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Samsung Galaxy A80 hands on review – TechRadar

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Early Verdict

Don’t be put off by the pop-up, rotating camera gimmick. It’s fun to use, but the Samsung Galaxy A80 looks to be much more than just a one-trick pony.

For

  • Fun pop-up, rotating camera
  • Excellent, notch-less screen
  • Plenty of power and storage

Against

  • Durability concerns
  • No headphone jack
  • Big and thick

The Samsung Galaxy A80 has a fun party piece. It not only has a pop-up triple camera system, those three lenses also rotate to act as seflie snappers. When it comes to showing off the latest kit to your friends, the A80 will certainly get some positive feedback.

But having been hands on with Samsung’s latest top-of-the-range of its mid-range series, there’s much more to the Galaxy A80 than its party-piece camera.

It also packs a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display, octa-core chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 3,700mAh battery and an in-display fingeprint scanner.

Samsung Galaxy A80 release date and price

The Samsung Galaxy A80 release date is set for May 29, at least in some regions. It won’t arrive everywhere at the same time, but Samsung is yet to reveal which regions will be first to get their hands on the A80.

We’re also in the dark as to the price, but it will be cheaper than the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. However, whether it will also undercut the Galaxy S10e remains to be seen, as that rotating camera can’t be cheap.

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Design and display

The Samsung Galaxy A80 has a premium glass design, with a metal frame running around its circumference which feels good in the hand.

It is however big and thick at  65.2 x 76.5 x 9.3mm, making it difficult to use one-handed, and the mechanics behind the pop-up camera means it’s also a little top heavy. This is certainly a phone you’ll want to use both hands for most of the time.

The power switch is on the right of the phone, while the volume is on the left and both are easy enough to hit – as long as your hand is big enough to wrap round the A80. It’ll be available in black, gold and white when it goes on sale.

There’s no headphone jack here, with the base of the Galaxy A80 featuring the SIM tray, USB-C port and single, down-firing speaker.

This biggest design point here though is the pop-up camera, which sees a section the same width as the phone rise up when you switch to selfie mode in the camera app.

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The smooth rise, and the subsequent spin of the triple camera block is a fun novelty, which we raised and lowered again and again during our hands on time with the Galaxy A80.

It’s likely the novelty of this feature will wear off after a while, but we reckon it’ll still raise a smile each time the cameras pop up and flip round to face you.

There is a little bit of worry with this though. As with the Oppo Find X which as a similarly sized pop-up camera section, we wonder just how durable the moving bodywork is if you were to drop the A80. Plus with the added complexity of the spinning camera, there’s even more things to potentially break.

The moving section also means it would be difficult to fit a case which properly protected all of the phone, so you may need to handle with care if you do opt for a Samsung Galaxy A80.

What the pop-up camera does provide, however, is an all-screen display which isn’t uninterrupted by a notch or punch-hole camera for an eye-catching overall look.

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Samsung has squashed the bezels to as narrow as possible all the way round the 6.7-inch display, which makes for a striking finish – although it’s not bezel-less.

With a Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2400) and Super AMOLED panel the display on the Galaxy A80 is bright, clear and colorful which should bode well for gamers and Netflix bingers alike – although we’ll put it to the test in our review.

Finally, there’s an in-display fingerprint scanner too, a feature which has generally been reserved for flagship devices, so it’s good to see the technology filter down to the next price tier. 

We were unable to test out its accuracy and speed during our hands on time, so keep an eye out for our Samsung Galaxy A80 review where we’ll put it through its paces.

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Cameras

The whole point of the rotating cameras on the Samsung Galaxy A80 is so you can utlize the same great cameras on the rear of the phone, on the front. Most smartphones tend to give you excellent rear cameras and inferior front snappers.

With Samsung aiming the Galaxy A80 and the rest of its A series at young people who like to create, share and send live video content, it makes sense to give them the best camera experience no matter which way they’re using the phone.

The main 48MP (f/2.0) sensor is the default camera available to you when you open the camera app, but it’s easy to switch between it and the 8MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide (123 degree) camera which allows you to fit more into your shot.

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Quality isn’t as high as the main camera, but its good to have the option to open up your field of view so readily available. Samsung isn’t the first to do this – there are plenty of other Android manufacturers offering similar – but it’s good to see a feature packed camera.

