OnePlus 11 5G Arrives, Razer Edge Revealed, Pixel 7a Specs Leak

Looking back at seven days of news and headlines in the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit features a stunning new foldable display, Samsung’s foldable iPad win, Pixel 7a details leak, OnePlus 11 5G debuts, Launch of ThinkPhone, includes Razer’s powerful features. Gaming tablet, Lineage OS reaches Android 13.

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).

Samsung’s revolutionary display

Samsung Display’s CES presentation brought the latest in flexible screens. This “flex hybrid” display can not only fold, but also slide. This offers future smartphone designers some exciting options.

“…this hybrid display (which Samsung calls the Flex Hybrid) features a foldable display similar to that found in the Galaxy Z Fold series, but even if you don’t see the foldable display You can also slide the accessible side screens folded closed.As you can imagine, this is more of a concept than something we’ll see in the actual Samsung products we’ll soon be able to buy.But, As far as the cool factor goes, it’s a perfect score.”

(Sam Mobile).

Win/Win for Samsung in Foldable Phones

Going back to current technology, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series of smartphones is considered the number one device in the field. Google plans to launch a Challenger later this year, presumably named Pixel Fold. Can you beat the galaxy? Will the Z Fold 5 stay on top? Can Samsung win in both scenarios? Yes.

“Samsung Display is working closely with Google on this project. We plan to deliver the foldable panel by July or August of this year. Going by this timeline, Google’s foldable phone will be 9 We might expect it to hit the market by May or October, meaning in the same release window as the Galaxy Z Fold 5.”

(Sam Mobile).

Razer goes to the cutting edge

Also popping out of CES are Razer’s new gaming handhelds. The Razer Edge (and Razer Edge 5G) looks like a smartphone, but it’s not. Think of it like the Nintendo Switch, which uses Razer’s Kishi Controller to get the full-width experience of the dominant screen and pin-sharp controls, even though it’s running Android.

“Developed with a 2400×1080 FHD+ resolution boasting a 6.8″ AMOLED display and a 144Hz refresh rate, the Razer Edge is perfect for an always-connected mobile gaming experience. The handheld is the first device developed specifically for the latest Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 It’s a gaming platform, purpose-built with active cooling for long gaming sessions playing top AAA titles and native games on the go without sacrificing performance.”


Pixel 7a refresh rate leaked

A number of videos about the unannounced Pixel 7a have surfaced this week, revealing some details. What brings the 7a closer to the flagship standard is the screen. Are Google’s ‘mid-range’ Pixels set to address one of the most requested ‘missing’ features and have faster display updates?

“The device name for Android 13 settings is displayed as ‘Pixel 7a’ and the handset runs internal pre-release (‘design validation testing’) software. The phone’s language is also set to Vietnamese, which Google makes his A-series phones. The phone in question features a “smooth display” with an adjustable refresh rate from 60Hz to 90Hz, a first for the A-series line. “


Another first claim by OnePlus

OnePlus 11 5G for Chinese market announced. A global launch is slated for his early February, but this first release in China is one of the first handsets Oneplus will release on his Qualcomm’s SNapDragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. means to be one. It also puts Hasselblad, the company’s Achilles heel, back on camera.

The company’s smartphone cameras are excellent for everyday use, but may fall short of other premium flagships in our in-depth review and comparison. Combined with the latest version of the software, will it get you closer to the top of the camera charts? Time will tell. “


Think phones, think ThinkPhones.

Lenovo launched the ThinkPhone, bringing the smartphone experience to the famous ‘Think’ brand, which is closely associated with the ThinkPad series of laptops. Like these laptops, ThinkPhone is focused on the business and enterprise market.

◊With ThinkPhone, customers get a complete suite of security and support features that provide seamless protection and full manageability backed by ThinkShield. ThinkShield is a leading security platform, with basic security policies, features, specialized hardware, software, and processes to ensure overall device security. “


And finally…

The team behind LineageOS has updated their open source smartphone operating system. The underlying code is now Android 13-based, derived from the Android Open Source Project. Many changes have been made, including improvements to the camera app.

“That said, since the release of Android 13 last October, we’ve been working very hard to port features to this new version of Android. Google’s mostly UI-based changes in Android 12. and thanks Android 13 is dead. We were able to spend a lot of time on cool new features such as the app Aperture, in part due to developers SebaUbuntu, LuK1337 and luca020400.”

(Lineage blog).

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