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Samsung Galaxy J6 First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy J6, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone launched in India on Monday alongside the Galaxy J8, Galaxy A6, and Galaxy A6+, is the latest entrant in the sub-Rs.

15,000 price segment and the cheapest handset to sport the company’s popular Infinity Display. Key features of the Galaxy J6 include an Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Face Unlock, Bixby voice assistant, Live Focus and Selfie Flash in the front camera, and Samsung Pay Mini. The smartphone runs Samsung Experience 9.0 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo to offer users with a heavily customised interface.

As for pricing, the Samsung Galaxy J6 price in India has been set at Rs.

13,990 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage variant, and Rs.

16,490 for the variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The phone will be available starting May 22, via Paytm Mall, Samsung India E-Store, Flipkart, and Samsung retail stores. There are features aplenty in this new budget smartphone but does it bear the mettle to compete against the likes of crowd favourites such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review), Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review), and the recently launched Oppo Realme 1 (Review)?

We spent some time with the Samsung Galaxy J6 and here are our first impressions of the same. Much like dozens of other handsets in the Galaxy J series, the Galaxy J6 also has a no-frills design albeit with a tall display and a rather narrow rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The Samsung Galaxy J6 features a 5.6-inch HD+ sAMOLED display that gets a resolution of 720 by 1480 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

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Equipping Samsung’s proprietary panel technology, the Galaxy J6’s display looks great for its price segment however a full-HD+ panel would have been much better, considering competitors like Redmi Note 5 Pro and ZenFone Max Pro M1 each sport one. It has decent brightness levels and colour reproduction is accurate – something that is expected from Samsung’s stellar display panels.

And, much like other full screen smartphones in the market, the screen is the major occupier of the Galaxy J6’s front. There are no physical buttons; instead the Home, Back, and Overview are present on screen, at the bottom. Above the display is the phone’s front camera that packs in an 8-megapixel front sensor and a front-facing LED flash that takes some decent selfies even in inadequate lighting conditions.

Stay tuned for our extensive review where we test out Samsung’s much-advertised Live Focus feature that adds a real-time bokeh effect to selfie shots. The Samsung Galaxy J6 also boasts of facial recognition as a feature, which, similar to what we’ve seen in many other phones at this price point, is mediocre at best. While we haven’t yet spent much time with the phone, the Face Unlock required good lighting and a certain angle to unlock, making it rather inconvenient.

We found that the fingerprint sensor was a much faster and efficient way to get in.

Samsung Galaxy J6 (Rear) At the back, Galaxy J6’s design is a breather from previous Galaxy J series mid-range smartphones.

There’s still a polycarbonate shell, but one that looks and feels much more premium in hand. It’s the right blend of a matte and glossy finish that users need to experience firsthand to get an idea of. There is the single rear camera with a 13-megapixel sensor with an LED flash.

Below that is an oddly-placed narrow fingerprint sensor that gets the work done and was largely accurate in our initial testing. Right of the handset bears the lock/ power key and a speaker grille; on the left, you get the volume control buttons, a slot for SIM 1, and a slot for SIM 2 and a microSD card. This setup is reminiscent of Samsung’s Galaxy A series of smartphones.

On the bottom of the Galaxy J6 is a Micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack; and, on top, there’s nothing of interest. At the core, the Samsung Galaxy J6 gets an in-house Exynos 7870 SoC, which is the company’s default choice for mid-range smartphones in 2018. The phone has options of 3GB and 4GB RAM.

We tested out the unit with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Initial impressions suggest snappy performance, but wait till the full review to see our detailed verdict on the phone’s performance. A great plus point for the Galaxy J6 is that it runs Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.

While not the latest software experience per se, it is still better than a lot of other mid-range offerings that still rock the old Android Nougat builds. There is no official word on an Android P and we definitely wouldn’t be too hopeful about the Galaxy J6 getting that kind of an update anytime in the near future.

Samsung Galaxy J6 runs Android Oreo out-of-the-box

And, as before, the mid-range handset comes with certain proprietary Samsung apps including Samsung Pay Mini, Samsung Mall, and S Bike Mode that offer it a slight edge in terms of functionality. Apart from that, the Galaxy J6 comes with other preloaded Google and Microsoft apps such as Gmail, Chrome, LinkedIn, and Microsoft Office. There is a 3,000mAh battery under the hood.

Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for an extensive review of the Samsung Galaxy J6’s performance, battery, software, camera, and value for money.

Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company One 97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.

