Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung’s bid for the innovation crown, with Google confirming Pixel details 7 Pro, Honor 70’s IFA-winning presence, Nokia G60 reviews, Poco’s two new handsets, Asus is readying the ROG 6D and Qualcomm’s latest chipset.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that happened around Android in the past week (and you can find Apple’s weekly news digest here).
Move over iPhone, let the galaxy pass
Has Samsung picked up the ‘One More Thing’ torch to steer Apple’s evolving smartphone market away? With the iPhone 14 launching this week, Apple’s iterative update gives the iPhone a similar feel to the latest models. Adnan Farooqui argues that Samsung now holds the crown of innovation:
“It showed the world once again that we can expand our perception of smartphones to embrace bold form factors that enable use cases never before possible on a smartphone. At least now, when there’s a Galaxy Unpacked , Samsung fans are excited to witness all the ways the company is making foldable smartphones more usable, durable and mainstream.
“There is still a certain level of excitement for an Unpacked event, however, the same cannot be said for an Apple event. Even Apple fans know what to expect”
Google confirms Pixel 7 Pro details
Google has released a number of new details about the upcoming Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, including the launch date (it will be October 6)
“Alongside the colors, Google also revealed the chipset these phones will use. We already knew this would be the next generation of the Tensor chipset seen in the Pixel 6 lineup, but now we know the name – it’s the Google Tensor G2. Google promises that this chipset will bring “even more useful and personalized features to photos, videos, security and voice recognition”.
Honor Wins IFA Awards
After an appearance on the IFA Keynote stage to showcase its new hardware and future plans, the mid-range Honor 70 smartphone won a number of “Best Of…” awards from those covering the conference:
“Honor has won a total of 35 global media awards this year, of which Honor 70 has won 21 awards in various categories. A large number of leading technology media around the world have ranked Honor 70 as “Best of IFA”. According to TechRadar, the leading global technology media, Honor 70 is “one of the best Android phones of the year. Forbes, a leading international business media, also said that the Honor 70 is “a powerful all-rounder”.
Nokia G60 5G review
Announced last week, HMD GLoba’s Nokia G60 5G handset is now on sale. Available through its new Circular subscription service, which offers better long-term value as well as responsible handset recycling, Tom Morgan-Freelander reviews the new mid-range handset for a solid smartphone:
“Given that Nokia likes to keep its version of Android as simple as possible, it’s no surprise that it performs quite well. The phone quickly wakes from sleep, scrolls through home screens with minimal fuss and doesn’t leave you waiting for the keyboard There’s about a half-second wait when switching between the main and ultra-wide cameras, and more demanding apps take a bit longer to open than on a phone more powerful mid-range, but it’s perfectly useful as a daily driver.”
Two new Poco handsets with a different purpose
Xiaomi has announced the next Poco-branded smartphones. Offered between 189 and 229 euros, the two handsets offer a different focus; with the M5 focusing on a faster, more vibrant display, while the M5s leans into 4K video and imaging.
“Xiaomi introduced the POCO M5, a smartphone that the company introduced alongside the POCO M5s. By the way, the POCO M5 resembles the POCO M4 5G, which has just arrived in Europe. As for the POCO M5, Xiaomi equipped it with the MediaTek Helio G99, a 6nm chipset with an octa-core CPU and ARM Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, and Xiaomi supplements the budget chipset with LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.2 flash storage.
Republic Of Gamers Ultra Update
Asus is gearing up to refresh the ROG 6 line of gaming smartphones ahead of the holidays, with the ROG 6D and ROG 6D Ultra bringing faster screens, more co-op and a bigger battery:
“…the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ chipset will power both phones – a fact already teased by Asus. The phones will also share a 6.78-inch AMOLED display, with an expected 165Hz refresh rate. hardware – a Sony IMX 766 50MP main camera and a 6,000mAh dual-cell split battery with 65W charging support.”
(GSM Arena and Asus)
Qualcomm has rolled out an update to the SnapDragon 6 Gen on-chip system. Formerly the SnapDragon 6xx series (much like the new 8 Gen are rebadged 8xx chipsets), the sixth generation is aimed at mid and low priced handsets. Qualcomm has also withheld some of the newer technologies, presumably to keep prices low and help with component sourcing:
Notably, however, Qualcomm’s 2023 mid-range/low-end parts do not make the jump to Armv9 architecture. Unlike the 8 Gen 1 and 7 Gen 1, which incorporated Arm’s new Armv9 cores, Qualcomm’s cascade development strategy means that the 6 and 4 series will stay a little further behind the curve. For end users , that should matter little at this time, but for smartphone vendors and software developers, it means Qualcomm won’t complete the Armv9 transition for at least another generation. “
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