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Samsung Galaxy A80 : A Notch-less Phone with a Mechanical Twist

When a phone is launched today, everyone is wondering where the so called “Peek Hole” aka the notch will be and also the noticeable size it embeds into the display as all the manufacturers will compete to stretch the screen to the max. We shall wait for the day where the camera will be camouflaged within the display itself not revealing any notch but still able to use a one sided glass to capture your selfie shots. Confusing the concept maybe but I am sure the future is getting near.

There are currently manufacturers offering notch-less phone. The concept is not new and have been introduced by Vivo, OPPO and OnePlus. They share the same pop up motorised front camera concept. Samsung now jumps into the same wagon. Not only it pops up but flips using the same camera.

The Samsung A80 is a mid range phone featuring a variety of enhancement which may appeal to some but not many where some of the aspect of the phone are not so appealing. We shall go through it..

The Screen

The A80 features a 6.7” Super AMOLED, 1080p display with a 20.9 aspect ratio producing a crisp and bright output. Facing it to direct sunlight will not have your eyes searching for the content.

The Built

The phone is 9.3mm not so thin and weighing around 220g which is not so light, You will need to get used to it during your travel adventures. The extra weight could possibly be the flipping camera or its mechanism that sits the motor. It has a premium built comprising of glass with a metal frame. The front is flat with a curved back which makes it quite slippery in the hand. No plastic-ky casing included in the package, so better get a grip on it. And also it is ZERO water resistance too..

The Sound

The sound it produces is good with only having a single speaker but the bad news is the removal of the 3.5mm audio slot which many still uses. However, the package do come with a wired earphone. A USB Type C earphone of course. Now, how am I gong to charge the phone while listening to my BLACKPINK hits? Maybe it will be ok if there is wireless charging. Well it does not have it. Nevertheless, you are supplied with a super duper fast charging capability which I will be revealing shortly.

 

The Shots

This is the highlight of the phone. The triple camera which slides up and then flips from the back to the front when selfie mode is triggered. With the 3D and ultra wide camera, pictures and videos require your creativity to produce stunning pictures and magical videos. For example the scene optimizer comes with 30 shooting modes to cater for your every environment and lighting conditions.

Selfies are acceptable but at times, the auto focus jams up the shot. You will need to position your phone to an ideal spot to capture. Can be annoying at times. Other than that, the selfie pictures are acceptable.

Here are some Main camera shots..

The Juice

A 3,700mAh may not seem adequate for a big phone. It could probably store a bigger  capacity. Nevertheless, it does come with a the 25W Super Fast Charging technology to satisfy your extreme phone usage.

The Power

Specification at a Glance

  • CPU:Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kyro 470 Silver)
  • Chipset:Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 (8 nm)
  • OS:Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
  • Internal:128 GB, 8 GB RAM
  • External Memory:N/A
  • Battery:Li-Po 3700 mAh
  • Dimension:2 x 76.5 x 9.3 mm (6.50 x 3.01 x 0.37 in)
  • Weight:220 g (7.76 oz)
  • Choice of Colors:Black or Gold or White
  • Display : Super AMOLED 16M colours, 6.7 inches, 108.4 cm2 (~85.8% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~393 ppi density)
  • Loud Speaker:Yes, single speaker1

CONCLUSION

After using the device for 2 weeks, I personally feel the A80 has not much to offer for a phone above the RM2K price range. The features that have my thumbs up will probably be the Super Fast 25W charging capability and the 128GB internal memory size. The not so liked aspect of the phone must be the weight, motorised selfie camera, no expandable memory, the removal of the 3.5mm audio slot and no water resistance.

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