Samsung’s newest mid-range smartphone deserves a re-assessment

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Samsung's latest mid-range smartphone deserves a second look


Samsung's new Galaxy A80 has impressive features.

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Samsung’s new Galaxy A80 has spectacular options.

OPINION: Normally, the announcement of a mid-range smartphone may be very uninteresting. However Samsung has bucked that pattern this week with the launch of the Galaxy A80, and with it, the reintroduction of a sliding cellphone. And a rotating digicam.

I say reintroduction as a result of technically this is not the primary time telephones have debuted these options. The Nokia 8110 Matrix cellphone famously slid open. And the Oppo N1, that launched in 2014, featured a single digicam that rotated from a conventional rear-facing digicam to a selfie one.

What’s completely different about Samsung’s new cellphone is that this rotating digicam is superb – earlier rotating cameras managed to look a bit like one thing from a faculty undertaking. And the sliding mechanism is even higher.  It’s because the Galaxy A80’s slide motion has a goal, in contrast to the Nokia 8110 slide that was there purely for (questionable) aesthetics.

Flicking the Galaxy A80 upwards will a) carry the digicam above the cellphone’s 6.7-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2400) Tremendous AMOLED show, and b) mechanically flip the path of the digicam from rear-facing to a selfie digicam.

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The digicam arrange appears to be like spectacular too. That includes a dominant 48-megapixel f/2.zero digicam that’s supported by an ultrawide 8-megapixel f/2.2 digicam, and a 3rd ToF (time-of-flight) sensor.

The Galaxy A80 additionally encompasses a 3700mAh battery that helps quick charging. There’s 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of onboard storage obtainable. And it additionally has an in-display fingerprint sensor.

This innovation should not be ignored.

Nokia's 8110 was the original sliding phone.

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Nokia’s 8110 was the unique sliding cellphone.

As you’ll have seen, new high-end telephones characteristic sensible new shows which can be creeping ever nearer in the direction of the perimeters of the gadget. And the selfie digicam is the final remaining scar on the entrance of recent smartphones.

This distinctive new design from Samsung will certainly make its means on to Samsung’s premium gadgets. And it in all probability will not cease there. Apple, Huawei, Google. All these producers at present make do with unpleasant selfie notches on prime smartphone actual property. Count on to see comparable “improvements” quickly.

The Samsung Galaxy A80 has a 29 Might launch date and can value €649 (NZ$1080). Accessible in three colors: Gold, white, and black.



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