The third camera is a 3D depth sensor, providing excellent background blur for the Live Focus mode which de-focuses the background of your shots while keeping the foreground in focus. It’s Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Portrait mode on iPhone.

From our brief hands on time Live Focus seemed to work well, allowing us to adjust the level of blur and showing us live results before hitting the shutter.

It also gives you Live Focus Video, for real time background blurring when you’re shooting video for a more striking visual experience. This mode is only available when using the setup as rear cameras – not selfie – and the same can be said for the super slow motion mode as well.

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Battery and specs

The Samsung Galaxy A80 comes with a reasonably sized 3,700mAh battery and support for 25W fast charging.

Under the hood you’ll find an octa-core chipset, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, giving you plenty of power and space for all your apps, games, photos and videos.

There isn’t any expandable storage option here though, so if you’re someone who downloads big apps and videos, you may want to keep an eye on the space.

The Galaxy A80 runs Android 9 with Samsung’s One UI over the top, giving you a very similar look and feel to the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. It’s a light Android skin which doesn’t require too much of a learning curve to get used to (if you’re moving from another Android device that is).

Android felt smooth under finger, but the handset we got hands on with was running final software so you’ll have to wait for our A80 review to find out just how well it performs.

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Early verdict

It’s the rotating, pop-up cameras which will draw attention to the Samsung Galaxy A80, but this phone isn’t just a one-trick pony. Samsung has packed in plenty of features to make the A80 a compelling device.

Ultimately the success of the phone comes down to price, and for now we don’t know how much the Galaxy A80 will cost. With a large display and motorized camera block the price may be quite high – too high and it’ll clash with the S10 line. 

What is a hands on review?

Hands on reviews’ are a journalist’s first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it. It may be just a few moments, or a few hours. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it’s like to use, even if it’s only an embryonic view. For more information, see TechRadar’s Reviews Guarantee.

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Jason Hewitt’s Carolina Panthers Seven-Round Mock Draft 1.0

Round 1, Pick 8: QB Trey Lance (North Dakota State)I plead all of the Trey Lance doubters to hear me out. Most scouts and evaluators are already highly aware of his lack of experience. Also, Lance didn’t face top-tier competition, which is definitely something to consider while evaluating him. However, his upside is tremendous, which…

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Jason Hewitt’s Carolina Panthers Seven-Round Mock Draft 1.0

Round 1, Pick 8: QB Trey Lance (North Dakota State)

I plead all of the Trey Lance doubters to hear me out. Most scouts and evaluators are already highly aware of his lack of experience. Also, Lance didn’t face top-tier competition, which is definitely something to consider while evaluating him. However, his upside is tremendous, which is why so many people (including myself) are so high on him. He could potentially be a nightmare for defenses in both the air and the ground. Think of Josh Allen. Lance may need some time to develop, but he has all of the necessary intangibles and football intelligence to adjust to the NFL.

Round 2, Pick 40: OT Dillon Radunz (North Dakota State)

The Panthers got their potential franchise quarterback, so they might as well draft the man who protected said quarterback’s blind side with ferocity. Assuming that Carolina re-signs Taylor Moton, the offensive line could be in a very stable spot with Radunz as well. Trey Lance was able to make many explosive plays because of Radunz’s dominance on the line of scrimmage. Radunz’s aggression in the run game and poise in pass protection will be much needed at tackle, especially since it’s likely that Russell Okung isn’t the long-term solution in Carolina.

Round 3, Pick 72: FS Trevon Moehrig (TCU)

With Tre Boston out of the picture, the Panthers need a quality free safety to replace him. Trevon Moehrig could potentially fill that role. Moehrig is an explosive playmaker who is known to greatly shift the momentum of football games. If you need more context, he caught seven career interceptions in a pass-heavy Big 12 conference. He performs at his best when he’s covering the middle of the field, which could complement Jeremy Chinn extremely well in the secondary. 

Round 4, Pick 114: CB Israel Mukuamu (South Carolina)

Mukuamu is an highly versatile defensive back, which is certainly defensive coordinator Phil Snow’s cup of tea. The former Gamecock is primarily an outside corner, but he also played safety and slot corner in college. There have also been occasions when he would play in the box. He could potentially neutralize pass-catching backs and explosive tight ends in the league with more development.

