With a seven-day look back at news and headlines across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes a closer look at the Galaxy S21 FE, a new video of the Galaxy S22, Oppo’s new foldable smartphone, face recognition for the Pixel 6 Pro, Android 12 appearing on Nokia phones, OnePlus’ new Z2 Buds, and MediaTek fighting Qualcomm.
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 Newsletter here).
Your best look yet at the Galaxy S21 FE
It feels like the Galaxy S21 Fan Edition has experienced some of the longest delays this year. With the S22 family’s Unpacked event expected on February 8 next year, there is not much time to launch the latest FE. But with all the leaks coming out, it may not be far off:
“The seed-green hue we’ve seen a few times before is here, and so are the black, white, and pink versions that Samsung is expected to offer customers. Yes, the S21 FE is rumored to have two fewer color options than its predecessor, although we can always hope that more nuances will be added to the committee later. “
Galaxy S22 appears in new video
Not to be outdone, the aforementioned Galaxy S22 handsets have emerged not only in new sleek images, but a hands-on video showing the classic and construction. The screens are off, but everything seems to match previous details:
The back of the three phones are the same as we’ve seen before. The basic Galaxy S22 (right) and Galaxy S22 Plus (center) both use a similar “contoured” camera bump design as the Galaxy S21, except it looks flatter out, and the S22’s bump appears to have a glossy finish instead of the matte one on the S21. “
Oppo folds its latest handset
After teasing last week, Oppo has released Find N, its first foldable phone. When unfolded, you have an almost square screen in the ratio of 8.4: 9 with a diagonal of 7.1 inches. It’s thicker than the overly thin Galaxy Z Fold 3 when closed, but the second screen, in a 2: 1 ratio, is more than usable.
Oppo Find N is powered by a Snapdragon 888 chipset with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. “or you can use a four-finger pinch to turn a full-screen app into a floating window. Also, the transition between using an app on the outer screen and moving to the inner screen or vice versa is made as hassle-free as possible.”
Your face looks familiar
Tucked away in Android 12L is code that could bring face lock back to Google’s Pixel phones. This was in the Pixel 4 series and many expected to watch the Pixel 6 series. Maybe it’s coming back?
“While digging into the first Android 12L Beta for Pixel devices, our APK Insight team came across evidence that Google is still working on reintroducing Face Unlock. Specifically, there are some changed text lines in the Settings app from Android 12L Beta. Pixel phones that can switch between face, fingerprint, or both authentication. “
Nokia X20 is HMD Global’s first Android 12 smartphone
The first HMD Global handsets to be upgraded to Android 12 will be Nokia X20. As part of the promise of “three years of OS updates”, the wireless update will bring the latest features to the mid-range smartphone. I reviewed the handset earlier this year and found it to be representative of the new “Nokia design”:
“The design language that HMD Global has been working on is clearly displayed with the X20, and it’s now easy to recognize ‘A Nokia Phone’ in the wild. You want a very clean front of the device with some beveled sides; you want a lightweight structured back that provides good friction in the hand without looking screaming; and you have a round camera island that rises along the central axis. “
OnePlus launches affordable Buds
OnePlus has announced its next version of its affordable earphones with OnePlus Z2s goes on sale this week. At a price of £ 99 here in the UK, Buds Z2 joins OnePlus Buds Pro, launched earlier this year. From the press release:
“OnePlus Buds Z2 has 40dB active noise reduction, 11mm dynamic drivers and a trio of microphones on each earphone, helping to deliver outstanding call quality. The OnePlus Buds Z2 also comes with up to 38 hours of battery life and 5 hours of Flash Charge support. listening time of only 10 minutes. “
While Qualcomm has the largest share of the system in the chip market with 5G devices, MediaTek has maintained the lead in the last quarter, where the Taiwanese company has a share of 40 percent:
Research Director Dale Gai said: “MediaTek led the smartphone SoC market with a 40% share, driven by a competitive 5G SoC and high demand for 4G SoC. MediaTek’s revenue grew sequentially as the mix of mid-end and high-end SoC portfolios grew. The mixed ASP will continue to increase due to the launch of flagship products in Q1 2022 and an increase in chipset prices from Q4 2021. 4G chipsets continued to be in high demand due to the ongoing shortage which has affected 4G SoCs more. “”
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