Samsung Galaxy A80 launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you should knowThe Galaxy A80 debuts the Snapdragon 730G chipset. Samsung also gets rid of the display notch with a rotating pop-up camera system. Sanket Vijayasarathy BangkokApril 10, 2019UPDATED: April 12, 2019 12:42 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy A80 uses its triple rear camera system to take selfies.The Galaxy A80 the first phone to come with Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 730G SoC.The phone also supports 25W fast charging over Type-C port. The Galaxy A80 has been launched and it is officially Samsung’s most premium Galaxy A-series device yet. Not only is it the most premium mid-range phone, but the Galaxy A80 is also one of the most unique phones to come out of Samsung’s house in a while. It’s not uncommon for Samsung to bring new technologies to the Galaxy A-series, and the Galaxy A80 follows that trend as it is the first Samsung phone to come with a pop-up camera.The unique bit about the Galaxy A80’s pop-up camera is that the camera setup can rotate so that you can use the same 48MP triple camera setup to capture high-quality selfies as well. In addition to this, the Galaxy A80 also offers a bezel-less, notch-less display, a brand new Snapdragon 730G chipset and a premium glass design, among other things. The Galaxy A80 is certainly packed to the brim with features, so here’s a quick look at what you’re getting.Samsung Galaxy A80 specificationsDisplay: The Galaxy A80 sports a 6.7-inch FHD+ (2400X1080) Super AMOLED display.Processor: The phone is powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 730G chipset.RAM: It comes with 8GB of RAM.Internal storage: It gets 128GB of internal storage.Rear camera: The Galaxy A80 gets a triple camera setup that includes a 48MP f/2.0 primary camera, an 8MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera and a ToF (Time of Flight) camera for depth mapping. The camera setup is rotatable and can be used for selfies as well.Battery: The phone houses a 3,700mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging.advertisementSoftware: The Galaxy A80 runs on Android Pie with One UI on top.Samsung Galaxy A80 features — The USP of the Galaxy A80 is its pop-up rotatory camera. When using the selfie mode, the top part of the rear panel rises up to reveal the triple camera setup, following which the camera module flips to the front to act as selfie cameras.– The pop-up rotating camera design has a twofold advantage. Firstly, it removes the need for Samsung to add a notch or a punch-hole on the display for a selfie camera. Secondly, with the ability of the primary camera to rotate, you can use powerful optics for selfies as well. So with the Galaxy A80, you will be able to use the primary 48MP camera for detailed selfies, the 8MP secondary camera for wide-angle selfies and the ToF camera for selfie portraits.– The Galaxy A80 is also Samsung’s first phone to come with the New Infinity display. This is Samsung’s proprietary display that offers no notch or hole punch. The 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display is all-screen with no notch or hole punch to distract you. The bezels on the top and bottom are negligible, offering a large screen-to-body ratio for an immersive viewing experience.– Notably, the Galaxy A80 is also the first phone to come with Qualcomm’s newest mid-range processor, the Snapdragon 730G. Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 730 and 730G just a few hours ahead of the launch of the Galaxy A80. It is an octa-core processor built on an 8nm process. The basic difference between the SD730 and SD730G is that the latter is a gaming-focused chipset with a slightly faster GPU clock speed.– The Galaxy A80 also touts a premium all-glass design. Samsung claims the Galaxy A80 gets Gorilla Glass 6 on the front and back, which makes the panel, especially the mechanical pop-up part more durable.– Samsung is also touting an intelligent battery where the phone will detect your usage pattern to limit battery drain. Additionally, the phone also supports 25W fast charging over Type-C port.Samsung Galaxy A80 price and availability Samsung is yet to announce the pricing of the Galaxy A80. As a premium mid-range phone, and given the specs on offer, we believe the phone will likely cost under Rs 50,000. While Samsung is yet to announce the availability of the Galaxy A80 in India, we believe the company will launch the device in the country given its trend this year. Samsung has already launched the Galaxy A10, Galaxy A20, Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 in India in recent weeks.Disclaimer: The reporter’s travel and stay for this event in Bangkok have been arranged by Samsung.