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Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: The Pro you'll want to know
5.0 stars Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: The Pro you'll want to know By Mike Lowe

The top-spec Huawei of 2018, featuring a curved OLED display, in-screen scanner, Qi wireless charging, and more. Is it still a solid purchase option? Read more

Best gaming phone 2019: The best gaming handsets you can buy
Best gaming phone 2019: The best gaming handsets you can buy By Mike Lowe

Mobile gaming is big business and many brands are making dedicated gaming handsets. But which is best? From Razer to Black Shark, we investigate... Read more

LG Pay: Which phones and US banks support the contactless payments system?
LG Pay: Which phones and US banks support the contactless payments system? By Mike Lowe

The contactless payment system is now available in the US, with support from the following banks and handsets. Read more

Best TV deals for July 2019
Best TV deals for July 2019 By Mike Lowe

Looking for a great deal on a new TV? Amazon Prime has Philips and LG 4K UHD sets with up to 40% off. Check out the bargains. Read more

Asus ROG Phone 2 specifications leak in full: 120Hz OLED screen, 5800mAh battery
Asus ROG Phone 2 specifications leak in full: 120Hz OLED screen, 5800mAh battery By Mike Lowe

The second-gen gaming phone from Asus is coming 23 July. Its specs have already been revealed, including a 120Hz OLED panel and 5800mAh battery. Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review: The slider phone has arrived, now with 5G
4.0 stars Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review: The slider phone has arrived, now with 5G By Mike Lowe

The third-gen Mi Mix brings a slider phone design to reveal its front cameras. But is the best way to battle the notch? And how good is the 5G model? Read more

What's 5G on Vodafone UK like? Here are the speeds you should expect
What's 5G on Vodafone UK like? Here are the speeds you should expect By Mike Lowe

Vodafone lent us a 5G Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 for a week to test out its 5G network in London, UK. Here's what to expect on the speed and battery fronts. Read more

Honor 9X to intro pop-up camera for affordable phone at July 23 launch event
Honor 9X to intro pop-up camera for affordable phone at July 23 launch event By Mike Lowe

The 9X is confirmed for a 23 July launch event and the latest picture suggests it'll come with a pop-up front-facing camera. Read more

Huawei P20 Pro review: 2018's camera phone king
5.0 stars Huawei P20 Pro review: 2018's camera phone king By Mike Lowe

Huawei has arguably produced the best phone of 2018 in the P20 Pro. It looks great, lasts an age per charge and the camera is a top-ranking effort. Read more

Sony A7R IV mirrorless camera makes 61-megapixel full-frame sensor a reality
Sony A7R IV mirrorless camera makes 61-megapixel full-frame sensor a reality By Mike Lowe

The world's highest resolution full-frame sensor just got announced - and it'll first appear in the Sony Alpha 7R MkIV mirrorless camera. Read more

Best camera deals for Amazon Prime Day 2019: Canon and Sony compacts, mirrorless & DSLR
Best camera deals for Amazon Prime Day 2019: Canon and Sony compacts, mirrorless & DSLR By Mike Lowe

Looking for a great deal on a new camera? Amazon Prime Day is running until midnight on 16 July with some compact, mirrorless and DSLR deals. Read more

Windows 7 support discontinued from 14 January 2020: What does it mean for me?
Windows 7 support discontinued from 14 January 2020: What does it mean for me? By Mike Lowe

It's been on many computers for a decade, but Windows 7 is hanging up its boots, letting Windows 10 and beyond replace it. Here's the overview. Read more

Huawei P30 review: A pocketable professional
4.0 stars Huawei P30 review: A pocketable professional By Mike Lowe

The smaller, leaner cousin to the P30 Pro, this 6.1-inch model brings the headphone jack back, while offering triple cameras and top performance. Read more

Sigma reveals FP: The smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera, ever
Sigma reveals FP: The smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera, ever By Mike Lowe

We knew the Leica and Panasonic alliance would bear fruit and this is Sigma's small-scale take on a full-frame mirrorless camera... Say hi to the FP. Read more

Huawei P30 Pro review: Quad camera crushes the competition
5.0 stars Huawei P30 Pro review: Quad camera crushes the competition By Mike Lowe

It's all about cameras in phones for 2019. Huawei goes one beyond with a quad camera, rethinking sensor technology and zoom altogether. Read more

Libratone Track Air+ initial review: Wireless ANC in-ears like no other
Libratone Track Air+ initial review: Wireless ANC in-ears like no other By Mike Lowe

One of first to market with true wireless in-ears with active noise-cancellation technology, the Air+ deliver ace sound at an exceptional price. Read more

Canon PowerShot G5 X II review: Pop-up viewfinder camera sets sights on Sony RX100
4.0 stars Canon PowerShot G5 X II review: Pop-up viewfinder camera sets sights on Sony RX100 By Mike Lowe

Smaller than its predecessor, with a pop-up viewfinder, this Canon, with its 1-inch sensor, is gunning for Sony RX territory. Does it succeed? Read more

