Wednesday , October 5 2022

Samsung Galaxy A80 review: A very powerful experiment



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Samsung had to adapt a lot so that the screen covered the largest possible area of ​​the front.

Samsung's latest experiment is called the Galaxy A80. The purpose of the phone is clear – a big screen on the smallest body. It is therefore equipped with several interesting technologies. In addition to unusual innovations, the manufacturer has also been working on the "traditional" smart equipment, resulting in 48Mpx selfie photos.

Big and heavy

100% quality: The Galaxy A80 is a high quality craft. The frame is made of aluminum, the back is made of smoothed glass Gorilla Glass 6. Thanks to the rounded corners, it doesn't cut into the hands at all.

Very difficult: Samsung Galaxy A80 weighs only 220 grams, which is a lot today. Feel it in your pocket and let your hands breathe for continued use. It's not really pleasant. In addition, the Galaxy A80 is 9.3 millimeters relatively thick.

The mirror back looks beautiful. It consists of hardened Gorilla Glass 6 glass, so he has to endure something.

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The mirror back looks beautiful. It consists of hardened Gorilla Glass 6 glass, so he has to endure something.

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Diving pockets: The heaviest weight is offset partially (but actually only partially) by a really huge diagonal screen. 6.7-inch screens have had tablets lately. But it must be said that this is really more like a mobile phone than a tablet. This is due to a larger 20: 9 aspect ratio and a screen extended more or less to the edge.

With a unique camera

To solve a selfie problem: The biggest attraction of the A80 is the unique, sliding camera. The manufacturer used it to solve one of the biggest problems of today's smartphones – where to put the front camera? To avoid having a cutter, a hole in the screen or a high face, he used only the pull mechanism. Thanks to it, the main camera can be rotated from the back to the front and can also be used for taking selfies.

The camera slides smoothly and smoothly, but gently buzzes. Watch it in the video:

The camera itself looks: Do you want to take a photo? Press the appropriate icon to eject the camera. Its vertical movement takes care of the engine and everything is fully automated. However, when the camera is extended, the cameras also roll on the horizontal axis, also without assistance.

The camera buzzes gently as it moves. It is the engine.

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The camera buzzes gently as it moves. It is the engine.

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Succeeded: The device opens and closes when you turn on the front camera in the app. It also works with third-party apps like Snapchat and Instagram. Cannot eject manually. Although everything looks weird and exotic, Samsung deserves praise. Not knowing the phone, the user can easily confuse it with a fixed body part. The rotating part with the cameras fluctuates a bit, but we don't consider it a major disadvantage. The A80 is well designed.

buzzing; You should know that every camera switch will be accompanied by a noise engine. The sound is very similar to small remote controls or toy locomotives. It's not uniform, every movement ends with a slightly thicker sound. Sounds did not interpose us, but it is a strange change on completely silent cameras from other phones.

With a sliding camera, the Galaxy A80 extends almost to the edge on all sides.

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With a sliding camera, the Galaxy A80 extends almost to the edge on all sides.

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Just a few compromises

Do not expect water resistance: As an understandable victim of the pull-out mechanism, water resistance has dropped. More than rain, however, we recommend paying attention to the beach. Even a few grains of sand in the wrong place could mean the end of selfies.

We like the slide camera quality of processing. It looks firm and not at all fragile.

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We like the slide camera quality of processing. It looks firm and not at all fragile.

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No Jack: We don't understand bypassing the 3.5mm jack. The phone is big and big, there is more than enough space. For multimedia enthusiasts, this would be a very nice bonus. However, the Galaxy A80 supports FM radio playback. Just plug the cable headphones into the charging port. This often happens nowadays.

Dual SIM and contact payments: In addition the cell phone supports two simultaneous SIM cards does not support memory cards. Thus, the second SIM card slot is not a hybrid. It also offers contact payments via NFC, Dolby Atmos audio enhancement, and Bluetooth 5.

The pull-out module is also sleek from behind.

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The pull-out module is also sleek from behind.

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Three in one: Handset, screen and fingerprint reader

Full HD only: In addition to the above parameters, the screen supports HDR technology and has a resolution of 2400 × 1080, the "extended" equivalent of Full HD. With a monstrous 6.7 inch diagonal, this may seem like a small deal, but in practice it doesn't matter. Individual pixels are not visible and the image is sharp enough for normal use.

Fair display: The screen is Super AMOLED. Colors are bold and colorful, black is really black and brightness is enough even in direct sunlight. The lowest level of brightness is again suitable for bed. The image is not significantly distorted even at high inclination. Decisive work, we are satisfied.

The screen is just great.

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The screen is just great.

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In addition to the speaker …: The Galaxy A80 would be a great multimedia device, but only has one small speaker in the lower right corner. It is quite loud and at higher volumes the sound does not destroy much of what is good. But physics doesn't let go, it sounds terribly shallow. It has no stereo twin.

