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Upcoming Nokia 8 flagship with Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB RAM and 24MP camera leaked

“The Nokia 8 will come in two variants – one with a Snapdragon 835 SoC, and the other with a Snapdragon 821”

HMD Global sent out invites yesterday for a press event at MWC on February 26th, where the brand is believed to unveil its new Nokia-branded Android smartphones. Now a couple of weeks ahead of the event, the company’s new flagship, allegedly dubbed the Nokia 8, has been leaked. Apparently, Qualcomm showcased the Nokia 8 flagship at CES. The chip maker asked people to not to take photos of the device, but someone managed to shoot a video of the phone.

The source suggests that the Nokia 8 will come in two variants – one with a Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB of RAM, and the other with a Snapdragon 821 SoC and 4GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 835 SoC-powered edition of the phone will feature a massive 24-megapixel rear camera with OIS and EIS, a 12MP selfie shooter, and dual front-firing speakers. There’s no word on the camera specs of the Snapdragon 821 edition of the phone.

The leak shows both variants of the Nokia 8 side by side with their camera app open. The 24MP sensor of the Snapdragon 835-powered variant of the phone with OIS and EIS displays a high level of stabilisation even while shaking. The device is expected to feature Carl Zeiss optics, and its prototype appears to have a small rectangle with HRM written over it, which suggests a heart rate monitor. We will have official details next month, so stay tuned.

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HTC U Play with 5.2-inch display reportedly launching alongside U Ultra on January 12th

“The U Play will reportedly not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack and will deliver audio via a USB Type-C port”

HTC is expected to launch a new flagship phablet allegedly dubbed the U Ultra at its “For U” event, which is scheduled for January 12th. Now popular gadget tipster @OnLeaks suggests that the brand has another smartphone in the new U series, which will launch as the HTC U Play. It will allegedly be a smaller sibling of the U Ultra, and is also expected to launch on January 12th.

The tipster suggests that the HTC U Play (codenamed Alpine) will feature a 5.2-inch display of unknown resolution. It will also skip the 3.5mm headphone jack in favour of delivering the audio via a USB Type-C port. Unfortunately, the tipster didn’t reveal any other features of the U Play. Previous reports suggest that it will feature a dual-curved screen.

As far as the HTC U Ultra is concerned, it will allegedly feature a large 6-inch display, and will also not ship with a 3.5mm headphone jack. No other details regarding the U Ultra also available as of now. However, we will find them out in just a couple of days, so stay tuned.

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Alleged image of Samsung Galaxy S8 leaked, launch date pegged for April 18th

“The Galaxy S8 edge will feature narrow bezels on the top and bottom of the display”

Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S8, has been the subject of a number of leaks and reports recently. A recent rumour had suggested that the Galaxy S8 will offer a Windows Continuum-like desktop experience. Now an alleged live image of the Samsung Galaxy S8 edge variant has been leaked. In addition, a report out of South Korea has revealed the purported launch date of the phone as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 edge’s design seen in this image is in line with the earlier reports. The phone appears to have a dual-curved display, with narrow bezels on top and bottom of the screen. There’s no home button on the device, which suggests that the brand may have placed the fingerprint sensor at the rear. Unfortunately, the source hasn’t provided any images of the rear of the phone. There’s no way to confirm the authenticity of the image though.

Additonally, a report from Samsung’s home market of South Korea citing industry insiders claims that the Galaxy S8 will be unveiled at an event in New York City on April 18th. The brand is expected to launch two variants of the phone – one with a flat screen and one with a curved display – just like its predecessor.

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CES 2017: HP introduces new EliteBook x360 and Spectre x360 convertibles

“The EliteBook x360 is being touted as the world’s slimmest business convertible”

HP has kicked off its CES journey with the launch of a couple of convertibles – the EliteBook x360 and Spectre x360. Similar to their predecessors, the new convertibles also sport 360-degree rotatable hinges, which allow them to be used in several modes like laptop, tablet, stand, and tent. The brand is touting the EliteBook X360 as the world’s slimmest business convertible, and adds that it sports the longest battery life in a convertible – up to 16 hours and 30 minutes.

