Pixel 8 Pro Leaks, Xiaomi 13 Review, OnePlus Confirms New Flagship

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit includes the latest Galaxy S23 details, Galaxy Unpacked dates, Pixel camera leaks 8 Pro, Xiaomi 13 review, OnePlus confirms new flagship, fast Oppo ColorOS and best smartphone camera this year.

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 faster Galaxy S23 leak

With the Galaxy S23 family to be announced by Samsung in Q1 2023, it’s no surprise that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 will feature somewhere in the product lineup (it might actually feature in every model, but let’s see what happens with that as we get closer to launch).

But there is a curious quirk… the latest benchmarks suggest that Samsung will have a faster chipset than the “out of the box” chipsets:

“In any case, it looks like Samsung will be using an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip on every Galaxy S23 model. For those unaware, Qualcomm’s official Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 numbers show the processor CPU (which is the fastest core) can go up to 3.19 GHz, but the benchmark listings for the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Ultra show the main CPU clocked at 3.36 GHz. be overclocked and runs at 719 MHz instead of 680 MHz.


Galaxy Unpacked 2023 dates leaked?

The question many will ask is when the Galaxy S23 will be launched. Current thoughts suggest February 1 for reveal and February 17 for availability:

“In a couple of tweets, prolific leaker Samsung Ice Universe claimed that the next Galaxy Unpacked will be on February 1. @OnLeaks, another leaker with an accurate track record, confirmed this. As noted by @MaxJmb, the event would take place on February 2 in most parts of the world due to differences in time zones.”

(ice universe via Android Police).

Pixel 8 HDR advances

Google looks set to build on the success of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 family’s camera by adding a new HDR mode to the Pixel 8. This promises images that can have a wider dynamic range and enables the compute engine to improve the image produced on one of the individual exposures.

“The Google Pixel 8 Pro smartphones were discovered through an effective code analysis by developer Kuba Wojciechowski. Sharing the information on Twitter, Wojciechowski revealed that the Camera Go app code contained mentions of “Husky” and “ Shiba”, which are believed to be the codenames of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro respectively. It looks like the primary camera of Google’s 2023 flagship smartphones will support a staggered HDR feature.


Xiaomi 13 review

The Xiaomi 13 handset sits just below the top-end Xiaomi 13 Pro flagship, but still packs a punch that matches many flagships. This is greatly aided by the use of the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Paco Zhen reviews the new handset, starting with the overall design:

“It’s easy to see that the Xiaomi 13 really has no flaws. It’s a bigger phone than other phones, even a bit bigger than the Xiaomi 12. But it balances size and functionality perfectly. C “That’s the main reason I like the Xiaomi 13: Phones that are better than that, aren’t that small. Phones that are smaller than that, aren’t that great.”


2023 will go to eleven

OnePlus has confirmed details of the incumbent OnePlus 11 5G launch on its website. The new flagship smartphone of 2023 will be joined by the OnePlus Buds Pro 2:

“In addition to revealing the date of the event, OnePlus said it will be bringing back some fan-favorite features for its next flagship smartphone. The OnePlus 11 will once again feature the company’s Alert Slider, which provides an easy way to switch between silent, vibrate and alert modes. You can also expect a Hasselblad tweak for the camera system. Both features were available on the OnePlus Pro 10, but neither was present on the more budget-friendly 10T .

(OnePlus through Engadget).

Oppo’s super speed

Oppo is celebrating the rollout of ColorOS 13, highlighting the increase in handsets supporting the new software compared to the ColorOS 12 update. While it might not be a sexy feature, the speed of updates software update and bug fixes is essential.

“Since its launch on August 18, 2022, ColorOS 13 has shipped to 33 smartphone models worldwide, making it the fastest and largest update in ColorOS history. During the same four-month period following its official release, more than 50% more handset models were compatible with ColorOS 13 (data from August 18 to December 18, 2022) compared to ColorOS 12 (data from October 11, 2021 to February 11, 2022) .”


And finally…

“What is the best camera? is one of those questions every manufacturer wants to be first on. Imagery being a rather personal subject, you would need a great survey to find out who takes the best photos. Luckily, someone did just that…

“The test, conducted by YouTube’s top tech critic, Marques Brownlee, compared 16 devices released in 2022 and garnered votes from over 600,000 users. The best for portraits was the Pixel 7 Pro, the Oppo Find X5 Pro was best for daylight photos, and the Vivo X80 Pro+ is best in low light.”

(via MakeUseOf).

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