Samsung goes crazy with a notchless, full-screen display and sliding, rotating triple camera


Forget the Samsung Galaxy S10 and its hole-punch cutout for the front-facing camera. What you really want is the Samsung Galaxy A80 which delivers one of the craziest form factors we’ve seen in years! We’ve all seen smartphones with sliding displays, rotating cameras and a few with true full-screen displays, but we’ve never seen all those features rolled into one. Well, not until now.

While Samsung has typically used its Galaxy S smartphones to roll out new innovations, its mid-range Galaxy A devices have been used to experiment with new tech lately. The new Samsung Galaxy A80 ticks all the right boxes if you’re looking for a device which will wow your friends. The phones features a 6.7-inch 1,080 x 2,400 AMOLED display which hides a sliding triple camera module which is comprised of a 48MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide (123-degrees) secondary sensor and lens and a final 3D depth camera which helps with bokeh shots and 3D mapping of your environment. But the best part about the triple camera is that it rotates so you can use it for regular shots and your selfies.

Other specs include an Exynos Octa Core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.8GHz Hexa) processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a generous 3,700mAh battery, 25W fast charging and an in-display fingerprint sensor. 

Samsung is also testing out a new AI-powered Intelligent performance enhancer which will attempt to predict which apps you will switch to next based on your previous actions. This means that the phone could load up Instagram or Facebook in the background when you’re in the camera app taking a picture if you typically use those services to share your pictures right after you capture them. If it actually does what it promises, the A80 could turn out to be quite an impressive device. 

For those worries about mechanical failure when it comes to the sliding and rotating camera module, Samsung is stressing that it has conducted extensive lab testing to ensure that it will last several years of abuse before giving in. That being said, we’re still a bit apprehensive about having a smartphone with not one but two mechanical elements which could fail.

Samsung has not shared exact pricing or availability details, but the Samsung Galaxy A80 should be hitting select markets in Asia and Europe sometime in May. Based on its specs and unique design, we suspect the Samsung Galaxy A80 will sell for at least $750 to $800.

We’re not sure how well the Samsung Galax A80 will sell, but we’re sure that it will be a big hit among the selfie-crazed consumers who are always looking to take the best pictures possible for their Instagram feed. Having a high-end 48MP sensor up front is great, but a 123-degree wide angle lens and a dedicated 3D sensor will likely make the Galaxy A80 the best selfie smartphone on the market.

Source: Samsung

Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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