Samsung’s Massive Galaxy Camera, Honor Magic 5 Leaks, Red Magic 8 Pro Review


Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes Galaxy S23 Ultra camera details, the latest Galaxy S23 photos, Pixel 7’s YouTube problems, the Honor Magic 5 is coming, Red Magic 8 Pro review, Pixel Tablet preparations, and Google’s podcast plans.

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).

At The Heart Of The Ultra’s Image

Samsung has launched a new camera sensor in the ISOCELL HP2, which sports a massive 200-megapixel image sensor and a lot of smart tricks to improve performance – such as pixel-bing technology so the sensor can simulate different pixel sizes to match the lighting conditions. Unsurprisingly, the specs of the new sensor match the leaked specs of the Galaxy S23 Ultra:

“Samsung has already promised improved nighttime photography and astrophotography from its next-gen flagship, as revealed in a promo video accompanying the recent launch of pre-orders for the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Now, it looks highly likely that the claimed ‘epic detail and color reproduction’ of the Isocell HP2 will be making its way to that smartphone too.”


The Smooth Galaxy

The team at WinFuture has details on the upcoming Galaxy S23 handsets, which have come to light via smartphone dealers in Germany, including new promotional images that highlight eh smooth back of the handsets except for the main camera’s three lenses:

“. Samsung mainly “removes” the camera hump and refines a few details on the case so that the optics only protrude slightly from the back… Otherwise, you rely on a pleasing look, which runs in a similar form through all new smartphone series that Samsung is presenting this year, so it should also be used in the cheaper Galaxy A, E, F and M models. “

(via SamMobile).

Pixel 7’s Latest Problem

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users are reporting problems with YouTube on the latest Google handsets. Existing full-screen video on YouTube or YouTube TV is causing handsets to randomly lock up; sometimes leaving controls active, other times requiring a reboot:

“This isn’t the first problem that Pixel 7 owners have faced since the device was launched, including networking issues that resulted in dropped calls, display problems including touch events being misreported and white lines appearing on the screen, face unlock not unlocking Google Pay, and media player controls not showing on the lock screen… No doubt, the new issue with YouTube will also be addressed promptly.”


Get Ready For More Magic

It’s still to be announced (and let’s face it, Mobile World Congress is just around the corner), but we have another indication that Honor will be bringing the Magic 5 series to the public in the very near future.

“The HONOR Magic 5 series, model PGT-AN00, appeared on the network certification portal powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and features optical image stabilization and at least one telephoto lens with the possibility of supporting up to 100x zoom. The device is also rumoured to be released at the end of February.”

(via Reddit).

Red Magic 8 Pro Review

The latest gaming phone from Nubia is the Red Magic 8 pro. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and running the Redmagic OS and it’s own customized gaming launcher, the team at GSM Arena has reviewed the handset to see what’s new in the mobile gaming world in 2023:

“…gaming is the bread and butter of the Red Magic line, and the Red Magic 8 Pro excels at it like few others. Not only does it have the raw power to chew through even the heaviest modern titles, but nubia’s extra Game Space software layer has gotten better than ever. We found ourselves particularly impressed with how well the Red Magic 8 Pro handles gaming on an external monitor via a display connection “

(GSM Arena).

Preparing For The Tablet

Google has tweaked the UI of its Discovery app to better suit devices with larger screens, such as its upcoming Pixel Tablet. Of course, this has benefits for other Android tablets as well, so it’s a win for every manufacturer, even if Google gets there first:

“Instead of just two columns of articles, Google Discover now has a third that makes the feed go edge-to-edge. The fullscreen effect is particularly prominent to the left of your homescreen with a black background, while the Google logo and your profile avatar are moved to the top corners.”


And Finally…

What’s happened to Google’s grand adventure in podcasting? Links directly into the Google Podcasts app are no longer showing on search results; the one-click play experience for those staying inside Mountain View’s walls is no more.

