Samsung Galaxy A80: practice test, camera, display, price, release data
By Daniel Camilo 2019-05-15 1621 0
Test conclusion: What you need to know
Finally a real innovation again - and then even in the affordable middle class! With the exciting Galaxy A80, Samsung sets an exclamation mark and shows that smartphones can still deliver surprises today. The huge display is great, the hardware is powerful enough even for high demands and the camera sliding mechanism has been well implemented. Only the plastic back may not fit into the overall package.
Galaxy A80 Pros and Cons:
No wireless charging
Excellent OLED panel
Ample memory that can be expanded even further
A big surprise, so shortly before Easter: With the new Galaxy A80, Samsung has introduced its new top model for the upper middle class - and with an innovation even makes the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus - at least a little - look old. Instead of a notch or pinhole camera, the South Koreans are using a sliding camera with a rotation function. Sounds complicated? That's what COMPUTER BILD is for - the practical test clears the way.
Galaxy A80: (Almost) only display
Let's get right to the big deal: With its 6.7-inch diagonal, the screen is even bigger than the Galaxy S10 Plus, which reaches 6.4 inches. Thanks to AMOLED technology, the display delivers great colours and strong contrasts, and the sharpness is still fine despite the Full HD Plus resolution. At least as long as you don't go on a pixel hunt with a magnifying glass and little distance. But the once again melted frame is really impressive - thanks to the 20:9 format (S10 and S10 Plus "only" come to 19.5:9), almost only the pure image area is visible on the front. Those who like to watch series or movies on the smartphone will get their money's worth here. A finger scanner under glass is also on board.
Galaxy A80: Innovative - retractable camera!
The crucial question: Where is there room for the front camera? Selfie fans can breathe a sigh of relief - self-portraits are of course also possible with the Galaxy A80. The triple camera consists of a 48-megapixel lens, an 8-megapixel sensor for wide-angle photos and a time-of-flight lens. It made a good impression during the first practical test - it automatically boots up at the touch of a finger on the Selfiecam symbol in the camera app. The triad then appears, which turns 180 degrees around its own axis in a fraction of a second and can suddenly pick up Selfies.
This works quickly and reliably, even though the tested prototype has not yet run with final software. So Samsung finally succeeds again in a real innovation - and surprisingly not in the S luxury class, but in the more affordable A middle class. The idea itself is not new, Huawei tried a rotating camera with the Shot X almost four years ago, but the implementation was not yet perfect. Last summer, the Vivo NEX Ultimate das and Oppo Find X caused a sensation with a retractable camera. Samsung combines both innovations to a new one - clever!
Samsung Galaxy A80: Lots of technology in the middle class
Before looking under the bonnet, it is worth taking a look at the same. As impressive as the front of the A80 looks futuristic, the assessment of the rear is sobering. It's incomprehensible that the user is denied a chic glass that adorns the back of the Galaxy A50, for example. Why is this so annoying? Due to the plastic used, fingerprints accumulate everywhere, plastic is also more receptive to scratches and the A80 feels less handy and therefore not as high-quality. The hardware cuts a much better figure.
The new Qualcomm SM7150 processor (4x2.2 and 4x1.7 gigahertz) has enough power for all everyday tasks and with 8 gigabytes of RAM it has plenty of brainpower. The 128 gigabyte of storage space is luxurious and can be expanded with a microSD at a reasonable price. At 3,700 milliamperes of an hour, the A80 has enough battery life on paper for extensive series marathons; the percentage display barely melted when you first tried it out. COMPUTER BILD's extensive test over the next few weeks will show just how good the battery life of the new Galaxy really is.
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