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Photokina 2018: All the best new cameras from the photo show
Photokina 2018: All the best new cameras from the photo show By Mike Lowe

It's a big year for cameras, with new systems being announced left, right and centre. Ahead of #Photokina2018, Canon and Nikon have revealed their cards with the EOS R and Z series, respectively, but there's more to come besides.Here we round-up the best... Read more

BeoPlay P6 review: Sensational sound at home or on the go
4.0 stars BeoPlay P6 review: Sensational sound at home or on the go By Mike Lowe

BeoPlay, the offshoot from Danish high-end audio maker Bang & Olufsen, makes some of our favourite looking and favourite sounding portable speakers. The BeoPlay P6 embodies the design language we've grown to love, in a less common form factor. Is it the... Read more

Best compact cameras 2018: The best point-and-shoot-cameras available to buy today
Best compact cameras 2018: The best point-and-shoot-cameras available to buy today By Mike Lowe

If you're looking for the best compact cameras of 2018 then you've come to the right place. Here we'll guide you through the hottest cameras to save you time when it comes to buying one from your local shop or online.Run this question through your head:... Read more

Huawei P20 Pro Pearl White in pictures: 'Like a unicorn marshmallow'
Huawei P20 Pro Pearl White in pictures: 'Like a unicorn marshmallow' By Mike Lowe

Not content with releasing arguably the best Android phone in 2018, Huawei has released a limited edition Pearl White finish. And we bring you pictures of that very phone, up close and personal. Best Huawei Pro 20 deals Nothing about the Pearl White's... Read more

Lenovo Miix 630 review: Ultra long-lasting 2-in-1 has a few too many issues
3.5 stars Lenovo Miix 630 review: Ultra long-lasting 2-in-1 has a few too many issues By Mike Lowe

The Lenovo Miix 630 is a Windows laptop that uses the same Qualcomm CPUs seen in top phones. Well, 2017's top phones. This helps it last absolutely ages off a charge. And we really mean ages.However, there are a few problems. It runs a training wheels... Read more

B&O BeoPlay H9i review: Pricey but near perfect over-ear headphones
4.5 stars B&O BeoPlay H9i review: Pricey but near perfect over-ear headphones By Mike Lowe

We see a lot of headphones here at Pocket-lint, so for a pair of cans to really bed-in as the day-to-day workhorse means they have to be special. Which is exactly what happened with the B&O BeoPlay H9, which have been our go-to over-ears for almost a... Read more

What's next for Audi e-tron? The all-electric cars coming by 2025
What's next for Audi e-tron? The all-electric cars coming by 2025 By Mike Lowe

Audi has been teasing its e-tron SUV for some time now, but there's one thing the German car-maker was keen to shout about at its e-tron Brand Summit in San Francisco: this is just the beginning. Here's what to expect of the all-electric platform by 2025:e-tron... Read more

Audi PB 18 E-Tron concept in pictures: The electric supercar of the future
Audi PB 18 E-Tron concept in pictures: The electric supercar of the future By Mike Lowe

Electric cars are becoming a greater norm, but when it comes to supercars there are few to none. And the Audi PB 18 E-Tron is striking enough to make you forget about the Rimac or Tesla Roadster.The PB 18 E-Tron was originally unveiled in August 2018... Read more

Here's the Audi e-tron in pictures: Check out Audi's first all-electric car
Here's the Audi e-tron in pictures: Check out Audi's first all-electric car By Mike Lowe

It's been teased for what feels like forever. But, finally, Audi's all-electric SUV, the e-tron, is here. No camoflauge, no gimmicks, just the on-the-road car in all its design glory.Ahead of its late 2019 launch, we got to witness the official unveiling... Read more

JBL Xtreme 2 review: Taking the party outside
4.5 stars JBL Xtreme 2 review: Taking the party outside By Mike Lowe

One look at the JBL Xtreme 2 and you'll know it's not designed as a fancy-looking speaker to sit pride of place on your polished wooden furniture. Nope, this tubular (perhaps construed as if we're in the 1980s, dudes) speaker's design is clearly targeted... Read more

