Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the Google Pixel 6a camera, the Galaxy S22 depreciation, Honor Magic 4 Pro on sale, OnePlus 10R reviewed, new OnePlus Nord details, where to buy Nothing, and a history lesson from Google I/O.
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).
Google Launches Pixel 6a
Priced at $449, Google’s Pixel 6a continues the tradition of having a lower-priced ‘A’ version of the Pixel smartphones. It’s a slightly different proposition this year. With the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro moving up to the premium space, the Pixel 6a cannot match the camera specs of the more expensive phones, instead of sticking to the same camera as the Pixel 5a:
“Maybe that’s a reflection of our priorities as people who buy phones, too. The difference between what this year’s smartphone camera can do versus last year’s isn’t as noticeable as it was four or five years ago. And for a lot of us, our phone cameras have gotten good enough at the things we need them to do that the difference between a really good camera and a just-okay smartphone camera isn’t worth paying an extra $300 or $500.”
How Much Is My Phone Worth Now?
Trade-in values for new smartphones – just like new cars – drop rather a lot in the first year. Apple’s iPhone holds value relatively well. The Samsung Galaxy S22? Not so much:
“SellCell analyzed the trade-in values for the Galaxy S22, the iPhone and the Google Pixel 6 across months one and two since each device was launched. It found that the Galaxy S22 lost the most value on average at 51.1% compared to the iPhone 13 at 16.4%. The Pixel 6 came in second place with an average depreciation of 43.5%.”
The Magic Of Going Pro
This week saw the launch of Honor’s Magic 4 Pro in the UK. The first flagship from the nascent smartphone manufacturer packs in the specs and features. Its time as a sub-brand of Huawei is far behind it. Basil Kronfil takes a closer look at the handset, including the stunning camera:
“With an LTPO OLED screen that clocks in at 6.8 inches, watching content on the Magic 4 Pro is a delight. The screen is expansive, bright, deep, inky, and bold, and thanks to the phone’s tiny bezels feels seriously immersive. Every camera on the Honor Magic 4 Pro pleases, from the impressive ultra-wide to the high-resolution periscope telephoto camera, outperforming the iPhone 13 Pro when it comes to zoom, and only falling behind the best competition in the darkest environments.”
Reviewing the OnePlus 10R
The latest OnePlus phone for India looks to marry the OnePlus 10 Pro in the mid-range space with its latest R series the OnePlus 10R. How does the handset compare to the competition in 2022?
“The OnePlus 10R is a competent smartphone for the most part. It has an attractive design, great display, good performance, and a fantastic fast charging solution. On the other hand, the cameras are disappointing and a downgrade even over the previous generation model. OnePlus software continues to be iffy and a mess both aesthetically and functionally. Most of the issues with the phone are related to the software, which means there is a potential for them to be fixed but not something you should base your purchase decision around.”
OnePlus Preps The Show
Meanwhile, the rest of the world is looking forward to a new range of Nord smartphones from OnePlus. Ahead of a full-blown launch event, OnePlus has confirmed some of the key details of the two new handsets:
“The OnePlus Nord 2T 5G is packed to the brim with flagship features, such as 80W SuperVOOC charging that you know and love from the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G, so you’re ready to Live Fast – with Flagship Killer Speed. We’re also excited to announce that we’re launching the OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G, which combines Core Essentials such as fast charging and a large battery, to give you a value-packed everyday phone that’s fast, smooth and more affordable than ever.”
Where Can I Buy Nothing?
Continuing the slow build-up to a launch later this year, the team behind Nothing’s Phone (1) have confirmed details on where its new smartphone will go on sale:
“Consumer tech company Nothing today confirmed the first of many partnerships for its hotly anticipated smartphone phone (1). O2, Telekom Deutschland and Flipkart will help fuel Nothing’s global expansion plans and bring phone (1) one step closer to its summer launch. Powered by Android-based Nothing OS and supercharged by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform, phone (1) delivers a fast, smooth experience that’s uniquely Nothing. Pricing, availability and partner incentives will be announced at a later date.”
Google’s I/O Developer blog has laid out its smartphone plans for the future, with just a little bit of history from current CEO Sundar Pichai:
“Nearly 24 years ago, Google started with two graduate students, one product, and a big mission: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. In the decades since, we’ve been developing our technology to deliver on that mission… we’re advancing two fundamental aspects of our mission — knowledge and computing — to create products that are built to help. It’s exciting to build these products; it’s even more exciting to see what people do with them.”
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