Samsung has announced the Galaxy A80, a new mid-range phone with a camera that not only slides up from the rear of the device, but also automatically rotates so it can function as both a selfie and rear-mounted camera.
That novel camera allows this to the first phone to feature Samsung’s New Infinity display which it announced last year.
The A80’s automated pop-up mechanism contains a triple-camera array consisting of a main 48 megapixel f/2.0 camera, flanked by a secondary 8 megapixel f/2.4 camera and a third ToF (time-of-flight) sensor.
The sliding camera mechanism means there’s no sight of a notch or ever a hole-punch in the phone’s 6.7-inch display FHD+ (1080 x 2400) Super AMOLED display.
We’ve seen swiveling cameras and slider mechanisms used in smartphones before, but never together like this.
Oppo’s 2014 N1 smartphone had a rotating 13 megapixel camera, although both orientations produced similarly underwhelming photos.