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But the Galaxy A80 looks so much cooler and has a number of advantages over the Galaxy S10 flagship line. Right? For one, it doesn’t have a notch or a hole in its screen. What’s more, even though there’s no dedicated selfie camera, you can now just use the main camera, which simply rotates to face you when needed. This means that you can take high-quality selfies, using all advantages of the triple camera setup on the A80, without compromising the beautiful, edge-to-edge display. So then, why are the flagship phones offered by Samsung, Apple, Huawei, LG, and all other major brands, just dull glass-and-metal slabs with all sorts of different notches and holes in their screens, while more affordable devices from some of the same companies are pushing the boundaries of smartphone design with sliding displays and pop-up cameras? Well, there’s a couple of very, very good reasons for that.
It’s not because the companies can’t do it, but because it’s not a good idea
Adventurous designs like those are something that smaller Chinese companies (read: with smaller market reach) would do, but Samsung and Huawei (Honor) have now embraced some of the more off-beat sensibilities in their more affordable smartphone lines. But the flagship models are all playing it safe with their solid-state designs, camera holes, and notches.
The number one reason for that would probably be because flagship lines are more popular and likely to sell more, and solid-state design is just more accident-proof. This may sound like a weird reason to shun away from futuristic sliding displays and turny-flippy cameras, but when you’re selling a large volume, asking premium prices, and investing big in marketing, you want to deliver a reliable product that’s likely to survive a couple of drops or some accidental exposure to the elements. The more people get their hands on a product, the more it is going to get abused. Simple as that. Phones with moving parts are simply more prone to mechanical problems and offer no water or dust protection, while solid-state designs have proven to be considerably more reliable.
Our readers seem to agree that the Galaxy A80 is doing something right in its approach
Though there are people who may not fully agree with this opinion, it serves perfectly to illustrate just how essential the front-facing camera has become in smartphones – even to someone who’s barely into selfies. Simply making an essential feature harder to access because we don’t have the technology to create the most optimal design without some sort of compromise, is not the best idea ever.