Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung’s Galaxy downgrade, new Pixel 7a images, Asus launches ROG Phone 7, Xiaomi 13 Ultra specs confirmed, Honor Magic5 Pro launch, OnePlus Pad offers, and Android 13’s continued success.
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).
Samsung Slows Down Galaxy S23 Wireless Charging
Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S23 family, looks to have a slower wireless charging rate than the previous Galaxy S handset thanks to a quiet downgrade:
“…comparing the new phones to the Galaxy S22 series, PhoneArena found the Galaxy S23 range was up to 40% slower than its predecessors despite Samsung listing both ranges as having the same 15W wireless charging performance. The Galaxy S23 Ultra was the worst offender, charging just 14% in 15 minutes compared to 23% for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, while a full charge took 39 minutes longer.”
A New Look At The Pixel 7a
Ahead of a presumed launch at Google’s I/O event, the latest leaked designs of the Pixel 7a offer more details on the colors of the design, how it echoes the previous ‘budget’ Pixel, and where we can expect the selfie camera to show ups:
“… the Google Pixel 7a will be available in three color options 一 White, Grey, and the last one with a shade of Blue (light sky blue). As of today, we are not aware of Google’s official marketing name for these color options. In terms of design, the device looks strikingly similar to the Pixel 6a. The device sports a dual-rear camera setup along with an LED flash. To the front, the device will feature a centered punch-hole notch.”
(OnLeaks via MySmartPrice).
Asus’ Extra Cooling Power For The ROG Phone 7
Gaming smartphones are all about offering an edge through advanced hardware. Asus’ ROG Phone 7 series, launched this week, is no different, with more responsive screens, mappable shoulder buttons, and various methods of wicking heat away from the CPU. More importantly for the gamer looking for a bigger edge, is the peripheral launching alongside the ROG Phone 7 and Phone 7 Ultimate handsets… the AeroActive Cooler:
“This peripheral clips around the back of the ROG Phone 7 and adds a number of features. The most visible is the addition of a cooling fan to draw more air over the center of the handset and dissipate as much heat as possible. The fan speed can be set on a per-app basis in software or left to run automatically as required.”
Honor Launch Magic5 Pro
Honor’s Magic5 Pro is now on sale in the UK, and the early reviews are promising. The latest flagship from the Chinese-based company highlights the vibrant screen, impressive camera, and all-around design. The team at NotebookCheck has an early review:
“With the Magic5 Pro, Honor continues to improve its predecessor, offering an overall package that includes powerful technology and doesn’t have to hide from any competitors. Particularly in terms of security, Honor takes an additional step, introducing a dedicated security chipset for the first time, and it is currently also the only Android smartphone with 3D face recognition.”
Xiaomi 13 Ultra Camera Specs Confirmed
The latest premium smartphone from Xiaomi is leaning heavily into the camera specifications. Four lenses, including a x3 and x5 telephoto lens, are planned for the handset which launches next week on the 18th.
“In an official Weibo post, the company revealed that alongside the 50MP Sony IMX989 sensor that the 12S Ultra used, the 13 Ultra will feature three 50MP Sony IMX858 sensors. The poster also outlines some advanced noise-reduction features and better HDR capabilities…. The 13 Ultra, however, will use the IMX858 for its ultrawide camera (with PDAF, of course), the 3x telephoto and the 5x telephoto.”
Early Bird Offers For The OnePlus Pad
Ahead of the launch of its first tablet, OnePlus opened up an ‘Early Bird’ offer ahead of pre-orders for the OnePlus Pad. While this is not a unique move, the price is still not confirmed; the OnePlus community members taking up the offer will no doubt be hoping to not get any sticker shock:
“The OnePlus Pad is the first tablet from OnePlus which combines an extremely fast and smooth experience with effortless imaging and stunning design. With 5G connectivity and long battery life, the OnePlus Pad is the light-weight heavy weight that’s well-rounded for 2023. The global price reveal is scheduled for 25th April with global pre-orders opening from 28th April.”
The rollout of Android 13 continues, with the latest released stats showing a doubling of the installation base since January:
“In January, Android 13 was added to the chart for the first time, revealing that the update had been rolled out to over 5% of devices globally since its launch last August. Google has now updated the chart once again, and it seems Android 13 has seen a major uptick in adoption. According to Google’s latest data – which should begin to appear in Android Studio in the coming days – over 12% of Android phones and tablets are now running Android 13.”
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