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Samsung Galaxy A80 Review

Gorgeous Notch-less Display and Fun Pop-up Rotating Camera

Perhaps 2019’s Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus are the company’s most dazzling smartphones but both are hardly accessible to a budget-friendly consumer. And here is where Samsung Galaxy A-Series devices come into action. The most fascinating and exquisite smartphone from A-Series named Samsung Galaxy A80 in the UK is leading the chart thanks to its rotating triple camera.

Rather than a notch or a punch-hole for the front-facing camera, a rear camera slides up and the whole camera turns 180 degrees to work as a selfie snapper. It’s indeed unique and has the potential to glow a camera-flipping revolution.

The key highlights of Samsung Galaxy A80 are related to 6.7-inches Super AMOLED display, Android Pie 9.0 OS, Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 Chipset, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of Onboard Memory. Moreover, fun pop-up rotating 48MP + 8MP + TOF cameras are also a part of this beast. In our Galaxy A80 Review below, we have rounded up everything we know so far including its release date, expected price and much more.

Samsung Galaxy A80 Phone

Samsung Galaxy A80 Specifications

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth, and micro USB are the connectivity options whereas sensors include Fingerprint (on-screen), Compass, Gyro, Proximity, and Accelerometer.  Rest of the Samsung Galaxy A80 Specs include:

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE
PRICEAround 580£
LAUNCH DATEAnnounced2019, April
StatusUpcoming/Expected Availability : July
BODYBuildFront glass (Gorilla Glass 3), back glass (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame
Dimensions165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3 mm (6.50 x 3.01 x 0.37 in)
Weight220 g (7.76 oz)
SimSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DESIGN & DISPLAYResolution1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~393 ppi density)
TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
Size6.7 inches, 108.4 cm2 (~85.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Multi TouchYes
Covered (Protective)Corning Gorilla Glass 3
PLATFORMOperating System (OS)Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
ChipsetQualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 (8 nm)
Central Processing Unit (CPU) Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)Adreno 618
STORAGEInternal Memory128 GB
RAM8 GB
Memory CardNo
CAMERARear ( Triple ) 48MP + 8 MP + TOF 3D camera, f/1.2, 30mm
Rear Camera FeaturesLED flash, panorama, HDR
Rear Camera Video[email protected], [email protected]/60fps (gyro-EIS), [email protected]
Secondary (Selfie) ( Triple )Motorized pop-up rotating main camera module
Secondary Camera FeaturesLED flash, HDR
Secondary Camera Video[email protected], [email protected]/60fps (gyro-EIS)
CONNECTIVITYWireless LANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS ( Global Positioning System )Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
RadioFM radio
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
SOUNDAlert typeVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackNo
MicActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML5
(MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player)
(Photo/video editor)
(Document viewer)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 3700 mAh battery
ColoursPhantom Black, Angel Gold, Ghost White

Premium Glass Design

Taking a start from the design story, it comes with a gorgeous look thanks to the large screen which can display most brightly with Infinity display. There is no notch, no punch-holes, and no protrusion – hence, the whole front of the phone is a full screen – taking enjoyment to the next level when watching movies or playing videos. The thick and big 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3 mm Dimensions of the handset are making it hard to use with a single hand and the mechanics behind the rotating camera means it’s heavy too.

Samsung Galaxy A80

The power button is available on the right-hand side of the phone whereas volume rockers are holding their position on the left. Both, however, are easy enough to hit as long as you have is big enough hand. Very much like Apple iPhone XS Max or other Apple smartphones, Samsung Galaxy A80 doesn’t come with a headphone jack – so the bottom is covered by a USB-C port and single down-firing speaker.

Super AMOLED Infinity Display

The Samsung Galaxy A80 comes loaded with an impressive 6.7-inches Infinity Display which is based on Super AMOLED Technology like other Samsung devices. The maximum resolution of the screen is 1080 x 2400 pixels with an aspect ratio of 20:9 – offers the entire screen real estate without any interference of notch, punch-hole or bezels for unrestricted entertainment while playing games or watching movies. With smooth curves on the corners, the design of the phone is a mixer of metal and glass frame.