How to Keep Your Mobile Browsing Private


There are plenty of ways your browser can compromise your privacy This Is How Your Browser Compromises Your Privacy This Is How Your Browser Compromises Your Privacy Your web browser reveals a ton of information about who you are, where you go, and what you like. Here are the details it leaks whenever you go online. Read More , but there are a few precautions you can take when using popular mobile browsers on the go. While none of these precautions are completely foolproof, they do offer a little more control over how sites track you and what information is saved on your phone.


How to Keep Your Mobile Browsing Private

To adjust your privacy settings in Safari go to Settings > Safari.

Scrolling down to Privacy & Security, you’ll find the following settings you can toggle on and off:

  • Prevent cross-site tracking: This will prevent sites from tracking where you go and what you look at when go to other site.
  • Block all cookies: Cookies What’s A Cookie & What Does It Have To Do With My Privacy? [MakeUseOf Explains] What’s A Cookie & What Does It Have To Do With My Privacy? [MakeUseOf Explains] Most people know that there are cookies scattered all over the Internet, ready and willing to be eaten up by whoever can find them first. Wait, what? That can’t be right.

    Yes, there are cookies… Read More are created when you visit a site and can be helpful when loading sites you frequently visit. If you prefer, Safari allows you to block cookies completely.

  • Ask websites not to track me: This lets sites know you don’t want to be tracked across the internet. In reality however, sites are free to decide if they want to respect your do not track request Does “Do Not Track” Protect Your Privacy? Does “Do Not Track” Protect Your Privacy? Does enabling “Do Not Track” in your browser really protect your privacy?

    Do websites respect your wishes, or does it simply provide a false sense of security? Let’s find out… Read More .

  • Fraudulent website warning: With this feature enabled, Safari will let you know if the site you’re visiting is known for phishing scams.
  • Camera & microphone access: Keep this setting turned off if you don’t want to automatically grant any web apps access to your camera and mic.
  • Check for Apple Pay: Keep this setting turned off if you don’t want to use Touch ID or Face ID for browser purchases when using Safari.

If you don’t want Safari to save your history on your phone, you’ll need to browse in private mode. You can do this by opening Safari, tapping the tabs button in the bottom right corner, and tapping Private.

To wipe your browsing history, go to Settings > Safari and tap Clear history and website data.


To adjust your privacy settings in Chrome, open the app and go to Settings > Privacy. You’ll want to adjust the following settings:

  • Safe browsing: With this feature enabled, Chrome will let you know if the site you’re visiting is known for phishing scams.
  • Do not track: This lets sites know you don’t want to be tracked across the internet. In reality however, sites are free to decide if they want to respect your do not track request.

To browse in private mode, you’ll need to open Chrome, tap the menu button (three dots) and tap New incognito tab.

If you want to clear your search history, go to Settings > Privacy > Clear browsing data. You can delete your browsing history; cookies, and site data; and cached images and files.


To adjust your privacy settings in Firefox, open the app, and go to the Menu (three dots) and tap Settings > Privacy. You can adjust the following settings:

  • Do not track: This lets sites know you don’t want to be tracked across the internet.

    In reality however, sites are free to decide if they want to respect your do not track request.

  • Tracking protection: By default, this is enabled in private browsing only, but you can enable it for regular browsing as well. Firefox explains, “When you visit a web page with trackers, a shield icon tracking protection icon will appear in the address bar to let you know that Firefox is actively blocking trackers on that page.”
  • Clear private data on exit: Firefox will automatically clear your data when you quit the app. You can selectively choose from a long list of data including open tabs, browsing history, search history, downloads, saved logins and more.
  • Remember logins: If you don’t want Firefox to save your login info, you can turn this feature off.


If you want a much simpler approach to a private mobile browsing experience, among the many apps DuckDuckGo offers How DuckDuckGo’s New Privacy Apps Keep You Safe Online How DuckDuckGo’s New Privacy Apps Keep You Safe Online Privacy-based search engine DuckDuckGo has released new mobile apps and browser extensions.

Here’s how they can keep you secure online. Read More is a free mobile browser for iOS and Android users. DuckDuckGo automatically does the following: If you still haven’t decided which browser to use on the go, take a look at this guide to choosing the best mobile browser for you 5 Simple Ways to Choose the Best Mobile Browser for You 5 Simple Ways to Choose the Best Mobile Browser for You Choosing a browser for your mobile device, whether Android or iOS — which one do you choose?

If your head spins from the variety of mobile browser options, then ask yourself these five questions. Read More .


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