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Tribune review: Samsung Galaxy A80, full of innovation and modernization

  • Published at 12:07 pm August 11th, 2019
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The Samsung Galaxy A80’s display with minimal bezels, and zero unsightly camera cut-outs and no notch keeps up Samsung’s standards

Samsung recently launched their latest version of the Galaxy A series, offering a premium product with new and unique features like a New Infinity display and a rotating triple camera setup.

After using the phone for about a week, these are my impressions.

Specifications:

•    Android 9.0 pie 

•    6.7" Super AMOLED, 1080x2400px resolution, 393 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3

•    SD 730 chipset: octa-core processor; Adreno 618 GPU

•    8 GB Ram, Up to 128GB expandable internal memory

•    Primary Cameras- 48 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF,

                            -  8 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.12µm

                            - Time-of-flight 3D Depth camera, f/1.2, 30mm

•    Dual Sim capability (Nano SIM cards) 

•    Non-removable Li-Po 3700 mAh battery with 25W fast battery charging 

•    Under-display optical  fingerprint reader

Display:

One of the main attractions of the device is its 6.7” full HD+ display, with no notch, no camera hole, and minimum bezel. This kind of display is ideal for gaming or watching videos, as there are no obstructions on the screen. Additionally, it has a bright and colorful gradient. 

Software:

The latest Android 9.0 Pie and Samsung One UI operating system ensures that users can benefit from the newest Android releases. The phone also features several apps, including Bixby, Samsung Pay, Samsung Health, etc.

Camera: 

The Samsung Galaxy A80 is designed with a triple-camera array consisting of a main 48-megapixel camera, flanked by an ultra-wide 8-megapixel camera, and a Time-of-flight sensor.

The unique thing about the Galaxy A80 is its rotating camera which allows you to use the same triple rear camera system for selfies. When switching to the selfie mode, the top rear panel rises up and the camera system flips to the front. The camera also supports Super Steady video mode, Scene Optimizer and Flaw Detection, among other things.

Photo: Dhaka TribuneThe main camera shoots in 12MP resolution by default, but you can switch to raw 48MP mode by changing the aspect ratio to 3:4H. Using the default mode, the sensor uses pixel binning to stitch together four shots to create one bright and attractive photo. This works well in daylight, and is recommended for low-light situations as well. The 48MP mode is best used during daylight scenarios for capturing landscape and sceneries. 

Image quality:

Although the Galaxy A80 has a 48MP primary camera, pictures are automatically converted to 12MP. Pictures taken in daylight have the best results, with superb contrast and color, as well as sharpness. The camera performs well in low light, and although the night mode was not too appealing, it is functional.

The portrait mode (which is known as 'live focus') is excellent.

Photo: Dhaka TribuneAlthough I faced some noise in the Galaxy A80's shots, the front camera of the phone is fine. It’s only visible if you look for it, so it's not an issue.

Video recording:

The phone has the ability to record 4K 2160/30fps HD video. Video performance is good. Samsung also added super slow-motion video to the Galaxy A80.

Design:

Samsung had already made a name with their attractive and eye catching designs. Minimal bezels, zero unsightly camera cut-outs and no notch keep up the Samsung’s standards. The phone comes in three colours: Angel Gold, Ghost White, and Phantom Black.  

Positives 

    Attractive design

    Very nice display with high outdoor brightness and exemplary sRGB accuracy

    Motorized pop-up camera assembly

    Long lasting battery

    48 MP primary camera 

    2160p video

    Super slow-motion video

Negatives

    No expandable storage

    No-headphone jack

    The moving bits look fragile and can drag dust inside the phone.

    Slow and unreliable in-display optical fingerprint sensor