Galaxy S24 camera details, pixel battery health, new nothing leaks phone

Looking back at seven days of news and headlines in the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit features Galaxy S24 Ultra camera leaks, Pixel battery boosts, OnePlus 12R details, next Nothing Phone revealed, Snapdragon vs. Dimensity and the popularity of vanilla android.

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

Stunning Galaxy S24 Utlra Camera

There may be a range of new frontiers to explore with smartphone design in 2024, but the old favorites are still easily understood by consumers. This means that the camera on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy phones will be a major selling point. This week we got confirmation of the new camera setup:

“The image of these Galaxy S24 Ultra camera modules appears to have been leaked from a production facility for the new device. We see many of them placed in a bin next to a which provides a description, part number and other information [which backs up previous leaks of] 200-megapixel main sensor with 12-megapixel ultra-wide, 10-megapixel telephoto and 50-megapixel telephoto sensors. The zoom sensor provides 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x optical zoom.”


Pixel Battery Boost

The latest Android 14 feature drop has arrived for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones. They are the first to get the Android Battery Health Monitor:

“Manufacturing date and cycle count aren’t the only battery-related statistics that Android 14 exposes to apps via new APIs, however. Other battery health details such as date of first use, charging policy, charge status and health status are The health status is particularly interesting because it is an estimate of the battery’s current full charge capacity expressed as a percentage of the battery’s nominal capacity .

(Android Authority).

OnePlus 12R design confirmed

OnePlus R smartphones are popular mid-range phones that sell well in India. As the OnePlus 12 series gears up for a January launch, the OnePlus 12R is set to spread the R-wings beyond India with a global launch. Why is this important?

“As OnePlus pushes its flagship phones higher in terms of specs and pricing, this leaves a significant gap in the portfolio. The launch of the Nord series in 2020 began to fill this gap; since then, the Nord has been pushed to lower price points while the main line pushes higher. That’s the gap that the R series can fill, and that’s probably one of the big arguments in favor of the global launch of the OnePlus 12R.”


Nothing Phone (2a)

Also coming soon in the mid-range department, though not yet confirmed, is the Nothing Phone 2a. Given the naming convention, this is expected to be a lower-spec, lower-priced variant of this year’s Nothing Phone 2:

“The Nothing Phone 2a features a dual-camera setup, possibly arranged horizontally. It contains a primary camera – 50MP Samsung S5KGN9 shooting with 1/1.5” sensor size and 1.0 micron pixel size… There is a secondary 50MP Samsung S5KJN1 ultra-wide camera with 1/ 2.76” sensor size and 0.64 pixel size micron. For reference, this is the same setup as the Moto G84, and even the Nothing Phone (1) and Phone (2) use the same sensor.”


Snapdragon vs. Dimensity

While the eyes of Samsung fans are on the Snapdragon vs. Exynos debate over performance and efficiency, another chipset battleground will reach beyond the Galaxy S24 family. Mediatek’s new Dimensity chip is set to take on Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon. Who will win:

“It’s clear that the new chips from Qualcomm and MediaTek are on par when it comes to CPU performance, with the two trading blows in single-core and multi-core benchmarks. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has a clear lead in the GPU benchmarks, but the Dimensity 9300 is still the best of the rest here.”

(Android Authority).

And finally…

Many details about Android have come out of the Epic v. Google Antitrust case. One of them is how customizable the Android space is. While the Android Open Source Project is available to everyone and has a so-called “vanilla” clean version of Android without additional apps or services, it is rarely used:

“Jason Kint released confidential documents from the Epic v. Google antitrust lawsuit. This page was brought to my attention by Google’s docs, which says that pure Android devices represent less than 5% of the Android ecosystem.”


Android Circuit rounds up the news from the Android world every weekend here at Forbes. Be sure to follow me so you don’t miss any coverage in the future, and of course, read the sister column on the Apple Loop! Last week’s Android Circuit can be found here, and if you have any news and links you’d like to see featured on Android Circuit, get in touch!

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