The HP EliteBook x360 sports a CNC aluminium unibody frame, and is designed to pass twelve MIL-STD 810G tests. It features up to a 13.3-inch UWVA UHD display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. The device offers up to an Intel Core i7 processor with Intel HD Graphics 620, 16GB of RAM, up to 360GB of SSD storage, and up to Windows 10 Pro 64. The convertible comes with optional NFC, one USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt, an IR camera for Windows Hello, a fingerprint sensor, and HP Active Pen stylus support.

The new HP Spectre x360 flaunts longer battery life – from 9.5 hours to 12.75 hours compared to its predecessor. The convertible offers a nearly borderless 15.6-inch 4K display. It comes with a 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of solid state storage. The device features NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics with 2GB of dedicated video memory. It comes with dual Bang & Olufsen speakers, infrared webcam with Windows Hello support, HP fast charge, and a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt.

The HP EliteBook x360 will be available by the end of this month, but there’s no word regarding its pricing at the moment. The Spectre x360 will go on pre-order in the US on January 3rd at the starting price of $1,499,

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Samsung’s first foldable smartphone to reportedly launch in Q3-Q4 this year

“Samsung’s foldable phone will sport a hinge, which will allow it to be folded like a wallet”

Several reports last year had suggested that Samsung would be launching its first smartphone with a foldable display sometime in 2017. The phone is reportedly codenamed Project Valley, and might be launched under the name Galaxy X. Now a new rumour out of China suggests that the company will unveil its first foldable smartphones in the third or fourth quarter of this year.

The rumour came in the form of a post on Weibo (Chinese equivalent of Twitter). It gives a time-frame of the launch, but doesn’t provide an exact date or month. There aren’t many details about the alleged Samsung Galaxy X are available at the moment. However, a couple of recent patent applications by the brand gave us a glimpse of the possible design.

The patent applications suggest that Samsung’s foldable smartphone will feature a hinge, which will allow its display to be folded like a wallet. The phone is expected to arrive with various biometric security options like fingers, face, and palm, among others.

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How to dive into that New Year’s Resolution to get started with VR

Virtual reality effectively ‘arrived’ in 2016, with the launch of Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, the first two consumer VR headsets that truly delivered an experience that most would find not only tolerable, but actually enjoyable.

But consumer VR’s splashy debut in 2016 did not result in something that was immediately affordable, available, or indeed appealing to many, so it’s no surprise if you’ve been standing back and waiting for a time to jump in.

Now might just be the time; a confluence of factors, including a lot of great software that eschews mistakes made by early movers, as well as dramatic decreases in the cost of entry for VR-capable computers, have made it a good time to get onboard the virtual train. Here’s a guide to one way to get started that should give you the most mileage for your dollar, while also making sure you’re not missing out on the best VR experiences currently on offer.

The Rig

Your PC is potentially the most frustrating thing to get right, because there are a lot of options out there for Windows machines that can power VR headsets, along with the option to roll your own. I’d suggest that novices go for something that can get you gaming right away, with a minimum of fuss, but with room to grow if you find you want to invest the time and money later on.

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That’s why I recommend one of CyberPower PC’s pre-built rigs. The one that hits the sweet spot in terms of value for money right now is the CyberPower Gamer Ultra Desktop series with AMD Radeon RX 480 GPU. It’s a minimalist approach that strips out all the unnecessary frills and focuses on the components that are most important to a smooth VR experience, centering on that AMD graphics card.

It’s expandable if you still want to beef it up later, and it retails for just $699.99, which makes it about half the price of what a decent VR-capable PC would cost you when Rift and Vive launched. Plus, in my experience it doesn’t choke on any VR games, and I’ve played a wide range.

The Headset

I’ve gone back and forth on this, and it’ll depend on your personal preferences, too, but now that Oculus Touch has arrived, I’d recommend getting the Oculus Rift to start. The Rift provides better visuals in my opinion, setup and game space requirements are simpler, and it has a better library of titles currently available, between Oculus exclusives and the wide variety of SteamVR content that supports both Rift and Vive.

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The Rift is also more comfortable to wear, and its built-in headphones, while not the best available, are incredibly easy to use and avoid additional cord complications. Setting up sensors is also easier, and you can choose to start with just the basic Rift if you need to budget the Touch controllers for later. It’s true that you only get room scale-VR experimentally with a third sensor with Rift, but in practice, you won’t notice much of a difference between Oculus with two sensors and Vive’s true room-scale experience.

