Taking a look at seven days of news and headlines around the Android world, this week’s Android arena includes Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra leaks, Google ditching benchmarks, Pixel 7a specs, Huawei winning the smartphone camera award, Razr 2022 and Nokia X30 5G reviews, Anticipate the Qualcomm smartphone and kill the iMessaging killer.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that have happened around Android in the past week (You can find our weekly Apple news summary here).
More Galaxy S23 Ultra specifications leaked
Samsung’s upcoming flagship (at least for traditional phones 0 si S23 Ultra. Like many flagships before, the South Korean company will lean on its prowess as a camera manufacturer:
“…The Galaxy S23 Ultra has a 200MP primary camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera, a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, and a 10MP telephoto camera with 10x optical zoom. While only the primary camera appears to be the You get an upgrade, as previous reports indicated that ultra-wide and telephoto cameras will also see improvements, thanks to better image processing.”
Tensioner test is not just a number
Everyone loves a benchmark, a nice clean number that says X is better than Y. But what happens when you design something that is better at running but doesn’t have the best number? Google is dealing with this at the moment and is very pleased that their Tensor Mobile chipset doesn’t have that much of a figure:
“They might tell some stories, but we don’t feel like they’re telling the whole story. And so what we measure for us is the actual software workloads that we run on our chips, and then we strive with each generation of tensors to make it better, whether it’s better quality or performance. better or less energy.”
Pixel 7a leak details
Six months after the launch of the Pixel 6 and pixel 6 Pro, Google announced the Pixel 6a – a mid-range phone that brought the Tensor Mobile chipset and advanced artificial intelligence to a wider market. Would it be surprising if the Pixel 7a was planned and Google added to the list of features?
Another notable change that appears to be coming on the Pixel 7a is the introduction of wireless charging. As spotted by Android researcher Kuba Wojciechowski for the first time, the Lynx Pixel 7a is set to include a ‘P9222’ wireless charging chip. According to the manufacturer, the Pixel 7a’s wireless charging chip is capable of Only on 5W charging which is best suited for something like the charging case for the earphones.”
Camera #1 so far
Huawei’s Mate 50 Pro took first place in DXOMark’s global ranking of smartphone cameras, with a wide operating range and software processing highlighted:
“In the picture, the Mate 50 Pro has the best overall result yet, thanks to excellent results in exposure, autofocus, and texture/noise. Overall it provides a very nice display, even in challenging conditions such as low light or high dynamic range scenes.”
Reviews down the fold
The Razr 2022 full-screen foldable phone from Motorola sure has the iconic look, but does the latest version have what it takes to be a best-in-class phone? The team at GSM Arena is reviewing the phone to answer this question:
“The Razr 2022 is a truly excellent device, through and through. Motorola has clearly decided to go all-out on the foldable clamshell cover this time around, and it shows. Some of the key features of the phone include its sleek and stylish design and excellent build. Also, the impressive high-performance foldable screen and solid stereo speakers. While it’s not without some issues, particularly in terms of individual software limitations, the Razr 2022’s camera setup also didn’t leave us wanting.”
Nokia X30 5G Review
The Nokia X30 5G is the latest mid-range phone from the HMD Global team, and there’s nothing in the higher price ranges, and this is effectively the flagship device. Michael Allison spent time with Halfway Phone and found this description to stand out greatly:
“I’ve been using the Nokia X30 for a week and found it to be a very decent phone and nothing particularly good. That’s fine in the bubble, but at this very competitive price point, it turns out to be a problem.”
Phone sales will go down
Qualcomm has predicted that sales of mobile phones will decline over the next year, citing economic conditions in its latest financial report, with the potential for a double-digit decline… And the signs are already in:
Possibly “two of those ‘biggest customers’ include Samsung and Apple, which both use Qualcomm chips in their smartphones, and both are struggling with not selling enough phones. In stock, while Bloomberg reported in September that Apple decided not to ramp up production Its new iPhone 14 lineup. Apple iPhone revenue for the previous quarter was below estimates, another indication of tepid demand for its iPhone 14 lineup.”
Google has shut down another service that was once considered the Brave New World. Google Hangouts is no more. Ron Amadeo looks at the possible answer to Apple’s iMessage, and wonders what’s going on with messaging right now:
“The shutdown of Hangouts is the latest chapter in the chaos that is Google’s message history. Google Talk launched 17 years ago, and Google still doesn’t have a competitive messaging platform. Part of the reason we are in the thousandth messaging app from Google is that there is no consistent, stable home for messages within Google”.
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