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Samsung might be working on a 5G successor to its weirdest recent phone

Samsung Galaxy A80
Samsung Galaxy A80 (Image credit: Future)
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The Samsung Galaxy A80 from 2019 was an interesting experiment from the company, as it had mid-range specs and a pop-up camera segment that spun around to take selfies. It seems like a successor to this smartphone might be on the way.

Apparently Dutch tech website GalaxyClub (opens in new tab) has received word that a Samsung Galaxy A82 is in the works, though other than it apparently supporting 5G, nothing has been shared about the handset.

We've actually heard of a Galaxy A82 before though - in early 2020, Samsung filed trademarks for its AX2 series of Galaxy phones (the ones launching throughout 2021), and the A82 was on the list.

So it seems the Korean company could indeed be working on a successor to its pop-up-camera phone, though as GalaxyClub points out, a phone developed under the Galaxy A81 name launched as the Galaxy Note 10 Lite. So take this with a pinch of salt for now.

Big changes are needed

We didn't exactly give the Samsung Galaxy A80 a glowing review, as it had a few issues which stopped us from being able to fully recommend it.

The main problem was the pop-up segment itself. It was slow to use, collected more dust than a vacuum cleaner, and felt frail and shaky both when popped up or resting down - you can read our Galaxy A80 review design section for more detail on these problems.

That's not all though - the phone felt slow to use, was a touch pricier than it should have been, didn't perform well in camera tests, and didn't actually let you use lots of the rear camera's features for taking selfies, nullifying half the reason you'd have a spinning camera.

So if the Samsung Galaxy A82 is indeed another pop-up beast, and not a Lite version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, we'd like to see improvements on lots of fronts.

Tom Bedford
Tom Bedford

Tom's role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.