Samsung announces pre-orders for new Galaxy A80

The Galaxy A80 is the Korean giant’s first smartphone that uses a rotating camera.
Updated 30 June 2019

Samsung announces pre-orders for new Galaxy A80

Samsung Electronics has announced the pre-order of its new Galaxy A80 smartphone in Saudi Arabia. The smartphone offers a full-screen display and an intelligent battery. The Galaxy A80 is the Korean giant’s first smartphone that uses a rotating camera. 

Customers in Saudi Arabia can pre-order Samsung’s new phone starting June 27 until July 10 through the company’s different authorized dealers or on their website (

Y.J. Kim, president of Samsung Electronics in Saudi Arabia, said: “We are happy to launch the new Galaxy A80 for our customers in the Kingdom. We are keen to provide them with a variety of features and options that cater to their demands and daily needs. It is part of our ethos to continue to develop our innovations in this digital era and provide original products that can enhance their lifestyle using the latest technologies.”

The Galaxy A80 features Samsung’s first rotating camera and allows users to seamlessly capture the world around them. The main camera is designed with a 48-megapixel lens and a F/2.0 aperture, to allow users to shoot vivid images day and night. The smartphone’s 3D depth cameras allow for live focus of videos by scanning objects and their dimension for measurement and depth. Once users select the selfie mode in the camera app, the three cameras automatically pop up from the back of the phone and rotate. 

The camera mechanism delivers the same triple camera experience with the same high-resolution lens, front and rear. Other intelligent camera features include Scene Optimizer that can recognize and enhance up to 30 scenes, and Flaw Detection that automatically identifies glitches before the user clicks.

Users can experience a picture-perfect view with Samsung’s first New Infinity Display, featuring the 6.7-inch FHD+ (1080×2400) Super AMOLED screen.

Berkeley celebrates winning Queen’s Award

Updated 22 July 2019

Berkeley celebrates winning Queen’s Award

Berkeley Engineering Consultants (BEC), a single access point for specialist engineering services for the global oil and gas sector, is celebrating winning the Queen’s Award for International Trade. It is a major achievement, with BEC being one of just over 200 companies to have been recognized out of more than 4 million registered businesses.

BEC CEO Irteza Piracha said: “Winning the Queen’s Award represents another major milestone in our journey. We have built our success on offering an innovative and flexible approach to supporting our clients, who are some of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies.” 

Announced once a year, the Queen’s Awards are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, recognizing outstanding achievement among UK-based companies in four categories, which also include Innovation, Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility and Sustainable Development. 

BEC is one of just a handful of organizations supporting the oil and gas sector recognized in the Queen’s Awards this year.

The company is a strategic partner to major names in oil and gas, including Saudi Aramco and their joint venture partners, providing process-engineering services that enable its clients to select the safest, most efficient and cost-effective designs for their processing facilities. 

Its activities encompass extraction, refining, petrochemical and petrochemical-processing projects.

Piracha said: “In the Kingdom, we are supported by Saudi Aramco and their joint venture investments, which underpin our success. The company has expanded from the Alkhobar hub to Rabigh and Yanbu over the past three years. We appreciate the governmental functions to support foreign investors in Saudi Arabia and have found the process and encouragement of officials to be supportive of what we are seeking to achieve. 

“Aligned with Vision 2030, we completely recognize this is a place to be and look forward to supporting the growth plans of our customers and the Kingdom. We will continue to support our clients by being physically close to them and we continue to open offices in strategic locations to support their needs.”

He added: “A very special thank you to each of the employees and their families for their belief in the owners and their ideals.”

Based in London, with an engineering office in Reading, BEC employs engineering specialists delivering high-value, optimal cost-driven client solutions. 

It operates from additional facilities worldwide, including Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and South Korea, and opened a new dedicated office in Oman in 2019 to support this rapidly growing market.

BEC will celebrate its success during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners in the summer.