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Hands-on with the all-display Samsung Galaxy A80

No need to hide the notch anymore!

Correction: The Samsung Galaxy A80 uses the new Snapdragon 730 chipset instead of Exynos. Article has been updated to reflect the changes.

Samsung ‘might’ (since we’re not also sure if they still have more in store) have completed their A-series lineup for 2019 by launching the all-display Galaxy A80 at an event in Bangkok, Thailand, which was attended by the members of the media and some lucky fans of K-Pop group BLACKPINK, who also performed at the venue.

And of course, at Revealed, we aren’t missing things out! Here’s our quick hands-on at the A80, and what are our thoughts at this very promising smartphone from the Samsung’s A-series lineup.


Their secret on having a true all-display

The A80 up-close (Photo: Revealed/AMG)

The Galaxy A80 achieved its all-display status by finally eliminating the notch. While the concept is not new (Vivo and OPPO are in, too), Samsung might have given it a better take than these two in terms of implementation. There are also plenty of other models which aren’t that popular that also did the same – a quick Google search about it would give you names.

Similar to Vivo NEX‘s mechanism, the Galaxy A80’s rotating camera does the magic automatically when you require the use of your front camera (the slider raises up and rotates the camera sensors to the front), and slides down when it realizes you don’t need them.

This implementation eliminates the need to rotate the camera module manually or to have a separate front and rear camera, having the power of its 48MP main sensor and the other two at the front, too.

For the display, the Galaxy A80 sports a 6.7-inch, Full HD+ (1080 x 2400) Super AMOLED display, and underneath it is the on-screen fingerprint sensor.


Inside the A80

While there aren’t many details spilled at the launch event, what we know is that the Galaxy A80 will come with the new octa-core Snapdragon 730, as well as 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which is sadly, non-expandable since there’s no support for microSD cards.

To add to the tea, the A80 also comes with a smaller 3,700mAh battery pack than its A50 and A70 cousins, which were 4,000mAh and 4,500mAh, respectively. Maybe we can attribute the smaller battery to the design changes the motorized slider require, but the positive side is that it also comes with Samsung’s 25W Super-fast charging.

It also bids goodbye to the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is unfortunately an unexpected move considering that the other A-series and even S-series variants that are announced this year STILL comes with it.

The Galaxy A80 comes with One UI which is based on Android 9.0 Pie. It is praised due to its massive improvements and design changes that brings better user experience on Samsung smartphones.

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Design and other features

The A70 (left) and A80 (upper right)

Without any notches, we can now appreciate the beloved Super AMOLED display at its full glory once again. The phone in itself looks stylish and sturdy, since it sports a combination of 3D Glass and metal frame in its body.

However, what we’re worried about is the rotating camera modules. As seen on the video above, we tried to put a bit of force into the camera module to see if it does break out of the automatic system and if we could be able to forcefully put it on the back when the slider is raised – and although we failed to do so, you can see that the camera module didn’t stay put on the center once again – it needs to go down and up once again to do so.

I’m sure that this design, if not only for the worries about the motorized slider going broke after a certain period of time, will be loved by many due to its sleekness and premium profile.


The triple cameras

Triple cameras on the Galaxy A80 (Photo: Revealed/AMG)

Although we failed to obtain our camera samples during the event (*reasons*), what makes the cameras interesting is that it produces sharp and crisp shots with great details (credits to the main 48MP f/2.0 sensor). Of course, the same could be said to its 8MP f/2.2 (123°) ultra-wide cousin and what’s also interesting is that it also sports a 3D depth sensor for the feature that you can find on higher-end Samsung cousins – better depth of field effect and the ability to measure something in detail using your smartphone camera.


Compromises and possible deal-breakers

Galaxy A70 (left) and Galaxy A80 (right). Notice the absence of the headphone jack on the A80, which was replaced by the SIM card slot.

In just a short amount of time, we adored the Galaxy A80 due to its new and exciting features. However, our worries and compromises also came out shortly as we continue to use the phone. First is the smaller battery pack than its A50 and A70 cousins, then the motorized slider that raises and rotates the cameras which could go awry after a certain period of time. Third would be the removal of the headphone jack in order to save space (I guess?), and finally would be the loss of the microSD card slot. I get it, 128GB of internal storage is hefty already but there’s also a reason in the design section that leads to the removal of the coveted SD card slot.


Conclusion

The Galaxy A80 is a great and promising smartphone, in the era where notches are getting more annoying and smaller at the same time. If the compromises that we’ve mentioned above aren’t deal-breakers for you, this could be a compelling phone for you to get this year – we’ll just have to wait for the price.

In terms of availability, the Galaxy A80 will be available on May 29th, with no price announced at launch.

So what do you think of the Galaxy A80? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section.

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