Samsung Galaxy A80 

price₹ 44,190 onwards

launchJul, 2019

72.0

excellence score

58.4

value for money score

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2-Minute Review

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Design

  • High-quality build, metal frame, Gorilla glass front and back
  • Looks great with a large, 6.7-inch uninterrupted display without cut-outs or notches in the front, and a nice glossy glass back
  • Bulky size
  • Not the most accurate/reliable/fast in-display fingerprint reader
  • No face unlock

Display

  • Beautiful, immersive, near-bezel-less AMOLED display with high outdoor brightness and exemplary sRGB accuracy

Software

  • Samsung’s One UI is clean and minimal and a huge improvement over previous Samsung software - it is, as of today, one of the best Android UIs out there

Performance

  • Powerful performance backed by the new Snapdragon 730G - everything from daily use to gaming is smooth - gaming performance is even a bit better than the similar Snapdragon 730
  • Having said that, there are many competitors out there from the likes of OnePlus, Asus, and Xiaomi that provide the top-end flagship processors (Snapdragon 855) at this or lower price brackets - so the A80 isn't winning any performance wars

Camera

  • Good triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel main sensor; a wide-angle camera; and a TOF (time-of-flight) depth sensing camera
  • Photos taken during the day look good, with punchy colors
  • The wide-angle camera also does a decent job with minimal barrel distortion (though details are a bit soft)
  • The TOF sensor helps in producing a more realistic depth-of-field bokeh effect (Samsung’s also developed a video mode that takes advantage of this lens and the results are surprisingly good)
  • These same cameras are of course also used to shoot selfie photos/videos (through a unique pop-up + flipping action) - which means some really excellent selfies (much like the Asus 6Z which also utilizes a common camera set for standard pictures and selfie)
  • Low light images are not that great - the cameras struggle with both noise and poor dynamic range (night mode helps a bit, but not much)
  • Video recording is on the jerky side even with stabilization on (and event that stabilization is only available till 1080p)
  • The popup+flip camera mechanism is on the slow side
  • The popup+flip camera mechanism also seems fragile, with some reports of it starting to fail for a bunch of initial users

Audio

  • No stereo speakers - many other phones in this price bracket now offer stereo speakers

Battery

  • Good battery life with a 3700 mAh battery, that can power the device all day with no issue

Verdict

  • Overall, the A80 seems like an overpriced phone that will tend to struggle to compete with other "budget flagships" from the likes of OnePlus, Asus, Xiaomi, and Huawei - it falls behind on account of not having a flagship processor, overall middling cameras, a fragile selfie camera system, and an iffy in-display fingerprint reader

Expert Reviews

We continuously monitor new reviews from 200+ top technology experts

  1. Tough sell
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s not much reason to pick the A80, at its current price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Baffling pricing, considering the competition
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A tad expensive, but the style quotient will steal the show....intended for the lifestyle crowd
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  5. Hard to recommend the Galaxy A80, given the competition
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. engadget.com hands-on Read Review »
  7. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  8. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  10. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »

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Samsung Galaxy A80 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.7 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #12 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 618
RAM8 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3700 mAh
Fast ChargingYes
Dimensions
Thickness9.3 mm
Camera
Primary Camera48MP + 8MP + 3D Camera
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 48MP: F/2.0 Aperture; PDAF
  • 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide)
  • Panorama
  • HDR
Secondary Camera48MP + 8MP + 3D Camera
Secondary Camera Features
  • Rear Motorized Pop-up Camera used as front Camera
  • 48MP: F/2.0 Aperture; PDAF
  • 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (Ultrawide)
  • Panorama
  • HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
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Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • In-display Fingerprint Sensor
  • Dolby Atmos

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