OnePlus 10T Announced, Nothing Phone (1) Reviews, Microsoft’s Missing Surface Duo

Looking back at seven days of news and headlines about the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit features the OnePlus 10T surprise, Galaxy Unpacked launch details, Pixel 6a pre-orders, Nothing Phone (1) reviews, Google Play opens billing system in Europe, Qualcomm’s next big Snapdragon event announced, and Microsoft’s missing Surface Duo.

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).

OnePlus 10T 5G and OxygenOS 13

With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ and focused on performance, the OnePlus 10T will debut on August 3. The return of the “T” designation not only represents a jump in raw performance, but also battery life, battery life and more:

“…the OnePlus 10T uses the same T nomenclature that has always represented a holistic performance upgrade since the debut of the OnePlus 3T. With the OnePlus 10T, we are taking this concept to the next level: the device upgrades go beyond just speed improvements by leveraging new technologies to deliver significant improvements to the OnePlus experience.”

(OnePlus Forum).

Galaxy Unpacked Details

Also with a confirmed launch date, Samsung’s next Galaxy handsets are expected to be the new Z Fold and Z Flip. That event will take place a week later than OnePlus, on August 10:

“Innovation isn’t just about radical ideas; it’s about unlocking new experiences that transform our daily lives for the better. Meaningful innovations go beyond the technical and provide a platform on which our daily lives become richer, more versatile and open to greater possibilities than ever before…Galaxy Unpacked will be streamed live on Samsung.com and Samsung’s YouTube channel starting at 2:00 PM.”

(Samsung Newsroom).

Pixel 6a pre-orders open

On Thursday, the Google Pixel 6a was available for pre-order in various territories around the world. Those who decide to do so will receive a set of Pixel Buds A-Series from a number of retailers:

Pre-orders for the highly anticipated Google Pixel 6a will go live today at 1:00 PM EST in the US and have already opened in Europe and parts of Asia. Google’s new ‘budget’ smartphone is expected to be well received and likely the The company’s new bestseller, given its affordable price tag and similarity in features and design to the flagship Pixel 6/6 Pro line.”

(Chrome out of the box).

Nothing Phone (1) Review

After the launch last week, the first reviews of Nothing Tech’s Phone (1) have been published. The price and specs are highlighted, but the big difference is the striking visual features on the transparent back of the phone:

“That transparency also powers the light show; a set of LED strips, which nothing calls the ‘glyph’, light up across the back panel to alert you to incoming calls or notifications or even to use as a fill light when recording video. certainly unique and it’s nice to see different ideas about phones, especially in the budget sector, which is often inundated with forgettable gray or black plates.”

(CNet).

Google opens billing in Europe

The Android App Store has opened itself up to allow developers to choose alternative billing systems. This is not yet a global option, but limited to Europe’s EEA:

Google announced today that it will soon allow non-gaming Android apps to offer users in Europe (European Economic Area) an alternative to Google Play’s billing system. This is in response to the Digital Markets Act, which Google says it is “committed to meeting these new requirements while ensuring we can continue to keep people safe on our platforms and continue to invest in Android and Play for the benefit of the entire ecosystem.”

(Google Blog, via (9to5Google).

Qualcomm’s Next Generation Snapdragon 8

While the first Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ smartphones are ready to ship and lead their respective manufacturers into the holiday season, Qualcomm has confirmed its winter event. Of note is the presumed launch of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 … which will undoubtedly lead the flagship market of 2023:

Specifically, this year’s Snapdragon Summit will take place between November 15 and November 17, two weeks before the birthday of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. While Qualcomm is only teasing details at this point, November’s event is considered “the biggest showcase.” of the year,” raising expectations for the release of another flagship chipset. It remains to be seen whether Qualcomm will unveil other chipsets at this year’s Snapdragon Summit.

As for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm is expected to build it around an ARM Cortex-X3 prime core, plus two Cortex-A715 and four Cortex-A510 cores. The SoC, codenamed SM8550, would also feature an Adreno 740 GPU. Based on ARM’s performance figures, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 could deliver more than 25% better CPU performance, a 40% GPU uplift, and more than 15% lower power consumption.Supposedly, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 smartphones will debut in the winter and will be available worldwide in early 2023.”

(Notebook control).

And finally…

A prototype of a new Surface Duo has appeared on Ebay, offering a tantalizing glimpse of what could have been Microsoft’s next Android device. The company is targeting the Surface Duo 3, which is expected in 2023, so what appears to be a more affordable version of the Surface Duo 2 remains a footnote that “could have been”.

It featured a mid-range Qualcomm SoC, a dual-camera array on the back, non-curved displays without the viewing bar, and an all-plastic exterior. In comparison, the flagship Surface Duo 2 has a Snapdragon 888 SoC, a triple camera array at the back, 90 Hz curved screens with the gaze bar and a plastic + glass exterior.”

(Windows Central).

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