Samsung’s Massive Galaxy S23 Leak, Honor X6 Launched, Hidden Pixel 7 Ultra Revealed

A look back at seven days of news and headlines from the Android world. This week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung’s stunning Galaxy S23 camera leaks, Android code hints at the Pixel 7 Ultra, Google’s hardware push, the launch of the Honor X6, a classic name for the next OnePlus smartphone, nothing costs more and that Chrome tablet update.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that have been happening around Android over the past week (and you can find the weekly Apple News Digest here).

Samsung’s stunning Galaxy S23 camera leaks

Samsung’s annual update for the Galaxy S series may not be released until February, but details from the supply chain give us a better idea of ​​what to expect each week. How about a 200 megapixel camera? It’s doable, although Samsung might limit it to a “normal” mode and a “ridiculous” mode with nothing between 12MP and 200MP:

“Like the 108-megapixel camera on the Galaxy S21 Ultra or the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the S23 Ultra does not shoot at the maximum resolution by default. It reportedly captures 12.5-megapixel images using pixel binning (a process that merges multiple small pixels into a single large pixel) for improved image quality, especially in low-light conditions. The option to shoot at the full 200MP resolution will no doubt also be available, but a new rumor has it that Samsung won’t be offering the ability to shoot at 50MP, unlike the competition.”

(SamMobile).

Get ready for a Pixel 7 Ultra

Just as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro weren’t the last word in the Pixel 6 family, could the Pixel 7 have more models in the future? A smaller Pixel 7a later in 2023 feels obvious, but what about something bigger? Pushing the Pixel 7 Ultra forward, with hints of larger camera sensors and improved connectivity lurking in the software:

According to developer Kuba Wojciechowski(opens in new tab), who has been looking at the source code for the Pixel 7 series, the Pixel Ultra (codenamed “Lynx”) will most likely come with Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth chip (WCN6740 ) delivered. and not the Broadcom BCM4389 found in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 ranges. If this is correct, it is rumored to improve the device’s connectivity performance.

(Android Central).

push pixels

Google must not stop its current smartphone ambitions with the mythical Pixel 7 Pro. Documents viewed by The Information not only point to Google’s more focused approach to its hardware, but also highlight Samsung’s declining market share compared to the iPhone. If Android needs a new standard bearer, Google might be willing to build hardware for the software:

Google is ‘doubling down’ on Pixel phones and its own hardware. This also appears to include shifting product development and software development personnel to work on Google-branded devices, rather than features on non-Google hardware.”

(9to5Google).

The latest X from Honor

Honor has launched its latest budget-oriented smartphone. The Honor X6, which costs £149 in the UK, boasts a massive 5000mAh battery, a triple-lens camera system on the rear and removable storage to complement the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage on the single option:

“Offering a smart and seamless user experience, HONOR X6 runs on HONOR Magic UI 6.1 based on Android 12. With HONOR Share, HONOR X6 enables fast wireless file transfers between HONOR devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops. With Efficient Smart Desktop feature, users can customize widgets on the home screen and access information without opening the apps, further increasing efficiency and productivity.”

(To honor).

It’s only until 11

Is OnePlus returning to a streamlined lineup for its flagship numeric devices? With the Nord series keen to offer low-end and mid-range options, a number of sources are suggesting the flagship range could be streamlined to a single title model name in 2023…no Pro, no Plus, no Ultra Max Super Fine…just the OnePlus11:

“Should the information prove true, one would assume that OnePlus is also exploring the option of streamlining its flagship lineup overall, with a potential “T” upgrade in the second half.” That hasn’t been the case since 2018 and the OnePlus 6.”

(GSM Arena).

Nothing costs a little more

Nothing Tech’s first product, the Ear(1) true wireless headphones, launched last year priced at $99 and offered a lot of value in the busy market. One of the main advantages – pricing – has disappeared in the face of economic conditions around the world and the increased cost of Nothing. The competition may have to follow, but now $99 becomes $149:

“Nothing increases the price of its first Ear 1 earphones from $99 to $149, the company’s CEO Carl Pei has announced. Citing “an increase in cost,” Pei said the new price will be announced on Oct. 26 No price changes have been announced for Nothing’s recently announced Phone 1.”

(The edge).

And finally…

With the upcoming release of Android 12L, Google is putting more visible effort into its tablet apps. Chrome is next, and the Google Keyword Blog has more updates to improve the browser for your larger-screen devices.

“It can sometimes be difficult to find the right tab on a smaller screen, especially when you have a bunch of tabs open. That’s why we added a new side-by-side theme that makes finding the right tab in Chrome easier. When you switch between two tabs, the auto scroll back feature can help you swipe back to the previous tab. And to prevent you from accidentally closing tabs, we hide the close button when tabs become too small. If you close a tab you didn’t mean to, one-step restore lets you go right back to where you were.

(Google: The keyword).

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