Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the next Galaxy Unpacked event, Qualcomm’s supply problems, a review of the Oppo Find X3, Huawei’s P50 and P50 Pro leaks, OnePlus 9 Pro details confirmed, and a review of Asus’ ROG Phone 5.
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).
New Galaxy Handset Arriving Soon
Samsung’s next ‘Unpacked’ event for 2021 has been announced. It will take place on March 17th, The invite calls it ‘Galaxy Awesome Unpacked’, and the expectation is that the Galaxy A series is going to be updated. After all, A is for Awesome:
“It’s likely Samsung’s new Galaxy A lineup will see lower prices than last year’s 5G models. The move to introduce less expensive devices is a reversal from a few years ago, when Apple and Samsung made $1,000 the standard starting price for high-end phones.”
Qualcomm’s Supply Problems
With an increased demand from manufacturers, and the previously reported chip shortage kicking in, Qualcomm is “has found it hard to meet this higher-than-expected demand” and is expected to impact on a number of manufacturers portfolios:
“Demand for Qualcomm’s chips has soared in the past months as Android phone makers seek to win over customers abandoning phones produced by Huawei Technologies Co Ltd due to U.S. sanctions. Qualcomm has found it hard to meet this higher-than-expected demand, in part due to a shortage of some subcomponents used in its chips.”
Reviewing The Find X3
Oppo’s Find X3 handset is pitching itself as a a contender for the Galaxy S crown On paper it has the specs, but as Samuel Gibbs points out in his review, there are some key hardware and software elements missing:
“Oppo will only commit to supporting the Find X3 Pro with at least two years of software and security updates, including two new Android version updates, from release, which is simply not good enough. No one should be using devices that are no longer updated to keep their data safe. “
5G And The US Entities List
If Huawei were hoping for a reconsideration of their place on the US Entities List under President Biden, then the further restrictions on companies selling 5G technology to the Chinese manufacturer is a clear sign of the opposite:
“The Biden administration this week amended licenses for companies to sell to China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd , further restricting companies from supplying items that can be used with 5G devices, sources said.”
Your First Look At The P50 And P50 Pro
Meanwhile the P50 and P50 Pro handsets will be Huawei’s flagship smartphones this year, and while the lack of Google may be a negative, the company will be hoping that the strong camera offering and sharp design cues will balance that out for Western markets:
“…according to the latest rumors, Huawei may have managed to put the first 1-inch mobile camera sensor (allegedly the Sony IMX800) in the Huawei P50 Series. Sounds pretty awesome.”
OnePlus 9 Pro Details Confirmed
Ahead of its launch on March 23rd, more details on the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro have snuck out. Not only do we have a good look at the handsets (via WinFuture), but OnePlus itself has confirmed a number of details , including the new Sony IMX sensors and Hasselblad software the company will be using:
“Thehe upcoming OnePlus handset will not spring any surprises here as Pete Lau confirms that the OnePlus 9 Series handsets will be using Sony’s IMX789 sensor. The difference will be found in the software, and that’s where the Hasselblad’s corporate knowledge will be leveraged.”
Asus continues to push the envelope of smartphone gaming hardware with the launch of the Asus ROG Phone 5 – ROG standing for Republic of Gamers, its gaming brand. And when you aim for top-line gaming specs, you also get a great all-round smartphone experience, as the GSMArena team found out in their review:
“The ROG Phone 5 is a true powerhouse in every sense of the word – a phone that is specifically crafted to deliver the best possible gaming experience, with any other concern or consideration taking a back seat. It just so happens that when you make an excellent gaming flagship, you usually end up with an excellent all-around device in general that has plenty of appeal outside gaming.”
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