Looking back at seven days of news and headlines about the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit features the latest Galaxy Z Fold leaks, Pixel 7 Pro launch dates, OnePlus 10T and Black Shark 5 Pro reviews, iFixit offers official Samsung repairs, a new version of Outlook and the success of the Galaxy Note series.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that have happened around Android over the past week (and you can find Apple’s weekly recap here).
Samsung’s latest fold is leaking
With Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event next week, there’s one last round of leaks and details to get us excited. For the final run, we have the materials used for the phone and details about its fast charging:
“…the Galaxy Z Fold 4 features Gorilla Glass Victus+ protection on the front (cover display) and the back. This new protection panel first appeared on the Galaxy S22. The upcoming foldable phone also seems to be able to charge faster despite using the same 25W mechanism. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 can reportedly charge 0-50% in just 30 minutes. In comparison, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 charges up to 33% in half an hour.”
(Ahmed Qwaider via SamMobile).
Pixel 7 and 7 Pro launch dates
After last year’s repositioning of the Pixel phone brand (and the launch of the Google-designed Tensor Mobile chip), the seventh iteration of Pixels could be seen as the tough second album. It’s an album you’ll have to wait to hear as the launch event and release have been postponed to October:
According to sources (very reputable sources), both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will be available for pre-order on October 6 – which probably means the event will take place on the same day – and the devices will officially launch and become available. on October 13…Google has a history of sometimes moving dates around, but if it did, we’ll know — and you’ll know.”
OnePlus 10T Review
After a year of absence, OnePlus has returned to a “T” device and a second half of the launch of a new device. The OnePlus 10T leans on the power and performance specs that T marketing has become known for. As part of my review of the new handset, I took a look at the history surrounding the T:
“Some smartphones seem to cover every base, to be the smartphone that puts an end to all smartphones. The OnePlus 10T 5G is not that kind of phone. It has made some compromises, but they are made to serve the purpose of the phone to serve… This has been the implicit goal of OnePlus’ “T” models since they debuted with the OnePlus 3T, and after a few years away (when OnePlus struggled with a “Pro” definition), the 10T brings the strength back in the second half of the year.”
Samsung and iFixit Replacement Parts Program Partner
Following on from Google’s lead with the Pixel, the independent repair service iFixit has announced that it is partnering with Samsung to offer genuine parts and tools so that users can perform some essential repairs on their own handsets:
“Starting today, replacement screens*, rear window and charging ports are available on iFixit.com as individual components or in Fix Kits containing all the parts and tools needed to get your Galaxy in top shape. Our original parts collection keeps expanding, and of course our repair guides that too: every new part has a polished guide to help you finish your latest Galaxy repair… Initially, these genuine Samsung Galaxy parts are only available in the US, but we’re working on more devices and additional extended parts.”
(I fix it).
Review of the subtle Black Shark 5 Pro
Sometimes gaming smartphones pop up with all kinds of accessories, add-ons and cutting edge ideas that feel futuristic and out of the norm for a smartphone. Sometimes they look just like a normal smartphone until you start playing Genshin Impact. I reviewed the Black Shark 5 Pro, where the latter is true:
“What I find interesting about the Black Shark 5 Pro is that while it’s a gaming phone, it doesn’t go crazy with the gaming aspect. Instead, this is a sensible high-end phone optimized for gaming, unlike to a gaming phone that pulls out all the stops and sacrifices features that aren’t 100 percent game-focused.”
Outlook turns on the Lite
Microsoft may not have conquered the mobile operating system market with Windows Phone, but it has tweaked its software to rise above both Android and iOS. This allows easy access for those using the cloud-based services no matter what mobile device they are on. That reach expands further as the mobile team releases a “lite” version of Outlook for phones, further down the portfolios
Knowing that, Microsoft has announced a new version of Outlook specifically designed for lower-level devices called ‘Outlook Lite’. This app works in much the same way as the full version, giving users the same basic calendar and email functions. that make Outlook what it is. The main difference here is that the app size itself is only about 5 MB and is optimized for devices with only 1 GB of RAM. The new Outlook Lite is made to work well on almost any phone without compromising performance or battery life.”
(Microsoft Blog via 9to5Google).
A year after the Galaxy Note series’ cancellation was confirmed, Mihai Matei reflects on the phablet’s rise, innovation and fall; and how the Note’s death led to the Ultra’s success:
“For better or worse, the Galaxy Note series and the accompanying S Pen have always been surrounded by an air of exclusivity. This held back sales and the lineup seemed to have hit a hard ceiling. But the Galaxy S22 Ultra seems to be goal. It brought the Galaxy Note formula and the S Pen to the masses, and now the S Pen is free of those imaginary barriers.”
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