The Accessories

As mentioned, the Oculus Touch controllers really add a lot to the overall VR experience, and prove more fun and more immersive in practice than the Vive Controllers. They’re more lightweight, and also just seem to better represent the act of actually using your hands in a virtual environment, perhaps because of the focus on simulating grip on objects.

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Oculus Touch took a long time to ship, and that gave Vive an early edge, but if you’re looking to jump into VR at this point, they’re a much better introduction to interacting with objects that aren’t really there, and developers have done amazing things early on with the accessories to make picking them up worthwhile.

The Software

There’s enough software out their for Rift that it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start. Oculus has created starter bundles that prove a good jumping off point, but if you want to pick up just a few things to get your feet wet, I’d recommend SUPERHOT VR, Oculus Medium, Space Pirate Trainer, Virtual Desktop and The Climb to start.

The games here really show off what the Oculus Touch can bring to the table, but if your’e holding off on picking that up, try Ocean Rift and Lucky’s Tale (which ships with the Rift for free) to start. When you do pick up Touch, SUPERHOT VR is a must-play; it’s the first VR game that actually got me feeling physically engaged in a game in a way that felt really natural, and it has a super clever design in terms of getting around the limitations of in-place use of VR.

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Virtual Desktop is a must because it gives you a sense of what it might be like to use VR for everyday computing tasks. There are some things that are not ideal when using it (basically you have to be a touch typist), but it’s astounding how natural a lot of the interaction is. It’s also pretty inexpensive if you’re wallet’s hurting from getting set up to begin with.

2017 is VR’s sophomore year

2016 might’ve been the year consumer VR finally made it to store shelves in a significant way, but 2017 will see a lot of refinement come to VR experiences, and it’s already evident from the progress made since the beginning that this is probably the time for most tech-savvy folks to take the plunge. Building a VR system that respects your wallet is still a tough task, but using the guide above will get your foot in the door with as little budgetary outlay as possible, without any significant compromises.

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New technology for 2017: all the PC gear to look out for this year

This year could represent possibly the most exciting twelve months of technology we’ve ever had. There are rumblings in the tech world that something we’ve not had for a while is coming back to the PC hardware industry – genuine competition.

To see what the landscape is looking like right now check out our comprehensive hardware guides for what’s hot in PC gaming tech.

Nvidia and Intel are the current dominant names in PC technology, ruling the roost when it comes to graphics cards and processors respectively. It’s a hegemony that’s been in place for years, but there is the very real possibility that it could be upset this year with the AMD underdog promising competition on both CPU and GPU fronts.

Click on the quick links below to jump to the tech that takes your fancy.

  • 2017 Graphics cards: AMD Vega and Nvidia’s 1080 Ti

  • 2017 Motherboards: Intel’s 200-series and AMDs AM4

  • 2017 SSDs: Intel Optane to rule the roost?

  • 2017 Virtual reality: Vive 2.0’s wishful wireless thinking

  • 2017 Gaming monitors: OLED, HDR and Super IPS

  • 2017 Windows: Microsoft’s getting creative

2017 CPUs: Kaby Lake, Ryzen and all the cores

Intel Kaby Lake CPUs

This is where things are going to get real interesting real soon. We’re expecting 2017 to kick off with Intel and AMD going head-to-head on the tech front, both releasing new CPUs almost as soon as January rolls around.

Starting with Intel, they will be launching the desktop version of their Kaby Lake architecture, the 6th generation of their Core CPUs. Kaby Lake is the optimisation of their 14nm Skylake processor design, the third generation of chips built on their 14nm node. It’s expected to deliver higher out-of-the-box clockspeeds and improved overclocking potential, but not really a lot else, certainly little reason to upgrade from Skylake anyways.

That said, one thing Kaby Lake will be bringing is the first K-series i3 processor. The Core i3 7350K is a dual-core, four-thread processor with an unlocked multiplier and a 4.2GHz initial Turbo clockspeed. If Kaby Lake can deliver on its promise of higher overclocking performance it could be the ultimate budget gaming CPU.