Canon PowerShot G7 X III initial review: Designed for vloggers
Canon PowerShot G7 X III initial review: Designed for vloggers By Mike Lowe

The pocketable compact with large 1-inch sensor now features a microphone input - making it a niche but interesting proposition for some. Read more

Canon keeps the compacts coming: G7 X III and G5 X II bolster 1-inch sensor line-up
Canon keeps the compacts coming: G7 X III and G5 X II bolster 1-inch sensor line-up By Mike Lowe

Mid-2019 updates for the 1-inch sensor compact line-ups include new stacked sensor tech and 4K video capture. Does Canon have Sony in its sights? Read more

Honor 9X confirmed for 23 July launch - is it the mid-range phone to beat?
Honor 9X confirmed for 23 July launch - is it the mid-range phone to beat? By Mike Lowe

An official announcement from Honor on Weibo confirms the 9X is coming, but what else to expect from the phone on the 23 July launch? Read more

Asus ROG Phone 2 confirmed: Three features we'd like to see
Asus ROG Phone 2 confirmed: Three features we'd like to see By Mike Lowe

The second-generation gaming phone from Asus Republic Of Gamers is said to be around the corner. What to expect? Read more

Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT Bluetooth headphones review: Big audio sounds best at home
4.0 stars Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT Bluetooth headphones review: Big audio sounds best at home By Mike Lowe

Bluetooth version of the classic. There's no noise-cancelling, but for at-home listening these over-ears are well-priced and deliver exemplary sound. Read more

Lexus UX 250h review: Comfortable cruiser lacks next-level tech
4.0 stars Lexus UX 250h review: Comfortable cruiser lacks next-level tech By Mike Lowe

The smaller brother of the NX and RX, the Lexus UX is a well-equipped and comfortable SUV. But it ironically lacks user experience on the tech front. Read more

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 initial review: Winning the ANC crown once more
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 initial review: Winning the ANC crown once more By Mike Lowe

The all-new active noise-cancelling cans from Bose are a step above the QC35. Improved comfort, multi-level ANC and beam-form voice isolation feature. Read more

Is the hole-punch camera the replacement for the notch? Samsung S10, Honor 20 and more
Is the hole-punch camera the replacement for the notch? Samsung S10, Honor 20 and more By Mike Lowe

Is the punch-hole or hole-punch - whichever you prefer - the solution to the larger notch? With Honor, Moto, Samsung and more on board, it could be. Read more

Honor 20 review: Punching holes through its competition?
4.5 stars Honor 20 review: Punching holes through its competition? By Mike Lowe

The 2019 update of the View 20, the latest punch-hole notch sub-£400 phone from Honor has quad camera smarts, all day battery and lots of positives. Read more

Honor 20 Lite review: Savvy SIM-free purchase for those on a modest budget
4.0 stars Honor 20 Lite review: Savvy SIM-free purchase for those on a modest budget By Mike Lowe

This triple camera (wide, ultra-wide and depth) affordable phone gets a lot right - design and performance - but there's a lot of competition too. Read more

Honor 20 Pro review: Camera clout without the cost
4.0 stars Honor 20 Pro review: Camera clout without the cost By Mike Lowe

In 2019 it's all about so-called Pro handsets, with Honor's latest flagship offering a host of high-end features, including a quad camera. Read more

Testing the Fujifilm GFX100: Here's what its 102-megapixel images are like
Testing the Fujifilm GFX100: Here's what its 102-megapixel images are like By Mike Lowe

We played with the medium format GFX100. Here's what its 102-megapixel images are like, based on final production samples. Worth the £10k? Read more

Naim Mu-so 2 review: Sensational sonic sequel
5.0 stars Naim Mu-so 2 review: Sensational sonic sequel By Mike Lowe

The Mu-so sequel is here, upgrading (and up-pricing) one of the best all-in-one systems we've ever heard. So what's new and why should you buy one? Read more

The fastest-charging phone? Vivo unveils 120W, delivering 50% power in 5mins
The fastest-charging phone? Vivo unveils 120W, delivering 50% power in 5mins By Mike Lowe

The latest step up in fast-charging technology, Vivo just unveiled 120W at MWC Shanghai 2019. That's 50% in 5 minutes at the plug. That's crazy-fast. Read more

New Microsoft Surface could be foldable, dual-screen and run Android apps
New Microsoft Surface could be foldable, dual-screen and run Android apps By Mike Lowe

Expected in 2020, the new Microsoft Surface could have dual screens, be a folding device and even run Android apps using the new Windows Core OS. Read more

Best mirrorless cameras 2019: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today
Best mirrorless cameras 2019: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today By Mike Lowe

You're looking to buy a mirrorless camera - sometimes called a compact system camera (CSC) - but don't know what to go for? We have the answers. Read more

Huawei Mate X back to the drawing board? Second-gen design patent surfaces
Huawei Mate X back to the drawing board? Second-gen design patent surfaces By Mike Lowe

