The family of Galaxy A from Samsung continues to grow. The Galaxy A80 is positioned just below the Galaxy S, the brand’s high-end. In addition to offering a solid technical data sheet, the device allows itself a small originality which will seduce the most technophiles with its rotary camera. A very beautiful object which must all the same be confronted with flagship killer stamped OnePlus or Xiaomi, at the most attractive price-performance ratio.
A jewel of technology
Let’s say it right away, the Galaxy A80 is one of the most impressive smartphones on the market. If you are not used to large formats or you have small hands, you will have to go your way or at least … a good time of adaptation. To this is added a weight of 218 grams, justified by the use of glass at the front and at the rear. But that doesn’t stop her from being elegant. Its screen, with its 6.7 inch diagonal, extends over almost the entire facade. No notch or bubble, only thin borders are present all around the screen. It is quite successful.
The manufacturer has implemented a smart system for the photo. The triple module on the back slides and swivels when you need to take a selfie. This allows you to take advantage of the quality of the main cameras and it must be recognized that this also produces its small effect. It’s pretty quick to switch from classic to self-portrait, but rather noisy. A detail that is a little scary, however, you will notice by running your finger on the photo module that it tends to move. It does not reassure about the solidity of the mechanism.
The power / lock / unlock button is located on the right side of the device while the buttons for audio volume are opposite. The lower edge houses a sim card drawer, a USB Type-C port, a microphone and a speaker grid. Do not look for the speaker for phone calls, Samsung has integrated a screen vibration system for sound transmission, similar to what Huawei already offers on its P30 Pro. The fingerprint sensor is directly implanted in the panel. Optical, it reacts quickly and efficiently … without reaching the efficiency of the Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic sensor.
A quality Super AMOLED screen
The Galaxy A80 benefits from a Super AMOLED screen displaying a definition of 2400 by 1080 pixels for a resolution of 393 ppi. OLED technology requires, the contrast ratio is infinite. The slab is less bright than that of a Galaxy S10, but with a result of 516 cd / m², we are sure to keep a satisfactory readability outdoors. In terms of color fidelity, the smartphone is doing very well. We have also measured a Delta E which does not exceed 2.48. If you prefer more vibrant, but less natural colors, you can always switch to vivid mode in the display settings.
Android Pie and One UI: an effective duo
For the software part, we find the usual tandem composed of Android 9 and One UI, the overlay of Samsung. We have already said in previous reviews, this is a duo that works well and is complementary. The Google OS gives us a clear organization and the manufacturer’s interface gives us some additional bonuses such as more complete display settings, a night mode and the separation of the applications into two zones to facilitate use with one hand. . Finally, let’s add that the lareview Android security patch only dates back to September 1 at the time of this writing.
Samsung chose as processor the Snapdragon 730 coupled with 8 GB of RAM. Although it is a safe bet, we could have hoped for a more efficient mobile chip at this price level. The S730 operates on less expensive smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi 9T, sold at 349.90 euros when it was released. The latter also scores higher than the benchmarks. Similarly, the OnePlus 7 and its ultra-fast Chip Snapdragon 855 does much better … for a few tens of euros less! The model that comes just above the A80, the Galaxy S10e, is also more powerful with its Exynos 9820. It cost 100 euros more when it was released, but its price has dropped since then. You can find it around 500 euros.
Difficult therefore to defend the high price of the Galaxy A80. Nevertheless, this smartphone holds the road and offers a good fluidity of navigation. This combined with good display quality makes it a pleasant smartphone to use. Note, however, that the storage space cannot be extended with a micro SD card, you have to be content with 128 GB of internal memory.
The Samsung Galaxy A80 is equipped with a 3700 mAh battery. Our versatile autonomy review measured endurance of 12 hours and 7 minutes. In other words, without being mediocre, this autonomy is nothing exceptional: the OnePlus 7 reaches for example 15 hours and 42 minutes. In reality, the aircraft has a good day, but little more. We expected better with OLED, the dark mode offered by One UI and the capabilities of the Snapdragon 730 sold by its designer Qualcomm as good in energy management (in practice, the Mi 9T does better with this same processor but it is not spectacular). The smartphone is the first to benefit from Samsung’s fast 25W recharge (before the Galaxy Note 10), which allows it to recover 100% of its battery in one hour and 36 minutes.
As previously stated, the Galaxy A80 has a triple photo module that works in the back as in the front thanks to a rotary system. The 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 main sensor is already known to the battalion since it is found on the OnePlus 7, the Xiaomi Mi 9 or even the Honor 20. It is based on the pixel binning technique, that is to say that ‘it merges four photosites into one pixel to capture as much light as possible. We can say that this first camera is doing well. The colors are close to a natural rendering, the dynamic range is well managed and the number of details displayed is satisfactory.
Night shots suffer from the presence of noise. Clichés are not to be thrown away if the scene is bright enough. If not, unfortunately we quickly fall into the mush of pixels.
The second 8-megapixel sensor is associated with an ultra wide-angle. Compared to the main camera, we lose detail and sharpness. The colors are also darker and dull.
There is distortion and blurring around the edges of the photos. In low light, you shouldn’t expect anything from him. The noise strongly pollutes the scene.
Finally, the third and last sensor is dedicated to portrait mode. If the subject boundary works just as well as the background bokeh effect, there are areas a little too sensitive to overexposure.