Samsung pops out the 'New Infinity' Galaxy A80 and pops up its rotating tri-camera

Samsung's DJ Koh went on record recently, saying that he will try to mix it up in the midrange side of things and will introduce flagship features there to better differentiate the A-series and below. It was not explicitly said, but with that move, he aims to stave off the onslaught of Chinese brands that are decimating everyone's midrange and encroaching on the high-end turf with value-for-money propositions.

One needs to look no further than the newly-announced Galaxy A80 to gauge that DJ Koh wasn't kidding when he said that the lines between Samsung's flagships and midrangers will get increasingly blurry. Not only does the phone have an in-display fingerprint reader, glass body, generous RAM/storage amounts, and a huge battery, but it also adds a triple camera system with 3D depth-sensing - you know, S10 5G-style

To top it all off, the Galaxy A80 sports a unique sliding camera mechanism that has so far been the prerogative of the Chinese juggernauts Oppo and Vivo yet Samsung added its own cool twist to it literally. Here's the full scoop on the unique for Samsung Galaxy A80 that was just unveiled at three global events.

Galaxy A80 design and display

The first New Infinity design

Lo and behold, Samsung went with the jolliest of all the jolly "all-screen" phone designs. So far we've had wide notches, dewdrop notches, hole-in-display, sliders, dual-screen, and pop-up camera approaches to ensuring that you have as large an active display area as possible at the front. Samsung chose the last one for the A80, allowing it to fit a giant 6.7" FHD+ display (1080x2400 pixels) of the Super AMOLED variety.

We know what you are most interested in - how is this new type of "all-screen," "bezel-less" Samsung phone design called? Why, New Infinity Display, of course, that's the only one left from the quartet of Infinity design approaches Samsung revealed last year. Indeed, neither the shrunk top and bottom bezels of the S8 that started it all, nor the waterdrop notches or hole-in-display Infinity-V or -O designs are fit to explain this one. 

Granted, we still have quite a large handset at 6.50 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches (165 x 76.5 x 9 mm ) but considering that the screen is 6.7 inches across, the size is rather compact for the diagonal, and that's the whole point of the rotating tri-camera mechanism on the back. 

The bezels seem uniformly thin throughout, save for the slightly wider chin at the bottom where the display connector is usually located. Samsung managed the slimming of the top bezel by removing anything from up there, even the earpiece, and the A80 is now sporting its Sound on Display technology that vibrates the screen to emit audio. The "3D Glass" body lies on a metal frame, exuding a premium look and feel, so the only thing left to wonder about is what will the official case for the A80 look like.

The Galaxy A80's amazing pop-up, rotating tri-camera

Rear cam selfies come true and effortless

Some use an extra screen on the back in order to take selfies with the best camera set you have in your phone - the rear one - and some, like Samsung with the A80, simply rotate the back shooters towards you when you tap the selfie button. The whole process is quick, seamless and automated as you can see below, no pushing up or manual flipping:

The rear camera setup is to be trusted, too. Samsung placed Sony's new 48MP pixel-binning juggernaut in there as the main sensor and chose to accompany it with an 8MP wide-angle sidekick for those landscape and group shots. 

What it notably left out is a zoom camera but the high-end Galaxy S line has to carry some advantages still, plus with the huge resolution of the main sensor you could probably do some lossless cropping zooming that will pretty much deliver the same results as an extra 2x telephoto lens.

There's one more thing about the Galaxy A80's camera, though, and that is a 3D depth-sensing ToF camera that will probably come in handy not only for unlocking but also for 3D-mapping the object to deliver that perfect bokeh or portrait mode shot. Samsung brought down all the features from the S10 line, too, like the excellent Super Steady video mode that will keep your live footage from any shakes and jitters - the A80 is dubbed as the "Era of Live," after all. 

The time-of-flight camera offers Live Focus in video mode, too, so you can map the depth of objects caught in the footage while filming it. You get the same 30 scene recognition and optimization scenarios that the S10 has, too, which Samsung is very careful not to call AI. It saved the AI moniker for the next part, the hardware and software performance.

Galaxy A80 specs

Here's where AI enters the stage

As a true upper midranger, the Galaxy A80 offers a generous amount of operating memory and storage. This time around, however, Samsung went all in, equipping the phone with no less than 8GB of RAM (the Galaxy S9 has 4GB) and 128 GB of internal memory. The octa-core Snapdragon 730 processor that runs the show is set in a 2.2GHz Dual + 1.8GHz Hexa-core configuration. 

In short, the A80 is specc'd way above its midrange positioning, and when you add a sufficiently large 3700 mAh battery that can be topped up very quickly with the fast 25W charger in the box, the picture only gets rosier. Samsung reveals that an "Intelligent Performance Enhancer provides AI-powered performance optimization software" in the A80. From the looks of it, it learns and adapts to your usage scenarios and power draw to deliver smooth performance with the least toll on battery life - something that most every major manufacturer now claims to do. A Bixby button with Bixby Routines helps you schedule and optimize your everyday life with the phone further.

