This year is shaping up to be an awesome one for tech geeks and ordinary consumers alike. The rapid advances in software bring out the best in hardware capabilities, and more gadgets can do cooler, more functional stuff than ever before.
Get ready to drool as we list down some of the most anticipated gear flaunting the latest in tech wizardry for the next 12 months.
Nintendo’s out-of-the-box ideas when developing gaming hardware made them famous, for better (see: Nintendo DS, Wii) or worse (case in point: the Wii U). This year is no exception, as the announcement of their newest machine, the Switch, has the gaming community abuzz with excitement.
The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid gaming console/handheld that promises hours of fun in the living room and outdoors. The Switch can, well, switch between the handheld mode, where the 6.2-inch tablet-like screen connects to Joy-Cons on each side, and console mode, where the screen can be slid into a dock and hooked up to a TV.
Drumming up the excitement even further is launch title Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which is shaping up to be the best Zelda game ever. Nintendo assures that more signature titles like Mario Kart and Dragon Quest are on the way.
Samsung Galaxy S8
The South Korean giant’s bid to recover from last year’s incendiary Note 7 debacle, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a lot riding in its bezel-less screen. Samsung is expected to slap Quad-HD resolution and edge display on the S8, just to hype things up more.
Furthermore, leaks online suggest that the home button will be ditched, giving way for a massive 5.8-inch display. The fingerprint sensor supposedly relocates to the back, flanking a 12MP main camera with tricked-out software.
Rounding up the rumor mill is the chipset powering the S8, likely Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 835 mated to either 4 or 6GB of RAM. More firmly in the realm of fact, Samsung announced a new AI assistant named Bixby that comes baked into the operating system of the S8.
Tesla Model 3
Elon Musk’s dream of eco-friendly cars of the future comes ever closer to the imminent release of the Tesla Model 3. The Model S was fascinating, sure, but priced at $69,200; it was not for everyone.
The Model 3, however, aims to change the landscape of electric car ownership by being affordable – it is nearly half the price of the Model S ($35,000). Aimed squarely at the mass market, the Model 3 covers very little of Tesla’s kick-ass tech: 0-60 in under six seconds, a decent 215-mile range and spanking new Autopilot features.
It doesn’t hurt that the Model 3 looks sleek and futuristic as heck, with competing EVs and their bizarre, clunky designs resembling toys instead of real cars.
Given how Tesla has significantly disrupted the age-old practices of the automotive industry, the Model 3 is the only sensible car to buy in this current era of climate change consciousness.
The great thing about technology is that despite a few stumbles (not forgetting the exploding Note 7 anytime soon), it adapts and changes for the better, bringing more innovation and creativity with each successive year.