Will the original Mate X folding phone never come to be? Perhaps this patent sheds light onto the second-gen folding phone of the future... Read more

Lexus at 30: How luxury Japanese car brand is pursuing lifestyle future
Lexus at 30: How luxury Japanese car brand is pursuing lifestyle future By Mike Lowe

We get the inside line on Lexus in Japan, from design and production, to dealerships, concept stores and what the next 30 years may hold. Read more

Riding the Skoda Klement: Is this electric two-wheeler the future of city mobility?
Riding the Skoda Klement: Is this electric two-wheeler the future of city mobility? By Mike Lowe

Announced at Geneva 2019, we got to ride this two-wheel electric mobility concept made real - not e-bike - around Prague. Here are out thoughts. Read more

'Nikon Z9' pro-spec mirrorless camera confirmed: Five features we'd like to see
'Nikon Z9' pro-spec mirrorless camera confirmed: Five features we'd like to see By Mike Lowe

Nikon president confirms a pro-spec Z series mirrorless camera is coming - expected to be a 'Z9' - but when is it due and what should it feature? Read more

Best noise-cancelling (ANC) headphones 2019 for blocking out external sound
Best noise-cancelling (ANC) headphones 2019 for blocking out external sound By Mike Lowe

These are the best noise-cancelling headphones, noise blocking earbuds and wireless earphones to block out external sound. Read more

BMW teases next-gen i8 through Vision M Next abstract images
BMW teases next-gen i8 through Vision M Next abstract images By Mike Lowe

Is this a glimpse of the next-generation BMW i8's details and colour work? The Vision M Next will be revealed in full late June 2019... Read more

A closing book for folding phones: Why Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X aren't ready
A closing book for folding phones: Why Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X aren't ready By Mike Lowe

We love future tech, but folding phones look to be a step ahead of their time. Here's why the Samsung Galaxy Fold & Huawei Mate X are dead... for now. Read more

Garmin Marq in pictures: Captain, Aviator, Driver, Expedition and Athlete watches explored
Garmin Marq in pictures: Captain, Aviator, Driver, Expedition and Athlete watches explored By Mike Lowe

Garmin's extra top-end series, Marq, comes in five forms. Here's what they look like in reality, how they differ and why you'd buy one... Read more

The best of CES Asia 2019: Cars rule at China's tech show
The best of CES Asia 2019: Cars rule at China's tech show By Mike Lowe

The 5th CES Asia expo took place in Shanghai, China, from 11-13 June 2019. Automotive tech ruled the show floor. Here are our trends and takeaways. Read more

Motorola Moto One Vision review: A long shot that pays off
4.0 stars Motorola Moto One Vision review: A long shot that pays off By Mike Lowe

Motorola is gunning to be the mid-range champ, the second-gen One bringing 48MP camera smarts, AI and a Sony Xperia-beating price tag to attract. Read more

Bethesda E3 2019 game trailers: Deathloop, Doom Eternal and more
Bethesda E3 2019 game trailers: Deathloop, Doom Eternal and more By Mike Lowe

Bethesda's E3 2019 conference revealed a variety of brand new games and sequels, here are the trailers and what to expect from 2019 and beyond. Read more

EA E3 2019 game trailers: Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, FIFA 20 and more
EA E3 2019 game trailers: Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, FIFA 20 and more By Mike Lowe

Electronic Arts' E3 2019 revealed a variety of new games and sequels, here are the trailers and what to expect in 2019 and beyond. Read more

Audi A1 Sportback (2019) review: A fancy first car?
4.0 stars Audi A1 Sportback (2019) review: A fancy first car? By Mike Lowe

The 'affordable' entry point to Audi's range is the A1. It's got tech options aplenty and is great as a result - but pricey given the competition. Read more

Best Bluetooth headphones 2019: Top on-ear or over-ear wireless headphones
Best Bluetooth headphones 2019: Top on-ear or over-ear wireless headphones By Mike Lowe

Here's our pick of the best Bluetooth headphones available to buy today. All the best on-ear or over-ear wireless headphones we've seen in one place. Read more

Best compact cameras 2019: The best point-and-shoot-cameras available to buy today
Best compact cameras 2019: The best point-and-shoot-cameras available to buy today By Mike Lowe

Our guide to the best compact cameras and the top point-and-shoots available. The very best small cameras for your money if you don't want a system. Read more

Google Stadia Connect presentation: Watch it right here
Google Stadia Connect presentation: Watch it right here By Mike Lowe

Google is hosting its first Stadia Connect presentation for its new streaming gaming service. Here's how to watch it live or catch-up after the show. Read more

Sega Mega Drive Mini games, price and release date: Everything you need to know about the Genesis Mini
Sega Mega Drive Mini games, price and release date: Everything you need to know about the Genesis Mini By Mike Lowe

The Sega Mega Drive Mini (Genesis Mini for North America) will release in September 2019 with 42 titles. Here's what we know so far. Read more

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