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Android Circuit: Honor’s Latest Magic, OnePlus Confirms Next Nord, Samsung Galaxy Gets Lightning Port – Forbes

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung’s Galaxy Fold leaks, repairing your own Galaxy, a Pixel 6 Pro updates, OnePlus confirming new Nord, Honor MagicLite 4 turns up, SnapDragon 7 Gen 1 specs, and adding a lightning port to your Samsung Galaxy.
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).
Samsung Folds Around The Camera
Samsung looks set to lift the presumptively named Galaxy Fold 4’s camera up to modern flagship standards when it launches later this year. Previously the rearward-facing ‘main’ camera has been a notable downgrade compared to the Galaxy S line. The latest leaked details suggest the Galaxy Fold will match the Galaxy S:
“…the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 4 will reportedly be equipped with the same 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom as the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra… In addition to a new telephoto camera, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 should also feature a 10MP selfie shooter, as per the recent report. However, it’s unclear whether this 10MP selfie camera is the same as the one found on the Galaxy S22 and S22+.”
(GalaxyClub via SamMobile).
A visitor holds a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 smartphone on the opening day of the MWC (Mobile World … [+] Congress) in Barcelona on February 28, 2022. – The world’s biggest mobile fair is held from February 28 to March 3, 2022. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP) (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)
Samsung Opens Up Self-repair Process
If you’re looking to repair your own Galaxy smartphone, it’s about to get easier. Samsung has partnered with the team at iFixit – who already provide independent repair guides – and the program will start with services for the Galaxy S20 and S21:
“Samsung consumers will get access to genuine device parts, repair tools, and intuitive, visual, step-by-step repair guides. Samsung is collaborating with iFixit, the leading online repair community, on this program. More information will be shared once self-repair is available.
“To start, Galaxy device owners will be able to replace display assemblies, back glass, and charging ports — and return used parts to Samsung for responsible recycling. In the future, Samsung plans to expand self-repair to more devices and repairs from our extensive product portfolio.”
(Samsung Press).
Pixel 6 Pro Picks Up Second Update
Google’s monthly updates finally brought a second update to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 pro, only the second time the handsets have seen an update since their launch last year. Given the February update introduced a Wi-Fi bug that took six weeks to address, many users will be wary to upgrade straight away, but as yet there are no show-stopping bugs showing up.
” It includes a number of changes, including some Pixel 6-specific fixes. Google’s latest phones should handle wireless charging better with “certain accessories,” though whether that’s specifically intended for the Pixel Stand is unclear. Two fixes for the camera should improve how the front-facing camera works with specific apps, along with a green screen bug appearing in camera previews.”
(Android Police).
OnePlus Confirms New Handset
Following the launch of the OnePlus 10 Pro in late March, the Shenzhen-based company is getting ready to update the Nord range, with official pictures of the Nord N20 published this week.
“Unsurprisingly, the phone looks identical to the leaked renders shared by reliable leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer back in November. The phone has a boxy shape that is quite reminiscent of the latest crop of iPhones. It also officially lacks the OnePlus alert slider, which the company appears to reserve for more expensive devices.
“…Rumored specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695, a 48MP + 8MP rear camera, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It’s also rumored the phone could launch with Android 11 instead of Android 12.”
(Android Authority).
Honor Continues New Range Rollout
Honor continues to roll out its new handsets, with the Honor MagicLite 4 showing up in France. This handset, also available under the Honor X30 and Honor X9 5G names, sets out to be a solidly performing mid-range handset – much like the space that Honor was tied to when it was under Huawei. Now of course Honor is free to look elsewhere, as its premium line-up shows, but no doubt the mid-range contributes significantly to market share:
“The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 695. Note that the Magic4 Lite and X9 5G variants come with Google Play services, while the X30 is for China skips the Google stuff.
“The display is fairly large with a 6.81” diagonal, the IPS LCD panel has 1,080 x 2,388 px resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The camera on the back may be designed to mimic the impressive Magic4, but the setup is quite basic – a 48MP main camera, a 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor. The camera on the front has a 16MP sensor.”
(GSM Arena).
After The 8 Comes The 7
Given this year’s flagship system on chip from Qualcomm is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the step down will be the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, with an expected launch in May. That would see it in place to power a number of “high specced mid-range” smartphones in the back half of 2022:
“…the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 will use a 4+4 configuration, with four Cortex-A710 cores clocked at 2.36 GHz and four Cortex-A510 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. Supposedly, though, these clock speeds aren’t definitive as the chipset is still in testing. It could debut on the market with different frequencies, although we wouldn’t expect any wild changes.”
(Notebook Check).
And Finally…
Put aside all of the requests for Apple to switch the iPhone away from the proprietary lightning port to USB-C, Ken Pillonel has done some fun hardware hacking to go in the opposite direction, by replacing the USB-C port on his Samsung Galaxy with a lightning port:
“…while the concept might be silly, the Lightning port on the Android phone (in this case a Samsung Galaxy A51) is fully functional for both charging and data transfer. “[This] was a complex modification that required some out-of-the-box thinking,” said Pillonel. And when I got the chance to ask about the project’s biggest challenges, Pillonel told Engadget the hardest part was figuring out how to make everything actually work together.”
(YouTube via Engadget).
Android Circuit rounds up the news from the Android world every weekend here on Forbes. Don’t forget to follow me so you don’t miss any coverage in the future, and of course read the sister column in 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 in Android Circuit, get in touch!


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