Samsung's Galaxy A80 packs a pop-up, flip-around triple camera array

Shawn Knight

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Samsung on Wednesday announced the Galaxy A80, a mid-range smartphone with a unique camera solution that gets around the unsightly notch to create a full-screen experience.

The standout feature of the Galaxy A80 is without a doubt its pop-up camera. When you select the selfie mode in the camera app, the three rear-facing cameras automatically side up and rotate to face you. The gimmick effectively repurposes the high-quality rear-facing cameras, ensuring you won’t sacrifice quality when snapping selfies (most front-facing cameras are of lower quality than their rear-facing counterparts).

Samsung’s triple camera array consists of a 48-megapixel primary shooter with f/2.0 aperture, an ultra-wide (123 degrees) 8-megapixel lens with f/2.2 aperture and a 3D depth camera.

The Galaxy A80 also features a 6.7-inch FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080) Super AMOLED Infinity Display driven by an octa-core processor (2.2GHz x 2 + 1.8GHz x 6) alongside 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (sorry, there’s no microSD card slot for expansion). A 3,700mAh battery with 25W Super-Fast Charging capabilities should keep Android 9.0 Pie running for most of the day although Samsung isn’t yet discussing battery life estimates.

The Samsung Galaxy A80 will be offered in pink, white and black color schemes. It launches on May 29 in select regions. No word yet on potential pricing.

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OutlawCecil

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Love this idea but the video looks CG edited (not real) to me.

You see the back extend upward and I can't see the circular cutout of the cameras before the cameras flip around super quick. Looks like they just pop into existence on the front side. A version of this where you simply twist the top of the phone around would be fine with me.

EDIT: Actually if you go 1080 quality, you can see a *little* color difference where the cameras pop around. Still no line around the border... I hope this is real.
 
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psycros

TS Evangelist
Kind of a new take on the Intex Aqua Twist and even older designs with manual rotation. Yes, manually rotated cameras on phones were a thing over ten years ago, before the world went screaming into the abyss.
 

m-tec

TS Booster
I can't see this mechanism surviving long term, especially grit and sand will jam it. How easy will it be to clear debris from it, not in the slightest I'm sure!
 
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miciyu

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It's a moving part, which makes it a weak spot prone to failure. It won't allow you to use a (conventionally designed) protective case. And the dust. And the extra move to make and extra time to wait for it to be ready. These things only look cool, but aren't necessarily cool to use.
 

netman

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Innovative! and clean looking...The rotating camera has added to the phone thickness, but hopefully not to its weight!