Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the new Galaxy Note 10 camera, a faster feature for the Galaxy S11, a faster Android gaming phone, Huawei’s Folding Mate X is ready, the Nokia 8.2 leaks, and are Android security updates important?
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).
New Galaxy Note 10 Camera Features
It looks like Samsung will be leaning on photography and imaging to push the Galaxy Note 10 when it is launched on August 7th. Two new names (AI-ISO and Smart ISO) have been trademarked in the UK suggesting more automatic and machine learning in the camera app. I reported on the filings earlier this week.
From the name it can be seen that Samsung intends to improve the ISO sensitivity range of the camera and make it smarter. ‘AI’ of course stands for Artificial Intelligence, or Artificial Intelligence with self-learning ability.
While there are no details on the techniques that will be applied by the South Korean manufacturer, the names suggest a boost to the automata mode favoured by casual users of the camera on their smartphones. Setting the ISO speed given the prevalent lighting conditions and subject matter. This should boost the low-light ability of the Note 10, and offer clearer pictures in daylight.
Samsung has announced the mass production of new LPDDR5 smartphone memory which is 30% faster and 30% more efficient than anything on the market. It even goes on sale a month before the Galaxy Note 10 launches. The problem? It won’t be inside the Note 10.
The ever-reliable WinFuture reveals Samsung’s new RAM is incompatible Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 and 855+ chipsets (the Note 10 is expected to use the former) and is instead designed for the 865 which is headed for the Galaxy S11. A smartphone already being teased as “a new beginning” for Samsung.
More here on Forbes.
Speeding Up Your Gaming Phone
Expect a number of Android devices to be launched over the next weeks ahead of OFC in Berlin (and the iPhone launch in mid-September). This week’s highlight in the handset launches is the Asus ROG Phone 2. Focusing on the ‘gamer phone’ market, it offers the first 120Hz AMOLED screen on a smartphone, the SnapDragon 855 Plus paired with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, and a fast charging 6000 mAh battery. Mishaal Rahman reports on the first benchmarks:
ASUS shared some initial benchmarks with us, and the results are certainly impressive. In 3DMark’s Sling Shot Extreme and Sling Shot Extreme Unlimited (both based on OpenGL ES 3.1), the ROG Phone II scored 6253 and 6939 respectively while the closest competitor, the OnePlus 7 Pro, scored 5579 and 6184 respectively. In CPU Throttling Test, the ROG Phone ran for 30 minutes at the maximum frequency (2.96GHz) with no throttling while the Exynos 9820 and Snapdragon 855 Samsung Galaxy S10+ and OnePlus 7 Pro all exhibited varying degrees of CPU throttling (27%, 17%, and 11% respectively.) Lastly, using GameBench, ASUS says the ROG Phone II maintained 98% fps stability in PUBG Mobile while throwing smoke grenades and Molotov cocktails for 5 minutes in the game’s training mode.