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Samsung Galaxy A80

Samsung Galaxy A80 Full Review: For Your Amazement!

Galaxy A80 is the largest and most expensive member of Galaxy A family to date, as it offers some amazing features, such as full display without edges, the rotating camera, and other features.


Design

Samsung Galaxy A80 Design

A high-class design but still strange.

The phone comes with an uncommon design from Samsung: the cameras are in the backside at the top of the middle part, with the presence of SIM card drawer in the bottom of the mobile, and the absence of a port for the headphones, with the distribution of the phone buttons on both sides of the phone. The power button is on the right and the sound one is on the left, and the buttons provide an easy pressure.

The phone comes with a very sophisticated design made from a metal frame with a glass back protected with a protection layer namely, “Corning Gorilla Glass 6” with curves in the edges of the back to make the phone feel comfortable in the hand, but the phone is very huge, hence even with the bends, it is still difficult to carry and uncomfortable, and needs owners to have big hands.

The phone comes in three colors: black – rose gold – white green.

The phone’s weight is about 220 grams and a thickness of 9.3 mm, which makes it one of the heaviest and largest phones in the market.


Display

Samsung Galaxy A80 Display

The best of this phone

Galaxy A80 comes with a giant 6.7-inch screen protected by Gorilla Glass 3 protection layer Full HD, and Super AMOLED type, without any edges at all and no notches or camera holes, which gives you a unique and wonderful experience that will make you love the phone at the first sight.

Samsung’s unmistakable screens are always as impressive as the colors and excellent brightness they carry, and they provide an amazing experience of watching videos and movies on the phone.

Sound

Good audio experience, but not up to the price of the phone

In this category we always expect a distinctive audio experience, the presence of stereo speakers, and a good, deep and high sound, but this is not the reality for Galaxy A80 which has only one speaker in the bottom of the phone, which offers a very good sound experience as volume but not the best in terms of depth and purity in this category.

The record and microphone experiences in this phone are wonderful and pure; there are no problems, but the experience of the call speakers is the worst for me in 2019: the speakers are buried down the screen, and its location is very bad as it is almost in the middle of the phone, and not in the top of the phone as usual.

Considering the location of the speakers with the weight of the huge phone, holding it becomes tiring and painful during long phone calls.

As for the sound, it has a good volume, but the sound does not carry the expected purity; you might feel like the sound is coming out a closed box.

The network is very good and we did not face any problems regarding it; the phone supports 4G networks.

There is a built-in call recorder in the system, but that is not available for all countries, as some countries, such as Saudi Arabia, do not have this feature. Moreover, there is a feature to know if the other party is in a call or not (Call Waiting).

Cameras

  • 48MP camera with an aperture of F/2.0 lens and pixel size of 8µm
  • 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with F/2.2 aperture.
  • Last is TOF 3D camera.
  • Supports video shooting up to 4K.
  • Supports scene recognition and HDR.
  • Supports beautification mode
  • Supports bokeh effect
  • Supports video bokeh effect using 3D camera.
  • Supports slow-motion shooting @960 fps.

Impressive features and average performance

The camera is the main thing in the phone, because it is rotating, meaning that the front camera is the same as the back camera, with a single click of a button the part of the camera rises and rotates to be a front camera.

This feature allows you to use all main camera specifications for the front camera as well, such as shooting 4K videos, and special bokeh effects in both pictures and videos, hence, a selfie camera with a very wide angle as compared to any other selfie camera.

The quality of the camera offers very good performance in the daylight, but with details less than those expected from this price category, however, its dynamic range is very good and provides excellent colors.

But its night performance is disastrous. It is not able to deal with lights and it carries much disturbance in night pictures.

The camera is good but as compared to others in the price category, it is defeated by most of the competitors such as Xiaomi and Honor.


Battery

At first glance of the phone, with its huge size and heavyweight, you will think that this phone carries a giant battery, but the reality is: it carries 3700 mA only!

With an improved interface in power consumption compared to the previous phone, this one can withstand for about 7 hours display on, with both WIFI and phone data.

The 25W quick charge included in the case is very fast and can charge the phone in about an hour and 10 minutes, charging more than 50{1b09b8fb2584dfb3e4aa9a8c3ead58281d36c8ce346588358e0d991cf39b6a1c} in half an hour.

There is an important note on the charger. The charger comes with a Type C port, which means that the attached cable is Type C on both sides, so you may encounter some difficulties in finding another cable in case your cable was lost. Also, if you do not have a modern personal computer with a type C port, then you would need to buy another cable to connect it to your PC.


Performance

The phone comes equipped with a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor octa-core, frequency of 2.2 GHz with cores of type Kryo 470 and manufacturing accuracy of 8 nm.

