What if the Galaxy Note 10 or next year’s Galaxy S11 had a slide-out camera with lenses that take your selfies before swiveling around to snap a portrait of your dog? Thanks to Samsung’s launch this week of the Galaxy A80, which has just that camera setup, the possibility is no longer the stuff of pure fancy. After all, if Samsung thought this slide-up, swivel-around camera is good enough for a midrange phone, it’s certainly good enough for the brand’s most advanced Android device, right? Truth be told, I’m curious about the design, which I’ve been salivating over since I first saw it in 2014 on the Oppo N1, an innovative camera-swivel phone for Asia. It’s been years since phones that swivel, flip and otherwise move have been en vogue, but all that’s changing. Foldable phones like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X are both raising and reflecting an interest in movable design. Cameras, too, are becoming more mechanized to rise out of the belly of the beast in various ways. Both sliding camera and foldable trends serve the demand for ultimately giving you more screen to work with. In the case of a slide-up camera, that’s to solve the problem of sensors crowding the screen. If the “notch” didn’t win many fans, maybe a slider camera array will. Here are four reasons it could make sense to see Samsung bring the Galaxy A80’s slide-up swivel camera to a more premium Samsung phone like the Note 10 or Galaxy S11,… [Read full story]
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