Android Circuit: Samsung’s latest Galaxy leak, Microsoft’s Android update, Pixel 7 Pro launch dates – Forbes | Hot Mobile Press

A look back at seven days of news and headlines from the Android world. This week’s Android Circuit includes the latest Galaxy Z Fold leaks, Pixel 7 Pro launch dates, OnePlus 10T and Black Shark 5 Pro reviews, iFixit features official Samsung repairs, a new version of Outlook and the success of the Galaxy Note -Row.

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 Final Fold leaks

With Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event next week, there’s a final round of leaks and details to keep us excited. For the last move we have the materials used for the phone and fast charging details:

“…the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has Gorilla Glass Victus+ protection on the front (cover display) and back. This new protective panel first appeared on the Galaxy S22. The upcoming foldable phone also appears to charge faster despite using the same 25W mechanism. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 can reportedly achieve a 0-50% charge in just 30 minutes. In comparison, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 charges up to 33% in half an hour.”

(Ahmed Qwaider via SamMobile).

Pixel 7 and 7 Pro launch dates

After last year’s repositioning of the Pixel phone brand (and the launch of the Google-designed Tensor Mobile chip), the seventh iteration of Pixels could be seen as the tricky second album. It’s an album you’ll be waiting a little longer to hear as the launch event and release has been pushed back to October:

“According to sources (very reputable sources), both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will be available for pre-order on October 6th – which likely means the event will take place on the same day – and the devices will officially launch and will be available on October 13th… Google has pushed the dates at times in the past, but if that should happen, we’ll know – and you’ll know.

(FrontPage Tech).

OnePlus 10T review

After a year’s hiatus, OnePlus has returned to a “T” handset and has launched a new handset in the second half. The OnePlus 10T leans towards the power and performance specs that T marketing has become known for. As part of my review of the new handset, I took a look at the history surrounding the T:

“Some smartphones try to cover every single base to be the smartphone that finishes all smartphones. The OnePlus 10T 5G is not such a phone. There have been some compromises, but these are made in order to meet the phone’s goal… as offering as much performance as possible, which has been the implicit goal of OnePlus’ “T” models since they debuted with the OnePlus 3T, and after A few years back (when OnePlus grappled with a “pro” definition) the 10T brings the performance back in the second half of the year.”

(Forbes).

Samsung and iFixit partners for the spare parts program

Following Google’s example with the Pixel, independent repair service iFixit has announced that it is working with Samsung to offer genuine parts and tools so users can perform some essential repairs on their own phones:

“Starting today, replacement screens*, back glass and charging ports are available on iFixit.com as individual components or in fix kits with all the parts and tools needed to keep your Galaxy in tip-top shape. Our collection of genuine parts lasts, and of course our repair guides too: every new part comes with a polished guide to help you complete your latest Galaxy repair… Initially, these genuine Samsung Galaxy parts are only available in the US – but we’re working on more Devices and additional extensive parts. “

(I attach it).

Review of the Subtle Black Shark 5 Pro

Sometimes gaming smartphones pop up with all sorts of accessories, additions, and advanced ideas that feel futuristic and outside of the norm for a smartphone. Sometimes they just look like a regular smartphone until you start playing Genshin Impact. I tested the Black Shark 5 Pro, the latter being true:

“What I find interesting about the Black Shark 5 Pro is that while it’s a gaming phone, it doesn’t mess with the gaming aspect. Instead, this is a reasonable high-end phone that’s optimized for gaming, as opposed to a gaming phone that goes all out and sacrifices features that aren’t 100 percent gaming focused.”

(Forbes).

Outlook turns on the Lite

Microsoft may not have conquered the mobile operating system market with Windows Phone, but it has adapted its software to stand above both Android and iOS. This allows easy access for the users of the cloud-based services, no matter what mobile device they are on. That reach will grow even further as the mobile team releases a “lite” version of Outlook for phones further down the portfolios

“Knowing this, Microsoft has announced a new version of Outlook designed specifically for lower-end devices, dubbed “Outlook Lite”. This app works similarly to the full version, letting users enjoy the same basic calendaring and email features that make Outlook what it is. The main difference is that the app itself is only around 5MB in size and is optimized for devices with as little as 1GB of RAM. The new Outlook Lite runs on almost any phone without compromising on performance or battery life.”

(Microsoft blog via 9to5Google).

And finally…

A year after the Galaxy Note series was confirmed to be discontinued, Mihai Matei looks back on the rise, innovation and demise of the phablet. and how the Note’s death led to the Ultra’s success:

“For better or for worse, the Galaxy Note series and the accompanying S Pen have always had an air of exclusivity about them. This held back sales, and the lineup appeared to have hit a hard ceiling. But the Galaxy S22 Ultra seems to have achieved its goal. It brought the Galaxy Note formula and the S Pen to the masses, and now the S Pen is free from those imaginary barriers.”

(SamMobile).

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