Hottest new tech in August revealed
Can a TV be art? Samsung certainly thinks so. See if you agree, and meet Canon’s new Instagram-friendly DSLR, in our tech round up…
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
In a nutshell: Samsung’s newest phone/tablet hybrid with super wide, high res screen and dual-lens rear camera
Samsung unveiled the brand-new Galaxy Note8 at their latest Unpacked event. It joins the S8 and S8 Plus, and you can definitely see the family similarities with the bezel-less Super AMOLED Infinity Display. At 6.3-inches, the Note 8 has the biggest screen of the three.
Another exciting new upgrade is the dual-lens rear camera.
The Galaxy Note8 is Samsung’s first flagship phone with a 12MP telephoto lens and 12MP wide-angle lens, which side by side on the back, giving you 2x optical zoom.
Samsung's ‘The Frame’ TV
In a nutshell: Simply incredible TV that doubles as a work of art.
Thin, beautiful and chic, today’s TVs are (almost) as much about interior design as they are picture quality.
Samsung now takes this further with The Frame – a top-of-the-range 4K TV that doubles as art when not in use. ‘TV when it’s on, art when it’s off,’ as Samsung says.
Make no mistake, this is a seriously high-end TV in every respect. When watching it, movies will look incredible – rich, detailed and punchy – on its 4K HDR screen.
But what makes this TV different is what it does when it’s switched off. Then it goes into ‘Art Mode’ with works of art displayed on the screen.
Created by influential Swiss designer Yves Behar, it looks like a minimalist picture frame itself, and is surrounded by a walnut or natural wood edge. If mounted on a wall among other frames, it’d be hard to tell the difference.
Like Netflix or the latest blockbuster on Sky Cinema, the artworks will look incredible too. Pictures on the screen are made of pixels, and the 4K resolution has 8.3 million pixels – 4 times as many as a Full HD TV.
And whatever’s on screen looks natural, as the TV recognises when ambient light changes and tweaks colour and brightness.
Nokia 8 and the ‘bothie’
In a nutshell: Everyone’s favourite noughties phone maker returns with a thoroughly modern flagship
Nokia made headlines around the world and delighted retro-loving hipsters when it brought back its iconic 3310 phone earlier this year.
Now it’s back with a very different phone.
The Nokia 8 is a flagship Android smartphone designed to go up against the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8. So, what’s it all about? Let’s start with the ‘bothie’.
What’s a bothie?
A new type of selfie, it uses both the Nokia 8’s front and rear cameras to simultaneously shoot video or photos of you, the selfie taker, and the subject – be it London’s Tower Bridge or your friend’s band playing a gig.
When shooting bothie video, you can even live stream to Facebook and YouTube.
Bothies aside, the camera takes great photos, while the phone itself has a super-sharp Quad HD screen and a slim and sophisticated aluminium finish as you would expect from a flagship handset.
Want more? Our colleagues at Carphone Warehouse give their first impression on the Nokia 8
Canon EOS 200D
In a nutshell: Smartphone photographers buying their first DSLR will find much to love
DSLRs are and always have been the camera of choice for professionals and serious amateurs. But for the new generation of Instagram and iPhone photographers, they’ve not been as natural a fit.
The Canon EOS 200 D seeks to address that, with stacks of features designed with the smartphone-trained Instagram photographer in mind as well as more traditional amateurs.
Firstly, it’s the world’s lightest DSLR – more mobile and compact than traditional DSLRs seen as too bulky by many of the new generation of photographers.
It plays nicely with your smartphone and even has a selfie mode – a first for a DSLR. But it’s also packed with the camera features of Canon’s top of the range DSLRs.
With it you can…
- Shoot rich and detailed images from sunrise to after-dark with the latest light-loving APS-C sensor
- Fix on your subject with speed and accuracy with the world’s fastest Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus
- Blur backgrounds in your more arty photographs by controlling the depth of field
- Share your photos online in no time with your smartphone and the Canon Connect app
Samsung Galaxy Book
In a nutshell: Powerful tablet that doubles as a premium laptop with superb screen for winding down with Netflix
The Samsung Galaxy Book is one of a number of powerful tablets that can also function as laptops. They’re known as 2 in 1s – find out more about 2 in 1s.
They qualify as laptop replacements by using much more powerful specs than you’d normally find in a tablet, and designing add-on keyboards and digital pens. These keyboards and digital pens are generally sold separately. But Samsung has decided to include them in the price of its Galaxy Book.
That aside, it boasts Intel Core i5 processing, SSD storage and other features normally found in high-end laptops. There are two different Galaxy Book options, we’re focusing on the more powerful 12-inch model.
With it you can…
- Multitask with numerous apps and programs on the go at once thanks to the Intel Core i5 processor
- Stream Netflix and craft PowerPoints in impeccable detail on the Super AMOLED screen
- Scribble meeting notes and annotate webpages with the S Pen digital stylus
- Work fast with SSD storage that’ll boot your machine and load apps super speedily
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