Android Circuit: New Galaxy S10 Leak, Samsung Folding Phone Images, Xiaomi Mi8 Pro Fights OnePlus 6T

Android Circuit: New Galaxy S10 Leak, Samsung Folding Phone Images, Xiaomi Mi8 Pro Fights OnePlus 6T

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Visitors get a look at Samsung Galaxy Note9 smartphone at the company’s showroom in Seoul on October 31, 2018 (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)Getty

Galaxy S10 Will Have A Unique Notch

Samsung will finally bow to the pressure from the industry and adopt a notched display or the Galaxy S10. Unlike other design teams, Samsung’s designers are going towards a circular cut out, rather than a tab-like notch at the top of the display. Gordon Kelly reports:

The Galaxy S10 will have a notch, and it will be a notch unlike any other: in the corner. Backing up news from prolific Samsung insider Ice Universe last week, acclaimed leaker Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) has doubled down on this polarising design decision.

In a pair of tweets (1,2), Blass states the Galaxy S10 will have a “punch hole” cutout in the display based on Samsung’s new Infinity-O display. Moreover, Blass says the size of the cutout is such that it cannot be hidden in the notification bar and it is notable that the Infinity-O display has to position the cutout in the top left corner of the display.

More details here on Forbes.

Galaxy F Release Date Leaked?

Further details of Samsung’s Galaxy F smartphone are being reported following its partial reveal at the South Korean company’s developer conference in San Francisco. Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh has stated that there will be a production run of one million units for global sale, and analysts expect that to start in March… just after the launch of the aforementioned Galaxy S10:

Although this March release looks to clash with the flagship Galaxy S10’s launch (which many expect to see in February 2019, slightly faster than 2018’s schedule), the Galaxy F is expected to command a substantial premium with a sticker price of $1700 not beyond the realm of possibility. That’s ridiculously expensive for a regular smartphone (even if you can pick up some variants of the iPhone XS Max in the $1500 range), but the Galaxy F is not going to be a regular smartphone.

It’s a strange mix of a technology demonstrator, bleeding edge features, and a statement of intent.

More details on the new folding format here.

This Is The Galaxy F

Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh may only have flashed the screen, but that view of the folding Galaxy F – along with other announced details and patents – is enough to put together a digital render of the radical device. Ilse Jurrien discusses the new renders:

Samsung has already revealed that the foldable smartphone will have two screens, which are significantly thinner than before. At the front, the phone has a 4.6-inch display with a resolution of 840 × 1960 pixels. If you open the phone, a 7.3-inch flexible AMOLED display with QXGA + resolution (1536 × 2152 pixels) unfolds.

Unfolded, the phone gets a real tablet function thanks to its large flexible screen. Three active apps can be run next to each other without any problems. The cover window, which is placed above the display, will not be made of glass, but of transparent plastic.

More at Lets Go Digital.

Samsung Galaxy F 3rd Party Render (Lets Go Digital)Samsung Galaxy F 3rd Party Render (Lets Go Digital)

Is OnePlus Preparing Three Handsets For 2019?

OnePlus will be working with Qualcomm to release a 5G smartphone next year. Given the regularity of the recent OnePlus release schedule (with the OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, 5T, 6, and 6T appearing at six-monthly intervals) the expectation was that the 5G device would be the OnePlus 7, expected in May/June 2019. But OnePlus has said the next flagship smartphone will not have 5G. What’s going on? Chris Smith looks at the evidence of another OnePlus device early next year:

Honestly, we didn’t expect to see a OnePlus 7 hit stores in early 2019 at all, considering that the OnePlus 6T just launched. That phone should drop at some point in May or June. The first OnePlus 5G phone, meanwhile, will be something entirely different and will sport a different brand. A OnePlus spokesperson told CNET Spain that the next flagship, the successor of the OnePlus 6T, won’t have 5G connectivity.

The OnePlus 5G phone will be part of a new line of devices, meant to complement the current portfolio. That’s certainly an interesting approach for one of the most exciting Android vendors out there. The OnePlus 5G phone will launch in early 2019, so the phone could be unveiled at MWC in late February, but that’s just speculation.

BGR has more.

Xiaomi Fights OnePlus: Mi 8 Pro vs 6T

Although it has a huge footprint in China and India, Xiaomi is arguably the ‘young upstart’ in the United Kingdom and OnePlus will be one of the ‘elder statesmen’ manufacturers will be taking on. The recently launched OnePlus 6T will be one of the targets that the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro will be looking to beat in the market. Andrew Hayward compares the two handsets:

Both of these phones take inspiration from the Apple iPhone X, but the Mi 8 Pro does it much more directly. With a similarly-sized notch up top, it replicates that familiar all-screen design… albeit with a fairly sizable "chin" of bezel at the bottom.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 6T has a much, much smaller teardrop-like notch on the top, since it doesn’t have extra sensors for 3D facial scanning. It looks better, and the chin below is smaller too.

Flip these phones around and Xiaomi has the more distinctive backing: the see-through design is really unique in the smartphone space, letting you glance at some internal hardware while wielding your handset. The OnePlus 6T’s backing is much more ordinary.