Rotating Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy A80 lets you use the same great cameras on the rear and on the front – thanks to its rotating technology. The main 48MP sensor is a default camera of the phone – paired with an 8MP ultra-wide camera that enables you to fit more into the image.

Samsung A80

According to the online sources, captures images by 8MP aren’t as sharp as the main camera. The 3rd camera is a 3D depth sensor that offers users dazzling background blur for the Live Focus Mode. The Live Focus appears to work perfectly – enables a user to adjust the level of blur and show the actual results before he/she hits the shutter.

The camera has Live Focus Video which gives rear time background blur options when shooting a video for a more outstanding visual experience. This feature only comes into play when using a camera set up as rear cameras only. The rest of the camera features include Scene Optimizer (up to 30fps), Steady Video Mode and Flaw Detection.

Snapdragon 730 Chipset, RAM and ROM

Digging down inside the handset, it’s powered by an Octa-core Snapdragon 730 Chipset with 2-cores clocked at 2.2GHz and 6-core clocked at 1.7GHz. The total available amount of RAM is 8GB with non-expandable 128GB of onboard memory.

In order to monitor user’s habits, it’s integrated with IPE (Intelligent Performance Enhancer) technology which optimizes the chipset accordingly.

Some of Samsung’s exclusive software features include Samsung Knox, Bixby Assistant to assist Galaxy A80, Samsung Health and Samsung Pay are also included in the phone.

Software, Battery, and Others

Onto software, it runs on One UI which is based on Android Pie 9.0 operating system and 3700mAh battery powers the handset with 25W Fast Charging support. It has an on-screen fingerprint scanner which is exceptionally fast and geared with Samsung Knox defense-grade system to enhance security. For excellent output on connected devices i.e. headphones and speakers, it includes Dolby Atmos Technology.

Samsung Galaxy A80 Mobile Phone

All sensors of the phone include an on-screen fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass. And connectivity support on Galaxy A80 includes Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB Type-C, Dual 4G VoLTE, and of course, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac.

Pricing and Availability

The official Samsung Galaxy A80 release date in the UK was May 29, 2019. However, it’s not yet available even on Samsung’s official site in the UK. When will it arrive? That is what we are short on words on, for now. We will have it updated as soon as we hear more.

As far as Samsung Galaxy A80 Price in the UK is concerned, it’s expected to set users back approx. £500 or a little more. Again, it’s just our educated guess as UK’s online shopping site named “Clove.co.uk” is selling it at £513 whether you buy Samsung Galaxy A80 in Phantom Black, Ghost White or Angel Gold.

Review overview

Design & Display7.5
Camera8
Features8
Performance8
Connectivity8
Battery8
Value for Money7.5

The Pros

  • Elegant Design
  • Bezel-Less Display
  • Latest 9.0 Pie Android OS
  • Sufficient Onboard Storage
  • Triple Rear Camera
  • Triple Selfie Camera
  • Type-C Fast Charging
  • Motorized pop-up Camera

The Cons

  • No Wireless Charging
  • No Water
  • Dust Proof
  • No Card Slot, Extendable Memory
  • No 3.5 mm jack

Summary

7.9It’s too prompt to leave final remarks about Galaxy A80 as it’s yet to be landed on stores in the UK. However, based on what other sources have claimed, it’s a flagship smartphone which comes with state-of-the-art features and complete bezel-less display without any notch on the top. The interesting part is its rotating pop-up camera. Besides, it has exceptionally great build design and performance-wise, it’s up to snuff whether you work on multiple apps or play games.

Victoria Parkle
the authorVictoria Parkle
Victoria Parkle loves writing about the latest and greatest smartphones as well as all the latest news related to technology. She is enlightening the readers with more than 5 years of experience in writing. And when she doesn't write, she can be found listening to music and watching science fiction movies.

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