Screen vibrates: The Samsung Galaxy A80 does not have a classic handset over the screen. As there is no vacancy, the manufacturer has taken an alternative solution. The sound passes through the upper half of the screen, which vibrates when making calls, creating a sound. In practice it doesn't work at all. We often had problems with volume during speech. The other side we didn't hear or understand. Another problem was touching the ear – the screen didn't work reliably. It happened that we accidentally placed the call or changed the settings otherwise.

A small speaker is a shame. With a better speaker, the Galaxy A80 would be a great choice for multimedia.

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A small speaker is a shame. With a better speaker, the Galaxy A80 would be a great choice for multimedia.

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Incorrectly detects insert in pocket: Conversely, in the pocket, the phone used to light on its own and after extraction we found an open application or typed message. At the same time, the Galaxy A80 should be equipped with accidental touch protection, as it has blocked us several times with normal hands. Samsung will still have to work hard to detect the screen cover.

Get used to the optical fingerprint reader. It works as a step backwards quickly, but at least does not take up space under the screen. A better option would be the fingerprint sensor.

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Get used to the optical fingerprint reader. It works as a step backwards quickly, but at least does not take up space under the screen. A better option would be the fingerprint sensor.

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Optical sensor: Also includes a fingerprint reader. It is an optical sensor. Feeling about twice as fast as traditional sensors, unlocking is certainly not immediate. Watch the video below to see how the ejector works. In practice it is accurate, you just need to focus on unlocking. The solution can be compared to that in Galaxy S10 + – it is important to place your finger as accurately as possible and press it slightly. Galaxy A80 does not offer face control as an alternative.

How the fingerprint and slide reader works:

Full 48 Mpx

One camera only at depth: All three sensors work great as a master camera in good light. Two modes are available, possible and wide. The third camera only notices the depth. Both modes guarantee beautiful color photos with very nice pictures. In the case of Samsung nothing new. If you want more real life colors, just turn off AI Scene Optimization.

The colorful colors are a typical Samsung business card. Burning trends are perfectly offset by HDR, but then you will be forced to offer high resolution.

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The colorful colors are a typical Samsung business card. Burning trends are perfectly offset by HDR, but then you will be forced to offer high resolution.

Source: Adam Harmada

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Ordinary with higher resolution: Standard mode supports up to 48Mpx still images, but 12.2 Mpx by default. You must manually switch to higher resolution with the aspect ratio button (choose 3: 4H instead of 3: 4). We don't like it, but the convenience is that the phone will remember the choice. The photo resolution is actually 8,000 × 6,000 pixels. That means a full 48 Mpx, on the contrary from selected competitors.

It's cool that Samsung allows users to take photos in full camera resolution. 48 Mpx really is a load.

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It's cool that Samsung allows users to take photos in full camera resolution. 48 Mpx really is a load.

Source: Adam Harmada

Image in original size

Captures all the details: The photos are really detailed and not too big. On average they have 10 to 15 MB, the largest around 20 MB. The photo below is a typical holiday photo. Notice how detailed it is. When you zoom in, you can see more distant buildings or even ships at sea. An impressive result.

The picture is nice to see, for example, ships at sea. 48 Mpx delivers a really high level of detail, and Samsung gets huge thumbs up from us.

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The picture is nice to see, for example, ships at sea. 48 Mpx delivers a really high level of detail, and Samsung gets huge thumbs up from us.

Source: Adam Harmada

Image in original size

Great attention to light: HDR is not available in full resolution. More experienced photographers will do the exhibition and the photos will not be burnt or too dark. However, if you do not want to "go around" with the settings, you will be forced to choose between full resolution or artificial brightness at 12.2Mpx resolution. Lowering the resolution will offer only details, the other photo qualities will remain unchanged. When HDR is activated, it works great.

Be careful when shooting very contrasting scenes. At the time, we recommend offering higher resolution in favor of HDR technology, which beautifully balances the brightness.

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Be careful when shooting very contrasting scenes. At the time, we recommend offering higher resolution in favor of HDR technology, which beautifully balances the brightness.

Source: Adam Harmada

Image in original size

Wide screen only for effect: The wide-angle camera also supports HDR, but doesn't work with the flash. Photos have realistic colors and proper lighting. The resolution is low, only 8 Mpx. The images lose detail and do not look good at a closer look. We must recognize that images look good on social networks. There is really a lot to do, but be careful about distorting and straining the image.

The wide-angle camera is perfect for effect. 8 Mpx is really fun compared to the main camera.

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The wide-angle camera is perfect for effect. 8 Mpx is really fun compared to the main camera.