The full comparison is at Stuff.tv.

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence)Ewan Spence

Nokia 7.1 Review

Priced at $349, HMD Global’s Nokia 7.1 handset is a strong mid-range handset that mixes the stability of Android One with an aluminium frame and glass on the front and back. Ryan Whitwam takes a closer look at the Nokia 7.1, starting with the inclusion of a notched display… and a chin:

It won’t take you long to notice the Nokia 7.1 has fully embraced the notch. It’s the same shape as the Pixel 3 XL but much more compact. There’s a small earpiece (it’s not a speaker) in the middle, flanked by a sensor window and a front-facing camera. The cutout is about one status bar tall, so the phone’s interface doesn’t look strange or disproportionate like a certain other 2018 smartphone. The radius of the rounded corners and the bezel of the phone are roughly symmetrical at the top. It’s at least close enough that I don’t find it visually off-putting.

Down at the bottom of the 7.1 is the most prominent example of why this is still a mid-range phone. Despite the space-saving notch design up top, the bottom has a rather large chin. Nokia was also good enough to slap a logo on the chin, so thanks for that.

More at Android Police’s review.

And Finally…

Google Maps will now let you talk directly to a business listed in the navigation app. It’s a smart idea and the implementation is solid, but it does point to a bigger issue – why are so many features being added to Google Maps? Is it getting to unwieldy? Dieter Hohn explores the katamari that is Google Maps:

 …what the heck is going on with Google Maps? It is becoming overburdened with so many features and design changes that it’s becoming harder and harder to just get directions in it. There’s Group Planning, there’s a social-esque “follow” button for local businesses, you can share your ETA, there’s a redesigned “Explore” section, and there’s almost no way to get the damn thing to show you a cross street near your destination without three full minutes of desperate pinching and zooming and re-zooming.

It’s becoming bloated, is what I’m saying. It’s Google’s equivalent of Big Blue, as Facebook nicknames its flagship app that does a thousand things across countless strange nooks and crannies. It’s as though Google wants to kill off Yelp once and for all, but can’t let anybody notice how hard it’s trying to do that so it just slow rolls those things into Google Maps instead.

More at The Verge.

Android Circuit rounds up the news from the Android world every weekend here on Forbes. Don’t forget to follow me so you don’t miss any coverage in the future, and of course read the sister column in Apple Loop! Last week’s Android Circuit can be found here, and if you have any news and links you’d like to see featured in Android Circuit, get in touch!

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Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes new leaked details on the Galaxy S10, release date and rendered images of the folding Galaxy smartphone, hints of a new OnePlus 5G handset, the OnePlus 6T vs the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, a review of the Nokia 7.1, and what is happening to Google Maps.

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).

Visitors get a look at Samsung Galaxy Note9 smartphone at the company’s showroom in Seoul on October 31, 2018 (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)Getty

Galaxy S10 Will Have A Unique Notch

Samsung will finally bow to the pressure from the industry and adopt a notched display or the Galaxy S10. Unlike other design teams, Samsung’s designers are going towards a circular cut out, rather than a tab-like notch at the top of the display. Gordon Kelly reports:

The Galaxy S10 will have a notch, and it will be a notch unlike any other: in the corner. Backing up news from prolific Samsung insider Ice Universe last week, acclaimed leaker Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) has doubled down on this polarising design decision.

In a pair of tweets (1,2), Blass states the Galaxy S10 will have a “punch hole” cutout in the display based on Samsung’s new Infinity-O display. Moreover, Blass says the size of the cutout is such that it cannot be hidden in the notification bar and it is notable that the Infinity-O display has to position the cutout in the top left corner of the display.

More details here on Forbes.

Galaxy F Release Date Leaked?

Further details of Samsung’s Galaxy F smartphone are being reported following its partial reveal at the South Korean company’s developer conference in San Francisco. Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh has stated that there will be a production run of one million units for global sale, and analysts expect that to start in March… just after the launch of the aforementioned Galaxy S10:

Although this March release looks to clash with the flagship Galaxy S10’s launch (which many expect to see in February 2019, slightly faster than 2018’s schedule), the Galaxy F is expected to command a substantial premium with a sticker price of $1700 not beyond the realm of possibility. That’s ridiculously expensive for a regular smartphone (even if you can pick up some variants of the iPhone XS Max in the $1500 range), but the Galaxy F is not going to be a regular smartphone.

It’s a strange mix of a technology demonstrator, bleeding edge features, and a statement of intent.

More details on the new folding format here.

This Is The Galaxy F

Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh may only have flashed the screen, but that view of the folding Galaxy F – along with other announced details and patents – is enough to put together a digital render of the radical device. Ilse Jurrien discusses the new renders:

Samsung has already revealed that the foldable smartphone will have two screens, which are significantly thinner than before. At the front, the phone has a 4.6-inch display with a resolution of 840 × 1960 pixels. If you open the phone, a 7.3-inch flexible AMOLED display with QXGA + resolution (1536 × 2152 pixels) unfolds.

