Android Circuit: New Galaxy S10 Plus Leaks, Three New Nokia Handsets, OnePlus 5G Confirmed

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes no notch in the Galaxy S10, the 5G S10 confirmed for America, the OnePlus 5G heading to the UK, three new Nokia handsets, a review of the Pocophone F1, Huawei’s ongoing security issues, and an innovation award for the Pixel 3 and 3XL. 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). No Notch, But There Will Be A Hole, In The New Galaxy S10

Samsung appears to have settled on the design tweaks to the Galaxy S10 that will allow a large screen to body ratio but without using a notch… noted leak Ice Universe notes there’s going to be a circular hole cut out of the display (although the larger S10 Plus features dual forward facing cameras, so expect two holes or an oval). Forbes’ Gordon Kelly considers the plan:

The ‘hole’ Ice Universe refers to is from a screen type Samsung has already announced: the Infinity-O display and it literally has a circular hole cut out and positioned in the top left corner for the front camera. This design allows Samsung to reduce the size of the top bezel to compete with rivals, but cutting a hole where the notification area begins is not going to please everyone. Furthermore, the single hole (or dual in the case of the Galaxy S10+) leaves no space for facial recognition sensors so Samsung’s breakthrough Face ID rival has also been scrapped to accommodate it.

More here on Forbes.

DJ Koh, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics, introduces the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone at the Barclays Center (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Getty

Galaxy S10 5G Confirmed For US Market As well as the design of the Galaxy S10, we’ve also had more confirmation around some of the hardware that will be coming out of South Korean. Samsung’s US carrier partners Verizon and AT&T have announced a 5G partnership which will include a 5G Galaxy smartphone:

“5G is going to be about more than just a network.

Customers will eventually be able to connect in near real-time to unforeseen possibilities,” said David Christopher, president of AT&T Mobility and Entertainment. “Together with Samsung, we plan to bring the best in technology and innovation to our customers. The future we imagine with 5G is just beginning, and it is a great time to be a consumer.”

Given the only model we’ve heard so far that will carry 5G is the ultra-high specification Galaxy S10 ‘Beyond X’, that sorts out the US line-up in the first half of 2019. The OnePlus 5G Is Coming To The UK

After the OnePlus 6T, but before the OnePlus 7, will be the presumptively named OnePlus 5G… and it looks like the UK will be the first to experience the handset and its ridiculously fast connection speeds. Carly Page has the details:

UK mobile operator EE will be the first network in the world to offer OnePlus’ incoming 5G smartphone. OnePlus announced EE as its 5G launch partner at Qualcomm’s summit event in Hawaii on Wednesday, where it also confirmed that the device will be powered by the chipmaker’s new Snapdragon 855 processor.

The Inquirer has more. We’re still awaiting substantive details about the handset, although OnePlus does have a UK-based event next week with Formula 1 Grand Prix team McLaren.

That might be a simple branding exercise, but with speed’ a key part of the marketing of the event, a racing car team, and the promise of 5G, perhaps we’re getting more than a Papaya Orange OnePlus 6T? Three New Nokia Handsets For 2019 HMD Global has announced three more X.1 handsets this week – the Nokia 8.1, Nokia 5.1, and Nokia 3.1 – and the key handset is likely the Nokia 8.1.

The Nokia 8 was the effective ‘first smartphone’ from HMD Global, and while it picked up a sister smartphone in the Nokia 8 Sirocco, this is the first ‘sequel’ to the debut handset. Rik Henderson reports:

There is a 6.18-inch Full HD+ display on the front of the phone with HDR10 support and a notch at the top – seemingly mandatory these days. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor runs the show, which is a step down from the SD 835 used in the phone’s predecessor, the Nokia 8. You are getting Android 9 Pie preinstalled, however – on the previously mentioned Android One programme.

Plus, there is a dual rear Zeiss camera with optical image stabilisation and a pairing of 12- and 13-megapixel cameras. A 20-megapixel camera can be found in that notch on the front.

The handsets will be launched mid-January 2019. More at Pocket-Lint. More F1 Fun From Pocophone

Alongside the Xiaomi Mi8 Pro reaching the UK, Xiaomi’s ‘Pocophone’ brand has released the F1 smartphone. Sporting a SnapDragon 845 system on chip, with a monster 4000mAh battery, 6GB or 8GB of memory, 64 GB or 128 GB of storage, and liquid cooling to keep the performance up. Trusted Reviews’ Alex Walekr-Todd has the details:

If you haven’t encountered Pocophone before, you’re likely not alone. The new fledgeling company, supported by Chinese tech giant Xiaomi, is looking to shake things up with its first device, the Pocophone F1 – the new “Master of Speed” (Pocophone’s words, not mine).

The phone first launched in India, where Xiaomi has quickly become the biggest smartphone brand there is. Now, the company is progressively extending the F1’s reach to new markets both east and west of its origin.

And if you want even more, Myriam ‘TnkGrl’ Joire has an unboxing/review of the F1. 6 Huawei’s Ongoing Security Questions

Huawei is facing a number of issues this week regarding its hardware (at a network level), and this has come to head after its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada on a federal warrant issued by NY State. Charles Arthur takes an in-depth look at what is going on:

The arrest in Canada of the chief financial officer of the Chinese mobile network and handset tech firm Huawei marks a new stage in a technological cold war between western spy agencies and Beijing. This development could be catastrophic for Huawei: according to reports, the US suspects it broke sanctions by selling telecoms equipment to Iran. If that is proven, the response could exclude Huawei from many of the world’s most valuable markets.

More at The Guardian.

And Finally… Google’s Pixel 3 and 3XL Top Innovation Award List Is the Pixel 3 the most innovative phone of 2018? Mark Spoonauer certainly thinks so, and he’s explained in detail why Google’s Android powered ‘reference’ device.

It’s not because of one standout feature, but a vast number of small improvements over the competition that add up:

But there’s one smartphone maker that has innovated more than anyone else and whose devices are fairly easy to get your hands on, and that’s Google. Topping our list of Innovation Award winners for 2018, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL don’t look much different than their predecessors, but there are lots of small and big leaps forward crammed into these flagships, especially in regard to the camera. Here are just a few things that stand out about Google’s phones.

Read more at Tom’s Guide.

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