Apple have announced their second attempt at a smartwatch. The Series 2 has similar design to the original, but it is slightly thicker. Apple are keeping in touch with the fitness side of things as this new watch has built-in GPS, allowing for more advanced and accurate tracking enabling you to leave your phone at home and go for a run.
The watch is also water resistance to 50 meters, allowing you to take it for a swim – As encouraged by Apple themselves.
The processor has had an update too meaning it is much faster and has a screen twice as bright. There is a ceramic finish and comes in aluminium and stainless steel cases.
The Series 2 is available to pre-order as of today and is released on September 19th. The Series 2 more expensive than the original at launch and will be priced at £369/$369
For those who want a faster watch but for cheaper, Apple will sell their first watch with this new processor – The Series 1.
Sony announce the PlayStation Pro. A 4k Gaming machine. The GPU is over twice as fast as the original PlayStation 4 (4.2 teraflop) and with an upgraded Jaguar AMD CPU with 8 cores, this is the most powerful game console out there. It will come with a 1TB storage and priced at £349/$399.
The PS4 Pro will be available November 10th.
Withings have just announced a new smartwatch that includes heart rate monitoring. The Withings Steel HR also includes a digital sub-display that shows your steps, heart rate and mobile notifications. Withings have pulled of a sub-display within its fully circular analogue watch face, with the multi-function button giving the ability to scroll through what is seen.
Even with the addition of the display, 54 days use is still manageable before needing a recharge. The first 25 days will give you continuous heart rate monitoring, your daily average heart rate and your resting heart rate during the night. After the first 25 days, the watch will go into power saving mode, giving you 20 more days with basic functions such as, step count and activity tracking.
The Steel HR comes in both white and black, with the 36mm edition for, $179.95/£169.95 and the 40mm version for $199.95/£179.95.
Asus have announced the ZenWatch 3. The new smartwatch is one of the first to use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 chipset which is specifically designed for smartwatches (unlike the snapdragon 400 that was being used before). The new processor means that it has a 25% boost in battery efficiency, meaning no need to charge that watch every two nights. Along side this the Asus has HyperCharge technology, enabling a much faster charge time.
This is the first round watch for Asus and it comes with a 1.39-inch OLED display with a 400 x 400 resolution, running Android Wear and it is one I look forward to hearing more about.
The Chinese smartphone maker is known for making cheap phones with the build quality and the internal specs to match the top smartphones in 2016. The Note 4 offers a premium look, feel with it’s full metal body and a brushed metal finish and chamfered edges.
There is a 5.5 -inch full HD display, with a choice of 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage, or 3GB of RAM and 64GB storage. There is also expandable storage via a microSD card slot. The device comes with a massive 4,100mAh battery, giving it a great battery life.
When it comes to the camera, the Note 4 does is the same as its predecessor the Note 3. It boasts a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front.
- 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 display
- MediaTek 10-Core Helio X20 processor (Deca-core 2.1 GHz)
- Fingerprint sensor on the rear
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow (with Xiaomi’s MIUI 8.0 skin)
- 13 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
- 5 MP, f/2.0, 1080p front camera
- 4,100 mAh battery
- Dual SIM
OnePlus are at it again. The flagship killer is back with the OnePlus 3: by far the best phone this year. Of course I only talk by what’s on paper. The OnePlus 3 boasts hardware like no other.
I recently purchased the OnePlus 2. I have never held a phone like it. A phone so well designed. A phone that has everything. I thought to myself, how can they make this better? Not only did they manage to do so, but this phone will still be the best going into 2017.
OnePlus have boasts 6GB LPDDR4 RAM, Snapdragon 820 processor (dual core 2.15GHz and dual core 1.6GHz), Adreno 530 GPU and a 5.5 inch Optic AMOLED display.
The OnePlus 3 packs a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP front. The battery is a 3000 mAh that can give you over 60% in 30 minuets thanks to it’s dash charge technology. The body is made from 100% aluminium, giving it a premium feel and the premium finish a phone like this deserves.
Microsoft have teased their new console coming at the end of 2017. Project Scorpio will run on Windows 10 and have backwards capabilities to both Xbox One and Xbox One S.
It will have an 8 core processor and a graphics card with a huge 6TFLOP’s of power. That is 4x more than the current Xbox One that has 1.3 and the PS4 that has 1.9.
What does this mean?
This new graphics card will perform as good as the high-end cards today giving 4K, 60 frames-per-second gaming.
The console can also handle VR. When announced, Fallout 4 VR was also mentioned. 4k is now the standard and Project Scorpio will meet that standard. It will also include HDR, which is also in the new Xbox One S (which is available in August).