Round 5, Pick 154: TE Tre’ McKitty (Georgia)

Along with having one of the best possible names for a Carolina Panther, Tre’ McKitty has displayed great athleticism at times this past season. This team has been longing for an additional red zone threat at the tight end position since Greg Olsen’s exit, and McKitty might be the man to fill that role. His pass-catching ability is legitimate enough to take a chance on him in the fifth round.

Round 5, Pick 186: LB Kuony Deng (California)

Deng is a special case who is worth experimenting with. Even though he primarily played at inside linebacker in Cal’s 3-4 defense, he is seemingly best suited to be an edge rusher due to his length and explosiveness at the point of attack. It is entirely possible that Deng had no business playing inside linebacker at California, but he still produced quality numbers at that position. Phil Snow could work with him and see what his best fit truly is.

Round 6, Pick 195: EDGE Malcolm Koonce (Buffalo)

Having more depth at the EDGE position certainly wouldn’t hurt. Brian Burns is a young star, Yetur Gross-Matos has promising potential, and Christian Miller may develop into a quality edge rusher after missing the 2020 season due to his opt-out. However, Malcolm Koonce could potentially shake things up at this position as well. Koonce’s high motor and relentless effort make him seemingly easy to work with, especially under a coach like Matt Rhule. Koonce is still somewhat raw, but he could develop into a quality role player.

Round 7, Pick 222: WR Jalen Virgil (Appalachian State)

Curtis Samuel could leave the Panthers via free agency. Virgil might not be his ideal replacement, but he produced very solid numbers at App State. If anything, Virgil could provide some depth at the wide receiver position. At 6’1, 205 pounds, he has good size along with impressive speed and acceleration. Because of his upside, Virgil is definitely worth a late-round pick.

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Get a task: Jackbox Games looks for an International Games Lead

The Gamasutra Job Board is the most diverse, active and established board of its kind for the video game industry! Here is just one of the many, many positions being advertised right now. Location: Chicago, Illinois Who are We? Jackbox is a small-ish game studio (~50 people) best known for our Jackbox Party Pack franchise: a set…

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Get a task: Jackbox Games looks for an International Games Lead

The Gamasutra Task Board is the most diverse, active and established board of its kind for the computer game market!

Here is just one of the numerous, lots of positions being advertised right now.

Place: Chicago, Illinois

Who are We?

Jackbox is a small-ish game studio (~50 people) best known for our Jackbox Party Pack franchise: a set of five social party games launched every fall. Given That 2014, our video games– like Quiplash, Drawful, and Trivia Murder Party– have been included on The Tonight Program with Jimmy Fallon, by Polygon, and in living spaces and finished basements across the world.

In 2020, we had over 240 million users. And we have hard evidence that a person of those users was Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron.

What’s the Task?

Jackbox Games has actually established an effective grip in English speaking nations and is planning to expand worldwide with localized versions of its Celebration Pack games.

We are looking for a knowledgeable business leader to build and handle an advancement team concentrated on worldwide expansion. This individual will report to our CEO and work carefully with our senior leadership group.

Responsibilities:

  • Establish worldwide service and item strategies for the business, making the most of reach, profits, and awareness of Jackbox Games items in new places.
  • Establish robust, data-driven forecasting and ROI analysis.
  • Develop collaborations with international translation and localization groups that can successfully localize our content while preserving its unique design and humor.
  • Build and handle an internal team with existing Jackbox personnel and future hires as well as construct and manage an external team by developing alliances and collaborations with world class translation and localization stores.
  • Research study markets in different locales, comprehend video game markets in other nations, and construct knowledge in localization patterns.
  • Manage the international product pipeline from planning and development through market launch.
  • Act as a manufacturer and submission manager with first celebration contacts (Sony/Nintendo/Microsoft/ etc) and supervise product submissions on the different development portals.
  • Collaborate with internal Jackbox Games groups (QA, Marketing, etc.) to guarantee success of international releases.
  • Build and upgrade tools and pipelines that enhance the process and efficiency of video game localization.