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A80 with 48MP rotating camera, Snapdragon 730G SoC launchedALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50 review: Premium features now come at an affordable priceALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10e review: Affordable, compact and the best S10 to buyadvertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow SamsungFollow androidFollow smartphones Next
“We as the UN do not know who sent in the mortars in western Aleppo that may have included chemical agents,” said Jan Egeland, co-chair of the International Syria Support Group’s Humanitarian Access Task Force and Senior Advisor of the UN Special Envoy for Syria. “Therefore, the OPCW, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, will investigate; the World Health Organization (WHO) has rushed medical supplies to the hospitals treating these people. If it is use of a chemical weapon, it is a war crime.”Mr. Egeland’s comments coincide with an escalation of fighting in Idlib in northern Syria, which is home to opposition militants and around three million civilians.All hell was let loose on them and no one was willing and able to shield and protect them – Jan Egeland reflects on the plight of Syrian civiliansThe escalation was a “giant powder keg” in a heavily populated area, he warned, adding that airstrikes had resumed after two months of relative calm.“What is true is that a number of groups have sent a number of grenades out of the zone,” Mr. Egeland said, “and that Government and other forces have sent – as I see it, equal numbers of grenades – into the zone.”A fragile ceasefire between Government forces and opposition fighters has held in Idlib for 10 weeks, guaranteed by Russia, Turkey and Iran, who re-committed to the deal at talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Thursday.Mr. Egeland, who welcomed the original deal, warned at the time that the alternative – clashes between opposition and Government forces – would cause massive bloodshed and destruction similar to that inflicted on other major cities, including Homs, Aleppo, and Raqqa.In his last press encounter as co-chair of the humanitarian task force before stepping down, Mr. Egeland offered insight into the difficulties of achieving the mechanism’s two main aims since it was established in early 2016: securing aid access and protecting civilians.Among its challenges were the fact that towns and villages had been besieged, hundreds of thousands of people had died and 12 million had been driven from their homes during the more than seven-year war, he noted.Turning to the 23 countries that attended task force meetings in Geneva, Mr. Egeland insisted that “too few acted courageously” to hold back the warring parties’ worst excesses against civilians.“All hell was let loose on them and no one was willing and able to shield and protect them,” he said, adding nonetheless that “what happened here in Geneva helped cause some of the few really achievements, also in the protection of civilians”.The task force’s successes included securing aid deliveries to the majority of people in besieged areas in 2016, Mr. Egeland said, compared with only two per cent a year earlier, and organizing the first high-altitude air-drops of aid to besieged people in Deir Ez-Zor in eastern Syria.’No tangible progress’ at latest talks to end Syria warIn a joint statement released on Thursday from Astana – where regular meetings have been held since January 2017 – Iran, Russia and Turkey reiterated their support for the UN-backed launch of a Constitutional Committee for Syria in Geneva “that would enjoy support of the Syrian parties…at the soonest possible time”.Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, who has been leading efforts to form a Constitutional Committee, noted on Thursday that the Astana meeting had achieved “no tangible progress” in resolving a 10-month stalemate on its composition, as had been outlined in Sochi in January this year.
