Since the advent of the Galaxy A Series, questions have been raised on who is the best smartphone that Samsung has ever manufactured. According to T3, the Galaxy A51 is the only in its series that was a standing side by side with the rest of the Samsung Premium phones – the S20s, S10s, Note Series, and the recently launched Z Flip.
Let’s examine carefully the Samsung Galaxy A lineup – if affordability speaks, definitely it’s the Galaxy A30, followed by leveling up on features and some specs that are in the A40 and A50. Being consistent on the economy market is the series of the A70. Then comes the Galaxy A80, which is an exception to the rulemaking it a cut above the rest of the Galaxy A series.
Being a part of the Mid Range line up, the Samsung Galaxy A80 features a pop-up rotating rear camera section with a 48 megapixel sensor. Definitely had lived up to the expectation that they are not the ‘affordable’ handset in the Galaxy A series.
A real crowd drawer, it comes with 3 very elegant colors – Angel Gold, Ghost White and Phantom Black, very distinct from others. Great for showing off in parties, but you’re going to be using your phone all the time anyway so the Samsung Galaxy A80 isn’t such a party pooper since it can present itself to be a smartphone with a mid-range price tag.
The question remains, who among the Samsung phones can really be the buyer’s choice, after all of its glorifying self warranted claims? Let’s see.
The Display and Aesthetics
In terms of size and weight, the Samsung Galaxy A80 is a bulky device, good for those with bigger hands, and is used to using both hands for navigating the touchscreen phone.
Considered a heavyweight on the feature, figuratively, but it actually weighs in at 220g.. The Galaxy A80 is one of the heaviest phones that we got hold of as compared to its predecessor. The Galaxy A70 which is only 183g while the A50 at a meager 166g.
To facilitate a much larger 6.7 – inch screen, no doubt they made the dimensions at 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3mm, so it’s not really as big compared to other phones in its class, but it still is considered heavy.
You can say that the Galaxy A80 looks and feels like a high-end device – because of its Gorilla Glass display and back, with a metal frame making it comparable to the premium iPhone or Galaxy S10.
Something peculiar on the handset is that you will find the power button on the right, and the volume rocker on the left. As in the previous models, these buttons are always on the same side of a phone, giving it convenience and efficiency in handling and operating the phone. This comes as a frustration to others, but other features made by the manufacturers outweighs this disappointment.
You will notice the USB-C port on the rear of the device, along with the single speaker at the bottom edge. It’s surprising that there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, which comes standard in all Samsung smartphones, and we hate to burst your bubble since the traditional headphones are not included either. Well, maybe they are jumping on the bandwagon that other companies are interesting people to buy wireless headphones.
Samsung phones really lived up to their reputation for its high-quality screens, it is in the Samsung Galaxy A80’s display that they really stand out.
Resulting in a high contrast ratio and bright colors, the Galaxy A80 promises a great viewing experience by using a Super AMOLED screen tech display. Definitely a force to reckon with giving you a brightness that makes your eyes glued on the screen without stressing your vision.
This makes it as one of Samsung’s best display to date, and second to none, giving the user a breeze in using the bezel, making your fingers feel at ease.
The display may come as unappealing to users with smaller hands, – at 6.7 inches, you might find the screen, and the phone, a little too big to use.
Best Performance and Features yet.
When it comes to processing power, The Samsung Galaxy A80 runs on a Snapdragon 730 chipset, This is one of Qualcomm’s recently produced processors that is for the mid-range market.
The Galaxy A80’s main camera is 48MP f/2.0, with an 8MP f/2.2 aperture and an ultra-wide lens and a 3D Time-of-Flight at f/1.2 camera to catch a good depth of field (DOF),for that stunning portrait.
The truly unique feature of the Samsung Galaxy A80 is the rotating camera allowing you to use the same triple rear camera for selfies. It can give you good detail and true to life skin tones. Well it doesn’t mean that there will be no stones left unturned if the stones were to be major issues involving some flawed feature of the smartphone.
We don’t want to rain on your parade, but these are the following downside of the Galaxy A80. Poor music playback, flimsy camera design, fickle fingerprint sensor, unreliable loudspeaker and to top it all, the headphone jack is missing. Truly, the Galaxy A80 is not befitting the smartphone whiz user.
An upside is the sleek premium design and outstanding gaming performance that can live up to its worth in the lineup of Samsung heavyweights. Still worthy to be called a promising smartphone outweighing the minor issues involved when using the Galaxy A80.
Needless to say, this smartphone is a class of its own, and in many ways, it runs just and any other device. So if you think it’s worth your buck, then get the Galaxy A80.