Taking a look at seven days of news and headlines across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes a new Samsung Galaxy, a closer look at the Pixel 6a, the fast-charging realMe GT Neo 3, and nothing to confirm the phone’s design (1). Axon 40 Ultra review, Thunderbird joins the party.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that have happened around Android in the past week (And you can find our weekly Apple news roundup here).
Samsung prepares for a rumble
Consumer-focused foldable Galaxy Z phones and flagship Galaxy S phones aren’t the only areas Samsung is exploring. The latest leaks about the portfolio of the South Korean company include a powerful smartphone for the most challenging environments:
“Up front, the rugged nature of the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro 5G becomes even more evident. The device has thick bezels, and the lip around the display appears to protrude slightly to protect the panel in the event of a fall. Like other phones in the rugged series, the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro 5G has a switch side, a volume control button, and two additional buttons for configurable devices. The phone also has a USB-C connector on the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone port on the top.”
new samsung wallet
Samsung also launched its own digital wallet platform this week. Called Samsung Wallet, it will debut in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, and will offer a digital wallet to sit alongside offerings from Google and Apple. There is no doubt that Samsung hopes that Galaxy owners will turn to its technology first:
In addition, Samsung Wallet expands Galaxy functionality to allow convenient new uses such as: Samsung car keys on select BMW, Genesis and Hyundai models, along with storage of boarding passes, starting with the partnership with Korean Air. Samsung Wallet seamlessly integrates with Samsung Blockchain Wallet to easily verify the value of cryptocurrencies, and SmartThings to unlock doors.”
A closer look at the Pixel 6a
Long before the July 28 release date, several Pixel 6a phones managed to go “wild,” and YouTuber Fadli Halim not only got his hands on his hands, but watched a full video of him opening the box and a demo of the upcoming phone:
This includes a high-resolution look at the back of the box. We got a comparison with the Pixel 6 Pro, where it turns out that the camera bar is not long and barely protruding from the case back. There’s a good look at the ‘3D thermoformed composite back with a tactile alloy frame.’ “The plastic back is high-gloss and fingerprint-prone, while the way the frame fuses, which appears quite thick in the video, feels very tight.”
GT Neo 3 ups the speed for more power
Fast charging continues to be a spec battlefield, and the latest step in that space has been from realme, with the GT Neo 3 set to deliver a 50 percent empty charge in eight minutes. It’s also the first to use the flagship Dimensity 8100 5G on a chip from Mediatek, offering a powerful camera package:
Also impressive is the Realme GT Neo 3’s 50MP main camera, which shows off the flagship Sony IMX766 sensor. It would have been even more remarkable if we hadn’t already seen this component in cheaper phones like Realme 9 Pro Plus and OnePlus Nord 2T, but it’s capable of Take decent photos in a variety of lighting conditions.
A little more than nothing
There is still a month left until the July 12 announcement, but more details about Nothing Tech’s first smartphone, the Phone (1), have been confirmed by company co-founder Carl Pei. Thanks to the detailed image he posted, we now know what the back of the smartphone looks like, including an illuminated light bar, a circular logo with a slight slit, and a stylistic edge to the look of the ’90s:
“Other confirmed specs of the phone include a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, wireless charging, and a revamped version of Android marked Nothing OS. There’s no doubt that nothing plans to slowly reveal more details before the phone’s official announcement next month.”
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra Review
With the move to the 35mm focal length in the main camera, ZTE’s Axon 40 Ultra leans heavily on the shooting experience. The rest of the specs may be standard for a phone equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, but it’s all about the photos:
“35mm smartphone cameras from the early days were limited, but there were no ultra-fast photos back then – today, there’s always a zoom out button when backing isn’t possible. Axon’s flagship camera, thanks to its extraordinary specs, opens up the possibilities you don’t get on it elsewhere or not that far—mostly in real and actual lens blur, but also in perspective.”
Get ready for a new email client for your smartphone (although with First desktop version in 2003 It’s odd that Thunderbird is called “new”). The project will be built on K-9 mail clientWho joined the Thunderbird family:
“Joining the Thunderbird family allows K-9 Mail to become more sustainable and gives us the resources to implement the long-awaited features and fixes that users want,” says Kitti. In other words, the K-9 Mail will rise to greater heights with the help of Thunderbird.
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