The new Galaxy A80 is built for the era of live, Samsung says about its newly announced Galaxy A-series phone. The Galaxy A80 packs many industry-firsts for a Samsung phone – especially a mid-range Samsung phone. This includes an all ‘New Infinity’ display with no notch or cutout, rotating cameras and more. Announced at a standalone keynote event in Bangkok on Wednesday alongside the global reveal of the Galaxy A70, the Galaxy A80 will be launched worldwide including in India on May 29.
The design scheme is familiar if you've crossed paths with recent Galaxy A phones primarily the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A70 - the Galaxy A80 seems to be a gradual step up in the series. The Galaxy A80 has a 3D glass back with metal frame and will be available in a slew of gradient finishes including Phantom Black, Angel Gold, and Ghost White. But that’s not really what the Galaxy A80 is about.
The Galaxy A80 is the first Samsung phone to come with its ‘New Infinity’ display which is a simple way of saying it has no notch or cutout to obstruct your view – it is an all-screen smartphone.
The Galaxy A80 does not have a selfie camera in the literal sense – rather, the rear cameras double as front cameras. The Galaxy A80 has a triple rear camera module on the back (48MP+8MP+ToF) that is part of a mechanical lifting mechanism – and when it does lift, the whole module rotates on its axis to function as front camera(s). Samsung is touting interesting possibilities, beyond stating the obvious that rear cameras generally have better quality than front cameras.
The 48MP main camera has a 2.0 aperture (sensor is unspecified), the 8MP ultra-wide camera has a 123-degree field-of-view, while the ToF or 3D camera is the same as the one found in the Galaxy S10 5G – for 3D depth mapping purposes (the Galaxy A80 can also shoot live focus videos).
Like the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A70, the Galaxy A80 also ditches a conventional fingerprint scanner in favor of an in-display reader.
The Galaxy A70 further comes with a 6.7-inch 1080p+ Super AMOLED display. The phone is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core processor (unspecified) with 8GB RAM 128GB storage which is not expandable. The dual SIM phone runs Android 9 Pie-based One UI - same software that's inside Samsung's flagship Galaxy S10 phones. The Galaxy A80 further packs a 3,700mAh battery with 25W fast charging through USB Type-C.
“Consumers are at the center of everything we do and they search for devices personalized to their specific lifestyle. Armed with our expertise, global capabilities and rich consumer insights, Samsung is uniquely positioned to provide innovations for everyone,” DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics said in a statement. “The Galaxy A Series provides a range of models so everyone can choose a device that fits their unique needs and enables them to pursue their passions. The Galaxy A80 offers premium features for digital natives who want to fully engage in the Era of Live.”