Returning to seven days of news and headlines across the Android world, this week’s Android circuit includes Galaxy S21 leaks, Huawei beating Samsung, reviewers OnePlus North, Motorola’s One Fusion Plus, three new handsets. Nokia, Surface Duo is heading to Canada, and CES is online only…
Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android over the past week (and you can find the weekly Apple News Digest here).
The surprise inside the next Galaxy S
With the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 family in August, attention will turn to the flagship release of the Galaxy S21 in early 2021. And with the first benchmarks already leaked, a surprisingly powerful change is expected. Gordon Kelly from Forbes:
“Thanks to leaked Samsung benchmarks, we know that the chipset inside the Galaxy S21 is potentially transformative. Based on Samsung’s roadmap, this is an Exynos 1000 made in collaboration with AMD using a custom Radeon GPU. And these benchmarks? up to 2.5 times better performance than a Snapdragon 865. It’s a multigenerational improvement and means not only every rival Android smartphone eats its dust, but every iPhone as well. ”
Learn more here on Forbes.
Huawei leads Samsung in global sales
Samsung has lost its first place in the global smartphone market, according to Canalys figures for the second quarter. Even with its listing on the U.S. Entity List and a 27% drop in overseas sales, Chinese manufacturers’ 55.8 million sales were enough for the number one prize. According to the report:
“This is the first quarter in nine years that a company other than Samsung or Apple has dominated the market. Huawei shipped 55.8 million devices, down 5% year on year. But Samsung, second, has shipped 53.7 million smartphones, a decrease of 30% compared to Q2 2019.
Huawei is still subject to US government restrictions, which have stifled its activities outside of mainland China. Its overseas shipments fell 27% in the second quarter. But it has grown to dominate its domestic market, increasing its Chinese shipments by 8% in the second quarter, and it now sells more than 70% of its smartphones in mainland China. China emerged strongest from the coronavirus pandemic, with factories reopening, continued economic development, and strict controls on new epidemics.
Read the full breakdown here.
OnePlus Nord reviewed
This week, the OnePlus North received the full review treatment from the tech community. Many commented on the midrange handset’s aggressive price tag, fast-refreshing screen, and weaker-than-expected plastic chassis. Ron Amadeo’s review covers all the bases:
For a mid-range phone, there really isn’t much missing here. You still get NFC, the same in-display optical fingerprint reader as all other phones, and OnePlus’ fantastic 30W fast charging. Compared to a flagship phone, the big list of missing features would be the aforementioned single speaker instead of stereo, no wireless charging, and no official water resistance rating. OnePlus says the phone still has gaskets to provide some water resistance, but without an official rating, it’s hard to say how many, like “is it submersible?”
I also took a closer look at the North, read my full review here. Currently slated for full release in Europe and India (apart from a special 50-handset run), many OnePlus subscribers have requested a US handset. XDA Developers Introduces North Handset Powered by SnapDragon 690 for North American Markets:
“… We suspect they will be part of the OnePlus Nord brand. OnePlus has already confirmed that a future Nord-branded device will arrive in the United States later this year, and it’s likely that future Nord devices will launch in Europe and India as well. If the upcoming device (s) are indeed powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 mobile platform, they will cost even less than the current OnePlus North, which currently starts at £ 379 / € 399 / ₹ 27,999 UK / in Europe / India. . “
More information on the Next North can be read here.
Motorola’s mid-range mobile location
Staying with the mid-range market (it’s getting terribly crowded, isn’t it), Motorola’s One Fusion + pulls together a balance of features to create another handset with great title features (the quad camera, the 6.55-inch notchless display and a powerful processor) while compromising in other areas (there’s no fast charging, and you’ve got an LCD panel rather than OLED). Tushar Mehta reviews the handset, including the benefits of the huge battery:
“The Motorola One Fusion + has a massive 5000mAh battery. Although the battery is one of the blame for the phone’s heaviness, it provides long battery life. The massive battery easily powers the phone for two. days with basic use and over a day.with demanding tasks including streaming online video and playing for hours.
“… The battery life of the Motorola One Fusion + is incredible. It’s actually comparable to that of the Redmi Note 9 Pro (Note 9S) which we reviewed in March earlier this year. Which is better with the Motorola. One Fusion + is that it provides similar battery backup without aggressively killing apps and background activity. ”
Read the full review on XDA Developers.
Three wise men Nokias for Christmas
A triple header of Nokia branded handsets from HMD Global is expected to launch this year. The “mark 3” variants of the Nokia 6, Nokia 7 and Nokia 9 PureView are expected to be with us by the end of 2020. Nayan Mishra reports:
“Sources indicate that HMD is moving forward with testing the Nokia 6.3, Nokia 7.3 and Nokia 9.3 prototypes and that everything is progressing well. We recently reported that there are two Nokia 7.3 prototypes being tested and that the one of them supports 5G indicating that HMD may plan to bring 5G to an even lower price bracket. ”
More details on handsets at Nokia Power User.
Surface Duo heads to Canada
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Surface Duo for Android has obtained another government certification. It looks like the dual-screen device is heading to Canada. Mayank Parmar reports:
“Microsoft Surface Duo with model number 1930 was recently discovered on the FCC website and it also passed the Bluetooth SIG certification… Notably, another variant of the Surface Duo has appeared in the Canada-based UL certifications and the model number is “1930r” which could be for a high end variant of the device or its locked / unlocked version. “
More information on Windows Latest.
CES is one of the key tech events on the annual tech calendar. Any other year and the Complete Circus would reserve hotel rooms, halls and conference space in Las Vegas. 2021 will not be like another year. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Consumer Technology Association – which heads CES – has made the decision that CES in 2021 will be “fully digital.” Extract from the press release:
“Amid the pandemic and growing global health concerns over the spread of COVID-19, it is simply not possible to safely summon tens of thousands of people to Las Vegas in early January 2021 to meet. meet and do business in person, ”said Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, CTA.
“Technology is helping us all to work, learn and connect during the pandemic – and this innovation will also help us redesign CES 2021 and bring the tech community together in meaningful ways. By moving to a fully digital platform for 2021, we can deliver a unique experience that helps our exhibitors connect with existing and new audiences ”
More information on CTIA here.
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