Nov 18,2019

Samsung Galaxy A80: What’s new? (Specifications and review)

Samsung has released many phones in this year, the most being the Galaxy M series and the Galaxy A series. The Galaxy A series, however, has been the busiest as the phones range from lower, mid and to the premium level as well. These phones have been catching eyes of new generation’s and Millennials, who prefer advanced and eccentric featured phone at an affordable price. Samsung has shown a variation of features in the A-series phones so that every kind of user can afford them. If you have a minimum budget, you can choose phones under Galaxy A50. But if you are a mobile geek and look for advanced specifications, you can choose phones above the Galaxy A50.

Samsung has now introduced a premium A-series phone at a whooping price of Rs.76,800 in Nepal, Thanks to the new technologies – unique horizontal rotating triple camera setup and a notch-less Infinity display, the Galaxy A80 is priced higher than the other A-series phones. The camera has been the talk of the town although other competitor brands have similar camera setups. But is the Galaxy A80’s worth the money and the hype, read our review on it.

 

Specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A80:

 

Specifications Samsung Galaxy A80
DISPLAY Super AMOLED, 6.7″(170.2mm),

FHD + 1080 x2400, 16M, ~385 PPI

MEMORY Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, 8 Cores (Octa-Core), Adreno 618
RAM 8GB
INTERNAL STORAGE 128GB
CAMERA Triple 48 MP, CMOS F2.0, 8MP, CMOS F2.2, 3D Depth
NETWORK 2G, 3G, 4G/LTE, Nano-SIM (4FF)
OPERATING SYSTEM Android 9.0 (Pi
BATTERY 3700 mAh / 25 W, Superfast charger
SENSORs In-screen fingerprint, Gyro, Accelerometer, compass, proximity
GALAXY A80 PRICE IN NEPAL Rs. 76,800

 


REVIEW OF THE SAMSUNG GALAXY A80:

  • Design
  • Display
  • Performance and Software
  • Camera
  • Battery
  • Overall Verdict
  • Samsung Galaxy A80 Price In Nepal

 

DESIGN:

Samsung is very well-known for manufacturing attractive looking premium mobile phones. If we talk about the mid-tier Galaxy A series, Samsung has been utilising a very similar technique for most of the phones they launched in this annum, which is either the Infinity-V or the Infinity-U along with a gradient glasstic rear panel. However, Samsung has made the Galaxy A80’s design different. It uses a brand new display, which makes it unique from all the other Galaxy phones Samsung has launched.

The Samsung Galaxy A80 introduces the New Infinity Display, which is the first in any Samsung phones. The display has no notch or punch-hole cutout. It is not entirely bezel-less but has impressively thin bezels at the top and sides with a slim chin. So this makes the front display of the Galaxy A80 almost totally display.

Another eye-catching feature of the Galaxy A80 is its massive size.  The phone is wide and tall as well as bulky. It has a weight of 220 grams and a significant measurement of 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3mm, which is a little heavy in comparison to other lightweight phones that weigh around 170 grams. So, we can conclude that the Galaxy A80 is for users who don’t find it difficult using a large size mobile phone.

The Samsung Galaxy A80 has a glass back panel at the rear. Except for the Samsung logo, the rear panel looks almost 90 per cent clean, making it appealing and premium. Samsung has used Gorilla Glass 6 on the rear panel, which makes it more robust than the front panel. This will possibly make the camera unharmed as well.

Although the Samsung Galaxy A80 has a distinctive design, it still fails on some essential features. First of all, 3.5mm headphone is missing, so you will have to use the Type-C port in order to connect earphones. The earpiece is also not available in the Galaxy A80. At last, storage expansion is not available in the Galaxy A80, so there are two nano-SIM cards.

DISPLAY:

The Samsung Galaxy A80 introduces the New Infinity Display, which is the first in any Samsung phones. The display offers an almost entire full-screen, immersive experience to the users as Samsung has removed the notch or hole-punch cutout in the top of the display. The screen has a 6.7-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) with a Super AMOLED display. There is a bezel on the top and the side with a slim chin which is unnoticeable because of the display. The display has a very high screen-to-body ratio.