  • 8GB RAM type LPDDR4X
  • 128 GB UFS memory
  • Read speed 479 Mbps
  • Write speed 186 Mbps
  • Scored about 205,000 points at Antutu Benchmark

Very satisfactory performance, but still behind competitors

The most controversial issue about the pricing of this phone is its processor, as you get a mid-range processor at the price of leading Chinese phones and old leading Samsung phones! Snapdragon 730 is present in a phone priced at EGP 6,000 and is Mi 9T.

Practically, the performance is very good, there is no lag and there is a good smoothness and speed in performance. Also, the performance of the games is very good, therefore for any phone user, the performance of this phone will be very satisfactory.

But the problem is: when compared to competitors such as Honor 20 Pro and Mi 9, we find that the performance is better with an obvious difference, it is smoother and provides a better gaming performance, hence we expect to see a more sophisticated processor in a phone priced at EGP10,899.

It is worth mentioning that the interface here does not have the same performance problems that it faced in the A50 and A30, which means that the situation has improved as compared to the previous performance of the interface of the ONE UI.

I did not feel much heat in the phone compared to the high temperatures of these days, but perhaps when using features such as bokeh effect in videos and 4K, you will feel the heat and this is normal, but otherwise, the temperature is good.

Interface

Galaxy A80 with a Samsung interface ONE UI, version 1.1 comes with a security update for May month on Android 9.0 system.

Improved as compared to the beginning

The Samsung UI features a wonderful design that makes you feel the integration and the unity between all its elements and effects, and it brings the system’s features closer to your hand.

The interface also has many unique features such as the Pop Windows, the Secure Folder with Knox protection system and Samsung’s very special keyboard.

  • Shop Themes and a wide system customization.
  • Always-On-Display feature to display alerts and notifications with the possibility of shape and color customization.
  • Special gaming space feature and “do not disturb” option while playing.
  • Having two copies of the same application; screen split
  • Gestures such as lifting the phone to unlock it, etc.

The disadvantage of the interface are: not as smooth as the previous interface of Samsung, but it has improved a lot as compared to before


Additions

Sensors

  • Proximity (but buried under the screen next to the buried speaker which is also under the screen, works well in calls and prevents touching in the pocket, but it does not work by hand, that is, some things such as controlling the Talk Back for blind people will not work well)
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Compass (but the compass offers very poor performance, you need to always adjust it and sometimes the direction is not easily determined).
  • Lighting
  • The luminous fingerprint under display works well and is accurate, and there are no problems in the identification of the fingerprint, such as that which was in the precious A series, however, it is not the fastest.

Adds on:

  • The phone comes with only one SIM-card (not two).
  • The phone does not support a memory port (cannot put external memory).
  • The phone does not support 3.5mm headphone port.
  • The phone has no radio.
  • The phone has no notification bulb (but there is AOD).
  • The phone comes with a Type C port.
  • There is an extra microphone for noise cancellation.
  • Communication between phones via programs like Share-it sometimes takes longer than usual.

The maps and GPS experience in the phone are not the best. The identification of the place is good, however sometimes it takes 30-40 seconds to precisely identify it, hence if you are walking in a strange place it might make you get lost for a while before it identifies the location perfectly, however, with a bad compass, the experience gets worse.

Package Contents

  • Screen protector included with the phone.
  • Plastic back cover.
  • Type C cable on both sides.
  • Type C port headphones
  • Galaxy A80 (the phone itself)

Competitors

Honor 20 Pro

The leading and most powerful competitor of Honor’s company. Offers better cameras, better battery, and better audio experience and definitely better performance, but a weaker screen.

Xiaomi Mi 9

The leading Xiaomi is excellent in its performance, camera and audio experience, but with less efficient battery and screen.

Review summary: Samsung Galaxy A80

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The phone provided impressive features. at the first glance, it will fascinate you with the beauty of the phone, such as its screen, camera rotary and features such as bokeh effect in video and the wide-angle, but when evaluating the phone comparing to the competitors we will find that the only advantage of the phone is the screen. With the presence of leading phones from Samsung at a closer price- such as Note 9 and after the expected drop in its price- Galaxy A80 will not behave any advantage, except maybe the shape of the Motorized pop-up rotating camera. Perhaps Samsung itself knows that this type of phones are called “Proof of Concept”, and they are not intended to sell a lot of it, instead they want to show it off and to introduce new fancy products, directing those who love trying new things, breaking boredom and not caring about money; not for people who wish to keep the phone as their fixed phone for 3-4 years, and are unable to change their phones after a short period.


Features

Advantages:

  • Amazing display without edges
  • Camera features such as bokeh effect
  • Interface

Disadvantages:

  • An average processor
  • The speaker’s performance
  • The phone size is huge and heavy
  • No two SIMs or even an external memory port