Android news #185: Lenovo and Unusual wave 7-nanometer processors

Presenting your attention the 185th edition of our weekly project “Android news”! Today we will talk about the broad implementation Abdroid 9 and the mass emergence of smartphones with next-generation processors. Below, with the same news you can find in a traditional text format.

Sony has announced the update to Android many Xperia 9 Pie

Android is the most widespread mobile operating system. Under her management runs most of the smartphones. Of the most important smart phones only iPhone from Apple differ in their software platform is iOS. Not all Android smartphones, even fairly modern and powerful, immediately receive an upgrade to the next version of the OS. Sony has announced its plans to upgrade many Xperia to Android 9 Pie. Some smartphones will be running the new operating system very soon — until October 2018.

Xperia XZ Premium

Last week Pie to Android 9 has been updated Sony Xperia Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. Now Sony has announced an upcoming update to Android 9 Pie of a number of their smart phones, says Jordan (Yordan) on the resource page gsmarena.com.

First of all, three of the flagship of the recent past (Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia and Xperia XZ1 XZ1 Compact) will begin receiving the update to Android 9 Pie October 26, 2018. Ten days later the update is released released in August this year, Google’s version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system will be provided to Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium.

Sony notes that Xperia XA2, XA2 Xperia Ultra and Xperia XA2 Plus will receive an upgrade to Android 9 Pie, but users of these smartphones will have to wait for new software until March 2019. However, I am glad is the fact getting upcoming smartphones next version of the operating system.

It is expected that at a future technological exhibitions — CES in Las Vegas or MWC in Barcelona — the audience will see a new line of Xperia smartphones XA3. These devices will probably be right out of the box running the latest version of Android.

Lenovo is ready to release a 13-inch tablet with a special display

Lenovo is not afraid to experiment and tries to be first at everything. In July there were rumors that one of its smartphones will be one of the first mobile devices with support for 5G Internet. Also, the manufacturer intends to revive the sliders — a prototype smartphone with “sliding” case already captured on video. According to PhoneArena, in the second half of 2019, the company will introduce a tablet with a flexible display. In this case, it will help collaboration with LG Display.

It is known that the screen size of the tablet will be 13 inches. According to representatives of LG Display, flexible displays are best used in laptops and tablets, not in smartphones. The fact that smartphones are used too often and the constant bending and straightening of the display can greatly reduce the service life of the structure. It is assumed that the folding diagonal touch screen will be only 9 inches but the aspect ratio will be 4:3. So the aspect ratio was 16:9, when folded, the screen size shall be 8 inches.

Its own smartphone with a flexible display is probably engaged in the research departments of many companies. One development already know — Samsung has long been trying to create a foldable mobile device, and it is almost ready. It is expected that the coming novelty will be called Galaxy X, and will be presented in November 2019 in the framework of the conference for developers. Essentially the device will be a full tablet in the housing of the mobile — this was announced by the Director of the mobile division of Samsung Dong-Jin Koh.

Now Samsung smartphones will be able to compete with the iPhone XS

Samsung Electronics is preparing to begin production of processors, made for 7-nm process technology. This publication reports ZDNet, citing official representatives of the vendor. The transition to a more complex manufacturing process will provide branded chipsets Samsung higher performance with significantly reduced energy consumption and will enable them to make substantial competition to the decisions of market players like Apple and Huawei.

According to the confirmed information, to start production of 7-nanometer processors Samsung Electronics will allow the technology ultraviolet lithography (EUV), a new generation, developed by engineers of the company for the past ten years, but had never used in the production of semiconductors. The same technology will form the basis of 5G modems from Qualcomm, mass production of which the American manufacturer plans to start before the end of this year.

7-nanometer chipsets Samsung have 20% higher performance and 50% more energy efficient compared with current generation solutions, using 10-nm process technology. But if the performance of the modern smartphones is clearly no shortage of twenty percent, the increase is unlikely to be noticeable by the vast majority of users, the extra few hours of battery life they would not have damaged.

First manufacturer in the world, which managed to establish commercial production of processors, made for 7-nm process technology, TSMC began producing “stones” at Apple. As shown, the transition to more advanced process technology has enabled the manufacturer to reduce the battery capacity of the iPhone XS in comparison with iPhone X, keeping the same level of autonomy with high levels of computing power and advanced AI and augmented reality.

Results Huawei Mate 20 Pro with the new Kirin 980

In early October, in the application Geekbench visited Huawei Mate 20. The smartphone has bypassed competitors on Snapdragon 845 and scored 10318 points in multi-core test mode. In AnTuTu flagship showed 356 thousand points, whereas the result of Galaxy Note 9 amounted to little more than 280 thousand points. After yesterday’s release of the journalists drove through the most popular benchmark applications Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It’s time to see how he coped with the tests.

Iron Mate 20 Pro pleasantly surprised. The smartphone runs on 7-nanometer chipset HiSilicon Kirin 980, which combines eight cores with a maximum clock frequency of 2.6 GHz and graphics Mali-G76 MP10. In addition to this model has 6 GB of RAM. They complement the battery of 4200 mAh with support for wireless charging, unusual colors and large frameless display.

The greatest value of the device — triple chamber 40, 20 and 8 megapixels. To assess its potential and to see examples of night photography work in this article.

For starters, users have started to Mate 20 Pro Geekbench 4, reports Phone Arena. Single core mode showed the following picture.

Novelty has fallen far behind the iPhone XS Max, iPhone X and Note 9. At the same time without problems ahead of the Pixel 3 XL, OnePlus 6 and Sony Xperia XZ3.

In multi-core Mate 20 Pro bypassed Galaxy Note 9, but still lagged behind the flagships of the Apple.

Contents Huawei revealed itself in the AnTuTu smartphone ahead of all Android smartphones and even left behind iPhone X. 265 thousand points.

In GFXBench Manhattan Mate 20 Pro skipped forward another 6 and OnePlus, but in GFXBench Car Chase shared second place together with Note 9. The leader of the race was the flagship of OnePlus.

In General, the smartphone performed well. Mate 20 Pro can be considered a big step for Huawei, Kirin 980 bypasses Android in many ways. At the same time to overtake Apple A12 Bionic in tests does not work.

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