Source: Adam Harmada

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They do not think of professionals

Pros won't like it: The Galaxy A80 offers a significantly limited professional mode. Only the sensor sensitivity (ISO), white balance, and exposure compensation can be adjusted.

Photo from the same place in Park Guell in Barcelona, ​​but captured with a wide-angle camera. The low resolution was due to both the buildings and the ships, leaving only shadows that are hard to identify.

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Photo from the same place in Park Guell in Barcelona, ​​but captured with a wide-angle camera. The low resolution was due to both the buildings and the ships, leaving only shadows that are hard to identify.

Source: Adam Harmada

Image in original size

At night preferably without night mode: Shooting at night is not much. Night mode illuminates objects and the scene slightly, but produces noisy, mechanical-like photos. Really it's at the level of smartphones for half the price. Does not work with full resolution – takes 12.2Mpx images. We achieved better results without night-time regimen, although the lack of light had a significant effect on them. They were darker, but without artifacts and fog. The competing solutions in this discipline Galaxy A80 cannot compete at all.

Night mode is not worth much. They lighten up the photos a bit, but they look more like the machule. We have seen incomparably better results than our competitors.

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Night mode is not worth much. They lighten up the photos a bit, but they look more like the machule. We have seen incomparably better results than our competitors.

Source: Adam Harmada

Image in original size

Bokeh succeeded: The cloudy background effect handles the phone respectfully. In addition to standard portrait shots, we also managed to make several macro shots with them. Edge detection is relatively accurate in most cases, background blurring is even. When editing photos later, it is not possible to change the focus, only the amount of blur and its effect. The resolution in this mode is 12.2 Mpx.

The phone does not need to see face to shoot with a blurry background. The effect is really successful, though edge detection is not always perfect.

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The phone does not need to see face to shoot with a blurry background. The effect is really successful, though edge detection is not always perfect.

Source: Adam Harmada

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Super stable video without optical stabilization

Same quality: Shooting videos with Galaxy A80 is similar to shooting. Electronic stabilization acts as expected. We have not experienced any problems or illnesses. With a standard sensor, colors are faithful and varied, details are sharp. The wide-angle equivalent is only suitable for video shooting in perfect light conditions.

The wide-angle camera is very close to the main camera. The only difference is six times lower resolution.

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The wide-angle camera is very close to the main camera. The only difference is six times lower resolution.

Source: Adam Harmada

Image in original size

Bokeh in video: The phone can apply blurry background effect not only to photos but also to videos. Edge detection is slightly worse and the effect cannot be edited later in the editor. Background blur is slightly uneven. We recommend that you consider recording correctly in this mode.

For Galaxy A80, the video is the same quality as the photos:

Super stable tax video: In addition to ordinary and widescreen mode, also shooting so-called super stable video. The phone then uses a wide-angle camera and cultural input. The video is really stable with no tremor. However, if you do not provide good lighting, the quality will decrease – in addition to poor resolution, your phone will degrade colors.

The widescreen camera has no issues with burning or dark scenes thanks to the always available HDR.

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The widescreen camera has no issues with burning or dark scenes thanks to the always available HDR.

Source: Adam Harmada

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Fingers only: The Galaxy A80 can handle slow motion only at 720p at 240 frames per second. It is not limited in length and the shortened section can be edited later in the editor. An alternative is super-slow motion video with the same resolution and 480 frames per second. It will record only 0.4 seconds after the shutter is pressed. Help as motion detection is not available, so prepare your flashing fingers to capture the right moment. Almost useless in practice.

Slow motion video only damages lower 720p resolution:

Time will also speed up: We are happy with the time-lapse videos. Time can be accelerated 4- to 32-fold, or leave the selection automatic. The smartphone then rotates the first second with less acceleration, then switches to a larger one. You cannot change it later in the editor. The result is great.

Automatic acceleration makes a very nice effect. First the acceleration is finer, then the phone adds:

Selfies in the same resolution

Feeling of weight: When making selfie pictures, weight is a big obstacle to the design of the phone. The phone is over 18 inches long when the camera is turned off. Now let's put it together – a long and heavy phone, the camera is extreme when shooting in a landscape and has no optical image stabilization, just electronic. When shooting self-shot with an outstretched hand, it is a real problem to take a sharp photo. Over time, the hands got used to it and the photos didn't fade any more, but the first impression was broken.

With more complex scenes, the camera is disturbed, and most of it is viewed through selfies. When shooting with the camera extended, we recommend that you always turn on the HDR.

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With more complex scenes, the camera is disturbed, and most of it is viewed through selfies. When shooting with the camera extended, we recommend that you always turn on the HDR.

Source: Adam Harmada

Image in original size

Identical result: It makes no sense to write a lot about selfie photos because they are taken with the same cameras. The flash also works with the main camera. We do not recommend shooting in full resolution due to lack of HDR. In every photo with unbalanced lighting a background burned or darkened our face.