Kia ProCeed in pictures: Stylish family shooting brake, coming 2019
Kia ProCeed in pictures: Stylish family shooting brake, coming 2019 By Mike Lowe

Think 'Ceed' and the first thing that jumps to mind is a practical, family car. Mix 'Pro' into the equation, however, and what you get is the Kia Proceed: a shooting brake for 2019, as based on the ProCeed Concept of 2017, delivered with style.This five-door... Read more

Marshall Kilburn II review: The Bluetooth blaster
4.0 stars Marshall Kilburn II review: The Bluetooth blaster By Mike Lowe

Marshall is synonymous with guitar amps (yes, ones that 'go to 11'). But that's not all: for years the company has been outputting headphones and portable speakers too.Which is where the Kilburn II comes in. This portable Bluetooth speaker updates the... Read more

What is MicroLED? The TV technology to take on OLED explained
What is MicroLED? The TV technology to take on OLED explained By Mike Lowe

Just when we thought TV screen technologies had plateaued, this year has seen a new technology introduced: MicroLED. It's not a totally brand new technology, but it's now being championed by Samsung (while LG has also demonstrated it) so is expected to... Read more

Fujifilm X-T3 initial review: Marvellous mirrorless brings upgrades aplenty
Fujifilm X-T3 initial review: Marvellous mirrorless brings upgrades aplenty By Mike Lowe

In the camera market we've seen established models bring successors that might add a new arty filter mode and not much more. Hardly upgrade material, eh? Fujifilm isn't playing that moderate upgrade game though: the X-T3 may indeed add a couple of new... Read more

Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-T2: What's the difference?
Fujifilm X-T3 vs X-T2: What's the difference? By Mike Lowe

When the Fujifilm X-T2 arrived in 2016, we thought it set a new benchmark for mirrorless cameras. Since then we've been spoiled with the likes of the Panasonic Lumix G9. For late 2018, Fuji is back with a bang: the X-T3 brings a new sensor, new autofocus... Read more

Canon EOS R initial review: A new era for full-frame mirrorless
Canon EOS R initial review: A new era for full-frame mirrorless By Mike Lowe

Change is one of those things many thrive, yet which many are apprehensive about. The Canon EOS R is all about change: the company's first full-frame mirrorless camera embodies a new lens mount, new layout and methods of working, yet has more than a nod... Read more

What lenses work with the new Canon EOS R? EOS RF explained
What lenses work with the new Canon EOS R? EOS RF explained By Mike Lowe

On 5 September 2018, Canon announced a major new product to its line-up: the EOS R full-frame mirrorless. In so doing the Japanese company created a whole new lens line-up: EOS RF.So what does this mean, what RF lenses are available, and does it matter... Read more

Canon EOS R: Full-frame mirrorless brings all-new RF lens mount
Canon EOS R: Full-frame mirrorless brings all-new RF lens mount By Mike Lowe

Rumours be gone: Canon has officially announced its brand new full-frame mirrorless camera, the EOS R. And yes, it comes with a brand new lens mount, called EOS RF.In a similar step to the Nikon Z7, Canon sees its full-frame future as one that's smaller... Read more

Huawei Mate 20 Lite initial review: A glimpse of what's to come
Huawei Mate 20 Lite initial review: A glimpse of what's to come By Mike Lowe

Huawei is having a stellar year and there's no signs of the Chinese brand slowing down. It is shifting the way it approaches phone releases, though, as the surprise announcement of the Mate 20 Lite goes to show (and its speedy on-sale date of September... Read more

Motorola Moto One initial review: Mid-ranger sports Android One
Motorola Moto One initial review: Mid-ranger sports Android One By Mike Lowe

It seems to be the time of year for mid-range phones: from the HTC U12 Life to the long-rumoured Moto One. Yup, Motorola's Android One phone is finally here. But with more powerful and cheaper phones also appearing – the excellent Honor Play being a... Read more

