Looking back at seven days of news and headlines in the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes Galaxy S23 Ultra performance details, Google Pixel roadmap leaks, OnePlus 11 big numbers, Motorola’s ThinkPhone, Honor’s new games for mobile phones, and the Chinese smartphone market. shrinking.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that happened around Android last week (and our weekly Apple News Digest can be found here).
Galaxy S23 Ultra performance numbers leaked
Samsung sets the tone for the 2023 smartphone experience when it launches the Galaxy S23 family. We’re getting a better idea of the specs for the new Qualcomm SnapDragon pairing with Korean engineering.
“…Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+ and Galaxy S23 Ultra with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 offer a significant performance boost compared to the previous generation. The upcoming phone will feature a 36% increase in CPU performance, GPUs are reported to be 48% faster and NPUs (Neural Processing Units used for AI and ML acceleration) are reported to be 60% faster.Devices improve performance under sustained load We also expect it to have a better chipset cooling solution for that.”
(Ahmed Kwaider via SamMobile).
Pixel roadmap details
According to a leaked roadmap, Google has set a yearly tempo for Pixel phones, and it looks like this will continue.
“The Pixel 7a is said to cost exactly the same as the Pixel 6a, at $449 in the US. Expect wireless charging and 90Hz refresh rate screen support in future models.” The Pixel Fold, meanwhile, has been “confirmed” at a cost of $1,799 (as far as rumors can go with that).
OnePlus 11 specs have some big numbers
Ahead of the OnePlus 11 launch, some specs and design images have leaked about the flagship smartphone. Unsurprisingly, it opts for big numbers, but the large (and strangely offset) camera island caught my eye.
“The OnePlus 11 is said to feature a 6.7-inch QHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 3216×1440 pixel resolution, punch-hole cutout for selfie snappers, and HDR10+. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 processor.Combined with an Adreno GPU, up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage that cannot be expanded further.The smartphone is Android 13-based with an OxygenOS custom skin out of the box.”
Learn more about Motorola ThinkPhones
IBM ThinkPad is a legendary name for laptops. Will the same be true for ThinkPhones in the future? Lenovo certainly hopes so, and at some point in 2023 a “Think” smartphone will appear in Motorola’s portfolio.
“What really makes a Think branded product is its subtle and simple design. The ThinkPhone’s body is rumored to be aluminum with an “aramid fiber inlay” backplate to make it more durable without a case. The Motorola ThinkPhone will have a triple lens system. This configuration includes a 50MP primary sensor, a 13MP wide-angle lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. ”
Honor announces 80 GT
Targeting the gaming sector of the market, Honor has unveiled the Honor 80 GT as a phone for those who want as much power, performance and graphics capabilities as possible. Currently, this is a China-only device, but with many Honor releases, it will hit the international market in the first half of 2023.
“The device in question is called the Honor 80 GT and is powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. Its design is a far cry from other series members, offering an OLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Let’s take a closer look at the specifications and pricing of the newly launched Honor 80 GT.”
China is the world’s largest smartphone market, and the impact on sales in the region will be global. So the drop in domestic shipment rates should frankly be a warning flag for all the manufacturers out there.
According to a report by the China Institute of Information and Communication Technology, domestic smartphone shipments in October fell 27.2% year-on-year to 23.78 million units. 215 million units”
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