Samsung clearly doesn't like notches. The Galaxy S10 family features a single or dual hole-punch style selfie camera – rather than any of the various notch styles offered by its competitors – and the company's new mid-range Galaxy A80 device shows that there is an alternative to notches.
The Galaxy A80 features a rotating camera that's designed to be your rear and front cameras. And thus, there's no notch. The main 48MP f/2.0 camera is combined with an ultrawide 8MP camera (with 123° field of view) and a 3D depth sensor. The 3D depth camera adds Live Focus in video and scans what the camera sees for both depth and measurement.
Beyond the rotations, the camera also features a "super steady" video mode which aims to reduce video shake, and the Galaxy A80 also has the AI-powered Scene Optimizer from the Galaxy S10 family, including the Galaxy S10e.
The Galaxy A80 features a large 6.7-inch 1080 x 2400 Super AMOLED display, is powered by Qualcomm's new mid-range Snapdragon 730G processor and comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There's Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5.0, and the whole package is powered by a 3,700 mAh battery with 25W fast charging, which is on par with the Galaxy S10 5G.
The phone runs Android Pie with One UI out of the box and will launch in three colors: Phantom Black, Ghost White and Angel Gold. The Galaxy A80 is certainly an intriguing device but it remains to be seen how durable the slider is. As there's no front facing camera, the camera has to rotate every time you want to take a selfie.
This is certainly not a new concept. We've seen companies like Vivo and OPPO launch devices with sliding mechanisms before. However, while those implementations were mostly dismissed, the power of the Galaxy brand could offer hope to the mainstream return of physical sliders. Or, we'll just have hole punches until someone can figure out how to put the camera inside the screen without a hole!
The Galaxy A80 will launch globally on May 29th, although it's not clear what markets it will come to and how much it will cost. In the meantime, what do you think of the rotating camera and do you want to see it on the Galaxy Note 10?