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Update: According to Cellucity’s pricing for the single SIM model, you may only have to pay R10 999 for the Samsung Galaxy A80. Stock arrives on 5 July, the company confirmed on Thursday to Memeburn in an email.
Samsung’s quirky sliding-flipping Galaxy A80 has finally hit the shelves, the Korean company announced on Tuesday.
Prospective buyers can look forward to a 6.7-inch sAMOLED display with 2400×1080 resolution, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset.
Created for the “era of live”, as Samsung’s marketing material rings, its standout feature is that camera array.
Housing a 48MP main snapper with an f/2.0 aperture, a 123° ultrawide 8MP snapper with an f/2.2 aperture, and a depth sensor, the camera actually serves both traditional and selfie snapping. This is courtesy of the camera housing, which slides out from the rear of the phone, and flips to face the user in selfie mode.
More practical shoppers will like the 3700mAh battery with 25w charging, but will loathe the lack of a headphone jack and microSD card slot.
The Samsung Galaxy A80 is also a bit thicker and top-heavier than your current crop of ultra-premium mid-rangers, at 9.3mm.
The phone is available at the time of writing in “selected markets”. It’s not clear what that means for South African shoppers. But, we do have an idea of the price.
During an official A-Series event in Johannesburg in April, Samsung South Africa told us the phone will retail at R12 999. Whether this number has changed remains to be seen.
According to retailer Cellucity’s listing, the Galaxy A80 will be available for R11 799, and can be purchased at the time of writing.
For official data, we’ve reached out to Samsung South Africa to confirm availability dates and pricing for the local market, and will update this article when we receive a reply.
Update: Added pricing and availability information from Cellucity.
Feature image: Samsung