Hottest new tech in October revealed
Here’s a roundup of the hot new tech you can look forward to this month.
In a nutshell: Stream your music in high-resolution sound with just your voice - thanks to built-in Alexa
The latest release from smart speaker pioneers Sonos, the One allows you to experience the highest quality music all throughout your home - all you have to do is ask it. With built-in Amazon Echo, you don't even need your phone to set the right mood, or provide the perfect soundtrack to a gathering. Just ask Alexa to do it for you.
The Sonos One also comes with advanced sound technology to make sure no one in your home misses a beat. Its high-res audio quality means you're guaranteed unbelievable sound design for a home speaker, and with its Trueplay feature, it will analyse its surroundings to adjust the sound direction - providing a truly immersive sonic experience for everyone.
Google Home mini and Pixel 2
In a nutshell: Google’s latest launch brought us a tiny Google Assistant and a slimmed down Pixel 2 phone with some serious camera action.
Announced on Google’s anniversary of the original Pixel, the second-generation pulls out all the stops. As well as built in Google Assistant and a huge capability camera boasting 12.2 megapixels, Pixel 2 has a five-inch OLED display, all-day battery life and always-on display.
The Google Home mini might only be 4 inches wide, but this tiny smart speaker can connect to even more of your smart home devices. It can also send messages to the whole family’s devices, so you don’t have to yell ‘dinner’s ready!’ at the top of your lungs to call the kids down for tea.
Learn more about the Google Home mini
Learn more about the Google Pixel 2 in black
Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
In a nutshell: The ever-popular iPhone is back in two new forms – the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
The beautiful all-glass design of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is a sight to behold. But this glass design isn’t all about aesthetics – it also enables wireless charging.
The latest iPhone offers the smartest chip ever – delivering more power while maintaining battery life – and an advanced 12MP camera.
Retina HD displays include True Tone technology for a better viewing experience in all environments. The iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch screen while the larger iPhone 8 Plus has a more generous 5.5-inch screen.
Both models are available to buy now, with the iPhone X due for release next month.
In a nutshell: Revolutionary new 360° camera that takes capturing footage on-the-go to the next level.
The GoPro Fusion is on its way, bringing with it a new level of tech never seen on a GoPro.
This compact device offers Gimbal-like stabilisation and voice activated for hands-free filming. VR footage lets you fully capture the moment, while OverCapture brings a new dimension to traditional footage.
You can even control and edit it via the GoPro app.
The GoPro Fusion is available next month.
GoPro Hero6 Black
In a nutshell: Enjoy 4K footage and twice the performance of the Hero5 with this latest addition to the GoPro range.
Thanks to an all-new GP1 chip the rather sleek-looking Hero6 Black – which as the name suggests is all black – offers twice the performance of the Hero5 and GoPro’s best image quality yet.
- Slow-mo frame rates have been doubled – enjoy 4K at 60 frames per second (FPS), 2.7K at 120 FPS and 1080p at 240 FPS
- Waterpoof down to 10 metres
- Low light and night Photo modes for when lighting is poor
- Quik Stories – transfers footage to the app and automatically cuts it into a video
- Voice activated
- Improved camera stabilisation
Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD
In a nutshell: Connect to a world of entertainment, using your voice to select what to enjoy in high definition
Amazon is taking streaming to the next level with over 200,000 TV episodes and films available to stream in one place – from Prime Video, BBC, Netflix, ITV and more. Connect the new Fire TV to your 4K Ultra HD and HDR TV’s HDMI port and get lost in scenes of unparalleled colour, vibrancy and detail. Plus, the Fire TV is able to stream 3D Dolby Atmos audio through compatible home audio systems.
Use with the Alexa voice remote and it’s never been easier to access all your favourite shows. Just press the microphone to tell Alexa what you want to watch.
Samsung Gear Sport
In a nutshell: Samsung’s latest fitness tracking kit doubles as an interface for ultimate control of your smart technology
A well-equipped fitness centre, the new Gear Sport has 60 different workouts and the ability to stream exercise videos straight to your wrist to guide your gym sessions. While you follow your workout on screen, the Gear Sport has a handy feature that displays the heart rate monitor alongside the video.
The clever heart rate monitoring continually keeps track to accurately report calorie consumption and uses your personal data to tell you when you’re exercising at different intensity levels.
Pair to Bluetooth headphones and enjoy your favourite music as you work out – listening to automatically saved playlists or streaming directly from Spotify. Fully personalisable, there are 79 watch face options and the versatility to wear the Gear Sport with any standard 20mm strap.
There are all the standard smartwatch connections to your smartphone, but the Gear Sport can also be used as a controller for your TV and smart lighting or even to seamlessly control a work presentation.
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