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Monday, June 14, 2021

Android Circuit: Samsung’s New Galaxy, OnePlus Nord CE Announced, Razer’s Updated Hammerhead Earbuds

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes new tablets from Samsung and Nokia, the latest updates to the Galaxy S21 family, the Q1 smartphone sales, the fall of Huawei, OnePlus Nord CE announced, Android’s search engine changes, and Razer release new gaming earbuds.

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’s New Galaxy Tablets

Samsung has launched two new tablets in Russia; specifically the Galaxy Tab S7 FE and the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite. No doubt the Android-powered tablets will be coming to more territories over the next weeks:

"Samsung Electronics announces the start of sales of Galaxy Tab S7 FE and Galaxy Tab A7 Lite in Russia. Starting today, the flagship model Galaxy Tab S7 FE will be available in the brand's branded stores and the official Samsung online store in black and green, as well as in Silver and Rose Gold shades at a recommended price of 49,990 rubles for the 64GB LTE version and 54,990 rubles for the 128 GB LTE version ."

(Samsung Newsroom, translated).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Fan Edition (Samsung Newsroom)

Samsung Newsroom

A Next Generation Nokia Tablet

Also popping up in Russia - this time from the certification authorities - is a potential Nokia branded tablet from the HMD Mobile team. As it stands we’ve no more details beyond the model numbers:

"Anyhow, off the translation turmoil, Nokia Mobile’s first tablet will have the model numbers TA-1392 and TA-1397. The company is using similar model numbers as its phones. Given that the Russian certifications appear much before the actual product release dates, we might not see the tablet very soon. That’s all the certification reveals about the Nokia tablet for now."


Updates To The Galaxy S21 Family

A second variant of the upcoming Galaxy S21 Fan Edition has been spotted. Listings from the online benchmarking tool GeekBench has listed both the known 6 GB RAM model, and the new 8 GB RAM model. The handset is expected to launch alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3 models the near future:

"A new listing of the Galaxy S21 FE found in Geekbench’s database reveals that the phone will also be available in a variant with 8GB RAM. Earlier, only 6GB RAM variants of the upcoming smartphone were spotted. The new listing also reconfirms that the smartphone will feature the Snapdragon 888 processor (codenamed Lahaina) and will launch with Android 11 onboard (most probably with One UI 3.1). The Galaxy S21 FE has scored 592 points in Geekbench 5.4.1’s single-core CPU test and 2,610 points in the multi-core CPU test."


Who’s The Strongest Smartphone Of Them All?

Counterpoint Research’s latest look at the smartphone market in Q1 has many interesting stories to tell. I’ll pick out three; Samsung has picked up the largest share of global sales (22 percent of 350 million devices); Apple has a 55 percent share in the North American market; and Huawei has crashed to a four percent share, no doubt due to its inclusion on the US Entities list and the spinning out of Honor:

"Samsung was the most successful brand in Europe with a fantastic 37% slice of shipments. Apple followed in a distant second with 24%, and Xiaomi added another 19% to the total. Oppo was number four with a 4% share in Europe and Realme’s shipments accounted for 2%."


What Happened To Huawei?

Huawei’s fall is of particular interest to C Scott Brown, who has taken a look at the company’s current status. From overtaking Samsung as the largest smartphone company in the world, to falling out of the Top Five, what does the loss of Huawei mean to the market?

"In 2020, though, Huawei very briefly overtook Samsung to become the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer. This feat affirmed a years-old claim the company made about doing just that. Today, however, only about a year later, Huawei isn’t number one in the industry. In fact, it’s not even in the top five anymore."

(Android Authority).

OnePlus Nord CE Announced

OnePlus has announced the next handset in its successful Nord line-up. The OnePlus Nord CE 5G. This continues the first generation of the Nord family of handsets. It’s powered by the SnapDragon 750G, comes with OnePlus’ fast refreshing screen and fast (albeit wired) charging. The handset is priced at £299 here in the UK for the 8 GB RAM / 128 GB storage:

"The OnePlus Nord CE 5G's chipset is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G - that’s a fairly decent mid-range processor that’s optimized for gaming, and should return worthy speeds… OnePlus has pledged to support the Nord CE 5G with three years of security patches, and two years of software updates, so you should get to at least Android 13 if not further."


Search Engine Changes For Android

Google is also expanding the options in its search engine choice screen. Seen at the startup of a new device, it allows users to set the default search engine on their handset. Google will be showing more search engines on the screen, and offering certain engines free placement if they meet certain criteria

"Following further feedback from the Commission, we are now making some final changes to the Choice Screen including making participation free for eligible search providers. We will also be increasing the number of search providers shown on the screen. These changes will come into effect from September this year on Android devices."

(Google’s Keyword Blog),

And Finally...

Razer has updated its gaming wireless range with the Hammerhead True Wireless X earbuds. Offering support for Google FastPair, as well as 60ms low latency and Razer colour lighting in the touchpads, lthey’re available now:

"Light it up with the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Xâ€"high-performance earbuds engineered to illuminate. Packing a 60ms low latency Gaming Mode along with custom-tuned 13mm drivers, brace yourself for audio that rises above the noise."


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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