Hottest new tech in September revealed
Want the lowdown on the latest tech? Here’s our edit of the gadgets we’re currently loving…
In a nutshell: LG’s latest flagship V phone is all about visuals, with a curved 6-inch QHD+ display and dual camera
LG unveiled their new V30 phone at this year’s IFA 2017 in Berlin and it’s a beauty.
You’d expect an impressive screen from the company that makes some of the best OLED TVs in the world. And LG definitely deliver with the V30 – the 6-inch bezel-less screen boasts 2880 x 1440 ‘Full Vision’ HDR 10 OLED display. There’s also an Enhanced Colour Mode to boost non-HDR content.
But it’s not all about looks. The V30 has got plenty of smarts too, thanks to the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC which makes it super-fast and responsive.
Turn the phone over and there’s the dual rear camera – one 16 megapixels with OIS, and one wide-angle to capture 120 degrees. LG have added some smooth new extras to the film settings as well. Like the Point Zoom, which lets you pick out a focus and gently zoom in.
You won’t have to wait long for the V30 – LG are releasing it this September.
Dell XPS 13
In a nutshell: A refresh of the popular touchscreen laptop with a major power boost packed into the lightweight chassis.
Dell has revealed that the Dell XPS 13 will be getting loads more power with Intel’s 8th generation of CPUs.
The latest model upgrade for the touchscreen laptop means it now has capacity for a Core i7 8550U. And the quad-core, 4GHz processor is protected from overheating by Dell’s clever dynamic power mode.
Dell claims that this new collab gives the XPS 13 a 44% bump in performance, when compared to ‘similarly configured systems’ with Kaby Lake processors. As well as giving you super-fast, ultra-responsive handling, you’ll get 22 hours of battery life when using the Full HD display. You can also add up to 16GB of memory and 1TB SSD storage.
The mighty XPS 13 will be available on the 12th September.
Dell Visor Windows 10 HMD VR
In a nutshell: Dell’s new Windows 10 VR headset to rival Oculus Rift, with super sharp viewing and a comfortable fit.
So many VR headsets look awesome and take you immediately into a whole other world. But you can only stay immersed for as long as you’re comfortable. Dell’s new Visor is comfortable enough to wear all day, adding to the full VR experience.
To start, the Windows 10 HMD (head-mounted display) boasts a pair of LCD panels with 1,440 x 1,440 resolution.
The flip-up visor is padded and roomy enough to fit over glasses, while the adjustable padded headband doesn’t weigh too heavily on your nose and cheeks – so it feels much less alien on your face.
You’ll be able to get your hands on the Dell Visor in October.
Canon M100 mirrorless camera
In a nutshell: The affordable Canon M100 mirrorless camera gets a host of new features, including a huge sensor upgrade.
Canon’s M100 might be a lightweight in the mirrorless camera category, but it’s new upgrade packs a heavyweight punch. The standout is easily the new sensor, which has jumped from 18 megapixels to 24.2 megapixels – the same as the high-end Canon M5.
The budget camera also gets an updated Digic 7 processor so you can shoot in 6.1 fps and an ISO range of 100-25,600. Video is limited to 1080p, but there’s an HDR backlight control to handle any awkward lighting situations.
It’s perfect for selfies too – the 3-inch touchscreen tilts 180-degrees and you can share immediately on social through WiFi, Bluetooth or NFC.
The Canon M100 arrives in October.
In a nutshell: Fitbit’s first smartwatch can monitor your health, coach your runs and make contactless payments.
It’s been ten years since Fitbit launched their first activity tracker. So what better way to celebrate than by debuting a brand-new smartwatch?
Here are some the best features of the exciting new Fitbit Ionic:
- 4.2-inch, 348 x 250 LCD screen – 1,000 nits brightness makes easy to read indoors and outside
- Curved design with nano-molding technology – comfortable to wear, even in bed
- Long battery life – 4+ days per charge, or up to 10 hours when using GPS
- Updated heart rate monitor
- Onboard GPS – for walking, running, biking and swimming
- NFC for new Fitbit Pay – contactless payments with Mastercard, Visa and Amex, accepted anywhere
- Water resistant –Swim Mode records your laps, stroke style and calories burned
- Coach (new version of Fitstar) – shows a demonstration video of workout activities
- Sleep insights monitor your sleep cycle
There’s also FitbitOS, Fitbit’s first app-based platform. This gives you push alerts for notifications through the Ionic. The smartwatch vibrates to let you know and shows a quick preview of the message.
In a nutshell: Wireless headphones designed for working out, by fitness pros Fitbit.
Music is a great motivator for exercise. But you want to have great sound and a secure fit, even if you’re doing parkour in the park.
Fitbit’s new Flyer headphones are built for fitness. The interchangeable ear tips, wings and fins come in different sizes, so you can mix and match what fits your ears best.
They’re also rain, splash and sweatproof, and give you up to six hours battery life. Plus, they can connect to two devices at once using Bluetooth 4.2.
Fitbit Aria 2
In a nutshell: Smart scales that connect to your home Wi-Fi and measure body fat percentage and BMI as well as weight.
Fitbit’s Wi-Fi smart scales make stepping on the scales a little bit easier. They work with Fitbit watches and wristbands to track your weight, body fat percentage, BMI and lean mass.
Data is automatically synced to your computer and displayed in charts on your Fitbit dashboard.