AeroMobil flying car, Tesla electric car for the mass market, iPhone 8 out of glass, the Galaxy S8 with “unlimited” screen, the first “exemplary” Windows smartphone, new clock on Android Wear 2.0, ultra-realistic AR glasses Magic Leap, and hybrid Nintendo console Switch. These and other device News.Hi-tech has included in the list of the most anticipated tech products of the year.
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The new model “iPhone”, scheduled for release in the fall of next year, will affect large-scale redesign. In 2017, when Apple will mark ten years will be three models: with a screen of 4.7 and 5.5 inch and one 5 inch – at least if you believe circulating in the Internet rumors. The latest and most expensive version, according to the authoritative KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, will complement a curved OLED screen.
Jubilee “the iPhone” tipped a lot of innovation. Presumably, the smartphone will be the glass not only the front but also the back cover, which are fastened together with a metal frame. Glass for new i-devices will put two Chinese companies — Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology.
The screen of iPhone 8 will extend from edge to edge, so the space for the key “Home”, which was an essential attribute of “iPhone” in 2007, simply will not. It will be replaced by a virtual button built into the panel. Also, probably, the i-device will employ the new dual camera module, “capability for 3D photography”.
In addition, the PPC, all the “iPhones” in 2017 we will have built-in support for wireless charging. Charging “on the air” will supposedly speed up iPhone glass cover 8, not blocking electromagnetic waves.
Samsung because of the fiasco with the “exploding” phablets Galaxy Note7 finished the year a failure. The scandal significantly tarnished the company’s image, so in the coming year, the Koreans have no right for mistake. The task of restoring reputation will be assigned to the flagship model Galaxy S8, the successor of best Android smartphone of the first half of 2016.
It is expected that the Galaxy S8 will be shown at the February exhibition MWC in Barcelona and the flagship will arrive in March—April. He tipped the AMOLED screen of 5.1 and 5.5″, the Exynos chip of its own design Samsung, camera with two lenses, support “long-range” Bluetooth 5.0 , and an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The most expensive configuration of the device, presumably, will include six gigabytes of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage.
There are also reports that Samsung will copy two major drawbacks of the iPhone 7: your smartphone will lose the analog audio connector and a mechanical button “Home”. And one of the main “chips” Galaxy S8 will be the availability of a new virtual assistant Viv, who is able to answer questions with complex wording and to connect to third-party systems to purchase goods, transfer money, reservations, taxi, etc.
The new iPad
Anonymous sources claim that in 2017 will release not only the three iPhones, but three iPads. The announcement of new products could take place in March at the spring Apple press conference. According to the aforementioned analyst Kuo, in the coming year, the series added three models: the “budget” 9.7-inch iPad, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and another Pro with a screen size of 10.5″.
Information about the appearance of 10.5-inch “iPad” also confirm the sources of the industry publication DigiTimes. The device is intended for “educational and commercial institutions” will get the CPU A10X and its production is allegedly already started this month.
The intention of Apple to expand the model range of “iPads” associated with the fact that the tablets with a screen more than 10 inches are very popular in the educational and commercial sector of the USA. The fact is that 9.7-inch iPad is perceived as too small, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is too expensive for such institutions.
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Presumably, the physical dimensions of the new “iPads” will remain the same, but the diagonal will increase by increasing the area of the screen from edge to edge. And in 2018, says a respected expert, will be released model with “flexible OLED screen.”
In 2015 Microsoft has expanded the Surface range, including the first laptop own Surface Book production, and in the expiring 2016 — complete the series first desktop Surface Studio. Is expected to 2017 will be marked by the appearance of the first smartphone Surface Phone.
The apparatus must embody the concept of “model” devices on Windows 10 and will receive fresh updates in priority order as Pixel-Google. So far we know very little about him. According to rumors, Microsoft office is tested several prototypes of “Winona” with a screen of 5.5 inches and QHD resolution.
One of them is running on a 64-bit operating system, Windows 10 Mobile is equipped with a Snapdragon processor 835, 4 gigabytes of RAM and supports proprietary technology quick charge Qualcomm Quick Charge 4th generation. And the other has 6 GB of RAM that allows it to run full-fledged Windows application, while in “computer” mode Continuum.
For the opportunity to work with software written for the x86 architecture (AMD and Intel) will meet the new emulator in Windows 10. It is considered that the emulator will be included in the next major update of the “tens” (3 Redstone). Update will be in late 2017, then will begin selling the Surface Phone.
Flagship smartphone Nokia
In mid-December, the company HMD Global, which owns the rights to the Nokia brand, showed its first product, the Nokia 150. Its sales will begin in early 2017, but the public is more interested in another innovation under the legendary Finnish brand. Presumably, it will be shown in February at the Mobile World Congress (MWC).
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The new Nokia device is believed to be the smartphone “middling” D1C. The device will come in two versions that differ in memory capacity and screen size. Model with 3 gigabytes of RAM and a 5.5-inch display will sell for $200, and a more affordable option, with 2GB memory and 5″ screen, for $150.
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Both versions will allegedly be equipped with screens with a resolution of Full HD (1080p), Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 430 with a clock frequency of 1.4 GHz, graphics Adreno 505, a flash storage capacity of 16 GB and 8 megapixel front camera. They will be supplied with Android operating system 7.0 (Nougat).
