Samsung has announced the Galaxy A80, a new midrange phone with a camera that not only has a triple pop up camera system but those triple lenses also rotate automatically to serve both as a selfie camera and a rear mounted camera. No doubt, this latest phone can be flaunted to your friends and will surely get great feedback.
The A80’s automated pop-up mechanism contains a triple-camera array consisting of a main 48-megapixel f/2.0 camera, flanked by an ultrawide 8-megapixel f/2.2 camera, and a third ToF (time-of-flight) sensor. The sliding camera mechanism means there’s no sight of a notch or a hole-punch in the phone’s 6.7-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2400) Super AMOLED display.
However, Samsung’s newest top-of-the-range of its mid-range collection, there’s a lot more to the Galaxy A80 than its three ways camera.
Additionally, it possesses a 6.7-inch Full HD display, octacore chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 3,700 mAh battery and an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Release Date And Cost
The Samsung Galaxy A80 launch is expected to be on May 29 at least in some areas. It will not be launched everywhere at the same date and Samsung is yet to disclose which areas will be the lucky ones to get their hands on A 80.
More on, the price of the phone is still not revealed though it will certainly be cheaper than both the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. However, nothing can be said whether will it be cheaper than the Galaxy
Design and Display
The Samsung Galaxy A80 has an exceptional glass layout, with a frame encircling its circumference.
Nonetheless it is a huge and thick phone (165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3mm) that can not be used single handedly and the pop camera makes the top heavy- surely a phone that has to be grasped by both the hands
The power switch is on the right of the phone, while the volume is on the left and both are easy enough to hit – as long as your hand is big enough to encase round the A80. It’ll be available in black, gold and white when it goes on sale.
There’s no headphone jack here, with the base of the Galaxy A80 featuring the SIM tray, USB-C port and single, down-firing speaker.
The key feature here is the pop-up camera, which sees an area the same width as the phone rise up when you switch to selfie mode in the camera app.
The swift elevation followed with the rotation of the triple camera block is an impressive uniqueness that we enjoyed when we raised and lowered the camera repeatedly during our hands on time with the Galaxy A80.
It’s likely the novelty of this feature will wear off after a while, but we reckon it’ll still raise a smile each time the cameras pop up and flip round to face you.
On the other hand, there is an uneasiness about the durability of this phone.What if the phone is dropped and with the added complexity of the spinning camera, there’s even more things to potentially break.
The revolving section also suggests that it will be a challenge to enclose it in a case which properly shield the phone, so you may need to handle with care if you do opt for a Samsung Galaxy A80.
What the pop-up camera does offers, however, is an all-screen display which isn’t uninterrupted by a notch or punch-hole camera for a captivating overall appearance.
Samsung has compressed the bezels to as narrow as possible all the way round the 6.7-inch display, which makes for a eye catching finish – although it’s not bezel-less.
With a Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2400) and Super AMOLED panel the display on the Galaxy A80 is bright, clear and vivid which should bode well for gamers and Netflix bingers alike – although we’ll put it to the test in our review.
At last, there’s an in-display fingerprint scanner too, a feature which has commonly been reserved for flagship devices, so it’s good to see the technology filter down to the next price tier.
We were unable to evaluate out its accuracy and speed throughout our hands on time, so keep a watch out for our Samsung Galaxy A80 review where we’ll put it through its paces.
The swiveling cameras on the Samsung Galaxy A80 gives you the benefit of excellent cameras on the front and back. Most smartphones tend to give you excellent rear cameras and inferior front snappers.
With Samsung aiming the Galaxy A80 and the rest of its A series at youth who like to create, share and send live video content, the need is to give it a camera that gives the best result irrespective of the phone used.
The main 48MP (f/2.0) sensor is the default camera available to you when you open the camera app, but it’s easy to switch between it and the 8MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide (123 degree) camera which allows you to fit more into your shot.
The quality is mediocre when compared with the main camera but the option to readily open up field of view is a bonus feature. Samsung isn’t the first to do this – Oppo’s 2014 N1 smartphone had a rotating 13-megapixel camera, although both orientations produced similarly underwhelming photo. Pop-up cameras have also appeared on a number of notchless devices over the past year, including the Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X.
The third camera is a 3D depth sensor, providing excellent background blur for the Live Focus mode which de-focuses the background of your shots while maintaining the foreground in focus. It’s Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Portrait mode on iPhone.
From our brief hands on time Live Focus seemed to work well, allowing us to adjust the level of blur and showing us live results before clicking.
It also gives you Live Focus Video, for real time background blurring when you’re shooting video for a more appealing visual experience. This mode is only available when using the setup as rear cameras – not selfie – and the same can be said for the super slow motion mode as well.
Battery and specs
The Samsung Galaxy A80 comes with a reasonably sized 3,700mAh battery and support for 25W fast charging.
Under the hood you’ll find an octa-core chipset, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, giving you plenty of power and space for all your apps, games, photos and videos. There isn’t any expandable storage option here though, so if you’re someone who downloads big apps and videos, be alert with the storage.
The Galaxy A80 runs Android 9 with Samsung’s One UI over the top, giving you a very similar look and feel to the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. However, you’ll have to wait for our verdict on its performance.
The swivelling camera phone, Samsung A80 primary with numerous feature that makes it a head turner.
On a final note, the success of the phone is linked with its price and we don’t know how much it costs.The large display and rotating camera suggests that the price may be high enough to clash with the S10 clan.