Samsung has announced the Galaxy A80, a new midrange phone with a camera that not only slides up from the rear of the device, but also automatically rotates so it can function as both a selfie camera and a rear-mounted camera. That novel camera allows this to be the first phone to feature Samsung’s “New Infinity” display, which it announced 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 seen swiveling cameras and slider mechanisms used in smartphones before, but never together 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 its camera setup, the Galaxy A80 also includes a 3,700mAh battery that supports fast charging at 25W. It also has 8GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage, and it includes an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone is available in three colors: gold, white, and black.
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.