Lenovo Yoga Book 2 initial review: The keyless laptop returns... and it's crazier than ever
Lenovo Yoga Book 2 initial review: The keyless laptop returns... and it's crazier than ever By Mike Lowe

Back in 2016, when Lenovo launched a laptop with no physical keyboard called the Yoga Book, it was one of the barmiest and most exciting product launches in the laptop space for years. As it transpired, however, the Yoga Book felt like it had one foot... Read more

Lenovo Yoga C930 initial review: Going full-on Dolby... and delightful as a result
Lenovo Yoga C930 initial review: Going full-on Dolby... and delightful as a result By Mike Lowe

Lenovo has long been refining its Yoga laptop range, with the top-tier C930 setting the limits for the 2018 range. This so-called three-in-one laptop has a 360-degree hinge to reposition the product between laptop, tent, stand and tablet modes. Beyond... Read more

Honor Play review: The best affordable phone on the planet
5.0 stars Honor Play review: The best affordable phone on the planet By Mike Lowe

There's a saying about busses: you wait ages for one and then three turn up at once. Although we can't apply that loose analogy to Honor specifically – the brand has had a steady stream arriving three-monthly for seemingly forever (Honor 10, Honor View... Read more

Google Home Max review: Cranking smart speaker audio to the max
4.0 stars Google Home Max review: Cranking smart speaker audio to the max By Mike Lowe

Google has a difficult task: it needs to steal your attention - or rather, your ears and voice - from the competition, as the world of smart home and voice-controlled tech products continues to hot up. These days it's not just Amazon with its Echo line... Read more

HTC U12 Life initial review: One seriously shiny mid-range phone
HTC U12 Life initial review: One seriously shiny mid-range phone By Mike Lowe

The life of HTC has been a bit of a rollercoaster: from its heyday highs of mobile phone ruler, to more recent limited sales and its Design Team being acquired by Google. The company's recent phones haven't always been on the mark either: the HTC U12+... Read more

HTC U12 Life vs U11 Life: What's the difference?
HTC U12 Life vs U11 Life: What's the difference? By Mike Lowe

The mid-range phone market has a new entry: the HTC U12 Life. And it's a whole different beast compared to its U11 Life predecessor, featuring a larger screen, larger battery and smaller price tag. Here's the lowdown on the main differences.HTC U12 Life... Read more

Asus ZenBook 13 (UX333) initial review: Bezels, be gone!
Asus ZenBook 13 (UX333) initial review: Bezels, be gone! By Mike Lowe

In 2018 it's a rapid race to see which manufacturer can deliver a laptop with the least bezel. And Asus isn't mucking around when it comes to the ZenBook series, with the late 2018 model sporting a 95 per cent screen-to-body ratio. Well, ok, it is mucking... Read more

Asus ZenBook 14 Pro initial review: Pro for when on the go
Asus ZenBook 14 Pro initial review: Pro for when on the go By Mike Lowe

There's the latest ZenBook models – like the snazzy 13-inch model, as unveiled at IFA 2019 – and then there's the step-up ZenBook Pro models, with the new 14-inch device being a serious slab of laptop for the more creatively demanding user.How so?... Read more

Motorola Moto Z3 Play review: Mods and odds
3.5 stars Motorola Moto Z3 Play review: Mods and odds By Mike Lowe

The Moto Z is a phone series like no other: all devices have a magnetic rear plate onto which Moto Mods can be added to give their host phone different features and capabilities. From more battery capacity, to a zoom lens camera, pop-out keyboard, gaming... Read more

Nikon Z7 vs Nikon Z6: What's the difference?
Nikon Z7 vs Nikon Z6: What's the difference? By Mike Lowe

It's been a long road to Nikon's new mirrorless full-frame system, unveiled on 23 August 2018 as the Z series, consisting of two cameras: the Z7 and the Z6.But why two bodies and what's the difference between each in this brand-new setup (which includes... Read more

Nikon Z7 initial review: Rewriting the full-frame mirrorless rulebook
Nikon Z7 initial review: Rewriting the full-frame mirrorless rulebook By Mike Lowe

Long rumoured, the new Nikon Z series is finally here, rewriting the Japanese company's mirrorless camera rulebook. The Z7 is full-frame (meaning it has a huge sensor size) and features an all-new lens mount, which brings new Z series lenses for the utmost... Read more

Pocophone F1 initial review: Big battery, major processor, small price tag
Pocophone F1 initial review: Big battery, major processor, small price tag By Mike Lowe

Pocophone, eh, what's that? An off-shoot of Xiaomi, it seems the Chinese major has realised that not all potential customers throughout the world can say "shh-yow-mi" with relative ease. Thus, to target a different market (it's India first up), there's... Read more

Panasonic Lumix LX100 Mark 2 initial review: High-end compact's sensational sequel
Panasonic Lumix LX100 Mark 2 initial review: High-end compact's sensational sequel By Mike Lowe

That's right: Panasonic has, for the first time in its history, named one of its Lumix cameras a "Mark II" model. Therefore you're not looking at the LX200, or some other obscure number of naming mechanism, rather the LX100 M2.The sequel to 2014's high-end... Read more

How to buy the right SD card for you
How to buy the right SD card for you By Mike Lowe

SD, SDHC, SDXC and all their micro equivalents - whether you buy them branded by Jessops, SanDisk, Kingston, Trascend, Fujifilm, Lexar, Samsung; they’re all basically the same, right? Wrong, but you knew that. What you might not have been so clear about... Read more

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th gen 2018) review: HDR screen makes for sometimes sensational laptop
4.0 stars Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th gen 2018) review: HDR screen makes for sometimes sensational laptop By Mike Lowe

The Lenovo ThinkPad series is already well-known for its business appeal. For the sixth-gen 2018 model the company has ramped up design to look even more suave and sophisticated standards, while cramming in features that many other laptops can only dream... Read more

More details emerge about Nikon's Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras
More details emerge about Nikon's Z6 and Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras By Mike Lowe

When it comes to marketing, Nikon is going all out for its next camera. The upcoming camera will be Nikon's first full-frame mirrorless. The company's official statement mentioned a lot of buzzwords and hype, saying things like the new camera will “enable... Read more

Fujifilm X-T100 review: Rare misfire for X-series mirrorless?
3.5 stars Fujifilm X-T100 review: Rare misfire for X-series mirrorless? By Mike Lowe

We've long been fans of Fujifilm's mirrorless cameras, so when the X-T100 was announced it got us scratching our head a bit: is there space in the X-series line-up for an entry-level model which does things a little differently to its bigger brothers?... Read more

Xiaomi Mi A2 review: Pricing out the competition?
4.0 stars Xiaomi Mi A2 review: Pricing out the competition? By Mike Lowe

If you're staring at the title of this review wondering 'who on earth is Xiaomi?' then, let us tell you, it's a Chinese brand that – based on the evidence of our time with the Mi A2 (known as the Mi 6X in China) – is about to become an even more major... Read more

Huawei confirms Mate 20 Pro will have series' biggest battery yet
Huawei confirms Mate 20 Pro will have series' biggest battery yet By Mike Lowe

It's not often a press release arrives by hand, locked in a safe, with an emoji-encoded password to crack to unlock and find the goods within. But that's the tact Huawei has taken with its latest tease of the 'next Huawei', widely believed to be the Mate... Read more

What are Moto Mods? Everything you need to know about the snap-on accessories for Moto Z
What are Moto Mods? Everything you need to know about the snap-on accessories for Moto Z By Mike Lowe

The smartphone industry is always seeking the next big thing. For Motorola that's Moto Mods (or Moto Snaps in some territories): clip-on Moto Z accessories - such as cameras, projectors, printers and more - that can transform a phone's functionality or... Read more

