Samsung Galaxy A60 Review | Punch Hole on Budget Phone?

Sabin Tamang 4 Oct, 2019

Samsung Galaxy A60 is quite similar to the Galaxy M40. The phone is available with a punch-hole display and the first M- series smartphone to feature Snapdragon SoC. But apart from that, what else does this phone pack? Let’s find out in our Samsung Galaxy A60 Review.

Samsung Galaxy A60 Review

Like other phones in A-series, Samsung Galaxy A60 comes in a white box with some paper works, SIM ejecting tools, 15-watt fast charger with USB type C.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy A60 doesn't surprise with the particularly premium build but it's exactly what you'd expect from a mid-range device. The phone has a great built quality and feels great on the hand as well. Talking about the design of this phone, this is one of the mid-range phones to have a punch-hole design. To be fair, the phone has a pretty small hole for the front camera - considerably smaller than the one on the Honor 20-series.

On the back of the phone, we have a triple camera set up with a fingerprint sensor on the back. The phone has a pretty nice gradient called Seawater Blue. The device also comes in Cocktail Orange, Daybreak Black, and Peach Mist. The fingerprint sensor is also quite fast and reliable.

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Talking about the screen of the phone, it features a 6.3" PLS TFT LCD full HD+ screen with 2340 x 1080 resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 409ppi. There is no physical earpiece at the top of this phone. While having voice calls, the sound is projected through the screen with a technology called ‘sound cast technology’. The display is quite bright and has some good colors as you expect from an AMOLED screen. But I think the use of an AMOLED panel would be even better.  

Performance

Samsung Galaxy A60 is powered by a Snapdragon 675 based on an 11nm chipset. This chipset is equipped with an octa-core chip with 2x Kryo 460 Gold cores clocked at 2.0GHz and 6x Kryo 480 Silver cores running at 1.7GHz. The GPU is Adreno 612. The phone comes with 6GB of RAM no matter the storage configuration, which is either 64 or 128GB.

Talking about the GeekBench score, Samsung Galaxy A60 scores 6582 on multi-core beating phones like Realme 5 Pro, Realme X, and Xiaomi MI A3 and falling behind Redmi K20 and Galaxy A70. In terms of single-core, it scored 2388.

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On the graphics side, you get Adreno 612 GPU and playing even high-end games has never been unpleasing. I played PubG in high settings in HD and it ran very smooth. Just sometimes there were slight frame drops, but it ran fairly smooth.

As usual, Samsung Galaxy A60 comes with Samsung's own One UI based on the Android 9.0 pie. And personally I am a huge fan one One UI and I love everything about one UI. I don’t know what you guys think about ONE UI. Let us know through the comment section about your opinion on one UI.

Camera

Just like the Galaxy A70, the A60 features pretty much the same camera setup on its back that consists of a 32MP main snapper with a wide f/1.7 aperture. Samsung Galaxy A60 comes with a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 32 MP f/1.7 primary camera, an 8 MP ultrawide angle lens and a 5 MP depth sensor.

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The normal 12 MP sensor can capture some great images with good dynamic range and colors. The images had natural and vibrant colors. For me, the primary lens can shoot some great images in good lighting conditions. Switching to 32MP mode will result in slightly better detail but the sharpening halos are still there.

As for the ultra-wide-angle lens, camera performance is underwhelming. The images are average but we can’t expect too much from an ultra-wide-angle lens also.

Talking about the camera performance in low light, the images have a very low amount of detail and has quite a bit noise and images also look quite soft.

The phone can record videos in 2160p@30fps and 1080p videos at up to 60fps with the main camera. You can also use the ultra-wide-angle camera, which is capped at 1080p@30fps. The 4K video looks quite nice with good contrast and natural colors. The video has quite good detail as well.

Some Camera Samples:

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Battery

The Samsung Galaxy A60 comes with a reasonably-sized 3,500 mAh battery onboard, which according to our tests appears to be pretty much on par with the competition in terms of endurance.

The battery lasted me for an entire day, making me put it on charge at the end of the day, always. There are battery optimization features available if you wish to increase the battery life but without using it, one day of use is the limit here.

On top of that, you get a 15-watt fast charger in the box. For me, this charger was able to charge my phone in around 1 and half hours from 0 to 100%.

Final Thoughts

For me, Samsung Galaxy A60 is one of the good phones in the mid-range segment which as a great display with good battery backup. But still there are some other great phones which can give a tough competition to Galaxy A60 like OPPO F11 Pro and Vivo V15 Pro along with Redmi Note 7 Pro, PocoPhone F1 or the newly launched MI A3 or Realme XT.

Pros

  • The display can get really bright in Max Auto
  • Battery life is dependable
  • The punch-hole is rather small and unobtrusive

Cons

  • No 3.5mm audio jack
  • Underwhelming camera experience
  • LCD panel with light bleed here and there
  • The fingerprint scanner and face unlock are somewhat slow

Samsung Galaxy A60 specs

  • Body: 155.3x73.9x7.9mm, 168g; plastic frame, Gorilla Glass 3 front.
  • Display: 6.3" PLS TFT LCD, 2340 x 1080 resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi.
  • Rear camera: Primary: 32MP, f/1.7 aperture, 1/2.8" sensor size, 0.8µm pixel size, PDAF. Ultra wide: 8MP, f/2.2, 1.12µm. Depth sensor: 5MP, f/2.2. 2160p@30fps video recording.
  • Front camera: 16MP, f/2.0 aperture. 1080p/30fps video recording.
  • OS: Android 9 Pie; One UI.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675: octa-core CPU (2x2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver), Adreno 612 GPU.
  • Memory: 6GB of RAM; 128GB storage; shared microSD slot.
  • Battery: 3,500mAh Li-Po (sealed); 15W Samsung Adaptive fast charging.
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; LTE-A, 4-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.16/13 (1Gbps/150Mbps); USB-C; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; dual-band GPS; Bluetooth 5.0; no 3.5mm jack.
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; single down-firing speaker; NFC.
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