Though AMD might have something to say about that in 2017 too. It’s a massive year for Team Red because we’ll finally see the first fruits of their Zen CPU labour. Kicking off with the octo-core Ryzen (formerly known as Summit Ridge) processors, they represent the first new CPU architecture from AMD in around five years, five years that haven’t been particularly kind to the processor side of the business. AMD could only really compete on price, not performance after betting the farm on a heavily multithreaded future that never materialised. And even then, as their CPU tech has gotten further and further out of date, the budget side of the business has tailed off too.

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But Zen, and in particular the first Ryzen iteration, is set to change that, with the potential to offer CPU performance to compete with Intel’s eight-core behemoths for around half the price. Not only that, but they are set to offer both six-core, 12-thread versions as well as cheaper quad-core, eight-thread chips at the budget end of the range.

AMD are also going to bring the power of Zen to bear upon their APU range too. The Raven Ridge processors are going to use the four-core, eight-thread variant of the Zen architecture and pair it with a Vega-powered GPU core. Vega is AMD’s next graphics architecture, also out this year, and with a touted 1024 Vega GCN cores inside it early estimates are putting this single chip at PS4 levels of performance. That could make for a tasty little mini PC…

But Intel won’t be sitting on their laurels, letting AMD back into the CPU race without a fight. 2017 will see Intel matching up their standard and high-end desktop processors ranges with both the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X chips landing around August-September time, though some sources claim a potential launch around Gamescom. These will replace the Broadwell-E processors with the first high-performance 14nm CPU architecture Intel have produced.

We’re still not 100% sure how things are going to shake out with both Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors appearing at the same time, but it looks like the former will be comprised of 6,8 and 10-core HyperThreaded CPUs with the latter sporting a solitary quad-core, eight-thread version.

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2017 Graphics cards: AMD Vega and Nvidia’s 1080 Ti

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

Just as AMD are fighting back against Intel on the CPU front they are taking the graphics card fight to Nvidia this year too. 2016’s Polaris architecture was meant to bring a bit of competition back to the graphics game, and to a certain extent it did succeed. But while AMD’s mid-range cards proved a match for Nvidia’s, especially with the modern DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs, the green team still had the outright fastest, most powerful GPUs around.

That could all change when AMD’s new Vega GPU architecture arrives early this year. Expected to be able to compete at least with the GTX 1080, the inaugural Vega 10 chip will arrive sporting 8GB of high performance second generation high bandwidth memory (HBM2). That’s the one spotted at an AMD event late last year, shown alongside the Ryzen CPU running Star Wars Battlefront’s Rogue One DLC at 60fps in 4K. But there are also rumours of a 16GB version, and that could be the super high-end AMD graphics card Radeon gamers have long been craving.

Alongside the Vega-based graphics cards will be a set of cards using refreshed Polaris GPUs. We’ve seen new GPU names appear in a recent Mac driver which could potentially form the basis of AMD’s next-gen 500-series mid-range and budget graphics cards.

AMD Vega GPU running Rogue One in 4K

Before any of that though Nvidia will be releasing the GTX 1080 Ti. That’s likely to be the go-to 4K GPU of choice when it launches, and we expect that to be early this year, potentially with Jen-Hsun Huang announcing it at his CES keynote on January 4. Not long to wait to see if he does…

The GTX 1080 Ti is set to bring the GP102 silicon of the latest GTX Titan X down into a more affordable price point, though don’t expect it to be that affordable… We’re expecting some 3,328 CUDA cores compared with the 3,584 in the Titan X, but with a higher base and boost clockspeed (as well as probable overclocked SKUs likely to appear post-launch) I wouldn’t be surprised to see the GTX 1080 Ti out-performing its older sibling.

After the big early year launch we may well see Nvidia pushing out a refreshed line of Pascal-based cards throughout 2017. If AMD’s Vega GPUs start to encroach on Nvidia’s market share then I would expect that to happen sooner rather than later. There are rumours of more GP102-based cards to follow the GTX 1080 Ti as well as a refresh of the GTX 1070 and 1060 cards with GDDR5X memory to bring them into line with the GTX Titan X and GTX 1080.

It’s also possible that the Samsung 14nm lithography used for the GP107 chips in the GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti cards might be brought to bear on any refreshed spins of the GP104 or GP106 GPUs.

