Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the new Galaxy Note S10e, a review of the S10 5G, the latest Pixel 4 leak, a look at the Huawei P30 Pro, the latest OnePlus 7 features, and the new Nokia X71.
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 the weekly Apple news digest here).
Budget Galaxy Note 10e Appears
This year’s Galaxy S10 and S10+ were joined by the Galaxy S10e, an entry-level to the premium range and arguably a direct competitor to the iPhone XR. It now looks like this strategy is going to be mirrored in Samsung’s phablet range, with an entry-level Note being prepared for release. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reports:
…it will have a reduced screen size with Samsung sourcing parts for each model separately. This makes sense, given the Galaxy S10e misses out on the in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and triple camera arrays of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus so alternative components are required.
That said, you should be excited because the Galaxy S10e matches its more expensive stablemates where it counts: performance, primary front and rear cameras and a top-notch OLED display (bezels are slightly larger). I maintain the Galaxy S10e is the best Galaxy S10 model for most buyers and a Galaxy Note 10e looks likely to deliver the same.
Read more here on Forbes.
Galaxy S10 5G Review
As expected, the 5G version of the Galaxy S10 follows the design of the existing S10 handsets, including the punched out hole for the selfie camera. The 5G version brings the capability to access the fastest networks, but there’s a nasty surprise in the mix. Samsung has removed the microSD card to make room for the larger antenna. UnderKG’s YouTube review looks at that issue and more!
Pixel 4 Leak
The Pixel 4, although unannounced, it expected later this year, but it’s always nice to read about Google’s engineers letting slip that this is actually the case. The latest mention of the Pixel 4 comes in engineering comments on the Android Open Source Code project from a Google employee:
The plan was to first deploy this on Pixel 3 and make sure that everything actually works. Then move on to Pixel 4 and so on. If I had a Pixel 4 device, I probably wouldn’t have bothered with 4.9 in the first place.
Kyle Bradshaw has a closer look at what’rs going on here:
The comment was left by a Google employee, so we know that this isn’t simply speculation by a third-party. This very clearly confirms that the Pixel 4 is not only in-development, but could already be in some developers hands (though not this particular developer).
The code change itself tells us very little about the future device, as it has to do with changes being made to the Linux kernel used by Android. From the rest of the conversation, we can see that a fix is being developed for an issue with Google’s “KASAN” memory error detection tool.
More at 9to5Google.
Huawei P30 Pro Review
With long battery life and an impressive camera, Huawei’s P30 Pro is making a strong pitch for the title for the best flagship smartphone on the market. There are some curious choices (such as the use of a 1080p screen) but the real win is the camera. Andrew Williams takes a closer look:
Excellent optical stabilisation makes shooting images handheld at 50x fairly easy, in daylight at least. Switching between the four primary views (x0.6, x1, x5, x10) is quick and bug-free. And considering its relatively low-end hardware, the Huawei P30 Pro’s 5x zoom camera takes good-looking images.
The ultra-wide is excellent too. Its lens is sharp, images are detailed and even at the corners optical distortion is relatively minor. It also automatically compensates for the lens’s vignetting. As in the Mate 20 Pro, the wide has autofocus and can be used for macro photography. The Samsung Galaxy S10+’s wide has a fixed focus, making it far less versatile.
Read Williams’ full review of the P30 Pro at Wired.
The new Huawei P30 Pro which is part of the Chinese firm’s new flagship smartphone range that they unveiled in Paris. (Photo by Martyn Landi/PA Images via Getty Images)
Another Leak Makes The Case For The OnePlus 7
More potential confirmation on the design of the upcoming OnePlus 7 thanks to another case leak. Everything matches up with the current expectations, as I reported earlier this week:
Details in the these images back up those that have been previously discussed around the OnePlus 7. So the case has a cutout for the pop-up selfie camera (illustrated by the lack of a cutout in the rendered image of the handset). Meanwhile the extended cutout at the rear accommodates the triple-lens camera, flash, and sensors.
Also on show in the visualization of the OnePlus 7 are the volume buttons, the power button, and the three-way alert slider that helps differentiate the handset. It also mirrors the choices made in the OnePlus 6T to drop the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The wired technology is clearly no more, bluetooth or audio over USB-C is the way forward.
More here on Forbes.
With the Nokia 9 PureView picking up reviews around the block, the latest Nokia branded handset from HMD is here. The Nokia X71 launched in Taiwan and is another solid smartphone. While the Nokia 9 pushes the imaging envelope, the X71 looks like being the high-powered workhorse of the 2019 family. Vlad Savov reports:
…[The X71 is] built around a Snapdragon 660 processor running Android 9 Pie, which is accompanied by 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, a 3,500mAh battery, a headphone jack, and a triple-camera system on the rear with Zeiss-certified lenses. The LCD up front measures 6.39 inches with a 19.3:9 aspect ratio and an FHD+ resolution.
Put simply, it’s a nice midrange phone from a company that wants to compete in the tier just below the flashy Android flagships from the likes of Samsung and Huawei
More at The Verge. While the X71 is expected to be limited to China and Taiwan, expect a very similar handset to arrive in the west, possibly as the Nokia 8.1 Plus.
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