Confirmed Galaxy Surprise, OnePlus benchmark results and Nokia’s temporary leak

Confirmed Galaxy Surprise, OnePlus benchmark results and Nokia's temporary leak

Tech Highlights:

  • Thanks to the ever reliable FCC approval process, support for an S Pen Pro in the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has been confirmed; along with support for the flagship Galaxy devices back to the Note 10. The stylus will include bluetooth connectivity and air gestures:

  • This week’s Android Circuit looks back at seven days of news and headlines from the Android world, including the confirmation of Samsung’s S Pen Pro, keeping the Galaxy cool, Galaxy Watch 4 leaks, the Christmas smartphone war, a short-lived leak from Nokia, the potential specifications of the OnePlus Nord 2, the Pixel 6 information, OnePlus’ benchmark discussion, WhatsApp everywhere, and turning off 3G in the UK. Android Circuit is here to bring to your attention a few of the numerous events that have occurred in the Android community during the past week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

“The upcoming S Pen Pro has Bluetooth LE connectivity, which of course means that it supports Air Actions, unlike the standard S Pen model that got released earlier this year. The Pro model is also larger and contains an internal battery. It’s still unclear how the S Pen Pro will be offered alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and whether it will be included in the retail package or sold separately as an optional accessory. It’s probably going to be the latter, given the S Pen Pro’s compatibility with a variety of other Galaxy devices.”

The battle for the mid-tier market is not only growing, but becoming more competitive. Expect there to be a lot more smartphone manufacturers targeting this space before the end of the year: “Competition in these Mid and Affordable Premium tiers has grown considerably: “new” vendors (i.e., Xiaomi, OPPO and OnePlus) now account for over a third of sales across these segments; a four-fold increase in a year. These “new” vendors are also now giving Samsung worthy competition when it comes to Android flagships. Xiaomi, OPPO, OnePlus, realme and vivo all released impressive new flagship devices in the first half of 2021.”

Thanks to an early listing mistake by Amazon Canada, we have more details on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Watch 4. Two sizes were listed – 42mm and 46mm – along with sensors for heart rate, oximiter, VO2, and sleep tracking. The potential release date as listed is August 27th: “For now, nothing except that the watches will run on the new One UI Watch platform developed by Google and Samsung has been officially revealed. You can read all the rumours surrounding the Galaxy Watch 4 in our separate feature. We also have a feature rounding up the speculation for the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.”

Sharp eyed Nokia fans spotted a new handset appearing on the Nokia.com website this week, only for the square camera island, water soaked handset to disappear shortly after that. If only there was a phone launch coming up… “Nokia Mobile has teased a new smartphone (most probably the Nokia XR20 5G) in the official Nokia co

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