Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the leaked Galaxy Note 10 screen leaks, the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 are launched, Lightroom enhances the Nokia 9 PureView, Honor 20 expectations, and Google’s Fuchsia OS will not challenge Android.
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).
Galaxy Note 10 Screen Leaks
Tacit confirmation of the Galaxy Note 10 screen arrived this week thanks to the browser showing up in the stats of the HTML5Test benchmarking site. Thanks to the browser details passed, we know the Note 10 is echoing the S10, reports SamMobile:
The screen size mentioned in this Galaxy Note 10 pro benchmark is 412 x 869 px which points at a 19:9 aspect ratio 6.4-inch display. This shouldn’t be treated as a confirmation of the display size for the larger Galaxy Note 10. It’s far from it, actually. The only thing it indicates is the presence of a 19:9 aspect ratio display. The jury’s still out on the display sizes for the two Galaxy Note 10 models. Rumor has it that they will feature 6.28-inch and 6.75-inch displays.
We saw the exact same thing happen with the Galaxy S10 series as well. The aspect ratio was revealed by this very browser benchmark.
More at SamMobile.
OnePlus 7 Pro Launched
This week saw the long anticipated launch of the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro. Forbes’ David Phelan took a closer look at the OnePlus 7 Pro, with its larger 90Hz display, pop up selfie camera, and triple lensed rear camera, starting with the screen:
The hints about the screen with its HDR10+ compatibility and DisplayMate rating meant that we knew already it was going to be an attractive display, but it turned out to be way better than expected. The 6.67in screen, with 516 pixels per inch resolution, gently pillowed edges and razor-thin bezel, looks glorious.
The bezel is almost uniform all the way round, unheard of apart from on the iPhone XS, and then only if you ignore the bezel. But only the iPhone has really got rid of the big chin of space below the bottom of the screen. Until now. Here, the bezel on the top and bottom edges are pretty similar which is aesthetically much more pleasing.
More here on Forbes.
The OnePlus 7 Quietly Appears Online
Although the attention was on the OnePlus 7 Pro, the OnePlus 7 has also popped up, offering mainstream consumers the choice between the larger 7 Pro and this smaller and slightly more affordable handset. Availability is likely to be within the month. Sean Hollister reports:
…We’re talking about a phone that still sounds high-end, with the same top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of fast UFS 3.0 storage, and the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 main camera, complete with optical image stabilisation and a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensor for portrait mode shots. It’s similarly covered in Gorilla Glass front and back, features the same dual stereo speakers, and even has an in-display optical fingerprint sensor. The battery’s a tad less capacious at 3,700mAh, but then again so is the phone.
More at The Verge.
Adobe Lightroom Enhances Nokia 9
The penta-lens Nokia 9 PureView camera is very much ‘the photographer’s phone’ and one of the long promised enhancements has arrived. Adobe’s Lightroom is an incredibly flexible and creative editing tool that works with the RAW images taken by the Nokia 9. With the addition of the ‘Nokia 9 Lens Profile’ Lightroom has a better understanding of the lenses that took a picture and can apply corrections to the input to better reflect the real weld scene.
To all Nokia 9 users, Nokia Mobile on setup recommends downloading the Adobe Lightroom app for RAW file editing right on the device. Nokia Mobile also announced that Adobe will shortly be including a lens profile for the Nokia 9 PureView and in the latest May update Adobe did that.
Lens profiles can be used to “correct common lens aberrations such as barrel and pincushion geometric distortion. Most lens profiles also correct for vignette, where the corners of an image appear darker than the rest of an image.” Overall, it should make the image better before you start editing.
More at NokiaMob.
What To Expect From The Honor 20?
The upcoming reveal of the Honor 20 on May 21st is expected to offer consumers another flagship-styled device with high specifications and capabilities. Ronald Comstock has taken a closer look at the information already out there to highlight what we can expect:
The Honor 20 is expected to come with a 6.26″ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels, and a hole-punch on the left for the front camera. While the device does not appear to sport a visible fingerprint scanner on the back or the front, it is also not expected to come with an in-display fingerprint scanner as Honor is reportedly packing the feature in the power button instead.
On the inside, the Honor 20 is said to be sporting the high-end HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC, as also found in the flagship Huawei Mate 20 and P30 series. The report mentions that the European region can expect to see variants with at least 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
More at XDA Developers, and we’ll have all the details next week.
— HONOR (@Honorglobal) May 12, 2019
Google’s Fuchsia OS has been lurking in the background for a few years, with many wondering what plans there are for it, and if it is a danger for the Android ecosystem. The Verge sat down with Google’s SVP of Platforms and Ecosystems Hiroshi Lockheimer to find out more. Nick Statt reports:
He says the point of the experimental OS is to also experiment with different form factors, a hint toward the possibility that Fuchsia is designed to run on smart home devices, wearables, or possibly even augmented or virtual reality devices. “You know Android works really well on phones and and you know in the context of Chrome OS as a runtime for apps there. But Fuchsia may be optimized for certain other form factors as well. So we’re experimenting.”
Lockheimer became somewhat cryptic at the end of his answer, following it up with, “Think about dedicated devices… right now, everybody assumes Fuchsia is for phones. But what if it could be used for other things?”
More at The Verge.
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