Samsung recently announced the launch of new devices at an event held in Bangkok. These new devices belong to Samsung’s refreshed A series lineup that saw the likes of the Galaxy A20, the Galaxy A30, and the Galaxy A50 in India a few months ago. The new additions to the A-series lineup include the Galaxy A70, and the top-of-the-line Galaxy A80. The company had also launched another device called the Galaxy A40 as a Europe specific device last month. As evident from the naming scheme, the A40 is the most affordable of these three devices, while the A80 will be an upper mid-range device that would be priced close to the likes of the OnePlus 6T and higher-end versions of the ASUS Zenfone 5z. In this article, we take a detailed look at these three devices and see how different they are from each other.
Samsung Galaxy A80 vs Galaxy A70 vs Galaxy A40: Price in India, launch date
Samsung is yet to officially announce these three handsets in India. In fact, event at the launch event, they stopped short of announcing the final prices of these handsets when they come to India. However, looking at the launch prices of the existing A-Series handsets in the country, we can expect the Galaxy A40 to be priced slightly above the existing Galaxy A30 that retails for INR 16,990. That’s if the handset officially makes it to India. As for the Galaxy A70, this device will be positioned above the Galaxy A50 that currently sells for INR 22,990 for the top end variant. This means we can expect the price of the Galaxy A70 to be above the INR 25,000 mark when it comes to India. Lastly, we have the Galaxy A80 which comes with the cool rotating camera module. We expect the Galaxy A80 to be priced around the INR 40,000 mark if it ever makes it to India. We still do not have clarity on the expected launch dates for these three Samsung A-Series devices in India.
Samsung Galaxy A80 vs Galaxy A70 vs Galaxy A40: Specifications, features compared
Let us now take a look at the comparative specifications of these three new handsets. As the norm is, we first talk about the display and the design aspects.
We start with the Galaxy A80 that gets a large notch-less 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. The A70 also gets the same panel albeit with a notch at the top. The Galaxy A40, in comparison, gets a relatively small 5.9-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.
Moving on to the hardware, the Samsung Galaxy A80 is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 730 chipset that houses an octa-core processor and uses the Adreno 618 GPU for graphics. The phone comes with 128GB of storage and has 8GB of RAM as well. This device gets an in-display fingerprint scanner and has a 3700 mAh battery with support for 25W fast charging.
The Galaxy A70 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset that houses an octa-core processor and uses the Adreno 612 GPU for graphics. The phone comes in two versions, a base 6GB/128GB version, and a pricier 8GB/128GB version. The Galaxy A70 also gets an in-display fingerprint scanner and a large 4,500 mAh battery with support for 25-watt fast charging.
Moving on to the Galaxy A40, this handset is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7885 chipset which is near-identical to the Exynos 7904 chipset used on the Galaxy A30. The handset comes in a single version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The handset also gets a MicroSD card slot for additional memory. The battery capacity of the galaxy A40 stands at 3,400 mAh with support for 15-watt fast charging.
All three handsets run Samsung’s One UI atop an Android 9 Pie core.
Samsung Galaxy A80 vs Galaxy A70 vs Galaxy A40: Camera and Imaging
Let us now talk about the camera set up on these three devices. The most interesting camera, of course, has to be the one on the Galaxy A80. This device features a pop-up, rotating camera mode that houses the primary and secondary cameras. The Galaxy A80 uses a 48-megapixel primary camera with f/2.0 aperture while the secondary camera happens to be an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera.
The Galaxy A70 features a triple camera setup at the rear consisting of a primary 32-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture, a secondary 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a third 5-megapixel sensor for depth information. The phone also gets a 32-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture.
The Samsung Galaxy A40 gets a dual camera set up at the rear that includes a 16-megapixel primary camera with f/1.7 aperture and a secondary 5-megapixel, f/2.2 ultra-wide camera. At the front, the handset gets a 25-megapixel. f/2.0 selfie camera.