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Samsung Galaxy A60 – difficult to tell apart from other A class handsets

Released later than the rest of its A range siblings, the Samsung Galaxy A60 is another smartphone that sits comfortably in the crowded mid-range market. You would naturally expect it to so fit happily between the A50 and A70, but it doesn’t. Oddly enough, it is better than the A70 in some aspects and worse than the A50 in others.

So, starting with the screen. It has a 6.3” LCD TFT screen with a neat punch hole selfie camera in the top left. This gives a screen to body ratio of just shy of 85%. Although the screen is Gorilla Glass 3, the back and sides are plastic. Despite this, the A60 still feels pretty solid and looks good in the hand.

Long battery life

Moving inside the A60 is driven by the Snapdragon 675, a decent mid-range chip, backed up by 6GB RAM and either 64GB or 128GB or storage that is expandable with a MicroSD card. Everything is powered by a 3500 mAh battery with fast charging. While 3,500 does not sound that big these days, because of the LCD screen and lower-powered processor it does go for a decent amount of time between charges – up to 2 days in fact. The fast charging allows for a 40% charge in half an hour.

Four cameras

With respect to cameras there are 4 in total, 3 on the back and one on the front. Let’s have a look at the back first. This a triple array with a main 32MP f/1.7 wide lens backed up by an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide and a 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor. These produce decent pictures outdoors in plenty of light but have a tendency to take soft photos with the reduced light indoors.

On the front, is a 16MP f/2.0 wide selfie camera that will also take 1080p video at 30 fps. Centrally and just below the rear camera array is a fingerprint scanner that provides quick access. You can also use Face Unlock, but this uses the selfie camera and so is not as quick as the fingerprint scanner.

Not bad value for money

The A60 is available in 4 colours, all exotically named: Daybreak black, Seawater blue, Cocktail orange and Peach mist. It can be picked up at the time of writing for under £200, so not bad value for money. However, it is difficult to justify buying it, as there is little that makes it stand out when compared to either the A50 or A70 or other non-Samsung handsets from the likes of Xiaomi and Oppo.



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