Google Pixel 7a leaks, Galaxy S23 Ultra specs, The iMessage Killer Is Killed

Looking back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit features Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra leaks, Google ignores benchmarking, Pixel 7a specs, Huawei wins smartphone camera award, Razr 2022 and Nokia X30 5G reviews. Qualcomm smartphone forecast and kills iMessaging killer.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of some of the many things that happened around Android in the last week (and you can find our weekly roundup of Apple news here).

More Galaxy S23 Ultra specs leaks

Samsung’s upcoming flagship (at least for traditional devices0 like the S23 Ultra. And like many other flagships in the past, the South Korean company will lean towards its prowess as a camera maker:

“…the Galaxy S23 Ultra has a 200MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, and a 10MP telephoto camera with 10MP optical zoom. While only the main camera appears to be getting an upgrade, previous reports have indicated that the ultra-wide and telephoto cameras will also see improvements, thanks to better image processing.”


The stress test is not just a number

Everyone loves a benchmark, a nice clean number that says X is better than Y. But what happens when you design something that’s better in function but doesn’t have the best number? Google is working on this right now and is very happy that the Tensor Mobile chipset doesn’t have such a big number:

“They may tell some story, but we don’t feel like they tell the full story. And so, for us, what we’re comparing is the actual software workload that we’re running on our chip, and then we’re trying with each generation of tensor chips to do better, whether it’s better quality, better performance, lower power.”

(Made By Google Podcast via 9to5Google).

Pixel 7a details leak

Six months after the launch of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google announced the Pixel 6a – a mid-range device that brought the Tensor Mobile chipset and advanced artificial intelligence to a wider market. Will it come as a surprise that a Pixel 7a is being planned and Google is adding to the feature list?

“Another notable change that appears to be coming for the Pixel 7a is the introduction of wireless charging. As first spotted by Android researcher Kuba Wojciechowski, the Lynx Pixel 7a is set to include the ‘P9222’ chip for wireless charging. , according to with the manufacturer, the Pixel 7a’s wireless charging chip is only capable of 5W charging and is best for something like a charging case for headphones.”


The #1 camera so far

Huawei’s Mate 50 Pro topped DXOMark’s global smartphone camera rankings, with its wide range of functions and software processing both highlighted:

“In photography, the Mate 50 Pro received the best overall score to date, thanks to excellent results in exposure, autofocus and texture/noise. Overall, it performed very well, even in challenging conditions such as low-light or high-light scenes dynamic range.”


Reviews below the fold

Motorola’s full-screen but foldable Razr 2022 phone certainly has the iconic look, but does the latest iteration have what it takes to be considered a best-in-class handset? The GSM Arena team reviews the handset to answer this question:

“The Razr 2022 is a truly premium device, time and time again. Motorola has clearly decided to go full clamshell this time around, and it shows. Some of the phone’s highlights include its sleek and stylish design and excellent build. Also , the gorgeous, high-performance foldable display and the solid stereo speakers. While it wasn’t without some issues, mostly related to weird software limitations, the camera setup on the Razr 2022 didn’t leave us wanting either.”

(GSM Arena).

Nokia X30 5G review

The Nokia X30 5G is the latest mid-range phone from the HMD Global team, and with nothing in the higher price bands, this is essentially the flagship device. Michael Allison has spent time with the phone in the middle of the road and finds this description pretty much does it:

“I’ve been using the Nokia X30 for a week and found it to be a very adequate phone that doesn’t stand out in any way.”

(Digital Trends).

Phone sales will fall

Qualcomm has predicted that mobile phone sales will decline over the next year, citing economic conditions in its latest financial reports, with a possible double-digit percentage decline… and the signs are already there:

“Two of those ‘biggest customers’ are likely Samsung and Apple, which use Qualcomm chips in their smartphones, both of which have reportedly struggled to sell enough phones. In June, Korean industry TheElec said Samsung had then 50 million smartphones in inventory, while Bloomberg reported in September that Apple decided not to increase production of the new iPhone 14 series. And Apple’s iPhone revenue for the previous quarter was below estimates, another sign of tepid demand for the iPhone 14 series.”

(The lip).

And finally…

Google has shut down yet another service that was once considered the brave new world. Google Hangouts is no more. Ron Amadeo looks back at the possible answer to Apple’s iMessage and wonders what happens to messages now:

“The Hangouts shutdown is the latest chapter in the mess that is Google’s messaging history. Google Talk launched 17 years ago, and Google still doesn’t have a competing messaging platform. Part of the reason we’re the number one messaging app of Google is that there is no fixed, stable home for messaging within Google.”

(Ars Technica).

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