Samsung Galaxy A80 Released: Everything you need to know

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Samsung is probably the online smartphone manufacturing company that did not opt for a notch in its smartphones for a long time. The closest that we got was a punch-hole camera in S10 series. Despite the appearance of mini notches on previous A series smartphone, Samsung is actively trying to find an alternative solution. Galaxy A80 is first of its kind released by Samsung. There is no notch or an earpiece. The entire front of phone is just the display panel. In order to achieve this, a rotating and sliding camera mechanism is implemented. This means that we get same powerful camera setup for both back and front camera selfies.

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Another noteworthy feature is the inclusion of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730 chip. It is the latest model in 7 series and a massive improvement over previous generation. Read more about Snapdragon 730 here. This new chip is capable of high-end AI Computation on-device. Moreover, there is significant improvement in the department of performance and improved battery efficiency.

Galaxy A80 First look

Here are some of the first-look photos of Galaxy A80. We have to admit that this phone looks and feels much more premium compared to other units in A series (A30, A50, A70). Moreover, the sliding / rotating camera on A80 is something everyone is looking forward too. Even though it is not the first time that this kind of setup is implemented, we are interested to see the quality of implementation by Samsung itself. 

Galaxy A80 Rotating Camera Setup in Action

Galaxy A80 rotating camera setup
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At first glance, the rotating mechanism looks pretty smooth and fast. However, note that this camera setup is good only for taking photos. Unfortunately, it is not a good solution to use this setup for face unlock. Since it requires a the camera to popup every time therefore, the unlock speed would be slow and overall process is a bit tedious. Moreover, the motorized camera setup may end up consuming extra battery power if used to unlock phone every time.

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Here are the detailed specs of Galaxy A80 Camera Setup:

  • 48 MP, f/2.0, PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
  • TOF 3D camera
  • LED flash
  • HDR
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps

The first two lenses are pretty much common knowledge these days. The main 48MP shooter comes with normal viewing angle. However, the 8MP ultrawide lense can shoot at 123 degree field of view. Lastly, the Time-of-Flight camera is there for real-time depth sensing. Its main advantage is to allow smooth and jitter free video recording. You will get premium looking bokeh effect in both still photos and live videos.

Galaxy A80 Specs

  Galaxy A80
Display

6.7-inch

FHD+ (1080×2400)

Super AMOLED

Processor

Snapdragon 730

Octa Core (2.2GHz 2 Cores + 1.8GHz 6 Cores)

GPU

Adreno 618

RAM 8GB
Camera Setup
  • 48 MP, f/2.0, PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
  • TOF 3D camera
  • ideo: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps

Same camera setup for both back and front. Motorized rotating camera.

Storage 128GB, no microSD slot
Software

Android 9 Pie

Samsung One UI

Battery

3,700 mAh

Support for Fast Charging  with 25W Charger

Connectivity

4G LTE

Bluetooth 5.0

Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac

USB Type-C

Dual SIM standby

Dimensions 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3 mm
Other features

Dolby Atmos (wired audio)

No Headphone Jack

Samsung Pay

Bixby Voice

Bixby Routines

In-Display fingerprint sensor

Colors

Angel Gold

Ghost White

Phantom Black

Galaxy A80 Colors

At launch, Samsung announced A80 in 3 colors only. Normally, a phone of this caliber launches with more colors. However, we will have to wait and see if more color options come up in future. 

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Galaxy A80 Price

According to Samsung officials, the price of Samsung Galaxy A80 is:

  • 649 Euros
  • 729 US Dollars (Converted)
  • 50,457 Indian Rupee (Converted)

Conclusion

In a nutshell, Galaxy A80 is a modern experiment. The biggest concern for this phone is how the motorized camera will work over a long period of time. There is an obvious issue of dust collection. Therefore, only time will tell how successful or unsuccessful this rotating camera really is.

The main advantage of this camera setup is an edge-to-edge “Infinity Display”. We get a huge 6.7 inch screen in such a compact form factor. Moreover, there is no earpiece. Instead, it uses the screen vibrational technology to produce sound. Some companies have introduced this tech already as well. However, none of those implementations were up to the mark. Once again, we have to wait and see how both the camera and no earpiece solution work out over long periods of time.

The price range for this smartphone is in upper range of mid-tier. Therefore, anyone looking for a powerful smartphone in budget, definitely should consider this beast. The new Snapdragon 730 chipset accompanied with triple camera setup (especially ToF) promise to deliver stunning photos and videos.

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