Galaxy A80 price, colors and release date

Available in Angel Gold, Ghost White, and Phantom Black, the Galaxy A80 will be landing on May 29th in many a market around the globe. Samsung is yet to set a firm price range for each country but we'd wager to guess it will sit a step above the Galaxy A70's $500, so 600 EUR/USD and up is your best bet for this unique rotating tri-camera phone from Samsung.

The Gold and White models actually have a bit of pink and blue in them, respectively, depending on how the light angle goes, so the chameleon glass body is poised to remain interesting to look at for a long time. Now, what would the case of this thing look like again? 

Related phones

Galaxy A80
  • Display 6.7" 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh



1. ReticentHamster

Posts: 158; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

That... actually looks marvelous. Holy cow. I thought the rotating camera would look really stupid to be honest, but it doesn't look bad (if a bit delayed on the retraction action shown in the gif) And those bezels! As thin as the S10, from the looks of it. Well done, Samsung. If this thing gets released in the US, which I'm not betting on, I would definitely be interested in scooping it up!

4. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 134; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

It's actually thinner than the s10 and the iphones.

86. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

s10 is 7.8mm, this is 9mm

88. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

s10 is curved, can't compare curved with flat screen.

31. adecvat

Posts: 658; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Well done? - fat - heavy - no SD - no speaker - no 3.5 mm. - no 4k recording - overpriced

35. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Stupidest looking phone ever. The looks of the phone truely compliments S-fans.

40. geordie8t1

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Theres always one sad bitter old clown

42. drunkenjay

Posts: 1702; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

the notch truly compliments your hairline.

44. pimpin83z

Posts: 597; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I lose brain cells just looking at your comments.

43. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 134; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

You you stupid or are you stupid. Their is a speaker. There is 4k recording and there's definitely a headphone jack. Did not read the article or something?

46. oldskool50 unregistered

Gosh man. You are just pathetic. All the dimensions are smaller than the S10+, except its height. heavy? the weight is unpublished at this time. No SD. Do you need it? You actually plan to buy it? No speaker. What phone doesn't have some type of speaker? No jack? yep no jack. That's now a problem? Some other phoens don't either. I'm not buying it, so I don't care. No 4K. You think a 48MP camera can't record in 4K? The specs say both front and rear camera have 4K capabilities. Maybe you should try learning to read vs being a troll out to attack and start trouble. As usual, haters never have a clue what they are talking about, which is why you all need to be ignored.

62. M.O.A.B

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

*links a comparison between two phones from gsmarena* PhoneArena: am i a joke to you ?

83. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

They should have used the snapdragon 730G in this and kept the headphone jack coupled with micro sd, wireless charging and it would be worth the $730.

2. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Interesting concept. I wonder about the durability of the camera module given the extra moving part of the camera rotating. I hope this comes to the states so I can check it out!

11. manzer

Posts: 62; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

For me, I would use the front camera sparingly. So possibly little use. Love the full screen. This should have been the s10 But how would you put a case on it I would need that...

25. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

A case...I forgot about a case! Ughh yeah a case would be hard to fit on this device. Like you, though, I don't use the front camera so the mechanism would take years to wear out. Also, the bottom bezel might be the thinnest I've seen. BTW is the fingerprint scanner optical or ultrasonic?

34. drunkenjay

Posts: 1702; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

should be fine. the s10+ edge has literally 0 bezel yet phone case fit fine.

39. geordie8t1

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

He isnt referring to the bezel size, its to do with the pop up camera module, how will a case fit it? Will it only have 3 sides

52. TBomb

Posts: 1668; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Case could be two 3-sided pieces. One on the bottom, and one on the top/slider. In my mind, when the camera is slid up, there would be a small gap in the cases. The case(s) the phone would look like this: _____ | | |===| |____| With === being the separation between the top and bottom halfs

61. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It will probably be good if you aren't obsessed with taking selfies all the time.

3. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 134; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

This phone is beautiful.

5. Cat97

Posts: 1979; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The design is kind of interesting, using the "good camera" for everything including selfies is the way to go. But the 48MP sensor is a midrange sensor and doesn't have great image quality. OIS is unheard of with this sensor, probably because it is too large. It's just for marketing numbers and bragging rights. I hate when naïve customers lead manufacturers into directions like this. A good 12MP sensor with large pixel size and OIS is vastly superior to anything else of the same sensor area.

38. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's a midranger, of course you won't find a top notch sensor in it.

6. Ichimoku

Posts: 178; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

WOW. This is the new level of pop up camera

7. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Now that's a f**king phone.

48. oldskool50 unregistered

Wow! You actually like this concept?

8. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

There’s still a chin. Why not make it all the same as the side and top bezel.

24. Cat97

Posts: 1979; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Because they don't have the balls (or patents, or money) to alter their manufacturing process which now places the connectors on the bottom of the display.

37. izim1

Posts: 1607; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Thats where all the connectors go. Move them, and you'll just move the thicker bezel to another location. Because of that, no one has been able to eliminate the chin. Not even apple. They simply hide it by making the top and side bezels the same dimensions. Samsung simply doesnt want to do that.

26. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

While there is still a chin, it might be the thinnest one I've seen on a phone. I'd like to see a comparison to the iPhone XS.

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