OnePlus 11 5G is coming, Razer Edge revealed, Pixel 7a specs leak


Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes a stunning new foldable display, Samsung’s foldable iPad victory, leaked Pixel 7a details, OnePlus 11 5G claims a premiere, the launch of ThinkPhone, Razer’s mighty gaming tablet, and Lineage OS hits Android 13.

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).

Samsung’s innovative display

Samsung Display’s CES presentation brought an updated flexible display. This “Flex Hybrid” screen not only folds, but also unfolds. This will provide some exciting choices for future smartphone designers:

“…this hybrid screen – which Samsung calls Flex Hybrid – has a foldable screen similar to what you see on the Galaxy Z Fold series, but also allows you to slide out a side screen that is accessible even when the foldable screen is folded closed. As you’d expect, this is more of a concept than something we’ll soon see on an actually purchasable Samsung product. But when it comes to the cool factor, it scores full marks.”

(SamMobile).

Samsung’s Win/Win in the foldable phone

Going back to today’s technology, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series of smartphones is considered the number one device in this space. Google is expected to launch a challenger later this year with the alleged Pixel Fold. Will he beat the Galaxy? Will the Z Fold 5 stay on top? Does Samsung win in both scenarios? Yes.

“Samsung Display is working closely with Google on this project. They will deliver the foldable panel by July or August this year. Based on this schedule, we can expect to see the Google foldable phone hitting the market by September or October. That puts it in the same release window as the Galaxy Z Fold 5.”

(SamMobile).

Razer takes it to the edge

A new gaming handheld from Razer is also coming out of CES. The Razer Edge (and Razer Edge 5G) is not a smartphone, although it may look like one. Think of it more like a Nintendo Switch, albeit running Android, which uses Razer’s Kishi controller to get the full-width experience of a dominating screen and precise controls.

“Developed with a 6.8” AMOLED display and 2400 x 1080 FHD+ resolution with 144Hz refresh rate, the Razer Edge is ideal for an always-connected mobile gaming experience. The handheld is the first device powered and developed exclusively for the latest Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform, and is specially designed with active cooling for long gaming sessions playing top AAA titles and native games on the go without having to compromise performance. “

(Razer).

Pixel 7a refresh rate leaks

A number of videos have surfaced this week of the unreleased Pixel 7a, and a few details have been spotted. The one that will elevate the 7a closer to flagship standard is the display. Is Google’s ‘mid-range’ Pixel set to address one of the most requested ‘missing’ features with a faster display?

“The device name in Android 13 settings says ‘Pixel 7a’ and the handset is running pre-release firmware (“design validation testing”). The phone’s language is also set to Vietnamese , where Google manufactures its A-series phones. The phone in question has a “smooth display” that can adjust its refresh rate from 60Hz to 90Hz – which would be a first in the A-series lineup.”

(Engadget).

OnePlus claims another first

With the announcement of the OnePlus 11 5G for the Chinese market. A global launch is slated for early February, but this first release in China means Oneplus is one of the first handsets to come out with Qualcomm’s SNapDragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. It also brings Hasselblad back to the camera, the company’s Achilles’ heel:

The company’s smartphone cameras, while great for everyday use, may fall short of other high-end flagships when subjected to detailed review and comparisons. Will the OnePlus 11 5G’s new technology, combined with the latest version of OnePlus’ camera software, bring it closer to the top of the camera charts? Time will tell us.”

(Forbes).

Think phone, think ThinkPhone.

Lenovo launched the ThinkPhone, bringing a smartphone experience to the famous “Think” brand that is indelibly linked to the ThinkPad line of laptops. Like these laptops, the ThinkPhone is focused on the business and enterprise market:

“◊With ThinkPhone, customers will have a full suite of security and support features that provide seamless protection and total manageability backed by ThinkShield. ThinkShield is a superior security platform – built on core security policies, features, specialized hardware, software, and processes that keep the entire device secure. »

(Lenovo).

And finally…

The team behind LineageOS has updated the open-source smartphone operating system. The underlying code is now based on Android 13, derived from the Android Open Source Project, and features a number of changes, including an improved camera app:

“That said, we have worked extremely hard since the release of Android 13 last October to port our features to this new version of Android. – simple device introduction requirements, we were able to rebase our changes much more effectively on Android 13. This led to spending a lot of time on exciting new features such as our awesome new camera app, Aperture , which was written in large part by developers SebaUbuntu, LuK1337 and luca020400.”

(Lineage Blog).

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