The Samsung Galaxy A80 is an attractive and fun Smartphone. It has a pop-up triple camera system and three lenses which also rotate to work as selfie snappers. When it comes to introducing the latest smarty to your friends, the A80 will undoubtedly get some positive feedback. It also packs a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display, octa-core chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 3,700mAh battery and an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The Samsung Galaxy A80 launch date is May 29, at least in some regions of the world. It will not arrive everywhere at the same time, but Samsung is yet to disclose which areas will be first to get their hands on the Samsung A80. The smartphone has a premium glass design, with a metal frame running around its circumference which feels good to hold in hand.
Samsung A80 is big and thick at 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3mm, making it a bit uneasy about using one-handed, and the mechanics behind the pop-up camera means it’s also a little top heavy. This phone is undoubtedly the smartphone users want to use with both hands. The power switch is on the right of the phone, while the volume is on the left. Both the buttons are easy enough to hit – as long as your hand is big enough to wrap around the A80. The phone will be available in black, gold and white when it goes on sale in the market. There’s no earphone jack here, with the base of the Galaxy A80 featuring the SIM tray, USB-C port and single, down-firing speaker.
This most significant design point here though is the pop-up camera, which sees a section the same width as the phone rise when you switch to selfie mode in the camera app. The glossy surge and the subsequent spin of the triple camera block is an attractive feature. It’s likely that this feature will wear off after sometimes. There is a little bit of a disadvantage with this feature. How durable the moving bodywork is if users were to drop the A80. Moreover, with the added difficulty of the spinning camera, there are even more things to break potentially.
The moving section also states it would be challenging to fit a case which adequately protected all of the phones, so users may be required to handle the phone with care. Samsung has squeezed the holding area to as narrow as possible the 6.7-inch display, which makes for a beautiful finishing. With a Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2400) and Super AMOLED panel, the display of the Galaxy A80 is bright, clear and colourful. Finally, there is an in-display fingerprint scanner, a feature which has generally been kept separately for flagship devices.
The whole factor of the rotating cameras on the Samsung Galaxy A80 is so users can utilize the same high definition cameras on the front of the phone. Most smartphones usually tend to provide users with excellent rear cameras and inferior front snappers.
With Samsung releasing the Galaxy A80 and the rest of its A series for the young generation who like to design, share and receive live video content, for them this phone is a must buy.
The primary 48MP (f/2.0) sensor is the default camera available to users when they turn on the camera app, but it’s easy to switch between 48MP and the 8MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide (123 degrees) camera which allows you to fit more into your shot. Quality isn’t as high as the primary camera, but it is a feature-packed camera.
The third camera features a 3D depth sensor which is giving fantastic background blur for the Live Focus mode which will de-focuses the background of the snaps while keeping the foreground in focus.
It also gives users Live Focus Video, for real-time background blurring when they’re shooting a video for a more prominent visual experience. This mode is available only when using the setup as rear cameras – not selfie – and the same can be told for the super slow motion mode as well.
The Samsung Galaxy A80 includes a reasonably sized 3,700mAh battery and support for 25W fast charging with octa-core chipset, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, giving plenty of power and space for all apps, games, photos and videos. There is no expandable storage option available here though.
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. It’s a light Android skin which doesn’t require too much of a learning curve to get used to (if you’re moving from another Android device that is).
It’s the rotating, pop-up cameras which will attract the users to the Samsung Galaxy A80. Samsung has packed in plenty of features to make the A80 a compelling device with attractive and super cool features.
Ultimately the success of the phone comes down to price, and for now, it is unpredictable how much the Galaxy A80 will be priced. With a large display and motorized camera, the price may be quite high – too high, and it’ll clash with the S10 line.