The death of the Galaxy J series was only the latest sign that something was changing in Samsung’s mid-range catalog. To simplify its range of mobiles, the firm decided to focus its efforts on the Galaxy A family, which now ranges from the lowest range of the firm to the most affordable premium models. And among all of them, the new Samsung Galaxy A80 is in charge of leading an increasingly diverse repertoire of mobiles.
Directly from Milan, the company has presented us with the model that aspires to be Samsung’s benchmark in the most premium mid-range, with an innovative reversible camera system and specifications that make it one of the most powerful and complete terminals in its segment.
Samsung Galaxy A80, all the information
|Dimensions||165,2 x 76,5 x 9,3 mm.|
|Screen||6.7-inch Super AMOLED New Infinity Display|
|Resolution||Full HD+(2.400 x 1.080 píxeles)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 Octa Core: 2x 2×2 GHz + 6x 1,7 GHz|
|Operating system||Android 9 Pie under One UI|
|Storage||128 GB not expandable|
|Cameras||Triple: 48 megapixel f / 2.0 main + 8 MP f / 2.2 Ultra Wide Angle (123º) + 3D Depth Sensor. Rotating camera.|
|Battery||3,700 mAh with 25 W ultra fast charge|
|Others||On-screen fingerprint reader, NFC, 3.5 mm audio jack.|
|Colors||Gold, black, silver|
A big screen that doesn’t need a notch
With its large 6.7-inch diagonal “New Infinity Display” Super AMOLED panel, the Galaxy A80 is the largest model in the new A-series, currently consisting of no less than six different models. This is also noticeable in the dimensions of the terminal, which amount to 165 millimeters in height and 76 and a half millimeters in width, with just over 9 millimeters thick.
“The Galaxy A80 is the largest model in the new A-series, beating the Galaxy A70.
Thanks to the fact that the main photographic system is also used as a camera for selfies, Samsung has not needed to cut out the large screen of the phone with a notch, hole in the screen, or any other similar alternative.
The phone’s body arrives made of aluminum and glass and can be found in stores in three different colors: black, silver with blue details, and gold with pink elements. Despite its size, Samsung ensures that the terminal stands out for its ergonomics thanks to the rounded sides of its chassis.
Its curious design, starring the triple rotating camera, lacks details such as the rear fingerprint reader that other members of the A series do have. Instead, Samsung opts for an optical fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen.
Samsung’s first reversible camera stands out for its resolution.
The triple rotating camera of the Galaxy A80 is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown. It is a system led by a 48-megapixel resolution sensor that bases its operation on Pixel Binning technology, with an f / 2.0 aperture and the objective of improving night photography. Next to it is an Ultra Wide Angle sensor like the one we saw and tested in the Galaxy S10 +, in this case with a resolution of 8 megapixels and f / 2.2, capable of capturing a viewing angle of 123 degrees.
The third camera is a 3D sensor designed to capture depth information to generate a natural blur effect in those images captured with portrait mode.
Samsung accompanies this triple camera with intelligent functions such as the Scene Optimizer capable of identifying up to 30 different situations or the Error Detection option that we already saw in models of the Galaxy S and Note series. In terms of video, a “Super Steady” mode is included that promises to capture perfectly stabilized content. For the first time, it offers the possibility of applying the Live Focus effect while recording video.
“All three sensors automatically emerge from the rear when you open the camera app.
Regarding the mechanism used to make the main camera also act as a camera for self-portraits, Samsung indicates that the three sensors emerge automatically from the back when opening the camera application. In the case of selecting the selfie mode, the mechanism rotates to direct the sensors to the front of the phone.
Power to spare for the most ambitious Galaxy A
Under the hood of this Galaxy, A80 is the new eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, two of them capable of running at a frequency of 2.2 GHz and therefore intended to carry out those tasks that require a high load. The other six, mainly aimed at maintaining optimal energy efficiency, with a maximum clock frequency reduced to 1.7 GHz.
Accompanying the chip is an 8 GB capacity LPDDR4 RAM module, along with 128 GB of internal storage, which unfortunately cannot be expanded using microSD cards. Keeping the lights on is responsible for a 3,700 mAh battery capacity, slightly less than the 4,000 mAh of the Galaxy A30 and A50 announced at the beginning of the year. However, Samsung introduces on this occasion an ultra-fast charging system of 25W of power. Wireless charging, yes, is still exclusive to the most cutting-edge models of the company.
“The battery of the Galaxy A80 has a capacity of 3,700 mAh, somewhat lower than that of the Galaxy A30 and A50.
Android is in charge of the software in its version 9.0 Pie, yes, under the personalization layer that the firm introduced together with this update. One UI brings new features to the Galaxy A80, such as the dark theme, a revamped interface that improves the use of the device with one hand, and many other changes that we examined more thoroughly at the time.
As novelties of this Samsung Galaxy A80 that have not yet landed in the rest of the models of this family, the intelligent performance improvements through AI stand out, which adjusts resources such as the battery, the CPU, or the amount of RAM available depending on the use by the user.
The possibility of invoking the virtual assistant Bixby through the device’s power button is also introduced, a solution that disguises the lack of a specific button for the assistant. There is also the Samsung Knox security platform or the possibility of configuring routines through Bixby.
Official price and availability of the Samsung Galaxy A80
The Samsung Galaxy A80 will go on sale on May 29. Its price in Europe will be 649 euros.
Sharlene Meriel is an avid gamer with a knack for technology. He has been writing about the latest technologies for the past 5 years. His contribution in technology journalism has been noteworthy. He is also a day trader with interest in the Forex market.