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Best new tech coming in 2017


NewsHubCapcom is reinventing its venerable horror franchise with its latest entry, which is switching to first-person and stripping back combat to amp up the terror. The playable demo alone was just about the scariest game released in 2016, so we can only imagine the full thing will be a lot tougher going. Oh, and it’s going to be compatible with PlayStation VR too, to amp it up even further.
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Kaby Lake is Intel’s newest generation of processors for destkops and laptops. Intel has confirmed they support Thunderbolt 3 and the special cameras used for Windows Hello. Also expect expanded capabilities for 4K video playback, HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 support, as well as the ability to decode 10-bit HEVC videos.
Kaby Lake will be compatible with the existing 100-series chipsets, so it’ll be an easy upgrade from Skylake, assuming manufacturers provide BIOS updates for the new chips. However, whether it will be a worthwhile upgrade is still to be confirmed.
Read more about Intel Kaby Lake here.
LG is rumoured to ditch its modular design for the G6 and potentially adopt a new glass front and rear. In common with the Samsung Galaxy S-series with which it competes it is likely to feature fast wireless charging and see a processor and graphics bump to ready the phone for VR.
One of the most interesting rumours about the LG G6 is that it will feature a new type of iris scanner that uses the same sensor as the phone’s front camera, a space- and cost-saving measure that is made possible through use of a special filter.
Read more about the upcoming LG G6 here
Bezel-less, curved-edge displays are about to become the norm for the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. With a lot to make up for in the wake of the discontinued Galaxy Note 7, Samsung will go all out on its upcoming flagship smartphones.
Expect a Snapdragon 835 processor with up to 8GB of RAM, Harman Kardon stereo speakers, new USB-C audio (bye-bye headphone jack), a fingerprint scanner integrated to the screen and new dual-cameras at the rear. Wow.
Read more about the upcoming Galaxy S8 & Galaxy S8 Plus
Samsung’s premium Tab S line is among the very best tablets you can buy, and better than anything else we’ve seen in the Android world. We’re expecting great things from the next update to the line-up, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. According to Sammobile that should be in Q1 2017.
We’ll more than likely see two Tab S3 models, with a compact model measuring around 8in, and a larger-screened tablet around 9.7in. Rumours abound that we could see a Samsung Galaxy Tab S Edge, borrowing from the curved-edge design of the Galaxy S7 edge. However, while a glass-rear tablet would be interesting, sketches of the Tab S3 found at the FCC suggest the design will be remarkably similar to that of the Tab S2.
Whatever the Tab S3 is called, you can bet your last pound on the fact it will have a high-resolution display and way more power than anyone really needs. The Tab S3 is expected to feature a 1536×2048-pixel screen and Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Cameras are likely to be 8Mp at the back and 2Mp at the front. Following on from the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, we’d expect it to stick with a Micro-USB port for charging the internal battery, which is alleged to be 4,000mAh in the Tab S3 8in and 5870mAh in the Tab S3 9.7in.
Read more about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 here
Google is tipped to be working on a smartwatch to be announced alongside its Android Wear 2.0 update in early 2017. Actually, make that two watches, codenamed Angelfish and Swordfish.
Angelfish, the more premium of the two, bears some resemblance to the Moto 360 – without the flat tyre, of course. The smartwatch apparently features visible lugs with a smooth housing that curves where the watch strap meets the body of the device, giving it a smoother (and more premium, we imagine) look and feel when compared to the angular lugs and multi-piece design of watches like the LG Urbane LTE.
Angelfish is said to feature a large crown button on the right hand side of the body with two circular buttons accompanying it, one above and one below. The purpose of these buttons is unclear at this time, but we speculate that users will be able to set up custom shortcuts to popular apps and so on.
Read more about the Google Watch here
We’re really excited about Horizon Zero Dawn, an upcoming PlayStation exclusive from Guerrila Games. It’s set 1,000 years into the future, when robotic creatures have taken over the planet. You’ll play as bow-yielding heroine Aloy as she hunts the creatures and uses their machine parts to her advantage.
Read more about Horizon Zero Dawn here
T om Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is the first military shooter set in a massive and responsive open world, according to Ubisoft. It’s set in Bolivia, a few years from now where the country has become the largest cocaine producer in the world. It makes a nice change from previous Tom Clancy games like Advanced Warfighter or Future Soldier that take place in the more distant future.
The game is set in a huge and responsive open world, and is actually the first game to offer an open world with nine varying types of terrain, including mountains and deserts, and also includes its own dynamic weather system and day-night cycle.

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