So 2018, 19 will be the year remembered for pop-up camera phones in the world of martphones. 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 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’s no need for a notch or a thick bezel to house the selfie camera. So a lot of people were wondering are we ever going to see the successors of the Galaxy A80 or was it a one-off thing? Well, first up Samsung is indeed working on the successor of the A80 called the Galaxy A82. 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 phone 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 A80. But the phone showed up on Geekbench today, revealing some interesting details.
First up, for some weird reason, Samsung is using a two-year-old flagship chipset on this phone. The Galaxy A82 will have the Snapdragon 855+. It's an overclocked chipset found on the Galaxy Note 10+. The SoC on the A82 is paired with 6GB of RAM and the device runs Android 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.
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 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 needed 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 Geekbench scores of both of these chipsets then it's clear the 855+ is a way more powerful chipset than the 750G. Also, the 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. If Samsung decided to use a motorized setup for the 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.