Samsung has announced a new midrange phone with a camera that not only slides up from the back of the phone, but also rotates to both take a selfie and a rear camera photo. The Galaxy’s A80 camera allows this to be the first phone that features Samsung’s “New Infinity” display, which it anounced last year.
The A80’s automated pop-up mechanism contains a triple-camera array consisting of a main 48-megapixel f/2.0 camera, flanked by an ultrawide 8-megapixel f/2.2 camera, and a third ToF (time-of-flight) sensor. The sliding camera mechanism means there’s no sight of a notch or a hole-punch in the phone’s 6.7-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2400) Super AMOLED display.
We’ve been reviewing cameras and such mechanisms in the past, but never a thing like this. Oppo’s 2014 N1 smartphone had a rotating 13-megapixel camera, although both orientations produced similarly underwhelming photos. Pop-up cameras have also appeared on a number of notchless devices over the past year, including the Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X. More recently, slider phones have also made a comeback on devices like the Honor Magic 2 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.
Along with the camera setup, the A80 also includes a 3,700mAh battery, with fast charging at 25W. It also has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, it also includes an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone is available in three colors: black, white ad gold.
Along with the Galaxy A80, Samsung also announced an April 26th release date for the Galaxy A70, which it first announced last month. The A70 has a teardrop-notched 6.7-inch display with a 20:9 aspect ratio, and it also includes an in-display fingerprint scanner. It has a triple-camera array on its rear featuring a main 32-megapixel sensor along with a 5-megapixel depth sensor and an ultrawide 8-megapixel sensor. The Galaxy A70 will be available in four colors: coral, blue, black, and white.
The Samsung Galaxy A80 will launch on May 29th, joining the A10, A20, A30 and A50, which have all been announced in the past months. Pricing is yet to be announced for the upcoming phone.