Prospect Profile:

  • Experienced Management in the Games Industry: This person must have experience as a leader at a video gaming company (possibly at an executive level) and understand how to manage that environment.
  • Market Understanding showed through a mutual understanding of the video gaming and show business and the requisite technical and service knowledge to handle a video gaming advancement group. They need to have experience handling the diversity of skill in this market, from imaginative experts to business partners, and have reliability with both.
  • Outcomes Orientation demonstrated through determining and making every effort to discover ways to make things much better. This individual will have exhibited a resiliency in their previous functions and will have been able to make swift course corrections in order to accomplish development outcomes. The ideal prospect will have a performance history of constantly satisfying and exceeding these challenging goals in previous roles.
  • Strong Negotiating/Influencing abilities as evidenced by the person’s ability to create authentic and effective service alliances and collaborations. The prospect should reveal integrity in the manner in which they approach deals and prospective partners and have a reputation as an useful, difficult however fair arbitrator, efficient in producing win-win options under tight timelines and high examination.
  • Great Management and Communication skills: Overseeing and coordinating with an internal group and external partners around the globe will need extensive oversight and interaction. This individual will have demonstrated these skills in their previous experience and throughout the interview procedure.

Suitable Candidates Will Have …

  • An existing familiarity with our video games and business.
  • Experience leading video game development teams and ideally launching worldwide products.
  • A group gamer mindset. This position will converge with almost every other department in our business and you will need to be able to work effectively both by yourself and as part of a bigger group.
  • An imaginative analytical technique. We have a very ingenious, enthusiastic culture that takes pride in what we do while avoiding micromanaging and posturing.

We just hire smart, kind, encouraged and imaginative individuals.

Jackbox Games is devoted to supplying employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual preference, gender identity, genetic details, nationwide origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, or special needs.

OKAY, BUT WHAT ARE THE PERKS ?!

  • Competitive pay and benefits. And we pay 100%of the cost of premiums for medical, dental, vision, special needs and life insurance coverage for our workers.
  • Casual gown and a versatile schedule.
  • Imaginative workplace. We are fortunate to operate in a location that has lots of gifted and innovative folks. Most of the day, the place is pretty quiet (we’re a focused lot), however this is stressed with humorous outbursts and basic joviality.
  • Easy transport. We’re extremely near the “L” and the Halsted (# 8) bus (right by the Apple Shop and Mega Entire Foods if that’s your example), and we have a transit FSA that permits you to dedicate pre-tax dollars to public transportation expenses.
  • Complimentary food. Weekly, we stock our kitchen area with treats.

Intrigued? Learn more here.

Whether you’re just starting, trying to find something brand-new, or simply seeing what’s out there, the Gamasutra Job Board is the location where game developers continue in their professions.

Gamasutra’s Task Board is the most diverse, most active, and many established board of its kind in the computer game market, serving companies of all sizes, from indie to triple-A.

Trying to find a brand-new job? Get going here Are you a recruiter trying to find skill? Post jobs here

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Legislators prepare more probe of trading models in GameStop legend

Posted March 2, 2021 at 6:00amLawmakers are vowing to keep pressure on Robinhood Markets Inc. after what they say are unsatisfactory answers from the online investment app’s CEO, Vlad Tenev, during a hearing last month examining the GameStop Corp. trading volatility.Members of the House Financial Services Committee told CQ Roll Call they’re examining whether the online broker’s business…

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Posted March 2, 2021 at 6: 00 am

Legislators are promising to keep pressure on Robinhood Markets Inc. after what they say are unsatisfactory answers from the online financial investment app’s CEO, Vlad Tenev, during a hearing last month taking a look at the GameStop Corp. trading volatility.

Members of the House Financial Solutions Committee told CQ Roll Call they’re taking a look at whether the online broker’s business model is compatible with its responsibility to safeguard investors. The panel will assemble once again March 17 for the second of 3 prepared hearings to take a look at the GameStop craze.

Democrats on the panel in specific say they plan to pursue extra lines of inquiry, such as how the business might be enticing consumers by offering commission-free trading.

” Having a zero-commission model creates a circumstance where the incentives are to make the most of people,” Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., informed CQ Roll Call. The longtime Robinhood critic said he is “dubious” that the broker can please the Securities and Exchange Commission’s best execution requirements while earning money to path consumer trades to larger Wall Street companies.

The business has actually faced growing scrutiny after it paused purchases of GameStop and other stocks. Committee members throughout the hearing peppered Tenev with concerns about the company’s dependence on payments it gets from Wall Street firms for funneling client trades to them for execution.