Tesla Model 3
For the next year, close to its end, scheduled start of supply of the most affordable electric car Tesla Model 3. Price five-seater hatchback, aimed at the mass market, starts from 35 thousand dollars. For comparison, the current model Tesla — the Model S sedan and Model X crossover — sold for $75-100 thousand.
According to Tesla CEO Elon musk, who was more than 10 years in developing electric cars Model 3 will be the most safe in the world. Novelty can drive about 350 miles on a single charge, and up to 100 km/h it accelerates in just six seconds. However, some models, promised Musk, will be able to go “much faster”.
Each car will be equipped with 15-inch touch screen, dual compartments for storage (front and rear), autopilot system, as well as solid glass roof from windshield to trunk. In its interior will comfortably fit five adults.
In Model 3 already issued several hundred thousand pre-orders, but the first buyers will be able to ride the “popular” electric car only to the end of 2017. In 2018, the firm expects to increase production of cars of up to 500 thousand pieces.
“Smart” watches from Google with Android Wear 2.0
The I-th quarter 2017, the company Google has scheduled the release of two flagship watch operating system Android Wear 2.0. Releasing them is not the Internet search engine, as in the case of Pixel-based smartphones, and the partner claimed as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics.
Promising two new for the next year, the company tries to convince customers of the viability of the platform. This year the market growth of the smart watch and Android devices Wear in particular lost some of its momentum in the second quarter and did for the first time in history it was recorded a reduction. Moreover, the very Google has postponed the release of Android Wear 2.0: “OS” was supposed to come out in September, but the company has postponed the release to early next year.
Blow to the prestige of put on Android devices caused Lenovo — owner Motorola brand and the developer of the most successful Android watch Moto 360. In December, she said the lack of plans to release gadgets on a “manual” Google OS, including the new Android Wear 2.0, for the reason that “does not see sufficient demand.” If the new Google products are successful, then Lenovo may revise their point of view.
AR glasses Magic Leap
In 2017, probably will announce a Magic Leap — augmented reality glasses from one of the most secretive startups of today. According to insiders, the company will participate in the exhibition Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, where will be presented the prototype of the AR-gadget.
In summer, the head of the Magic Leap Rony Abovitz stated that the innovative product is almost ready. In addition, throughout the year, the startup has regularly posted videos on YouTube with a demonstration of ultra-realistic holograms. The video was accompanied by the remark “Shot directly through the technology of Magic Leap. Special effects and gluing frames was not used in the making of this video”.
However, in December the company suspected fraud investors. The fact that one of the early clips were not real: it was drawn by Studio Weta Workshop, Creator of visual effects for the trilogy “the Lord of the rings,” “I, robot”, “Hellboy” and other films. In the description of the video reads: “this is a game we play in the office” that couldn’t be true.
The situation was exacerbated by insiders reporting that the product is still very crude. Familiar with AR gadget people described it as a very bulky device that connects to the computer with the mass of wires, although Abovitz repeatedly claimed that the final product will look like a miniature glasses. So will it be in January shows the gadget Magic Leap (or at least its prototype), probably impossible to say.
In March, Nintendo will start selling a hybrid Switch, which is a cross between handheld and home gaming console. The successor to the Wii U itself is a tablet, which is equipped with a removable controllers Joy-Con on each side, and the TV can connect via a docking station. Expected more about the new Nintendo product will be discussed on January 12 at the presentation in Tokyo.
According to some, the Switch will assign the level of computing power of the console Sony 3 years ago. It turned out that the console will feature a graphics chip than a new 16-nanometer architecture Pascal and ageing on 20-nm technology Maxwell that appeared in 2014.
As a result, because of the rush Nintendo hurry to start selling the console, the device performance will not exceed 1 teraflops. This is much lower than the PlayStation 4 (1.8 teraflops), PS4 Pro (4.2 teraflops) and Xbox One (1.3 teraflops). However, there is information that a Switch would be enough to meet the needs of ordinary gamers. The power Switch enough to run such high quality games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and NBA 2K17.
Flying car AeroMobil
In July, the Slovak company AeroMobil at the presentation in Brussels showed another prototype of a flying car, confirming the intention to establish mass production “aerocarb” already in 2017. The “flying Roadster” — AeroMobil 3.0 — combines the functions as regular cars and personal aircraft. For its take off enough of the strip with a length of 200 meters.
Under the hood AeroMobil 3.0 is a 4-cylinder engine Rotax 912S (fuel is petrol) 100 HP (~75 kW). In the drive mode the car can reach speeds up to 160 kilometers per hour, in flight, up to 200 kilometers. The moderate fuel consumption — 8 liters per 100 kilometers in the ground mode and 15 in flight.
The width of the “flying Roadster” does not exceed 2.25 m (with folded wings) that allows him to fit into a normal Parking space, and the length is 6 meters. In addition, it can take off like lawn grass and straight roads.
In AeroMobil innovative product called “car”, but to manage it nevertheless will need a pilot’s license. The final cost of the flying car are not yet known, but it is unlikely it will be sold for less than hundreds of thousands of euros.