Android Circuit: Galaxy S21 Ultra’s Surprise Defeat, OnePlus 9 Leaks, Another Google Cancellation

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung fighting Qualcomm, the Galaxy S20 defeats S21 Ultra, Android 12 features, OnePlus 9 leaks, Realme’s 5G delight, and Google cancels beloved project.

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 news digest here).

Three Chips Against A Dragon

Samsung may be looking to expand it’s processor game in the Android world. Reports this week point to three new Exynos processors to be launched this year, with the model numbers 8xx 12xx and 22xx. Given the 8xx chip was also leaked this week as a mid-range processor, we could be looking at mid-, high-, and premium- processors here:

“The Exynos 12xx and the Exynos 22xx appear to be high-end chipsets. The Exynos 22xx could be the same chipset that is rumored to feature the AMD GPU and it could debut in an ARM-based laptop. The Exynos 12xx, on the other hand, could be the successor to the Exynos 1080 and it could be targeted towards smartphones.”



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The Galaxy S21 Ultra’s Surprising Loss

Meanwhile Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra has been dealt a bit of a blow, with the popular DXOMark website rating the camera as slightly below that of last year’s Galaxy S20 Ultra, with the telephoto lens looking like the culprits:

“The S21 Ultra 5G lags behind such direct competitors as the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max in pretty much all test categories — even for Zoom, where in theory the dual-tele setup should give the Samsung a noticeable advantage. Surprisingly, it also cannot keep up with its own predecessor, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and other slightly older devices (for example, the iPhone 11 Pro Max).”

DXO Mark.

The New Features In Android 12

There’s a lot going on in the latest version of Android 12, and while there’s no official change log you can play a huge game of spot the difference with the beta version:

“Android 12 is now upon us — or, at least, the first Developer Preview is. We’ve seen all the in-your-face easily visible changes, the subtle tweaks, the deeply hidden features, and everything in between. There’s still plenty left to discover between changes still in development and upcoming releases. In some cases, not even Google fully knows how things will turn out later this year. But, in the meantime, here’s everything we’ve spotted in Android 12 so far.”

Android Police.

Where Android 11 Is Winning

In the meantime, Android 11 is delivering the updates to the current user base, but which manufacturer offers the fastest updates to the OS?

“Timely Android updates are just as important as the number of years a manufacturer promises to support a product. After all, it’s no good receiving September’s security patch next April. Update speed should definitely be a factor when deciding on your next smartphone purchase. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve ranked the top 10 major brands by the time taken to bring Android 11 their last-gen flagship smartphones.”

Android Authority.

New OnePlus Details Leak

OnePlus has suggest that ’Something new is on the horizon’ thanks to the message appearing on its website. For many, that means the launch of the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro is imminent:

“While the 9 and the 9 Pro will boast a Snapdragon 888 processor, the 9R — previously referred to as the OnePlus 9 Lite or 9E — is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 690 rather than the previously rumored Snapdragon 865. It will likely fill the price gap between the Nord and the OnePlus 9. The phone will apparently be available only in two markets, and the US is not one of them.”

Android Police.

5G On A Budget

Realme have launched what, as of time of writing, is the cheapest 5G smartphone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 88 chip system on chip. Specs offer 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM, 128 GB or 256 GB of storage, but a rather modest camera

“Realme is naturally a budget-oriented brand, but with the launch of the GT 5G, it’s hard to see where the corners have been cut to enable the usage of the latest top-tier processor. The device comes with a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel that supports a 120Hz refresh rate.”


And Finally…

Google ARKit update has picked up a tweak that will allow access to dual cameras to generate better stereoscopic images to collect depth information:

“Details on support devices did not surface, though, until this week when the Google Developers listing of ARCore support devices was updated with the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL entries reading that “Dual camera support will be rolled out in the coming weeks.”

“We’re not quite sure if the math is as simple as parallax calculus or if there are some bonus numbers in there. Also, given that the phones feature wide/telephoto combos, we’d also want to be sure if there’s a place for ultra-wide cameras in there as well.”

Android Police. This good news is of course balanced out by another Google cancellation. Google Carboard is no more:

“Google Cardboard was a surprise hit at Google I/O 2015 and moved the entry point for VR lower than anyone had imagined previously. The device was a literal piece of cardboard, shaped like a VR headset, with special plastic lenses. “

Ars Technica.

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