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With its pop-up rotating rear camera section, you’re not getting a normal ‘affordable’ handset in the Galaxy A80. It presents a curious blend of features that straddles the line between affordable and premium- it’s a quirky, novel device that’s sure to grab attention at parties.
Design and Build
The Galaxy A8- definitely fees like a high-end device, with its Gorilla Glass display and back, and metal frame makes it just as premium to hold as the most expensive iPhone or Galaxy S10. Around the sides of the handset, you’ll find a power button on the right, and the volume rocker on the left. The 6.7-inch screen boasts an 85.8% screen-to-body ratio allowing an immersive all-display experience.
Though a mid-range phone, you do get an always-on display (don’t worry, you can turn it off) and an in-display fingerprint scanner- a feature found in the premium flagship Galaxy S10. There’s a USB-C port on the rear of the device, along with the single down-firing speaker. There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, which is no surprise given the trend of companies insisting you buy wireless headphones.
If there’s something you can rely on Samsung phones for, it’s their high-quality screens, and as such the Samsung Galaxy A80’s display is great to look at. Using Super AMOLED screen tech, which results in a high contrast ratio and bright colours, the Galaxy A80 promises a great viewing experience. There is a range of features in the settings menu that let you adapt the screen quality to your particular preferences too, like adding a blue light filter or dark mode or tweaking the RGB colours of the screen.
On top of that (literally), the lack of a notch makes this Samsung’s best display to date, as there are no complications getting in the way of your viewing experience, and no notch or bezel taking up your valuable screen real estate.
The A80 offers a 3,700mAh battery and the handset delivers sufficient juice to carry you through the day. The heavy battery drain makes sense, as the motorized pop-up and big, bright AMOLED screen likely both draw quite a bit of power. Powering up the device is fantastic thanks to Samsung’s 25W fast-charge. It’ll only take about 40 minutes to charge from 0% to 50% and that’s fairly snappy, so the phone would be great for people who don’t get much time to plug in each day.
The Samsung Galaxy A80’s main camera is 48MP f/2.0, and it’s joined by an 8MP f/2.2 snapper with an ultra-wide lens and a 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) f/1.2 camera that’s used to sense depth, for better portraits. Sure, it may seem gimmicky at first glance, and in practice may even take a second longer to switch to selfie mode, but really it’s quite clever. Not only does it maximize the screen space but it lets you access the full 48MP main camera for selfies and the 8MP wide-angle if you want to capture a group selfie or a broader background.
Plus, show your palm in selfie mode and the A80 will set off a time- another feature that makes user-experience just a little more seamless. What’s especially useful about having access to the 48MP camera in selfie-mode is a better quality video. It’s a great feature for live-streamers and social media natives who record themselves ofter, even more so because you can record in 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) at 30fps, it’s an excellent feature for video calls as well.
The Samsung Galaxy A80 comes with Android 9, the most recent Android operating system, with Samsung’s One UI laid over the top. On top of that, Samsung’s emphasis on customization, in terms of widgets, icon size, and navigation options, feels like a return to what originally made Android a lot more appealing than iOS, and it makes the device feel truly yours.
Audio and Connectivity
You won’t find a headphone jack on the A80. As a phone distinctly intended for millennials, this makes sense as most will use Bluetooth-enabled headphones. Still, it’s a shame if you have a pair of much-loved wired cans. If you’re listening without headphones, you do get a single speaker- but don’t expect a very rich sound. The A80 supports Wi-Fi Direct and hot spotting.
Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the A80 comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage which is pretty impressive. The A80 also offers a mid-range Snapdragon 730 chip, which falls behind the premium 800-series in performance but at a lower price. This places the A80 in the company of other robust mid-range phones like the Xiaomi Mi 9T, Oppo A9 2020 and Oppo Reno 2.
What is the Samsung Galaxy A80 price in Hong Kong?
As of June 2020, the Samsung Galaxy A80 is priced at HK$3,249. You can get yours from trusted merchants like Expansys Hong Kong.
Is the Samsung A80 waterproof?
The Samsung A80 is not officially water-resistant and does not come with an IP rating due to the camera mechanism. It is draped in Corning Gorilla Glass which provides an extra layer of safety, offering very mild resistance to water.