SAMSUNG GALAXY A82 REVIEW

So the, Samsung Galaxy A82 is an interesting handset as it is the successor of Samsung’s weird and unique handset in recent times, the Samsung Galaxy A82 that had a rotating motorized camera setup. A few days ago we got information about the Samsung Galaxy A82 that Samsung for some reason has decided to use a two-year-old flagship chipset on this handset which is the Snapdragon 855+.

First up, there was confusion about whether or not Samsung is going for a motorized camera setup for the Samsung Galaxy A82. Since the trend of using a motorized camera in phones is behind us as we hardly see any phone these days with a pop-up camera smartphone. So people were speculating that the Samsung Galaxy A82 may not have a motorized camera setup after all. But turns out that is not the case. South Korean media ET News is reporting that the Samsung Galaxy A82 will indeed have a motorized camera setup. Now what’s not clear is which type of motorized setup it’s going to be.

ETNews mentions it’s either a pop-up mechanism or a slider mechanism like one on the Mi Mix 3. In any case, we’ll know soon enough because the Samsung Galaxy A82 has received approval from the Bluetooth SIG authority. Devices are known for going official around a month after appearing at Bluetooth SIG. Hence, there is a possibility that the Samsung Galaxy A82 may go official at some point in April next month. Anyway, ETNews also reports that the Samsung Galaxy A82 will also be a Quantum phone. Well, Quantum phones have a quantum RNG chip inside that creates truly random numbers and unpredictable patterns which makes phones with this chip practically unhackable. The Samsung Galaxy A82 will be the second quantum phone, the first one was the South Korean only variant of the Samsung Galaxy A71.

Unfortunately, just like the last year, the Quantum chip-enabled Samsung Galaxy A82 will also remain exclusive to South Korea because this chip is developed by SK Telecom and IDQ which are South Korean networks carriers. But the good news is the rest of the world will get the Samsung Galaxy A82 but without this Quantum chip of course. The expected release date for the Samsung Galaxy A82 is July 15th in this year 2021.

SAMSUNG GALAXY A82:
CAMERA

So 2018, 19 will be the year remembered for pop-up camera phones in the world of smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy A82 that had a rotating motorized camera setup. The Samsung Galaxy A82 have the 64+8+5 Megapixel camera. We saw phones like the Oppo Find X with a huge motorized setup, we have also seen phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro with a small pop camera mechanism. But the most interesting motorized camera smartphone was made by Samsung, called the Samsung Galaxy A80 which had a pop-up flip camera, as the main camera module at the back slides up and then rotates to the front.

Pop-up camera phones and slider phones are awesome for a number of reasons. They allow for higher screen-to-body ratios, as there‚Äôs no need for a notch or a thick bezel to house the selfie camera. We first heard of it in early 2021 when Samsung applied for a trademark for a bunch of Galaxy A smartphones, some of which have already launched. It has been reported that the Samsung Galaxy A82 will have 5G support. However, there’s no information right now as to whether or not it will have a motorized camera setup like the Samsung Galaxy A80. If Samsung decided to use a motorized setup for the Samsung Galaxy A82 then it would probably have this setup shown in the patent where if you want to take a selfie the camera would rise upwards so that the top lens sticks out of the phone, then it rotates to face the user.

SAMSUNG GALAXY A82:
MEMORY, STORAGE AND PROCESSOR

The Samsung Galaxy A82 runs on the Android version 11, so it makes sense it will ship with One UI 3.1 out of the box. The 6GB RAM is likely the base RAM variant, it should have at least the 8GB RAM variant too. The Samsung Galaxy A82 is with the 128GB and 256GB storage variant. The Samsung Galaxy A82 is using a two-year-old flagship chipset on this phone. The Samsung Galaxy A82 will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset. Now if you’re wondering why are they using a two-year-old chipset? Why not use the Snapdragon 870 which sits below the Snapdragon 888 found on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Well, the likely explanation for that is the cost.

Since the Snapdragon 855+ is an almost 3 generations old chipset, it will be available for a much cheaper price than the Snapdragon 870 and even the 865. Samsung will likely market this phone as a premium upper midrange phone, and since this isn’t a flagship product they need to price the handset competitively otherwise it’s going to have the same fate as its predecessor. If Samsung ends up using a motorized camera setup on this phone which by the way is a costly component then they need to cut corners somewhere. And in a way, it’s a good thing that they are using the Snapdragon 855+ instead of some upper midrange chipset like the Snapdragon 750G.

Because if we compare the Geek bench scores of both of these chipsets then it’s clear the 855+ is a way more powerful chipset than the 750G. Also, the Samsung Galaxy A80 had a modest Snapdragon 730G when it was launched so I would say this is a win-win situation if they can be able to keep the retail price low and offer a motorized setup camera as well.

SAMSUNG GALAXY A82:
EXPECTED PRICE AND DATE

ET News also revealed the price of the Samsung Galaxy A82. They say the Quantum edition of this handset will retail for 700,000-800,000 Korean won which if you translate is roughly around $600 – $700. Depending upon what the phone will end up looking like and what are the other specifications of the handset, the price is very compelling. The expected release date for the Samsung Galaxy A82 is July 15th in this year 2021.

CONCLUSION

So, this is my review. I think the asking price for this Samsung Galaxy A82 is okay. It’s Cameras and performance are pretty good in this price.

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