Looking back at seven days of news and headlines in the world of Android, Android Circuit this week includes the latest leaks of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, removal of the Galaxy S20 FE touch screen, Huawei launches Mate 40 series, Pixel 5 screen problems, OnePlus 8T will be sold, Vivo is heading to Europe and what is the biggest trick for smartphones?
Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find Apple’s weekly news digest here).
Samsung Leak confirms Galaxy S21
In addition to the confirmation of the appearance of the Galaxy S21 Ultra in the Chinese certification program, the design of Samsung’s next flagship was exposed by Steve Hemmerstofer in Voice. Gordon Kelly of Forbes reports:
“The most eye-catching change is that Samsung will equip the range with radically repaired camera cases that stick finely to the side of any phone. This is different from anything I’ve seen in the design of the smartphone, and it looks stunning. However, The body of the Galaxy S21 Ultra camera is massive, occupies almost half the width of the phone and holds no less than four cameras plus the flash.
Interestingly, Hemmerstoffer notes that Samsung can accommodate two zoom cameras and does not rule out support for the S-Pen (which has received hot tips), although neither the Galaxy S21 nor the S21 Ultra have a dedicated S-Pen slot. projects “
Read more here about Forbes.
Galaxy S20 FE screen issues resolved
Following reports that the latest Galaxy S20 – Fan Edition – is facing issues with its touch screen, Samsung has released two firmware updates to resolve the issue.
“In case you’re not aware of this, some Galaxy S20 FE devices have trouble reading touch inputs accurately, resulting in ghostly touches, nerve animations on the user interface, and an overall unpleasant experience.
“… The company released an update last week with firmware version G78xxXXU1ATJ1 and the list of changes mentioned improvements to the stability of the touch screen as well as the camera. But that wasn’t enough, and Samsung is now releasing a second firmware update that seemingly further enhances the touch screen experience. “
More at SamMobile.
Huawei’s Mate 40 series arrives
Huawei may be under increasing pressure due to its inclusion in the list of US entities and the restrictions placed on its supply chain, but this did not stop the schedule. The new Mate 40 range was launched this week. Running on the Kirin 9000 chip, Huawei’s suppliers could not deliver the China-based company. Leo Kelion reports on the new phones:
“One of the main ways they differentiate between different models is their cameras:
“The main Mate 40 has a single selfie camera and three rear cameras (wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto). The Mate 40 Pro adds a 3D face unlock sensor and improves the specifications of the rear ultra-wide and telephoto cameras. The Mate 40 Pro + adds a fourth rear camera with” super zoom “and fifth depth camera for enhanced shallow focus photos. Porsche Design Mate 40 RS introduces infrared thermometer, allowing device to check local temperature
“For now, the company plans to launch the Pro model for sale outside China, where it will cost 1,100 British pounds.”
More on BBC News.
Problems with the Pixel 5 screen have been reported
The first users of the latest Google Pixel 5 handset reported problems with the assembly of the screen. Some devices have a slight difference between the screen and the main part of the handset. Forbes’ Jay McGregor reports:
“On Monday, the forum published a post about the difference between the display and the body of the Pixel 5. Over the next two days, 160 responses appeared to the original post, many of which were complaints about the same issue. A handful of Pixel 5 owners have complained about the problem on Reddit and the XDA forums.
“Google has yet to officially respond to the complaints, but an employee of the company told me that the problem is being investigated, which may take several days. Product forums will be updated when Google receives a response from affected users. “
Read more here about Forbes.
OnePlus 8T goes on sale
The OnePlus 8T went on sale this week, and the latest phone from the Shenzhen-based company continues to attract the attention of many reviewers, with Paco Zheng choosing fast wired charging as a key feature:
“Battery efficiency and charging is one of the few improvements to the 8T. They both equip a 4500mAh battery. And we did a 4-hour power consumption test between the 8T and the 8 Pro … After the 8T test, there is still 55% of the power left, which is a pretty good result from the battery for the Snapdragon 865 phone and it should be mentioned that it also has a 120Hz display.
“The biggest upgrade should be 65W fast charge efficiency. The full charge test took us only 33 minutes, which was much faster than the 30W charging efficiency of the 8 Pro. charging. “
Read the full review in Gizmochina.
Viva La Vivo?
Vivo, another manufacturer of headphones from the BBK stable (a stable that includes OnePlus, Oppo and RealMe), will also appear in Europe this month. The starting phone for the new territory will be X51 5G. Sam Byford reports:
“Vivo starts with the flagship X51 5G, essentially a rebranded version of the X50 that launched earlier this year. Its title feature is a gimbal-style camera system that is said to offer much improved image stabilization.
“Other features of the X51 include ultra-wide, 2x and 5x telephoto cameras, a Snapdragon 765 processor, a 90Hz 6.56-inch 1080p OLED screen, 256GB of storage, a 4315mAh battery and a 33W fast charge. It will cost £ 749 ($ 972) in the UK and goes on sale on October 29. “
More in The Verge.
There are features that appear on the phone that are curious, but become de facto standards (at one time your phone had no cameras). What of the features that don’t? This appears briefly and disappears. What trick function do you miss? The question was introduced by Reddit’s u / AF_Fresh this week:
“… we’ve seen phones with built-in projectors, phones with built-in gamepads, O2 meters built into phones, IR blasters built into phones, and all sorts of attempts to create new ‘must have features.’ Obviously, it’s hard to really determine what is and isn’t a trick, but just use your best judgment here. If the feature completely disappears after a generation or two, this is probably a trick. If this is something that the general market doesn’t seem to care about at all, like Samsung’s DEX feature? Probably a trick. ”
Read in Reddit.
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