Looking back at seven days of news and headlines in the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes the latest Galaxy S23 details, Galaxy Unpacked date, Pixel 8 Pro camera leak, Xiaomi 13 review, OnePlus’ new flagship confirmation, Oppo’s speedy ColorOS, and this year’s best smartphone camera.
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).
Faster Galaxy S23 Leaks
With the Galaxy S23 family set to be unveiled by Samsung in Q1 2023, it’s no surprise that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 would be somewhere in the product mix (actually all models , but let’s see what happens with it). closer to launch).
But there’s a strange quirk… the latest benchmarks suggest Samsung will have faster chipsets than “off-the-shelf” chipsets.
“In any case, it looks like Samsung will be using an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip on all Galaxy S23 models. For those of you who don’t know, Qualcomm’s official numbers for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 are for prime CPUs (fastest Cores) can go up to 3.19 GHz, but the benchmark list for the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Ultra shows the flagship CPU clocked at 3.36 GHz, the GPU is overclocked as well. and runs at 719 MHz instead of 680 MHz.”
Galaxy Unpacked 2023 date leaked?
A question many people ask is when will the Galaxy S23 launch? Current thinking is February 1st for announcement and February 17th for availability.
“In a few tweets, prolific Samsung leaker Ice Universe claimed that the next Galaxy Unpack will take place on February 1st. Another leaker with an accurate track record, @OnLeaks I have confirmed this, as @MaxJmb pointed out, the event was supposed to take place on Feb. 2 in most parts of the world due to timezone differences.”
(ice universe via Android Police).
Pixel 8’s HDR steps forward
Google looks to build on the success of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 families of cameras by adding a new HDR mode to the Pixel 8. This promises an image that can have a wider dynamic range, the image output by the computational engine at any of the individual exposures.
“The Google Pixel 8 Pro smartphone has been revealed thanks to efficient code scrutiny by developer Kuba Wojciechowski. ” was included. are believed to be the codenames for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, respectively. The main camera on Google’s 2023 flagship smartphone appears to support the staggered HDR feature. ”
Xiaomi 13 review
The Xiaomi 13 handset sits just below the premium flagship Xiaomi 13 Pro, but still delivers a punch that rivals many flagships. . Paco Zhen reviews the new handset, starting with the overall design.
“It’s easy to see that the Xiaomi 13 has no flaws. It’s bigger than other smartphones, maybe a little bigger than the Xiaomi 12. But it’s a perfect balance between size and features. That’s what I like about the Xiaomi 13. That’s the main reason why: the better phones aren’t that small, the smaller phones aren’t that much.”
2023 will go to Eleven
OnePlus has confirmed the launch details of the classic OnePlus 11 5G on its website. The new flagship smartphones of 2023 will be joined by the OnePlus Buds Pro 2.
“Along with revealing the date of the event, OnePlus said it will be bringing back several fan-favorite features to its next flagship smartphone. The OnePlus 11 will once again feature the company’s Alert Slider. , you can easily switch between silent and vibrate You can expect Hasselblad tuning in the camera system as well, both features were available in the OnePlus Pro 10 but the budget-friendly 10T has neither was.”
(OnePlus via Engadget).
Oppo super speed
Oppo is celebrating the rollout of ColorOS 13, highlighting an increase in the number of handsets adopting the new software compared to the ColorOS 12 update. It may not be a glamorous feature, but the speed of software updates and bug fixes is very important.
“Since its launch on August 18, 2022, ColorOS 13 has been delivered to 33 smartphone models worldwide, making it the fastest and biggest update in ColorOS history. Same four months since the official release. ColorOS 13 (data from Aug. 18, 2022 to Dec. 18, 2022) compared to ColorOS 12 (data from Oct. 11, 2021 to Feb. 11, 2022) more than 50% more ) are supported by different models.
“Which camera is better?” Imaging is a rather personal subject, so knowing which ones take the best photos will require extensive research.
“The test, conducted by Marques Brownlee, YouTube’s largest technical reviewer, compared 16 devices released in 2022 and was voted by over 600,000 users. Perfect for portraits.” The Pixel 7 Pro was the best, the Oppo Find X5 Pro was great for daylight photography, and the Vivo X80 Pro+ is the best in low light.”
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