz. It wasn't clarified whether both will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip or one of Samsung's own Exynos processors. Both models will have versions with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM.

Editors' note: This story was originally posted on May 1 and has been updated with pricing and release details for the US.

Key Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus specs

Galaxy A6 Galaxy A6 Plus
Screen size 5.6-inch, 720x1,480 pixels 6-inch, 1,080x2,220-pixel
Camera Rear 16-megapixel, front 16-megapixel cameras Rear 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual cameras, front 24-megapixel camera
Processor Octa-core 1.6GHz CPU Octa-core 1.8GHz CPU
Battery 3,000mAh 3,500mAh
Internal storage and RAM 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB On-board 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB On-board
External storage Up to 256GB microSD Up to 256GB microSD
Android software Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo