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Meizu Pro 6 Plus review: A true alternative flagship?
4.0 stars

Meizu Pro 6 Plus review: A true alternative flagship?

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You often hear the age-old rhetoric that China is taking over the world, and nowhere is that more clear than in the smartphone market. Companies like Huawei, Oppo and Vivo are now in the top five global smartphone vendors. And for good reason: they're... >>

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... >>

Asus ZenBook 3 review: A super-thin MacBook killer?
3.5 stars

Asus ZenBook 3 review: A super-thin MacBook killer?

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Where Apple goes, others follow. The Asus ZenBook 3 is this effect in action, taking the much-loved ZenBook design, removing most of the ports and squashing down the keyboard.Not all of the design changes work that well, but this little laptop is at least... >>

Maserati Levante review: Heritage with added hench
4.0 stars

Maserati Levante review: Heritage with added hench

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When you think Maserati, you probably think if its thoroughbred Italian racing heritage, the glamour and slick sports car lines. You might not think about it in beefier SUV form, but that's exactly what you get in the new Maserati Levante: it's heritage... >>

LeEco Le Pro 3 review: Pro or no go?
3.5 stars

LeEco Le Pro 3 review: Pro or no go?

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LeEco, the Chinese company that dabbles in everything from self-driving cars to Vizio-branded televisions, seems like it's trying to be a one-stop shop of sorts in the tech world.So, naturally, it also does smartphones. The LeEco Le Pro 3 being its premier... >>

Nintendo Switch review: Return of the king?
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Nintendo Switch review: Return of the king?

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There is always plenty of attention afforded a new games console launch, not least when it has Nintendo slapped across the front. But after the relative failure of the Wii U, it seems there are more eyes on the company's new machine - the Nintendo Switch... >>

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... >>

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review: Game of the year already
5.0 stars

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review: Game of the year already

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It might be early to be thinking such things but there’s every chance there won’t be another game as good as the latest Zelda this year. Yes, we have Mass Effect: Andromeda, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Super Mario Odyssey still to come in 2017, and... >>

Horizon Zero Dawn review: The best-looking game on PS4 by far
5.0 stars

Horizon Zero Dawn review: The best-looking game on PS4 by far

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There is something hugely satisfying in booting up an all-new intellectual property in gaming, not least one that has been subject to a fierce hype machine for the last couple of years. Even more satisfying to find out it's good. Scrub that. It's great;... >>

HTC U Ultra review: Are two displays better than one?
4.0 stars

HTC U Ultra review: Are two displays better than one?

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HTC has kicked off 2017 with a new family of devices called HTC U. The logic is simple enough to follow: they are designed to be all about "you" (see what they did there?) and advance the connection between you and your device, for a more symbiotic relationship. It's... >>

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... >>

Huawei P10 Plus preview: Premium package, without a price hike

Huawei P10 Plus preview: Premium package, without a price hike

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Huawei is back once again with its latest P-seried flagship phones, and is ready to wow us with its most impressive components, all packed into a device which is attractive, fashionable and well priced. The P10 Plus is the big brother of the regular... >>

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... >>