Galaxy A80’s pricing in India will put it on collision course with OnePlus 7
The folks over at 91Mobiles have published an exclusive report with details on the pricing and release date of the Galaxy A80 in India. The Galaxy A80 has been launched in various markets around the world this month, and it looks like Indian consumers will be able to pick one up starting June 15th, a week after Samsung fans in some Indian cities will be able to play with the device. The base model will reportedly be priced at ₹39,990 (~$580) while the variant with more RAM and storage will cost ₹44,990 (~$650).
With those price tags, the Galaxy A80 will slot in somewhere between the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, and the OnePlus 7 in particular will come in the way of Galaxy A80 sales in the country. That’s because the OnePlus 7 offers flagship-grade specs for a considerably lower price (₹32999, roughly $475) than the A80’s base model. The A80 has a neat sliding and rotating camera mechanism and comes with some attractive features like 25W fast charging, but its spec sheet can’t match that of the OnePlus offering in terms of sheer numbers.
Galaxy A80 vs OnePlus 7: No headphone jack or microSD slot on either
What’s more, the Galaxy A80 also lacks a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microSD slot. Those features have often helped Galaxy phones stand out among more value-for-money smartphones from Chinese manufacturers, and without them, the Galaxy A80 doesn’t have much to justify its price tag over the OnePlus 7. Going by Samsung’s regular price cuts for mid-range devices in India, the Galaxy A80 should become a better deal a few months down the line, although it may be too little too late by then.