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Six New Nokias, Five New Galaxys, One New Red Magic

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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 five new Galaxy smartphones, six new Nokia phones, one new Red Magic, Mate X2 review, improving the Pixel 5, Google Silicon for the Pixel 6, and LG leaves the smartphone stage.

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). 

Five New Galaxy For America 

Samsung has launched five new Galaxy A handsets in the USA. The handsets have seen earlier launches in other territories,, with most of the attention going on the A52 5G:

“…the Galaxy A52 5G packs a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 750G chipset and comes in 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB configuration. The camera setup is also impressive, with the phone featuring a 64MP primary Sony IMX686 sensor, flanked by a 12MP ultra-wide shooter, and two 5MP depth and macro sensors.”

XDA Developers.

Six New Nokias For Everywhere Else

HMD Global has launched six new Nokia handsets this week, ranging from $60 to $350 price points. The handsets also bring a new numbering system, essentially launching the next generation of Nokia handsets:

“HMD Global has taken the opposite approach. Anyone looking at its new Android-powered Nokia handsets will see that the classic approach of numbering them from the Nokia 1 through to the Nokia 9 [Pureview] is being left behind. The six new handsets launched today cover three different families, and while the numbers remain in part, we now have clear identifiers ahead of them.”

Forbes.

Red Magic Speeds Up Smartphone Gaming

Mobile gamers have something new this week, with the launch of Nubia Red Magic 6 gaming phone. With active fans, a 165 Hz screen, air triggers, and software customisations in its Game Space mode:

“Powering the phone is a 5,050-mAh battery that made it through a day with no problem. Though it comes with a 30-watt charger, the RedMagic 6 supports 66-watt fast charging. I am in the process of running more in-depth battery tests and will update this review with the results.”

Cnet.

Reviewing The Mate X2

Huawei’s third generation foldable phone, the Mate X2, has been reviewed by the team at XDA Developers. The big change is the hinge direction. The Mate X2 now folds inwards to protect the close screen, rather than the outwards mode which created a wraparound screen in previous models:

“It is hard not to fall in love with the Mate X2’s hardware and the masterful engineering work that has gone into it making it a reality. In one big and bold swoop, Huawei has managed to totally move past its original outward-folding design and not just adopt the more traditional inward-folding one but also advance it forward.”

GSM Arena.

Pixel 5’s Major Improvement

Google’s latest software update to the Pixel 5 has brought the device’s performance, especially in the graphics front, into line with other SnapDragon 765G equipped phones:

“The April 2021 security update for the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) came with a note saying that it includes “performance optimizations for certain graphics-intensive apps & games.” Hands-on testing reveals the update apparently dramatically improves the Pixel 5 GPU, reportedly showing performance gains of up to 50 percent in some apps and benchmarks.”

Ars Technica.

Google Silicon Is Coming

Google’s reliance on Qualcomm’s chips will certainly have been a consideration for Project Whitechapel to develop its own system on chip for phones and laptops. The Pixel 6, due later this year, looks to be the first smartphone that will use the new silicon:

“Whitechapel is an effort on Google’s part to create their own systems on a chip (SoCs) to be used in Pixel phones and Chromebooks alike, similar in to how Apple uses their own chips in the iPhone and Mac. Google was said to be co-developing Whitechapel with Samsung, whose Exynos chips rival Snapdragon processors in the Android space.”

9to5Google.

And Finally…

LG has confirmed what many were expecting. The South Korean manufacturer is exiting the smartphone business, citing a need to focus on other areas such as electric vehicle components, smart homes, and artificial intelligence:

“LG will provide service support and software updates for customers of existing mobile products for a period of time which will vary by region. LG will work collaboratively with suppliers and business partners throughout the closure of the mobile phone business. Details related to employment will be determined at the local level.” 

LG Pressroom.

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