Motorola Moto Z3 vs Z3 Play vs Z2 Play vs Z2 Force: What’s the difference?
Motorola Moto Z3 vs Z3 Play vs Z2 Play vs Z2 Force: What’s the difference? By Mike Lowe

There's two new Moto Z handsets for 2018: the Z3 and Z3 Play. The former is a US exclusive, in essence replacing the Z2 Force, while the latter updates the Z2 Play.For this new generation there's no Force edition to be found, however, so how do the new... Read more

Motorola Moto Z3 first for 5G via Moto Mod, Verizon exclusive coming 2019
Motorola Moto Z3 first for 5G via Moto Mod, Verizon exclusive coming 2019 By Mike Lowe

Say #helloMoto to the Moto Z3, a US exclusive mobile phone which will available via Verizon, continuing the company's commitment to Moto Mods (the clip-on accessories format to transform the phone's performance). What are Moto Mods? But that's not the... Read more

Canon PowerShot SX740 HS packs 40x zoom into compact body
Canon PowerShot SX740 HS packs 40x zoom into compact body By Mike Lowe

This year looks to be a bumper one for cameras. But it's not just about the bigger, pricier releases, as the accessible and versatile Canon SX740 HS goes to show.The SX740 is a compact camera with a big zoom lens within. Its 40x optical lens means it... Read more

Hyundai Kona Electric review: The everyman's EV is a near-perfect crossover
4.5 stars Hyundai Kona Electric review: The everyman's EV is a near-perfect crossover By Mike Lowe

Electric vehicles (EVs) are an increasingly viable prospect for people in the UK. With zero emissions and therefore no tax, plus a government grant to offset the purchase price and a fraction of traditional fuel costs, there's a whole lot to like. For... Read more

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Samsung A8 vs Moto G6 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Which is best?
Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Samsung A8 vs Moto G6 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Which is best? By Mike Lowe

With many flagship phones costing almost a grand - £1000 - it's no wonder more and more people are looking to affordable phones to buy outright. Besides, the quality offered by these devices is on the up.Following the Xiaomi Mi A2 global announcement... Read more

This is the blue Xiaomi Mi A2, in pictures
This is the blue Xiaomi Mi A2, in pictures By Mike Lowe

Xiaomi is upping its international creds with the launch of the Mi A2. Here shown in its fetching blue finish.The A2, which will also be available in gold and black finishes, will launch in Spain on 10 August... and we're hoping that the UK will be on... Read more

Xiaomi Mi A2 brings dual camera smarts in Android One package
Xiaomi Mi A2 brings dual camera smarts in Android One package By Mike Lowe

At the tail-end of 2017, when Xiaomi announced it was coming to Europe, it wasn't a brand name widely well-known (or pronounceable) to many. Its MI software experience also added additional layers of unfamiliarity.For 2018 that's set to change. The company's... Read more

Fujifilm XF10 delivers huge sensor in compact camera form
Fujifilm XF10 delivers huge sensor in compact camera form By Mike Lowe

Back in 2012 Fujifilm launched its XF pocketable compact camera, the XF1, which had all but gone quiet following launch. Until now.The Fujifilm XF10 revisits the small-scale-big-sensor camera format for 2018, but in a very different way. This pocketable... Read more

Lexus LC500 review: A rare and wonderful GT
4.5 stars Lexus LC500 review: A rare and wonderful GT By Mike Lowe

It was back in 2015 that Lexus showed-off its LF-FC concept; a car which represented a vision of the marque's future in a striking design that, well, you'd never expect to see pootling about the UK's streets alongside a Porsche 911 or Jaguar F-Type.Yet... Read more

Hyundai Nexo review: Heralding hydrogen's future?
Hyundai Nexo review: Heralding hydrogen's future? By Mike Lowe

As vehicle emissions rules become increasingly strict, tax on traditional petrol- and diesel-drinking cars continues to rise. It's why manufacturers are downsizing engines to fit vehicles into acceptable tax brackets. It's why there's an uptake for plug-in... Read more

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