But what of Nvidia’s next generation of graphics architecture? Volta, for that is the name of the beast, may make some sort of appearance this year, with some predicting a May unveiling of the new design at Nvidia’s GTC event. The high-end, supercomputing version of Volta might get an airing at the show, but we still wouldn’t expect consumer versions of the new architecture to appear before 2018 rolls around.

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2017 Motherboards: Intel’s 200-series and AMDs AM4

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Motherboards are the unsung heros of your PC. I don’t care who many threads your CPU has, how expensive your graphics card is or how quickly your SSD can read files, it don’t mean squat if your motherboard isn’t up to scratch. This year is going to see the introduction of no less than three new, high-end motherboard platforms with Intel kicking things off in January alongside their Kaby Lake CPUs.

The new Z270 motherboards aren’t expected to bring too much to the table compared with their socket-matched Z170 progenitors, though we do anticipate a little performance boost thanks to the more mature overall design. The Z270 boards have also been designed with a view towards the rise in PCIe-based SSDs and have increased the number of PCIe 3.0 lanes on board from 20 to 24. They’re also coming with support for Intel’s new Optane SSDs, a technology based on a partnership between Micron and Intel to create a step-change in memory storage performance. Intel are also producing H270 and B250 boards for the Kaby Lake CPU generation again as a direct replacements for the existing 100-series offerings.

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There will also be another 200-series motherboard chipset rolling around later this year, the X299. As you can probably guess the X299 is the generational successor to the old X99 motherboard and is going to be the supporting platform for the new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors which will release around August-September next year. All we really know about the X299 at the moment is that the chipset will come with a new socket with another 55 extra pins, the LGA 2066. Other than that we expect it will come with a host of PCIe lanes, lots of M.2 connections and quad-channel DDR4 memory support.

On the opposite side of the CPU divide are AMD with their brand new AM4 motherboards. The 1,331 pin AM4 socket will represent the marrying of both their CPU and APU designs into one unified platform. It gives AMD users a far more varied platform meaning anything from a quad-core Bristol Ridge APU to an octo-core Ryzen CPU can drop into exactly the same motherboard.

That doesn’t mean there is any less choice in boards though as AMD is reportedly adding in three new chipsets for the AM4 socket: the high-end X370, mainstream B350 and entry-level A320. These should be roughly analogous to Intel’s Z270, H270 and B250 chipsets for Kaby Lake.

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2017 SSDs: Intel Optane to rule the roost?

Intel 3D XPoint / Optane

The big news for this year in terms of SSD will be the appearance of Intel’s Optane SSDs. The Optane drives use a new type of memory, called 3D XPoint, which was designed in collaboration with Micron. 3D Xpoint memory promises a holy trinity of 10x lower latency, 3x higher write endurance and 4x more writes per second and is coming in both storage and system memory forms.

Initially we’ll only see it in SSDs with Intel’s Kaby Lake the first platform to support it, but there is the promise that Optane will introduce a system where your machine will be able to see the system memory as a combination of RAM and Optane SSD. That will allow memory intensive tasks to grab SSD memory to use a system memory.

Realistically that’s not going to be a massive help in gaming, but if you like yourself some big ol’ databases then it could be kind of exciting… in a not-at-all-exciting way.

New Samsung SSDs for 2017

The low-hanging fruit of standard SSDs seems to have been plundered already so I’m not expecting big shifts in read/write performance even from NVMe-based drives. We’ll probably see a new Samsung SSD arriving in a October-November time frame alongside their annual SSD Global Summit event in Korea. Rivals Micron, with their Crucial consumer brand, cancelled the Ballistix TX3 PCIe SSD last year, but I would still expect to see a Micron-based M.2 drive appear some time in 2017.

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2017 Virtual reality: Vive 2.0’s wishful wireless

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There are some optimistic rumours that HTC will display their Vive 2.0 headset at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. HTC have confirmed they are working on a second generation Vive, but I think a January unveiling of a brand new headset might be a little premature, though potentially an improved Vive may still appear this year.

What are we likely to get with the Vive 2.0? I would guess at wireless tracking for a starter. Quark VR have said they have been working with HTC and Valve on a wireless prototype which replaces the wires or the Vive, and TPCast have been doing pre-orders on their version, so if we get anything appearing at CES it will probably be the same device but with wireless connectivity.

