Specs comparison: Samsung Galaxy A80 vs the Galaxy A9 (2018)

Samsung has launched yet another Galaxy A series handset today. The Galaxy A80 is the most unique model in this entire lineup. It happens to be Samsung’s first smartphone with a sliding, rotating camera mechanism. That’s certainly what sets it apart from the rest of the lineup as well as other handsets in this segment.

A direct comparison can be drawn between the Galaxy A80 and the Galaxy A9 (2018). The new device has a much larger display with slimmer bezels thanks to the innovative camera system. It also gets a new processor and 8GB of RAM as standard. Samsung has removed the microSD card slot, though, so external expansion of the 128GB storage isn’t possible. The device gets a 3,700mAh battery with the same 25W super fast wired charging as the Galaxy S10 5G. It also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy A80 ships with Android 9 Pie and Samsung’s One UI 1.1.

You can find out more about the specs of these devices in detail over at our devices page. We’ve also posted our Galaxy A80 hands-on which offers additional details about this new device and its unique camera system.

Galaxy A80 vs Galaxy A9 (2018) specs comparison

Galaxy A80Galaxy A9 (2018)
Display6.7-inch FHD+ (1080×2400) Super AMOLED, New Infinity Display6.3-inch Full HD+ (2220×1080) Super AMOLED Infinity
ProcessorSnapdragon 730 Octa Core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.8GHz Hexa), Adreno 618 GPUSnapdragon 660 Octa Core, 2.2GHz quad-core + 1.8GHz quad-core, Adreno 512 GPU
Rear CameraSliding, rotating triple camera setup. Primary 48MP f2.0, Ultra-Wide 8MP f2.2 with 123° field of view and 3D Depth sensorQuad Camera, 24MP AF (f1.7), Telephoto 2X optical zoom, 10MP AF (f2.4), Ultra-Wide 120° 8MP (f2.4) and Depth sensor 5MP (f2.2)
Front CameraSame as above (Rotating)24-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture
Storage128GB, no microSD card slot128GB internal, microSD slot (up to 512GB)
SoftwareAndroid 9 Pie, Samsung One UI 1.1Android 8.0 Oreo, upgradeable to Android 9.0 Pie
Battery3,700 mAh, super fast wired charging (25W)3,800 mAh, fast wired charging (15W)
Connectivity4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type-CLTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
Dimensions165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3 mm162.5 x 77.0 x 7.8 mm, 183g
Other featuresDolby Atmos (wired audio), Samsung Pay, Bixby Voice, Bixby Routines, in-display fingerprint sensorSamsung Pay (NFC), Dolby Atmos (wired audio), Always On Display, Bixby Voice, facial recognition, rear fingerprint sensor


  • Model: SM-A305F
  • Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7mm
  • Display: 6.4"(162.1mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 7904
  • Camera: 16 MP, CMOS F1.7 & 5MP, CMOS F2.2
  • Model: SM-A505F
  • Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7mm
  • Display: 6.4"(162.1mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9610
  • Camera: 25 MP, CMOS F1.7 & 5MP, CMOS F2.2 Depth & 8MP, CMOS F2.2 Ultrawide
  • Model: SM-A805F
  • Dimensions: 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3mm
  • Display: 6.7"(170.2mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
  • Camera: 48 MP, CMOS F2.0, 8MP, CMOS F2.2, 3D Depth


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I know why there’s no facial recognition on this phone.

Every time you want to unlock phone you need to slide it. This will be uncomfortable for a long time.


I quite like the solution for the camera problem (specially as I would never even use the system so I wouldn’t really be concerned about the wear off).

And then they decided to ruin the phone by making two unbelievably stupid moves:
– removing the microSD slot
– removing the headphone jack.

Those two things alone are enough for me to NOT recommend this phone to anyone.