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Prey preview: The horror FPS with genuine smarts

Prey preview: The horror FPS with genuine smarts

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Arkane Studios is a developer with a burgeoning reputation for crafting games with an unusually intelligent agenda. It's best known for the two Dishonored games, with their steampunk vibe, intrigue-ridden plots, intricate puzzles and stealth gameplay.So,... >>

Amazon Fire TV Stick (2017) preview: Alexa on TV for £40

Amazon Fire TV Stick (2017) preview: Alexa on TV for £40

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Since Amazon launched its own media streaming device, it has successfully refreshed the main set-top-box, adding faster processing, better remote access, 4K Ultra HD support and, in recent times, an all-new user experience. Its Fire TV Stick remained... >>

Astell & Kern XB10 review: Cranking it up to 11

Astell & Kern XB10 review: Cranking it up to 11

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A DAC - that's digital-to-analogue converter for the uninitiated - is found in every electronic device with a speaker. Phones, laptops, wireless speakers - every device that needs to take a digital signal and turn it into an analogue one (i.e. soundwaves)... >>

Samsung Galaxy S8 preview: The 5.8-incher that's small enough for everyone

Samsung Galaxy S8 preview: The 5.8-incher that's small enough for everyone

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 has finally arrived and while its design will come with absolutely zero surprise to those who have been following the constant stream of rumours over the last few months, it will undoubtedly still have all eyes on it.It not only has... >>

Philips 55POS9002 OLED preview: Stunning flagship TV with P5 processing and Ambilight

Philips 55POS9002 OLED preview: Stunning flagship TV with P5 processing and Ambilight

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TP Vision recently unveiled its second Philips-branded OLED TV, the 9002, and from our experience with it so far, it's every bit the rival to sets with similar technology from Sony, Panasonic and, of course, LG.It even adds its own unique feature in... >>

Fitbit Alta HR preview: Heart rate brings an alter ego

Fitbit Alta HR preview: Heart rate brings an alter ego

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Fitbit has announced the Alta HR, bringing heart rate tracking to its slim and stylish fitness tracker. The Alta was a fabulous device for basic tracking but it missed out on a couple of features that stopped it being excellent.Does the Fitbit Alta... >>

Sony Bravia A1 Series OLED TV preview: Breathtaking pictures and unique audio tech combine

Sony Bravia A1 Series OLED TV preview: Breathtaking pictures and unique audio tech combine

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We've been waiting for a Sony OLED TV for quite some time now, but we could never have expected the Bravia A1 Series. Announced at CES 2017, it was certainly one of the highlights of the show, bringing this TV technology to Sony in typical Sony style.It... >>

Sony Xperia Ear Open-style concept: Look who's talking (and listening)

Sony Xperia Ear Open-style concept: Look who's talking (and listening)

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Sony Mobile revealed four new smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2017 including the super flagship - XZ Premium - but that's not all it had up its sleeve. The company also announced the Xperia Ear Open-style concept.So the name isn't overly catchy... >>

LG X Power 2 preview: Monster battery machine

LG X Power 2 preview: Monster battery machine

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The biggest request from smartphone owners is for better battery life. Manufacturers have been tackling this issue for many years, looking for ways to optimise, reducing drain from various apps and features and making big changes to things like the hardware... >>

LG Watch Style preview: The crown princess of Android Wear 2.0

LG Watch Style preview: The crown princess of Android Wear 2.0

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LG announced two new smartwatches at the beginning of February in the form of the Watch Sport and Watch Style, both of which serve as poster boys for Android Wear 2.0.We've previewed the Watch Sport previously, which you can read about in our separate... >>

Lenovo Yoga 720 (13-inch) preview: Flexibility at your fingertips

Lenovo Yoga 720 (13-inch) preview: Flexibility at your fingertips

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When it comes to flexible, adaptable laptops Lenovo has really got its act together in its Yoga series. We thought the 11-inch Yoga 710 was a great little portable; the newer Yoga 720 ups the scale to a 13-inch sweetspot, while boosting power too. Is... >>

Samsung Galaxy Book preview: A viable Surface alternative

Samsung Galaxy Book preview: A viable Surface alternative

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The world is trying to move us away from laptops and toward 2-in-1 devices. Following Microsoft's original dalliance and the emergence of Window RT, there was some turmoil, as it became immediately evident that people didn't want RT - they wanted the... >>

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra preview: Edgy mid-rangers

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra preview: Edgy mid-rangers