“The Google Podcasts app has had no feature updates for the last eighteen months; the Google Podcasts Creators Program closed this month; and now with the removal of the product from Google Search, the business unit that owns the app, we asked if Google Podcasts is to close. The answer: “YouTube and Google Podcasts serve different needs. Both serve podcast listeners today and we are not changing this right now. We have nothing more to share at this time”.”


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!


Samsung Leaks Major Galaxy S23 Ultra Upgrade As Pre-Orders Go Live


Samsung’s soon-to-be-released Galaxy S23 Ultra is tipped to receive some compelling camera improvements. Now a new promo video, direct from Samsung itself, teases ‘stunning night photos’ from the next-gen Galaxy flagship as pre-orders go live.

The fifteen-second video, titled “Made for Mooonlight” (note the three ‘o’s), focuses on three of the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s (reportedly huge) rear camera lenses before displaying the text “capture the night even in low light,” followed by “stunning night photos are coming soon.” Imagery present in the video, including shoots of the moon and the milky way, suggest strong astrophotography capabilities.

No explicit mention is made of any specific hardware upgrades, but the focus on the three cameras tallies with an earlier leak in which the flagship Galaxy is tipped to feature noticeably larger rear camera lenses than its predecessor, the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra is also tipped to feature a new 200-megapixel main camera sensor along with improved ‘daily mode’ photos, improved sharpness at 10x zoom, and more natural processing according to previous leaks. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera is expected to see a reduction in megapixels, although I can’t imagine Samsung would allow this to lead to a reduction in quality, given the focus on photography in its latest promo.

Now we know that Samsung is promoting the strength of its new smartphone’s night photography in its first official promo, we can expect a significant boost in camera performance. Potentially larger lenses, combined with the additional processing power of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, are no-doubt key to any improved low-light performance from the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

You can pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra now, ahead of its launch this Feb 1.

Follow @paul_monckton on Instagram

MORE FROM FORBESSamsung’s New Galaxy Camera Tech Will Challenge Apple’s iPhone SupremacyMORE FROM FORBESNew Samsung Leak Points To Massive Galaxy S23 Ultra Upgrades


Samsung Galaxy S23 series low-light camera prowess teaser leaked ahead of Feb 1 launch confirming 200MP sensor, astrophotography


Samsung Galaxy S23 series launch date is officially out. The line-up, which is expected to include a standard Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra are set to be unveiled globally at Samsung Unpacked on February 1, 2023. The camera will naturally be a big focus area for these phones and a new leak adds more credence to this. The Galaxy S23 series— Galaxy S23 Ultra in particular— are seemingly set to get some serious low-light camera prowess, according to reports.

Teasers shared by noted tipster Ice Universe who goes by the handle @UniverseIce on Twitter suggest the Galaxy S23 series will come with – hopefully— improved low-light photography chops over the outgoing Galaxy S22 line-up. Interestingly, the teasers look like the sort of thing that a company’s promotional material would share so it is possible that these might be close to the actual thing. But be sure that Samsung hasn’t made them official, so we suggest you take this information with a grain of salt.

Also Read | Samsung announces February 1 Unpacked event to launch Galaxy S23 series; promises new era of innovation

There are two big takeaways from the leak. One is the “megapixel” count which in the case of Samsung’s top-shelf Galaxy S23 Ultra is speculated to be whopping 200MP. One of the teasers goes by the punchline: “wow-worthy resolution is coming.” The other tipped advancement seems to come by way of improved camera capabilities, particularly in low light. Another leaked teaser hints at astrophotography feature which is the ability for a smartphone to take pictures of the night sky, replete with stars. We can also expect the Galaxy S23 series to bring advancements to moon shots. In other words, the Galaxy S23 series is expected to have improved telephoto.

Samsung will launch the Galaxy S23 series globally on February 1, 2023 at an on-ground Unpacked event in San Francisco. The phones under the series are expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor with the top-shelf Galaxy S23 Ultra expected to also get Samsung’s signature S-Pen stylus. Stay tuned for more updates.