The Galaxy A80 impresses users with an edge-to-edge pure Samsung display. If you love watching videos and play games on your phone, then the dynamic and punchy colours with a large free screen will not disappoint you. Widevine L1 support function is available in the Galaxy A80, so users will be able to stream their favourite shows and movies on online platforms like Amazon Prime and Netflix in HD true resolution.

The Samsung AMOLED display offers an impressive viewing angle and a decent brightness, so peak sunlight won’t be a problem if you are trying to read something on your smartphone. There are two modes in the display, Vivid and Neutral mode. The colours will look saturated and deep in the Vivid mode but switching to Neutral mode will give you more balanced and natural colour display.

PERFORMANCE AND SOFTWARE:

The New Infinity display is not the only thing launched firstly with the Samsung Galaxy A80; it is also the first phone having the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G. The phone offers a smooth and fast performance. With an 8GB RAM, apps open and load quite quickly, and it is easy to multitask as well. The Galaxy A80 can run high-end game like PUBG and other extremely smooth even in high graphics, but it gets a little warm during continuous gaming.

Talking about the software, the Galaxy A80 has One UI, which is based on Android Pie. The system offers a system-wide Night mode that enables the blacks to look very deep on the AMOLED display.  The phone has a modified UI that allows interactive elements at the bottom of the display so users can access them easily.

The software also offers features called the Digital Wellbeing. Users can have an outlook of their time and usage in the phone with the help of this feature. There are other multiple features like Wind Down, Bixby Home, which makes the phone more comfortable to use. Users will have default Samsung apps like Samsung Pay, Samsung Health, Galaxy Wearables, and Microsoft apps and LinkedIn. Social media apps like Facebook and Netflix are preinstalled in the Galaxy A80.

One of the cons of the Galaxy A80 is the unavailability of face unlock, which is disappointing in a phone of this price. And the optical fingerprint sensor is slow and inaccurate compared to competitors mobile brands. The phone has Dolby Atmos. This helps users to experience sweet surround sound when listening on headphones.

CAMERA:

The camera of the Galaxy A80 has been the most talked-about feature of the phone. Samsung has brought a unique concept of a rotating camera in this one, which allows users to use the same triple-camera to use both for rear photos and selfies. The camera has a 48MO f/2.0 Sony IMX586 primary sensor that enables detailed high-resolution images, and an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera with a Time of Flight (ToF) that is used for depth mapping.

The rear panel rises and flips to the front when you switch to the selfie mode. The camera has a 12MP resolution by default, but users can switch to 48MP resolutions with an aspect ratio of 3:4H. The default mode camera sensor utilises the pixel binning to join four shots that creates an attractive and bright photo. This offers excellent result in daylight and low-light as well. For daylight conditions and if you like capturing sceneries and landscape photos, the 48MP will impress you. However, if you zoom pictures in 48MP mode, they are not crisp and sharp as expected compared to phones that use Sony sensor.

BATTERY:

The Galaxy A80 has a 3700mAh battery backup which is quite disappointing for a phone at this price. It is smaller in comparison to other A-series phones Samsung launched this year. So it is evident that the Galaxy A80 does not give a satisfactory battery life. However, it will get you through the day. If you are not a heavy user or play high-end mobile games on your phone, it may even get you a day and a half of battery life.

The Galaxy A80 has an intelligent battery. It helps to optimise the power consumption by analysing the daily usage and routine of your phone. Moreover, the device has a 25W fast charging support that takes around 1 and a half hour to charge from null to 100 per cent.

OVERALL VERDICT:

Although the Samsung Galaxy A80 has a lot of brand new technologies offering to the users, not all the features are worth admiring. The camera is unique but fails to deliver fast camera action. The new Infinity Display is quite impressive that has an edge-to-edge, notch-less screen. The Snapdragon 730 chipset is a smooth performer, but it cannot offer the performance of processors like Kirin 980, Snapdragon 855 and Exynos 9820. The camera is decent but fails to impress users who are likely to use their phone for the camera purpose.

If you are looking for a phone with an excellent design, the Galaxy A80 is for you, but we will not recommend the phone if you want an excellent performance and camera.

SAMSUNG GALAXY A80 PRICE IN NEPAL:

The price for the new Samsung Galaxy A80 in Nepal is Rs. 76,800. You can order your Galaxy A80 on online e-commerce websites like Daraz, SastoDeal, and SmartDoko. It is also available to buy from retail Samsung stores.

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