It could be that the Galaxy A82 has both a pop-up camera and a punch-hole camera. If not, we still haven’t seen a reliable render of the phone yet.
Pop-up camera aside, we suspect the A82 will have similar specs to the A72 and A52, given they were all developed side-by-side with one another. So though we don’t know the A82’s specs yet, we can make educated guesses.
Both the A72 and A52 have a 64MP f/1.8 main camera, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, and a 32MP f/2.2 selfie camera. The A82 could match or slightly upgrade on its siblings in camera quality, with the big change being that you could use that 64MP rear camera for selfies.
As for battery life, the A52 sports a 4,500mAh battery while the A72 trumps it with a 5,000mAh model. Considering only the Galaxy S21 Ultra matches that 5,000mAh number, we believe the A82 will match but not exceed that capacity. Both phones also have 25W charging.
All of Samsung’s 2021 phones have a plastic back, including the S21 lineup. Both the A72 and A52 have super AMOLED screens, though the A52 beats the A72 in refresh rate at 120Hz vs 90Hz; we’re not certain which the A82 will get. Each phone has IP67 water resistance, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and either 128GB or 256GB of storage.
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What we want to see
With so many 2021 mid-range Samsung phones launching recently, plus the base Galaxy S21 so close in price, Samsung will need to make the Galaxy A82 distinctive and impressive to make it feel less like a novelty or an afterthought to the other Galaxy As. Here’s what we hope to see.
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1. A MASSIVE improvement on the A80 pop-up design
Assuming the Galaxy A82 does emulate the Galaxy A80, our concern is that the A80’s rotating camera had some significant design issues.
To note some of the lowlights from our review, the pop-up camera took too long to rise up and rotate; the rotating panel was a ‘dust magnet’; when down the panel ‘shook and rattled as though it was loose’; the phone would ‘freak out and close the camera app’ if you touched the panel while up; and it could sometimes get stuck mid-rotation.
The pop-up selfie cam will likely be the A82’s defining feature to make it stand out from the pack. But it can’t just be a promising gimmick the second time around; it needs to be faster, more durable, and more stable when not in use.
2. A 6.7-inch, 120Hz display
The Galaxy A80 has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with high brightness, unblemished by any selfie camera cut-out or notch. Using its high-end display was one of the main upsides of the phone – though it only had a 60Hz refresh rate.
We’re hoping the Galaxy A82 matches its predecessor (and the Galaxy A72) with a 6.7-inch display size. But we’re also hoping it has the 120Hz refresh rate of the smaller Galaxy A52. Thus, even if it’s not as powerful as the slightly pricier Galaxy S21, it’ll match it for refresh rate on a 0.5-inches-larger panel.
3. An upgraded rear camera
With the rotating camera as the Galaxy A82’s standout feature, we hope that it handles photography better than the Galaxy A80 did.
That camera had difficulty with nighttime photography, and more frustratingly removed certain features when you switched the main camera into selfie mode. The whole point of this kind of camera is to bring rear camera quality to your selfies, but Samsung limited its photography modes and zooming capabilities.
It would be excellent if the Galaxy A82 had a higher-quality rear camera than the other 2021 Galaxy As, though we doubt it. But whatever the specs, Samsung needs to convince us that its rotating camera will provide better selfies than any other phone.
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