Unfolded, the phone gets a real tablet function thanks to its large flexible screen. Three active apps can be run next to each other without any problems. The cover window, which is placed above the display, will not be made of glass, but of transparent plastic.

More at Lets Go Digital.

Samsung Galaxy F 3rd Party Render (Lets Go Digital)Samsung Galaxy F 3rd Party Render (Lets Go Digital)

Is OnePlus Preparing Three Handsets For 2019?

OnePlus will be working with Qualcomm to release a 5G smartphone next year. Given the regularity of the recent OnePlus release schedule (with the OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, 5T, 6, and 6T appearing at six-monthly intervals) the expectation was that the 5G device would be the OnePlus 7, expected in May/June 2019. But OnePlus has said the next flagship smartphone will not have 5G. What’s going on? Chris Smith looks at the evidence of another OnePlus device early next year:

Honestly, we didn’t expect to see a OnePlus 7 hit stores in early 2019 at all, considering that the OnePlus 6T just launched. That phone should drop at some point in May or June. The first OnePlus 5G phone, meanwhile, will be something entirely different and will sport a different brand. A OnePlus spokesperson told CNET Spain that the next flagship, the successor of the OnePlus 6T, won’t have 5G connectivity.

The OnePlus 5G phone will be part of a new line of devices, meant to complement the current portfolio. That’s certainly an interesting approach for one of the most exciting Android vendors out there. The OnePlus 5G phone will launch in early 2019, so the phone could be unveiled at MWC in late February, but that’s just speculation.

BGR has more.

Xiaomi Fights OnePlus: Mi 8 Pro vs 6T

Although it has a huge footprint in China and India, Xiaomi is arguably the ‘young upstart’ in the United Kingdom and OnePlus will be one of the ‘elder statesmen’ manufacturers will be taking on. The recently launched OnePlus 6T will be one of the targets that the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro will be looking to beat in the market. Andrew Hayward compares the two handsets:

Both of these phones take inspiration from the Apple iPhone X, but the Mi 8 Pro does it much more directly. With a similarly-sized notch up top, it replicates that familiar all-screen design… albeit with a fairly sizable “chin” of bezel at the bottom.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 6T has a much, much smaller teardrop-like notch on the top, since it doesn’t have extra sensors for 3D facial scanning. It looks better, and the chin below is smaller too.

Flip these phones around and Xiaomi has the more distinctive backing: the see-through design is really unique in the smartphone space, letting you glance at some internal hardware while wielding your handset. The OnePlus 6T’s backing is much more ordinary.

The full comparison is at Stuff.tv.

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence)Ewan Spence

Nokia 7.1 Review

Priced at $349, HMD Global’s Nokia 7.1 handset is a strong mid-range handset that mixes the stability of Android One with an aluminium frame and glass on the front and back. Ryan Whitwam takes a closer look at the Nokia 7.1, starting with the inclusion of a notched display… and a chin:

It won’t take you long to notice the Nokia 7.1 has fully embraced the notch. It’s the same shape as the Pixel 3 XL but much more compact. There’s a small earpiece (it’s not a speaker) in the middle, flanked by a sensor window and a front-facing camera. The cutout is about one status bar tall, so the phone’s interface doesn’t look strange or disproportionate like a certain other 2018 smartphone. The radius of the rounded corners and the bezel of the phone are roughly symmetrical at the top. It’s at least close enough that I don’t find it visually off-putting.

Down at the bottom of the 7.1 is the most prominent example of why this is still a mid-range phone. Despite the space-saving notch design up top, the bottom has a rather large chin. Nokia was also good enough to slap a logo on the chin, so thanks for that.

More at Android Police’s review.

And Finally…

Google Maps will now let you talk directly to a business listed in the navigation app. It’s a smart idea and the implementation is solid, but it does point to a bigger issue – why are so many features being added to Google Maps? Is it getting to unwieldy? Dieter Hohn explores the katamari that is Google Maps:

 …what the heck is going on with Google Maps? It is becoming overburdened with so many features and design changes that it’s becoming harder and harder to just get directions in it. There’s Group Planning, there’s a social-esque “follow” button for local businesses, you can share your ETA, there’s a redesigned “Explore” section, and there’s almost no way to get the damn thing to show you a cross street near your destination without three full minutes of desperate pinching and zooming and re-zooming.

It’s becoming bloated, is what I’m saying. It’s Google’s equivalent of Big Blue, as Facebook nicknames its flagship app that does a thousand things across countless strange nooks and crannies. It’s as though Google wants to kill off Yelp once and for all, but can’t let anybody notice how hard it’s trying to do that so it just slow rolls those things into Google Maps instead.

More at The Verge.

Android Circuit rounds up the news from the Android world every weekend here on Forbes. Don’t forget to follow me so you don’t miss any coverage in the future, and of course read the sister column in Apple Loop! Last week’s Android Circuit can be found here, and if you have any news and links you’d like to see featured in Android Circuit, get in touch!

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