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Samsung Galaxy A80 with sliding camera system finally goes on sale

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Last updated: June 30th, 2019 at 16:42 UTC+02:00

At long last, the Galaxy A80 has gone on sale in markets around the world. Samsung made the Galaxy A80 official in Thailand nearly three months ago as its first smartphone with a notch and cutout-free Infinity display, made possible with a sliding camera mechanism. Available in Angel Gold, Ghost White and Phantom Black color options, the A80 is priced at €649 and will be available for purchase from online and offline stores in select markets from today.

Rotating and sliding camera mechanism is the A80’s claim to fame

The Galaxy A80 features a 6.7-inch New Infinity Full HD+ Super AMOLED display and shares a couple of features with the Galaxy S10 5G. It has 25W fast charging support and comes with a ToF camera sensor in addition to the triple rear camera setup. The ToF sensor enables background blur in videos and enables augmented reality applications (like being able to measure the size and dimensions of real world objects).

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The triple camera setup includes a 48MP primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. Thanks to the fact that the camera assembly can rotate 180 degrees, the same high-quality imaging is possible for both selfies and landscape shots. As we had seen in our hands-on session with the device, Live Focus (bokeh) videos look great thanks to the ToF sensor, but just how good regular pictures come out is something we’ll only find out in our full review.

No notch, but no microSD slot or headphone jack, either

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And the camera performance will have to be pretty good, as the Galaxy A80 lacks both a microSD slot and a headphone jack, which could a serious dent in its chances of seeing a high number of sales. As for specs, the Galaxy A80 comes with a Snapdragon 730 octa-core SoC, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a 3,700 mAh battery, and in-display fingerprint sensor. It runs Android 9 Pie with One UI out of the box.

Look forward to our review of the Galaxy A80 in the next couple of weeks, and in the meantime, check out how it compares to other 2019 A series devices like the Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A50. Do tell us in the comments if you’re excited about the Galaxy A80 and plan to purchase one for your next smartphone.

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