Android Circuit: New Galaxy Note 8 Secrets Leaked, Pixel 2 Disappoints, Android Replaces Windows 10 – Forbes

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the secret Galaxy Note 8 features, leaked details and pricing of Samsung’s new phablet, the Gold OnePlus 5, the Nokia 6 review, Nokia 8 details leaked, the Pixel 2’s design mistakes, and Microsoft could lose HP to Android.

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).

Forcing The Comparison

Everything we can see about the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 has been well and truly leaked, but the South Korean has managed to hold back one surprise… until now. As well as S-Pen stylus support, the phablet is expected to ship with a force sensitive display that allows the handset to register different levels of pressure, potentially triggering different responses in the TouchWiz user interface. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reports:

Of course this should sound familiar because it’s exactly what Apple has provided in the last two generations of iPhone. Apple calls it ‘3D Touch’ and it expands upon similar pressure sensitive technology first used in MacBook trackpads called ‘Force Touch’.

This leads to the inevitable jokes about Samsung copying Apple, though it is worth pointing out the iPhone 8’s headline features this year – a 5.8-inch almost bezel-less display, wireless charging, fast charging and the return to a glass back – are all already featured on Galaxy smartphones. In short: everyone copies each other.

More here on Forbes.

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 29: Samsung President of Mobile Communications Business DJ Koh unveils the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Samsung)

Key Galaxy Note 8 Details Leaked

Ahead of the launch of Samsung’s next-generation phablet, details of the Note 8 have been confirmed in the latest leaked images. The design of the bezels, the curve of the screen, and the dual camera are all on show… as is the awkward fingerprint sensor position:

First up, and perhaps most disappointingly, is the fingerprint sensor. Like Apple, Samsung has been rumored to be working on an under-glass fingerprint sensor embedded on the front display. It appears that the experiments on the Note 8 led to a visible color deformity, so the technology has been put back to the presumptively named Note 9.

Unlike Apple, Samsung has decided to stick with a fingerprint sensor, and following the design cues of the Galaxy S8 it can be awkwardly found at the rear of the device next to the camera lens assembly. It’s an option a number of Android manufacturers have taken and while it’s in fitting with the Android ecosystem it doesn’t push the Note 8 as having cutting edge solutions.

More here on Forbes.

The Expensive Secret Of The Note 8

The other issue around the Note 8 looks to be the pricing. While final confirmation will not be forthcoming until the launch date on August 23rd, the expectation is that – like Apple’s iPhone 8 – some models of the Galaxy Note 8 will break the $1000 barrier for a SIM free device:

WinFuture’s Ronald Quandt is back pointing out Samsung has found a way both enlarge the massive 6.2-inch Galaxy Note 8, which will in turn push its price well beyond on expected $1,100 asking price.

…In fact the only thing which may keep the price of Galaxy Note 8 Emperor Edition down is it will not increase the smartphone’s RAM from the standard 6GB to 8GB. The 128GB edition of the Galaxy S8 increased its RAM from 4GB to 6GB, but Samsung has clearly decided 6GB is enough for now.

Thoughts on pricing from Gordon Kelly here.

Going For Gold, OnePlus style

Following a tempestuously successful launch of the highly-specced OnePlus 5, the Shenzhen-based company has tweaked the portfolio with a new color variant. The OnePlus 5 now comes in a ‘soft gold’ option with a white forward facing facia. Chris Smith reports:

The Soft Gold option was also available with the 3T, but OnePlus says it has made manufacturing adjustments to ensure an even finer finish.

The firm says: “By further developing our sandblasting process, the finish of the OnePlus 5 Soft Gold is 30% finer than that of previous OnePlus Soft Gold devices.”

Elsewhere it has 6GB RAM, 64GB of storage as standard. Otherwise, it’s the same as the handset released at launch.

A slate grey version is also expected in the near future in the higher 8GB/128GB configuration. More on TrustedReviews

Android Circuit: New Galaxy Note 8 Secrets Leaked, Pixel 2 Disappoints, Android Replaces Windows 10 – Forbes

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