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Sony announced the X series of smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2016, marking the death of the Z line and a new path for the Japanese manufacturer. There were several X devices announced, including the lovely Xperia XA with its edge-to-edge display.One... >>

Sony Xperia XZs preview: Same design, new hardware

Sony Xperia XZs preview: Same design, new hardware

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The Xperia XZs is one of four smartphones debuting at Mobile World Congress 2017 from Sony Mobile, succeeding the Xperia XZ that was announced six months ago at IFA in September.The new smartphone offers an upgrade in terms of camera functionality and... >>

Sony Xperia XZ Premium preview: The complete Xperia package

Sony Xperia XZ Premium preview: The complete Xperia package

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The Sony Xperia XZ Premium sits at the top of the huge portfolio of Sony phones, not just of the four debuting at Mobile World Congress 2017, but the rest of the Xperia gang too.It has it all in Sony's world of smartphones, pulling in technology from... >>

Huawei Watch 2 preview: Fitness first for smartwatch sequel

Huawei Watch 2 preview: Fitness first for smartwatch sequel

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When Huawei launched its original Watch in the UK it was in association with GQ, the men's lifestyle brand. The Chinese maker's desire to push its fashion-forward smartwatch to an image conscious crowd was clear. Thing is, the Watch, despite its glitzy... >>

Nokia 5 preview: Pure Android, all metal, completely affordable

Nokia 5 preview: Pure Android, all metal, completely affordable

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Nokia has announced a trio of global smartphones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. With the Nokia 6 leading the charge, and the Nokia 3 bringing up the rear, it's the Nokia 5 that sits in the middle. Priced at just €189, it's a fully-fledged Android... >>

Nokia 6 preview: A solid start for the new Android Nokia

Nokia 6 preview: A solid start for the new Android Nokia

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The Nokia 6 launched in China, breaking records for pre-orders and instantly putting HMD Global on the back foot. With demand outstripping supply, you could say the Nokia 6 got off to a solid start as a JD.com exclusive.As guardians of the Nokia brand... >>

Moto G5 preview: The best budget phone, now dressed in a full metal jacket

Moto G5 preview: The best budget phone, now dressed in a full metal jacket

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The Moto G has long been the hero of affordable phones. In 2017, Motorola - now owned by Lenovo - is stepping things up a notch in the fifth-generation G model, the G5, without causing a greater dent in your wallet.Yep, not only is the G5 priced at the... >>

Moto G5 Plus preview: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag

Moto G5 Plus preview: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag

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Not content with launching the best budget phone money can buy in the Moto G5, Motorola has also unveiled a G5 Plus version: a marginally larger, more powerful, svelter (and pricier) phone that's touching on mid-level ground at its £259 price point.With... >>

BlackBerry KeyOne preview: Fingerprint scanner and QWERTY keyboard for BB’s next flagship

BlackBerry KeyOne preview: Fingerprint scanner and QWERTY keyboard for BB’s next flagship

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Say hello to the next flagship BlackBerry phone, the KeyOne. Looks like a beaut, doesn't it? It was given a quick preview session via new parent company TCL (which owns Alcatel) at CES 2017 - and shown off in full at a launch party at MWC 2017.BlackBerry... >>

Orbitsound One P70 preview: The compact, affordable soundbar

Orbitsound One P70 preview: The compact, affordable soundbar

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British-based audio company Orbitsound has unveiled a new soundbar, the One P70. At its £299 price point it's very well positioned to undercut some of the big-boy competitiors and deliver TV-boosting sound.But that's not all the P70 can do, for it's... >>

Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket

Smart Electric Drive (2017) first drive: Nippy inner-city transport sprouts a plug socket

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Stop anyone in the street and ask them to name the electric car pioneers and it's likely the big names will make up the majority of answers: the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and Elon Musk's Tesla Model S.It might be difficult to comprehend but Smart has been... >>

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

Project Cars 2 gameplay preview: Racing realism amplified to new heights

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The roaring success of Project Cars was one of 2015's most heart-warming feel-good stories. You may remember it as the game that seemingly rose without trace: created by hitherto somewhat obscure UK indie studio Slightly Mad Games, it was crowdfunded... >>

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV preview: Stunning OLED punch paired with audio prowess

Panasonic EZ1002 OLED TV preview: Stunning OLED punch paired with audio prowess

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Panasonic announced its return to OLED TVs at IFA 2016, and subsequently unveiled the EZ1000 series at CES 2017. Originally announced as a 65-inch model, Panasonic has now expanded this offering, adding a 77-inch model to the choices for its flagship... >>