Pixel 5a Review, New Nokia G50 Leaks, Windows 11 Delays Android
Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE details, reviews of Google’s Pixel 5a and Realme GT Master, Nokia G50 leaks, Surface Duo 2 revealed, more OnePlus Buds on the way, and Windows 11 delays Android integration.
The Galaxy S21 Fan Edition Flys The Samsung Flag
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE, once a racing certainty, then on the chopping block, is back in the fram for a release in the next few weeks, according to reports from South Korea, although the initial suggestion of ten million units has been cut by thirty percent. With the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 both niche premium devices, the S21 FE is going to be the lead ‘premium’ smartphone in the run up to the holidays:
“Samsung is now expected to start mass producing the Galaxy S21 FE in September. It’s also claimed that the total shipment target for the device has been reduced by 3 million units. Samsung is likely taking into account the possibility that some customers may not prefer buying the Galaxy S21 FE since it’s coming out barely three months before the Galaxy S22 series is launched.”
The Practically Perfect Pixel 5A
Before the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 pro arrive later this year, there’s the small matter of the Pixel 5a 5G announced at the end of August. Available only in Japan and the US, this is presumably going to be the ‘mid-range’ Pixel handset while the 6 and 6 Pro go for the premium spots. And, as Ron Amadeo finds out, it could be the best Pixel of the bunch.
“The Pixel 5a isn’t for the enthusiast smartphone snob demanding a 1,000 Hz display or for someone wanting to fold up a smartphone into origami or for someone aspiring to film the next MCU installment on a smartphone. For normal people who just want a phone and for the type of person who has to ask which phone they should buy, this is perfect.”
Realme GT Master Reviewed
RealMe continues to fill out its portfolio of smartphones, with the Realme GT Master the next handset. Price wise this could well be the entry-level model in the GT series. What puts the Master in the name? The camera.
“In terms of specs, a fairly run-of-the-mill camera system is headlined by a 64MP primary module on the back, joined by an 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP macro – sort of like the GT 5G setup, only with a smaller sensor on the main unit. The GT Explorer Master is the camera-centric of the GT bunch, with a notably superior rear configuration, but it does share the 32MP selfie camera with the non-Explorer we have here, a step up from the GT 5G front-facing camera.”
New Nokia Details Appear
Details on HMD Global’s next Nokia branded handset have leaked through various online store listings. The ‘G’ range is the midpoint in the current Nokia portfolio, and should offer consumers a value for money 5G handset with Qualcomm’s SnapDragon 480 5G.
“According to the first dealer information, the Nokia G50 has installed a 6.38-inch LCD panel with a teardrop-shaped recess for the front camera on the upper edge. The display itself is only an HD + panel, as it has a resolution of 1560 x 720 pixels, which is comparatively grainy for its size.”
The Duo 2 Matures
Also showing up this week are some details on Microsoft’s next Android device. The first Surface Duo proved the concept of a dual-screened hinged device, albeit with specs a generation or so behind the norm. That’s set to change with the Surface Duo 2, with a modern processor and an uprated camera assembly.
“While the clean flat surfaces of the first Duo will need to be sacrificed, the current leaked images and renders all point to a large ‘camera island’ that echoes the current flagship smartphones, allowing multiple lenses to be fitted in a space with more volume. The Surface Duo is ready to get to work.”
More ANC Buds From OnePlus?
Following the release of the OnePlus Buds last year, OnePlus released the Buds Z as a more affordable option. With the OnePlus Buds Pro now available, the appearance of a ‘Buds Pro Z’ looks like.
“Apparently, OnePlus will retain Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) in this new pair of buds, but it’s unclear what they might sacrifice to hit a price point. Some obvious removals might be wireless charging and water resistance in the case, or perhaps ditching the “adaptive” ANC that the regular OnePlus Buds Pro offer. For the time being, we’ll just have to wait and see.”
One of the heavily trailed parts of Windows 11 is the ability to run Android apps. While this is coming, Microsoft has confirmed that it won’t be part of the initial feature set at launch.
“Microsoft’s delaying one of the most highly anticipated features of its new Windows 11 software. The tech giant said it won’t offer Android mobile phone apps on its new app store for PCs when its next iteration of Windows launches on Oct. 5 as a free upgrade for many users. Microsoft didn’t give a date for when Android apps will be made available either.”
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