If you’ve attended Homecoming, Convocation, Grad Send-Off or any on-campus alumni event over the past six years, chances are you’ve experienced the handiwork of Christine Richard.The student and alumni engagement officer’s efforts to ensure every Brock occasion is memorable has not gone unnoticed at the University and recently drew the attention of a national organization.Known for her can-do attitude and skills for building alumni engagement, Richard was recognized on June 6 by the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) as a Rising Star for being a dedicated, creative advancement professional making a mark in alumni relations and imaginative event planning.“We are very proud of Christine’s achievements, accomplishments and successes that led to winning this prestigious Rising Star Award,” said Pamela Shanks, Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations.Richard said she is honoured to be recognized for playing a role at Brock that she is grateful to have.“To be able to collaborate with such fantastic colleagues and inspiring student and alumni volunteers to build a great Brock reputation is a task I am very passionate about,” she said after her trip to Halifax to receive the award at the annual CCAE conference.As Brock’s inaugural Alumni and Student Engagement Officer, Richard faced the large task of establishing student programming and alumni engagement. In addition to managing the Student Alumni Association, Richard frequently connects with departments such as Career Services, Athletics and senior administration to seek out new opportunities to involve alumni at community events.“Christine has shown remarkable skill in identifying and cultivating department synergies and collaborations to help achieve her mandate,” said Shelley Huxley, Director of Alumni Relations. “She has done an excellent job of working with campus colleagues to further alumni engagement strategies and has been very successful in identifying students as future Brock alumni leaders.”Under her leadership, Grad Send-Off — an annual celebration for the graduating class in collaboration with the Alumni Office, Career Education Office and the Goodman School of Business Career Office — has grown from 350 attendees in 2015 to 1,200 in 2018, representing a total of 30 per cent of the graduating class.She was responsible for the delivery of alumni programming at Brock’s signature Homecoming event, the Steel Blade tailgate party and hockey game, which was the best-attended university hockey game in Ontario history, with 4,975 fans participating in 2017.Although she has worked on other events, like the 50th Anniversary Homecoming Red Dinner for more than 500 guests, and Brock Night at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, Richard focuses on partnering with the undergraduate and graduate students’ associations on events and activities.“The most rewarding part of my role is working with Brock student volunteers. These students are inspiring leaders and have a huge impact on the success of the programming our office offers,” she said.With a successful 2018 Grad Send-Off and Spring Convocation behind her, Richard now has her sights set on delivering the best Homecoming weekend yet.“All alumni and family members are invited to register to join us on Sept. 21 and 22 to celebrate Homecoming weekend,” she said. “From reunions to athletic events, entertainment to themed celebrations, we promise you’re in for a treat.”Visit Brock’s Homecoming website to learn more about the fun-filled weekend and to register to cheer on the Badgers at the Steel Blade Hockey Game, attend a class reunion and celebrate outstanding alumni achievements.
Australia has no choice but to consider nuclear power as part of its future energy mix, leading nuclear industry advocate, Dr Ziggy Switkowski, said in Adelaide today. Even if there happened to be “supersonic” progress in the development of renewable energy sources, and the successful rollout of energy productivity and carbon capture technologies, nuclear power will have to be considered if Australia is to meet its carbon reduction targets, he said. Switkowski, the Chairman of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, was in Adelaide to present the 34th annual Essington Lewis Memorial Lecture – organised by the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (Adelaide branch).The free lecture – named in honour of the one of the founding fathers of the Australian resources sector, and former Chief Executive and Chairman of BHP – is entitled “Is the climate right for nuclear power?”“I am concerned that the exclusion of nuclear power from our national conversation and energy debate represents a triumph of political pragmatism over good policy,” Switkowski said today. “When it comes to the generation of base load electricity – the 80% of electricity that must be available round the clock to power our refrigerators, washing machines, plasma TVs, traffic lights, air conditioners, etcetera – the options in front of us include the use of coal, gas, oil, hydroelectricity and nuclear energy,” he said.“If fossil fuels are excluded because they are “dirty”, and the risks to hydroelectricity from water scarcity considered, then the only presently available clean option for base load electricity is nuclear power.”Dr Switkowski said that, as well as being virtually carbon neutral, nuclear power offers several compelling arguments for deployment in Australia, including its proven 24/7 base load capacity, the country’s plentiful reserves of uranium, and generating costs that compare favourably with coal and gas fired power generation.“Deep greenhouse gas emission reductions will almost certainly prove beyond the capability of existing technologies and renewable energy platforms to deliver in the time allowed,” he said. “Our lights will start to go out as investment in clean base load energy generation stalls in an uncertain regulatory environment and the nuclear alternative is not validated. In a carbon-constrained future, nuclear-powered economies will exploit their cost advantages for clean energy in competing with Australian products newly burdened by embedded carbon costs.”Dr Switkowski said 31 countries representing two-thirds of humanity currently use nuclear power to produce some of their electricity. Globally, 15% of electricity is nuclear-generated, 23% within the OECD, and 31% of the European Union.“The current nuclear community is expected to grow to 50 countries by 2020. From our region, these already include China, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, Japan, South Korea and may extend to Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand,” he said.“Given the presence of nuclear powered aircraft carriers, submarines and ice breakers, Australia’s region is nuclear enabled today. An increasing number of countries around the world are turning to nuclear power to meet growing demand for energy, reduce GHG emissions and diversify their energy mix from a single platform or dominant fuel supplier.”