Wide-screen selfie looks great. They fit the whole group.

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Wide-screen selfie looks great. They fit the whole group.

Source: Adam Harmada

Image in original size

Third mode: Surprisingly, when taking selfie photos, three modes are offered. The third in practice is just 7.6 Mpx cut from an ordinary camera. We didn't find much use, and it's nothing the user couldn't do alone to edit images later. But it is nice that Samsung is offering it as an alternative option in the room.

With the Galaxy A80 it is simply a pleasure to take pictures.

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With the Galaxy A80 it is simply a pleasure to take pictures.

Source: Adam Harmada

Image in original size

Without a slow motion video: Not sure why, but the smartphone does not support slow motion video recording. Instead, it can create real-time images. We would have wanted it the other way around …

It continues like everyone else

Traditional extension: The Galaxy A80 is equipped with the Android 9.0 Pie operating system with One UI extension. The superstructure extends the functional equipment significantly, but it is no different from that on other phones of the brand. Noteworthy is a comprehensive dark mode, fully customizable lock screen and All-On screen, Bixby voice assistant and various game features.

Playing games and watching videos is a pleasure for the Galaxy A80. But get your headphones on ...

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Playing games and watching videos is a pleasure for the Galaxy A80. But get your headphones on …

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Occasional ice cream: We are not happy with the action. Often the phone does not respond to touch for a short time. Usually turning off and on the screen helped, but sometimes after a few tries. We had a sales piece for testing. Modern Samsungs, even with much lower prices, do not suffer from such ailments, so we assume that software updates will solve this.

Large battery: We have already mentioned the capacity of the battery, it has over an average 3,700 mAh. It can handle even the most demanding days and many pictures. But don't expect much from her, the display is really huge. Two days can handle only one charge when really modest use. As a classic it proved to be a rather one-day stamp with a decent reserve.

Of the three cameras, only two can capture images. One serves for a deep feeling.

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Of the three cameras, only two can capture images. One serves for a deep feeling.

Source: Adam Harmada

Fast charge: The included charger has a power of 25 watts, and the phone charges fast, from zero to 50% in almost exactly 30 minutes. We see cable as a potential problem. It has a Type C USB connector on both ends. If you are using an older computer or laptop, you will need to buy a new cable to connect your phone. On the other hand, users of modern electronics and accessories will appreciate the detail. It means wider compatibility and faster transfers.

Thanks to the rounded edges the smartphone does not cut. Due to the weight, however, the hands are still sore over time.

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Thanks to the rounded edges the smartphone does not cut. Due to the weight, however, the hands are still sore over time.

Source: Adam Harmada

Rating: Exotic monster

The Samsung Galaxy A80 is definitely not a traditional phone. The manufacturer went so far as to reduce the edges around the screen, that it completely changed the format. On the back is a sliding camera that replaces both the front and rear camera.

Technically, the solution surprised us with the quality of workability. The device is fast, though not completely silent. At first, we found it fun to watch the cameras, then we got used to it. The benefit of high-resolution selfies is a pretty strong sales argument for many.

If someone on the Galaxy A80 says it's a "big shovel," it's got to be fixed. It's even bigger. It's a monstrous big phone. It is 6.7 inches diagonal, measures over 18 inches long when the camera is extended, and weighs 220 grams. In addition to the disadvantages of wearing pants, you already meet a real usable limit – such a great phone is stretching your hand.

We also have reservations about the worse call quality caused by the lack of a traditional device. Usually that would be a very serious mistake. It's a phone nonetheless, though. But the truth is that users in the target category of this mobile mastodon make one call a week – even if their parents ask why they are not home yet. We are much more concerned about the slower fingerprint we have to get used to for a while. Otherwise, the Galaxy A80 offers a lot of performance for the most demanding games and a high-quality display, which is nice to watch.

But the price of 649 euros will force many to shake hands, especially when looking at the competitive bid. A80 so we can only recommend real selfie maniacs. Alternatively (without exaggeration) as a backup working tool for those who are self-sustaining or planning to feed themselves.

Even then, however, the choice is not 100% clear. It's a very similar package Zenfone 6 by Asus with the same inclined camera resolution, less weight and a price tag of just € 499. Although it has a smaller LCD technology display, this may not be decisive in this case. This, however, is not the only competition. Enthusiasts from large screens to the edge can consider 50 euros more expensive Xiaomi I Mix or OnePlus 7 Pro.

benefits

  • The perfect camera, especially in the selfie category

  • Large and successful display
  • Good quality factory
  • Fast charging 25W
shortcomings

  • price

  • mass
  • Phone call failed
  • Little talker
  • Slower fingerprint
  • Not waterproof

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