January 29, 2023
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2017 is going to be AMAZING if this hot new tech coming your way is anything to go by. From the Nintendo Switch to the revolutionary new iPhone we’ve been waiting for, this is the new tech to get excited about in 2017. Best new phones, best new tablets, best new consoles, best new games and more.

Best new tech 2017: Intel Kaby Lake 7th Generation Core processors

Expected release date (to customers): January 2017

Kaby Lake is Intel’s newest generation of processors for destkops and laptops. Intel has confirmed they support Thunderbolt 3 and the special cameras used for Windows Hello. Also expect expanded capabilities for 4K video playback, HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 support, as well as the ability to decode 10-bit HEVC videos.

Kaby Lake will be compatible with the existing 100-series chipsets, so it’ll be an easy upgrade from Skylake, assuming manufacturers provide BIOS updates for the new chips. However, whether it will be a worthwhile upgrade is still to be confirmed.slideshow image

Best new tech 2017: LG G6

Expected release date: 26 February 2017

LG is rumoured to ditch its modular design for the G6 and potentially adopt a new glass front and rear. In common with the Samsung Galaxy S-series with which it competes it is likely to feature fast wireless charging and see a processor and graphics bump to ready the phone for VR.

One of the most interesting rumours about the LG G6 is that it will feature a new type of iris scanner that uses the same sensor as the phone’s front camera, a space- and cost-saving measure that is made possible through use of a special filter.slideshow image

Best new tech 2017: Samsung Galaxy S8 & Galaxy S8 Plus

Expected release date: 26 February 2017

Bezel-less, curved-edge displays are about to become the norm for the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.  Samsung will go all out on its upcoming flagship smartphones,with a lot to make up for in the wake of the discontinued Galaxy Note 7.

Expect a Snapdragon 835 processor with up to 8GB of RAM, Harman Kardon stereo speakers, new USB-C audio (bye-bye headphone jack), a fingerprint scanner integrated to the screen and new dual-cameras at the rear. Wow.slideshow image

Best new tech 2017: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Expected release date: 26 February 2017

According to Sammobile that should be in Q1 2017.Samsung’s premium Tab S line is among the very best tablets you can buy, and better than anything else we’ve seen in the Android world. We’re expecting great things from the next update to the line-up, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.

We’ll more than likely see two Tab S3 models, with a compact model measuring around 8in, and a larger-screened tablet around 9.7in. Rumours abound that we could see a Samsung Galaxy Tab S Edge, borrowing from the curved-edge design of the Galaxy S7 edge. However, while a glass-rear tablet would be interesting, sketches of the Tab S3 found at the FCC suggest the design will be remarkably similar to that of the Tab S2.

Whatever the Tab S3 is called, you can bet your last pound on the fact it will have a high-resolution display and way more power than anyone really needs. Cameras are likely to be 8Mp at the back and 2Mp at the front. Following on from the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, we’d expect it to stick with a Micro-USB port for charging the internal battery, which is alleged to be 4,000mAh in the Tab S3 8in and 5870mAh in the Tab S3 9.7in.The Tab S3 is expected to feature a 1536×2048-pixel screen and Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. slideshow image

Best new tech 2017: Google Watch

Expected release date: Early 2017

Google is tipped to be working on a smartwatch to be announced alongside its Android Wear 2.0 update in early 2017. Actually, make that two watches, codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish.

Angelfish, the more premium of the two, bears some resemblance to the Moto 360 – without the flat tyre, of course. The smartwatch apparently features visible lugs with a smooth housing that curves where the watch strap meets the body of the device, giving it a smoother (and more premium, we imagine) look and feel when compared to the angular lugs and multi-piece design of watches like the LG Urbane LTE.

Angelfish is said to feature a large crown button on the right hand side of the body with two circular buttons accompanying it, one above and one below. The purpose of these buttons is unclear at this time, but we speculate that users will be able to set up custom shortcuts to popular apps and so on.slideshow image