The world of tech was pretty exciting in 2016, and several of the trends we’ve seen seem set to continue through ’17. Among other things, we can look forward to a new iPhone, as well as the new Nintendo gaming console (actually launching today). This is going to be a good year for gadgets; and just in case you’ve been living in a cave for the past decade, we present a list of the must-see items that are going to be released in the coming months.
The quintessential tech company wowed us with Google Glass; which is admittedly a tough act to follow. Enter the Watch, featuring excellent aesthetic design, an advanced user interface and functionality we’ve never seen before. This is going to be the watch that other Android watches want to be.
Horizon Zero Dawn:
While every year sees the release of yet another RPG game that claims to be the best thing since indoor plumbing, Guerrilla Games will be trying to top the standards they set with their Killzone series. Published by Sony Interactive, we can expect some excellent graphics overlying an exciting concept.
Intel Kaby Lake 7th Generation Core Processors:
The answer to the prayers of every hardcore gamer and video editing junkie, this new piece of kit will feature inherent support for Thunderbolt 3, Windows Hello video cameras, 4I video playback, HDCP 2.2 support, HDMI 2.2 support and 10-Bit HEVC video decoding. Worth buying a new motherboard for.
Samsung Galaxy S8 & Galaxy S8 Plus:
This company is hungry to come back from the blow its reputation suffered last year – among all the features users expect from a top brand, self-immolation is one of the least desirable. They will be clawing back market share in 2017 by offering the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus that boast the Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB RAM, USB-C Audio, Harman Kardon Stereo Speaker, dual rear cameras and a fingerprint scanner.
Apple iPad Pro 7.9:
We’re a little past being giddy with excitement when it comes to every new tablet release, but we’ll be watching the March release of the iPad Pro 7.9 with great interest. It will not shake up the entire tech landscape as far as design goes, but it’s definitely going to be feature-rich and high-performance.
Powered by a Nvidia Tegra Processor, and incorporating a 6.2-inch 720p touchscreen and a GeForce Gaming graphic chipset, this is a product that will give players their money’s worth. It also redefines digital gaming: is it a handheld console, or meant to plug into an HD TV? Well, either or both.
Surface Pro 5:
As far as high-grade laptops are concerned, the Surface Pro 5 with its Kaby Lake processor is one of the most anticipated products of the year. Selling for around £749, people who want to get some serious work done will want nothing less. Students, in particular, can benefit from this gear.
Some of us have real needs for new technology, while others just want to get their hands on whatever is the shiniest new thing. Either way, this is going to be a good year for gadgets – budget accordingly!