Other speculation has the Vive 2.0 headset coming with a different form of lighthouse tracking to facilitate its room-scale VR experience. There have been a few complaints about how tricky it can be to set up the current sensors, so a streamlined option would be welcome.

Are we going to get higher resolution screens? As much as I’d love to say ‘yeah, don’t worry, we’ll have 4K per eye running at 120Hz’ that’s just not realistic in the next twelve months. We don’t have, or expect to have, the GPUs readily available that could power such a device. Even a machine running twin Vega GPUs, with one card rendereing per eye, would have a hard time getting that going.

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We’re not expecting a second generation Oculus Rift next year though. This time last year Oculus founder, Palmer Luckey, explained in a Reddit AMA that the first generation Rift would have a lifespan “somewhere between a console and a mobile phone, much closer to a mobile phone.” That would likely peg a 2018 release for a Rift 2.0.

Microsoft and Intel though are looking to make virtual reality mainstream this year with their Project Evo collaboration. Project Evo is a plan to produce a range of affordable PCs that can cope with VR and gaming (though not necessarily both). They’re anticipating headsets, using either virtual or mixed reality, from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo this year, with Microsoft’s HoloLens getting more availability to developers too.

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2017 Gaming monitors: OLED, HDR and Super IPS

LG HDR 4K monitor

This year could see the first OLED gaming monitors hitting our desks. Maybe. We’ll at least see standard OLED monitors, but how good they’ll turn out to be for gaming is still up in the air. I have plugged my desktop rig into a 55-inch LG OLED I borrowed a while back, and that was a quite stunning experience, even just playing Fallout 4 on it.

The long-awaited 30-inch Dell UP3017Q was the first OLED monitor to be announced and promises a 120Hz refresh rate to go along with its 3840 x 2160 native resolution. It was first shown off at CES last year and has still to hit the market. Fingers crossed it will do this year. And fingers crossed LG decide to up their monitor game too and deliver us some more OLED screens.

OLED isn’t the only new screen tech which could potentially arrive on our desktops this year, Panasonic have been developing a new type of IPS panel which could rival OLED for image quality. It promises 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 1,000nits peak brightness and almost the same perfect blacks of OLED displays. Early samples are meant to be appearing this January, but whether that will translate into actual retail monitors later on in 2017 we just don’t know.

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Elsewhere you can bet the refresh rate rat race is going to carry on apace. Asus are working on releasing a 240Hz gaming screen this year and I expect some manufacturer’s going to faux up some 300Hz screen using a heady mix of marketing bull and creative license.

You will also be seeing a lot more HDR-ready monitors over the course of the next 12 months too. LG have recently announced they will be showing off their own 32-inch HDR 4K IPS monitor at CES, supporting the HDR 10 standard, and you can bet they won’t be the only ones out in Las Vegas eager to jump on the HDR bandwagon. We are still waiting on HDR patches for games to make them at all relevant, but fingers crossed that will be happening this year too. Or HDR monitors are going to be a complete waste of time…

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2017 Windows: Microsoft are getting creative

Groove Music Maker

There’s a new version of the Windows operating system coming this year. Exciting, no? Is it Windows 11? Have they needed to skip that number due to it being a horrendously offensive numeral in Chad and gone straight for Windows 12? Nope, it’s still Windows 10, just with a new update.

Windows 10 is set to be the final version of Microsoft’s OS. Yeah, they think they’ve finally cracked it. From now on there will only be incremental updates as they try and move towards an approach of Windows being more of a service than a product.

The next of these incremental changes is the Creators Update and is due to drop this Spring. MS Paint is getting a major overhaul and you’ll now be able to create bad 3D models in the basic software as well as bad 2D drawings. And, speaking of three dimensions, the Creators Update is also going to be the version of the OS which supports the coming dawn of Microsoft’s virtual and mixed reality ecosystems.

If you’re more aurally fixated then the Groove Music Maker app might suit you better. It looks like a really basic drag and drop music creation tool, optimised for touch. But at least it’ll be free, eh?

The Edge browser (you know, behind that other ‘e’ icon you never click on because you’re still using Chrome) is also getting an update too with some tab preview feature. But if a tab previews in a browser and no one is around to see it, does it make a difference?

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