Phone review: Samsung Galaxy A80

Samsung has been known to deliver some great new features in their smartphones and with their latest offering, they don’t disappoint. In my Samsung Galaxy A80 review, I take a look at a superb smartphone with a pop-up rotating triple camera.

Samsung Galaxy A80 design



The Samsung Galaxy A80 is constructed using metal and glass for a premium look and feel. A metal frame surrounds the glass giving the phone a sturdy and stylish design. The all-screen design has been achieved by moving the camera lenses to a pop-up console. You get a superb 6.7-inch screen which has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400. Super AMOLED technology makes the screen bright and colourful which is perfect for movies or gaming.



A fingerprint sensor has been placed under the display at the bottom. These new type of fingerprint sensors are quicker and more accurate. The handset has an overall high-quality feel, although it is a little thicker than most at 9.3mm. This is mainly due to the new camera pop-up console technology and it doesn’t affect using the phone too much although you may find it one-handed use a little difficult.



Samsung Galaxy A80 features



The Samsung Galaxy A80 is packed with features including a powerful octa-core processor and 8GB RAM. The onboard memory of 128GB gives you lots of space for your photos and apps. The memory is not expandable but as you get 128GB this won’t be much of a problem unless you download a lot of large video files.



Android 9 is on board so you have lots of familiar apps such as Maps, Chrome, and Google Assistant. The cameras can be used with Google Lens. You can snap a photo of a product and the phone will search for it online or take a photo of a landmark and you will be presented with information about it.

The Samsung One UI has been used with the Android OS. This provides a similar look and experience to the Galaxy S10. The overall layout and functionality of the One UI are very similar to the original Android OS, so you won’t have any problems getting to grips with it.


There is a 3,700mAh battery on board and this supports 25W fast charging. When the battery is running low you will be able to give it a full recharge in quick time.

Samsung Galaxy A80 camera



Samsung has opted for a rotating pop-camera module for the Galaxy A80. Pop-up cameras are nothing new as many manufacturers have gone this way. However, Samsung has added a rotating action so you get to use the same high-end rear cameras as the selfie cameras.


The camera module is a triple lens system with a main 48-megapixel lens with an f/2.0 aperture. You can use this main lens for the shot or switch to the 8-megapixel camera with a 123-degree field for an ultra-wide shot. The third lens is a 3D depth sensor which allows you to change the focus in the shot and add artistic touches, such as blurring the background.

The Live Focus feature works well and allows you to see how the shot will look on the screen before you take it. The feature also allows you to add blur effects in video with Live Focus Video, although this only works when the module is used as the rear camera.


As the rear triple camera can be used as the selfie lens too, you can create impressive selfies and group shots. The overall quality and features of the Samsung Galaxy A80 camera will make it a real hit with anyone that loves to post snaps online.
The Samsung Galaxy A80 pop-up rotating module may seem like a gimmick but as this allows you to use the same high-quality lenses from either side, it’s a gimmick you will really want. Powerful hardware, high-end features, and a superb display make this device an all-around great smartphone.

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