Robinhood’s use of payment-for-order-flow arrangements with bigger Wall Street companies, referred to as market makers, allows the business to provide zero-commission trades. Market makers use to buy and offer securities and make money off the difference in the spread in between the two costs. More than half the business’s income comes from those payments, Tenev informed lawmakers.

Unlike competitors who make money by the variety of trades they send out to market makers, Robinhood gets a percentage of the spread. Casten stated that vibrant, which he called among the biggest revelations of the hearing, develops a conflict of interest.

” If you have structured your agreement to generate income based upon the bid-ask spread … you have a vested interest and financial interest in bringing unsophisticated customers to the market makers, right? Because that’s how you make more cash,” he said.

‘ Marketing gimmick’

Todd Cipperman, creator of Cipperman Compliance Providers, called zero-commission trading a “marketing trick.” Cipperman’s company works with financial investment advisors, which undergo more stringent financier protection standards than brokers, although they frequently find themselves in competitors with one another for consumers.

” I see payment for order flow as an unsolvable conflict of interest,” Cipperman said. “I would severely restrict it and maybe restrict it. I do not see in any method, shape or form how this assists retail financiers and traders.”

Retail financiers end up paying for the trades they place through lower-quality execution of those transactions, they simply don’t understand it, Cipperman said in an interview.

In theory, payment for order flow should not hamper the very best execution of client’s trades. There have actually been enough events to cause issue, he stated. Robinhood paid $65 million in December to settle SEC charges that it had actually cost customers more than $34 million for allegedly failing to protect the best readily available execution of users’ trades. The business neither admitted nor rejected the company’s findings.

Jennifer Schulp, director of financial guideline research studies at the Cato Institute, warned versus getting rid of payment for order flow, which she stated has drawn a brand-new set of financiers to the marketplace through reduced trading expenses.

” Stock ownership is highly correlated with wealth, age and race, and education in this country. The people that started selling 2020 are more varied than that. They have lower incomes,” she said. “Not just is it good for our markets, however it’s good for individuals to have access to investments in our stock markets. It’s an excellent way for individuals to grow long-lasting wealth, and it’s excellent to begin that young.”

At the very same time, retail financiers should comprehend how their broker is making money, she stated, recommending better disclosure might be the answer.

Other concerns

Lawmakers anticipate to use the upcoming hearing to explore extra worries.

Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., informed CQ Roll Call he’s concerned about gambling-like functions of the app.

Torres formerly questioned Tenev about a Robinhood function that would allow users to improve their position on the waiting list for a debit card if they tapped the app a thousand times a day. Tenev said it was a “wonderful function” beloved by customers.

” That was among the most startling minutes in the hearing. The CEO could not even bring himself to confess that tapping on a trading app a thousand times a day is a clear indication of addiction,” Torres said in an interview.

Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., said he will concentrate on getting answers about consumer access to options trades and how those contribute to the app’s earnings margin.

” No monetary planning specialist would ever state that the large bulk of individuals should be trading options on a recurring basis,” Auchincloss informed CQ Roll Call. However the larger spread on options trades incentivizes brokers that depend on payment for order circulation to encourage their users to trade choices instead of equities, he said.

Robinhood’s filings validate that the business makes more on alternatives trades than stocks. Tenev testified that 13 percent of users perform an options trade monthly, while 2 percent carry out a more complicated multi-leg options deal.

Auchincloss stated the promotion Congress can bring may be more reliable than brand-new legislation or guidelines.

” Competitors is going to be a very reliable regulative mechanism,” he stated. “Other consumer apps that are not going to utilize the payment-for-order-flow model, that are not going to be pushing alternatives on individuals, are going to begin to gain more traction because they’re going to make and keep the trust of their users.”

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, a Republican from Missouri who rests on the Financial Services panel, said the GameStop fracas also exposed that Robinhood had insufficient reserves to cover its commitments. Escalating margin requirements from the business’s clearinghouse triggered the trading stops. The company consequently raised $3.4 billion from financiers, which Tenev stated was to cushion versus future volatility.

” These entities need to be much better capitalized, need to have much better reserves, if they’re going to play this game, or have various algorithms and organization models to be able to withstand something like this,” Luetkemeyer told CQ Roll Call.

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