Samsung’s New Galaxy A80 Has a Flipping Camera

Three Galaxy A80's, each with camera in different position of sliding and rotating
Samsung

Samsung’s latest phones feature innovations like the ability to fold, or a hole punched screen, but its latest Model, the Galaxy A80, has a new trick up its sleeve. A sliding, flipping camera array. Take that notch haters!

Samsung’s new Galaxy A80 is a presentation of ridiculous concepts that look very pretty. On paper, the specs of the phone are standard enough, with a 6.7-inch Full HD+ (1080×2400) Super AMOLED (dubbed a New Infinity Display), 8 GB RAM, a 128 GB of storage, and a mid-range Snapdragon processor. Samsung even includes an in-display fingerprint scanner. But with this phone, it’s what on the outside that counts.

A Sliding, Rotating Camera

Notched screens are so 2018, and Samsung has a new solution to give you as much display as possible. Marry three cameras, a 48-megapixel camera, an UltraWide 8-0megapixel camera, and a Time of Flight camera, and put them on a sliding, rotating mechanism. Want to take a picture of your adorable puppy sleeping next to your dusty exercise equipment? The camera set flips to face away from the screen. Time for a selfie? The camera array slides up and then flips to face towards you like this:

Samsung A80 video showing camera slide and rotate
Samsung

It’s a little reminiscent of “battle damage” toys that spin to show more destruction. And if you’re thinking, “how long before it breaks?” that’s the first question everyone asked, but Samsung didn’t provide any statistics to answer that question. This setup comes does with an immediate benefit; usually, phone manufacturers relegate UltraWide and ToF cameras to just selfies or just standard photos. With the ability to flip directions, you’ll get to use the full capabilities in every mode.

To round out the ridiculousness, the Galaxy A80 comes in three wildly named colors: Angel Gold, Ghost White, and Phantom Black. Unfortunately, you’ll have stay tuned for pricing and carrier info.

Samsung Mobile Press

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