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    Samsung Galaxy A60/M40 review

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    Samsung's A-series accounts for about half of the company's new phone announcements this year - at some 13 models and counting, it's not easy picking just the right one. We had reviewed the A30 through A80 with one notable omission and the Galaxy A60 arrived to fill in that gap.

    To further complicate things, the A60 is remarkably similar to the M40 - identical, one would say, save for some minor differences in LTE bands and the M40's lesser 4GB/64GB base option (the A60 is only available in 6GB/128GB trim, which you can get on the M40 for a small premium). Then there's the fact that the A60 has been launched in China and Hong Kong first, with a global version also supposedly available, but we're yet to spot one listed anywhere. We're reviewing an SM-6060 model number, a Chinese version, but our findings here can safely be extended to the global one (SM-606F) and to the M40 too.Samsung Galaxy A60 specsSpecial thanks to GearBest for providing the review unit.

    To further complicate things, the A60 is remarkably similar to the M40 - identical, one would say, save for some minor differences in LTE bands and the M40's lesser 4GB/64GB base option (the A60 is only available in 6GB/128GB trim, which you can get on the M40 for a small premium). Then there's the fact that the A60 has been launched in China and Hong Kong first, with a global version also supposedly available, but we're yet to spot one listed anywhere. We're reviewing an SM-6060 model number, a Chinese version, but our findings here can safely be extended to the global one (SM-606F) and to the M40 too.With the A60-M40 relationship mostly cleared up, it's no wonder that the A60 isn't necessarily superior to the A50, even though the model names could lead you to believe that. Body: 155.3x73.9x7.9mm, 168g; plastic frame, Gorilla Glass 3 front. Display: 6.3" PLS TFT�LCD, 2,340x1,080px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi. Rear camera: Primary: 32MP, f/1.7 aperture, 1/2.8" sensor size, 0.8�m pixel size, PDAF. Ultra wide: 8MP, f/2.2, 1.12�m. 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.A headset with a USB-C connector was also part of the bundle to hopefully make you feel better about the lack of a 3.5mm jack. A clear silicone case completes the list of important items.

    Special thanks to GearBest for providing the review unit.

     


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