Reviewing seven days of news and headlines from across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung’s new gaming platform, Pixel 6 Pro reception issues, review of the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro, Xiaomi 12S Ultra’s incredible camera, Nokia G11 Plus review, smartphone market downturn and a history of the Sony Xperia.
Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that happened around Android in the past week (and you can find Apple’s weekly news digest here).
A new smartphone gaming system from Samsung
Samsung’s recently launched gaming ecosystem – the Samsung Gaming Hub – includes Xbox Gaming Pass streaming support on your handset. Mihai Matei took a closer look at the system:
“Gaming Hub is a Samsung app that brings together a handful of cloud-based streaming services, including Xbox Game Pass…Samsung Gaming Hub can’t run games as well as the Xbox Series X, and it won’t replace your console Xbox, assuming you have one. However, the experience is surprisingly decent. Barring a few flaws in image quality, performance is more than adequate. Of course, your experience may differ depending on the quality of your your Internet connection.
The not-so-perfect reception of the Pixel 6 Pro
One of the basic features of a smartphone is connectivity – more than any other feature, when it doesn’t work as expected, it’s obvious. How does the Pixel 6 Pro hold up? Rita El Khoury documents the practical impact of this persistent problem:
“I’ve never seen the signal exclamation mark icon or the Edge/HSPA/HSPA+ icons on other phones as often as I see them on this one… This poor reception, LTE scanning issue and transfer between Wi-Fi and LTE, has become so frequent that I no longer question it.I can anticipate when I’m going to be offline and be ready with the airplane mode toggle under my finger to quickly force a reconnection. This trick doesn’t fix the underlying problem, but it fixes it briefly, until the next time the phone decides it doesn’t want to see a signal around it.”
ROG review 6.
The wonderfully abbreviated Asus Republic Of Gaming Phone 6 Pro was released this week, focusing on performance and keeping everything cool to get the best possible platform for playing games in your hands. Mark Knapp reviewed the new handset, starting with the raw performance:
“Every second of every interaction, the ROG Phone 6 Pro feels like it’s navigating. Switching between apps is no problem, as the absurd amount of RAM can hold more than I ever imagined. needed. After jostling the phone, answering a text, and playing an entire match in Apex Legends, I was always able to jump back into a different game and pick up where I left off.”
Largest Xiaomi camera with a phone attached to date
Xiaomi has announced the Xiaomi 12S smartphone series. As part of the launch, he highlighted his partnership with German camera maker Leica, noting that “the entire series includes various imaging systems jointly developed by Xiaomi and Leica, containing Leica Summicron lenses, and supports Leica Imaging Profiles, all of which aim to allow individual creators to express their creativity, while maintaining the authentic style of Leica Imaging.Ben Sin previews the camera on the 12S Ultra:
“The Xiaomi 12S Ultra’s main camera system consists of three cameras, featuring a new 50MP Sony IMX989 camera with a 1-inch sensor with a Leica lens. Xiaomi says the 1-inch Sony IMX sensor has been custom-built by Sony for Xiaomi, and The optical lens covering the camera was co-engineered by Leica and Xiaomi.The camera also uses pixel binning technology to produce a micropixel size of 3.2μm These numbers are insane.
Nokia G11 Plus unveiled.
Following the launch of the Nokia G11 in February, HMD Global launched a “step up” handset this week with the G11 Plus, delivering three days of battery life in the bottom of the Android market:
“Nokia launched the G11 in February, and today it followed it up with the Plus model. The Nokia G11 Plus is built around a 6.51” HD+ 90Hz display with a notch for the 8MP selfie camera. The main 50MP camera on the back is housed in a rectangular island, joined by a 2MP auxiliary unit and an LED flash. The back panel, featuring a textured finish, also sports a fingerprint reader for biometric authentication.
Good and bad news in the smartphone silicon market
As the silicon chip market slows and inventories rise, the shortages that have limited volumes since the start of the coronavirus pandemic are beginning to lift. A number of factors are easing the pressure on the market, even if it means these markets are slowing down:.
“The frenzy of buying laptops and other gadgets at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic has died down as inflation dissuades people from upgrading machines they have purchased over the past two years amid the shift to remote work and learning The demise of the crypto boom also ended early pandemic scenes of people camping outside computer stores to buy chips for mining cryptocurrency and high-end video games.
(The Wall Street Journal).
Sony may not have taken the top spot in the Android market, but the Xperia line of smartphones has seen a resurgence in recent product cycles. The GSM Arena team looks back on ten years of Xperia handsets:
“We believe the launch of the Xperia XZ3 was a pivotal moment for Sony. It was its first phone with an OLED screen, ditching the Triluminos LCD…the XZ3 also moved away from the standard 16:9 aspect ratio , replacing it with 18:9. Sony phones from previous years drew criticism for their relatively thick bezels, the XZ3’s new screen helped it achieve a much better screen-to-body ratio. This phone also broke the barrier 1080p, up to 1440 x 2880 px resolution.
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