Samsung has today announced two new additions to its Galaxy A-series of smartphones.

The Galaxy A70 and A80 are set for release in May of this year but we were given a sneak peak at the devices ahead of the local release.

The Galaxy A80 (pictured in the header) is the real stand out of this release thanks to its sliding rear camera. The camera at the rear is able to slide up and switch the direction it’s facing to double as the front-facing camera.

It’s a rather cool feature although we do wonder why this wasn’t included in the S10 range that was launched earlier this year.

That camera is a triple lens affair that sports a 48MP, 8MP and ToF 3D camera. The field of view is also rather immense according to Samsung.

The A70 sports a similar triple lens camera set up (32MP, 8MP and 5MP sensors) but this rear camera doesn’t move. Instead Samsung has opted for the tear-drop front-facing camera that sits at the top-centre of the handset.

The goal of the camera is to help users keep up with their demands. As such the A-series is investing heavily in battery tech. The A70 will sport a 4500mAh battery that also supports 25W superfast charging.

The message we’re getting from Samsung is that folks want great features but likely aren’t willing to spend over a month’s pay on a smartphone.

To be quite frank these phones are really good.

They both feature up to 8GB of RAM as well as 128GB of storage. Both handsets also have support for microSD cards.

Other noteworthy features shared by the A80 and A70 are a 6.7inch FullHD+ display and an in-display fingerprint scanner such as the solution seen in Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series.

As for when you can get your hands on these handsets. The A70 will launch in May at a cash price of R7 999 while the A80 will hit shelves in June at a price of R12 999.

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