Samsung Galaxy A80 Review | Is it Better Than S10e

Sabin Tamang 15 Jun, 2019

No Notch, No Pop-Up Camera, No punch hole camera design but a complete bezeless screen with a rotating camera. Yes, you have guessed it right. We are talking about the latest phone from Samsung. i.e Samsung Galaxy A80 which was launched recently. Though Samsung is busy with the success of their M-series which includes phones like Samsung Galaxy M10, Samsung Galaxy M20, Samsung Galaxy M30, Samsung Galaxy M40, etc. we can't forget devices like Samsung Galaxy A80 And we are here today to review this phone. Before that don't forget to check out the official price of Samsung Galaxy A80 in Nepal.

Design

The Galaxy A80 is built of glass with a metal frame. It's pretty hefty it is a bit slippery and there's no real edge on the rounded frame to grab onto the main attraction of the Galaxy A80. It features a Motorized selfie slider instead of hiding a selfie cam within the body of the phone. This one raises the main camera setup and then rotates it to face you. The effect is really cool and I really love it. But the sad part is that there is no waterproofing on Samsung Galaxy A80.

Samsung Galaxy A20 features a 6.7 inch super AMOLED with a 1080p resolution and a 20 by 9 aspect ratio at 393 PPI. Content looks great and you get the deep blacks which only an AMOLED can produce. Colors aren't the most accurate in the default vivid color mode though you can tweak them with sliders but switching to neutral mode gives you great accuracy in SRGB.

Overall brightness is standard for a nice OLED display with 405 nits maximum in manual mode and up to 607 it's in auto mode in bright conditions and as an AMOLED you get an always-on display to keep track of time and notifications. The screen is used for biometrics too and there is an under display optical fingerprint scanner.It isn't very fast but it gets the job done unfortunately there's no face on lock so this is your only option.

Samsung Galaxy A80 has a single loudspeaker at the bottom. It has a very good rating in our loudness test and the quality is good too with a decent amount of bass and no distortion at high volume. There is no audio jack for headphones on this model so you'll have to plug into the USB C port.

Performance

You'd experience a smooth performance thanks to a new Snapdragon 730 8 nm chipset and 8 GB of RAM. Overall performance of this phone is quite smooth. Multi-tasking is also quite well managed and the apps that you left on the background will work smoothly as well. Now, this phone comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage which is enough for most of the user. If it is not sufficient for you then, we have a sad news for you as this phone does not have the external card slot. The Samsung Galaxy A80 features Samsung's custom OneUI over Android 9.0 Pie was debuted on the Samsung Galaxy S10.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy A80 features a flipping triple camera setup. There's a 48-megapixel main snapper with an 8 megapixel wide-angle cam and a tof sensor for depth information. Photos from the main camp come out in 12 megapixels and in good light, they look quite pleasant with good contrast and vibrant colors. The detail is adequate but not mind-blowing and there is some visible noise.

You have the option to put 48-megapixel photos but there isn't much of a point to it. The photos in low light condition are average you can say not so well. But if you switch on the new night mode results are noticeably better with preservation of detail and highlights and shadows. The colors are more saturated with bit of extra detail. The ultra-wide camera is quite poor in low-light which is hardly surprising. It captures soft and noisy underexposed photos there's no night mode available for this camera.

Now, coming to selfie camera which is basically rear camera. So, you might think you can get some of the best selfies in the world. But for some reason, the phone disables the autofocus on selfie and leaves you with arm's length fixed focus. You don't even get to use a regular flash as far as quality goes it's okay with good detail and true-to-life skin tones. By default you get a tighter crop shot of about 8 megapixels but you can go wider to get the full 12 for an even wider shot. You can take an ultra-wide-angle.

The Samsung Galaxy A80 can records video up to 2160p at 30fps with its main cam and up to 1080p at 30fps with the ultra-wide one.

Battery

Samsung Galaxy A80 is powered by a 3700 mAh battery which is not bad but a bit on the small side for a phone with such a large screen. Now, Samsung Galaxy A80 comes with fast charging along with a 25 watt charger out of the box. This charger can get your phone from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes.

Specifications

  • Body: 165.2x76.5x9.3mm, 220g; Gorilla Glass 6 back, aluminum frame; Angel Gold, Ghost White, Phantom Black color schemes.
  • Screen: 6.7" Super AMOLED, 1080x2400px resolution, 393 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3.
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 730 chipset: octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver); Adreno 618 GPU.
  • Memory: 8GB RAM, 128GB built-in storage; no microSD slot.
  • OS: Android 9 Pie; Samsung One UI.
  • Camera: Motorized pop-up camera assembly. Main module: 48MP, 1/2.0" SONY IMX586 Quad Bayer sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 80-degree FOV (26mm equiv. focal length), laser/PDAF. Ultra wide module: 8MP, f/2.2 aperture, 123-degree FOV (11mm equiv. focal length), fixed focus. Time-of-flight 3D Depth camera. LED flash.
  • Battery: 3,700mAh; 25W fast charging.
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM; LTE Cat.11 (600Mbps/75Mbps), Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, GPS; Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, USB-C 2.0.
  • Misc: Under-display fingerprint reader, down-firing loudspeaker, no3.5mm audio jack.

Conclusion

Now Samsung Galaxy A80 is closely compared to their flagship i.e. Samsung Galaxy S10e and other phones like Samsung Galaxy A70, OnePlus 7 Pro and Huawei P30. Apart from that flipping camera, in all other aspects like performance, camera, and battery it falls behind to the flagship like Samsung Galaxy S10. So, it you decide which one will you prefer.

Samsung Galaxy A80 Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • High-quality build, metal frame, GG front and back.
  • Truly uniqe pop-up camera mechanism.
  • Very nice display with high outdoor brightness and exemplary sRGB accuracy.
  • Good image quality overall.

Cons:

  • No memory expansion slot, no headphone jack.
  • The moving bits look fragile and can drag dust inside the phone.
  • Unremarkable battery life.
  • Arbitrary limitations when using the camera for selfies.
  • No video stabilization in 4K, glitchy in 1080p. 
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