Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the first Galaxy Note 9 hands-on preview, Note 9 benchmarking, S-Pen updates, Samsung website confirms Note 9 details, Galaxy S10 camera details, OnePlus’ latest software roadmap, three great BlackBerry Key2 features, Huawei P20 Pro review, and ZTE’s new management board.
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).
First Galaxy Note 9 Hands-on Preview
Mobile Review’s Eldar Murtazin has obtained a pre-release Galaxy Note 9 unit, and revealed a number of key details of Samsung’s phablet which will be launched in the first week of August. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly has takes Murtazin analysis, along with information from other sources, to get the best picture of the phablet:
Murtazin also points out overall performance is excellent, with the polarising Samsung Experience user interface receiving fluid new animations. He reveals Samsung’s AR Emoji will be updated as well, but this won’t be ready at launch. Hopefully, they will improve upon the Uncanny Valley problems of the originals.
Ultimately what Murtazin experienced is what many feared: battery life aside, this is a relatively incremental upgrade of the Galaxy Note 8 which Samsung will launch early.
More analysis from here on Forbes.
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Galaxy S10 Concept (Creative Commons, by mobil-helden.de)
Both Galaxy Note 9 Variants Are Benchmarked
As well as the hardware sample, Geekbench has noted that the Galaxy Note 9 has been benchmarked by the online service. As expected, the Note 9 will come with either Exynos or Snapdragon system-on-chips… and the performance numbers show the Snapdragon-equipped phablets heading to the US are less powerful than the Exynos variant.
The international (Exynos) benchmark shows a lower single-core score and a higher multi-core score compared to the US (Snapdragon) model.
…Because the choice of models will be network dependant, users in a specific region will have no choice which model to pick up. You get ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but I would expect Samsung to follow a similar pattern to previous years and maintain the ‘experience; over the models. That means for Note 9 users the limiting factor will be the Snapdragon architecture. The ultimate power of the Note 9 (at least those using the Exynos chips) will remain a mystery to the average consumer.
More here on Forbes.
New S-Pen Connectivity Details
Details of the Note 9’s S-Pen have also come to light via the FCC. The stylus for Samsung’s phablet is getting a major overhaul to pack in even more features. These will be powered by bluetooth functionality being added to the S-Pen. Kellen Barranger reports:
My guess is that the S Pen’s button will work similarly to an action button on a pair of Bluetooth headphones. You could click it to pause, long-press or double tap to skip tracks or perform another action, that sort of thing (maybe launch Bixby too?). Of course, when you start thinking about those actions, you then wonder how far and how cool Samsung can take this.
More at Droid-Life.
And After All That… Samsung Confirms The Galaxy Note 9
A ‘lost’ handset may be one thing, listings in the FCC and other certification authorities are expected, but if there’s one source confirming the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 that is ‘curious’, it is Samsung itself. That said, this isn’t something that has not been seen before with Galaxy launches, as Adnan Farooqui explains:
We’re a little over a month away from the official unveiling of the Galaxy Note 9 so it’s not surprising to see that Samsung is laying the groundwork on its websites across the globe to host information about its new flagship. The official Galaxy Note 9 support pages are now being listed on Samsung’s websites across the globe.
This isn’t the first time that this is happening. Samsung normally lists the support pages for upcoming handsets a couple of weeks before they’re set to arrive. We’ve already seen this happen for devices like the Galaxy A6 and the Galaxy Tab S4.
More at SamMobile.
Next: Galaxy S10 camera details, OnePlus update road maps, Blackberry Key2 and Huawei P20 Pro reviews, and ZTE’s new board…