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Sea of Thieves trailer, release date, news and features

Update: Players who pre-ordered Sea of Thieves now have access to the game’s closed beta. However, due to some teething problems the beta has already been extended by two days and will now run to January 31. 

When some users attempted to install the beta on January 25, they were met with a notification which told them they were ‘too early’ and found themselves unable to play. Rare has found a temporary fix for the problem, but the two day beta extension is to make up for the delay. 

If you should have access to the closed beta but you’re still having trouble, Rare has posted instructions for access on an official support page[1]

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen a game from Microsoft-owned, UK-based studio Rare that wasn’t Kinect-based. From 2009 to now, the studio has been tasked with Kinect Sports Rivals, a remake of ‘90s fighting game Killer Instinct and the Xbox avatars, but now they’re back to their old tricks with new tools, making the fantastic-looking open world MMO, Sea of Thieves. 

In true Rare fashion the game features a charming art style that embraces the lighter side of the seven seas. This is not a game world that’s in any sense dark and realistic, you can fire yourself out of canons to get around quickly, and you eat bananas to restore your health. 

Read on for everything we know so far about Rare’s pirate odyssey. 

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Rare’s upcoming open-world Pirate odyssey
  • When’s it out? March 20 2018
  • What can I play it on? Xbox One and PC

Sea of Thieves trailers and screenshots 

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The latest trailer to be released from Rare studios gives good insight into the kinds of quests we’ll see in Sea of Thieves and what individual player progression will involve in the long term. Much of the player progression system will involve building a reputation at NPC-run Trading Companies.

All of the trading companies will appeal to a different play style and each will offer their own quests for players and their crews to pursue. As your reputation builds with each trading company, the rewards you get from pursuing their quests will become more valuable but the quests themselves will also become more difficult.

If you and your crew are sitting at different reputation levels it will apparently still be possible to play quests together as Mike Chapman has promised “there are no barriers in place preventing players playing together.”

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At E3 2017 we were presented with another trailer for the game which shows off what we can expect the game to look like on the upcoming Xbox One X[2].

The trailer highlighted the game’s signature Rare visuals and showed off a team of four as they sought to retrieve a chest of treasure to bring it back to their ship. The players explore islands where dangers appear in form of the ghosts of previous player who remain able to attack you, and you’ll have to be especially careful while you’re busy digging up your treasure, which takes a believably long amount of time. 

You can check out the trailer below. 

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What is Sea of Thieves?

The pirate-themed action-adventure game will group you up with friends or strangers to plunder the seas and islands together, fighting others in big ol’ pirate ships, landing on sandy beaches, discovering treasure maps and having to work with your crew to figure out where the booty’s at. 

Sea of Thieves is heavily co-operative, although there are combative elements with other parties, too. You and your crew will have to figure out how to man a ship, with people taking over different jobs, which means that you’ll have to communicate if you want to avoid accidentally doubling up on tasks. 

At our hands on session at 2017’s E3 conference we found out the dangers of this first hand. Our ship came under attack from enemy pirates, who promptly used their cannons to blow a hole in the hull of our ship. When this happens you’ll need crew members to patch up the ship using timber, and others will need to use buckets to get rid of the water flooding the hull. 

Fail to communicate and you’ll find everyone switches to dealing with the biggest problem, which lead to our cannons being completely unmanned while everyone ran around with buckets filled with sea water. 

What piratical things can you do?

You’ll be pleased to know that all the greatest hits from a life lived on the seas and beyond the law can be found in Sea of Thieves. From sailing around with your grog-soaked crew, singing shanties of wenches and booty, to getting scurvy, there’s everything you might want from a pirate’s life. 

In our hands on demo at E3 we had a choice of three different quests to choose from. Two involved solving riddles to find treasure, while a third appeared to involve the much simpler task of going to the right island and finding the point marked with a red ‘x’ on our map. 

With little faith in our riddle-solving abilities, we opted for the latter quest. 

What’s interesting about Sea of Thieves is how minimal the UI is. The quests were listed on a piece of parchment that our character held, and looked at, within the game’s world, and when we picked a quest the game relied on us literally telling our teammates what were were doing rather than having an immersion-breaking arrow appearing in the environment. 

Then, when you get to the island with the treasure on it, you’ll need to read your map alongside your compass to work out where you are since the game gives you no clues as to your location on the map itself. 

This meant our team had enormous difficulty finding the treasure, and eventually we were forced to leave the island empty-handed and in serious need of some rum. 

However, were we to actually find the chest the rest of the team would have had to defend the person carrying it as they made their way back to the ship. Both NPCs and other players will try their best to ambush you, and your team will need to work together to survive. 

Naval combat is another key element of the game, and in these instances your canons are your best friends. Your team will need to work together to get the cannonballs from beneath the deck into the canons themselves, after which point you’ll be able to fire them at enemy ships to try and send them down to Davy Jones’ Locker.

If you prefer a hands on approach you can board enemy ships to take on their crew using a combination of swords, muskets, and flintlock pistols. You can either swim aboard other ships, or, if you’re feeling brave, you can literally fire yourself out of a canon to get there quicker. 

Quests (also known as voyages) will come from various NPC-run trading companies that populate the game world. These companies will specialize in anything from gold collecting, to cargo moving to fortress invading and they’ll all allow players to get involved in a different play style. Doing quests for these companies whether alone or with a crew will raise player reputation. As reputation increases rewards will improve and quest difficulty will rise.  

Between searching for booty, fending off attacks from other ships, and trying to navigate through dynamic weather, it’s looking like you’ll have plenty to occupy your time in the world of Sea of Thieves, but you’ll also be able to take a more laid back approach and explore the world for yourself if you don’t want to follow the quests laid out for you. 

What if I don’t want to have a crew?

Solo pirates are more than welcome – there are ships ranging from massive ones that take a whole crew to the tiny ones that take one or two pirates to manage. And you won’t be at a huge disadvantage either – if many, many tiny ships gang up on a larger one, you just may be able to take them down with the advantage of speed and maneuverability and share the booty between you. Or…not. You’re a pirate, you don’t have to share.

How can I play it?

You can actually play it already, if you’re part of the Insider Program[3] – which is sort of like an open beta granted to some of the people who apply. 

Because Sea of Thieves is being developed in close partnership with the community, to ensure that the game is what the players want, the team hold development play sessions with the “Insiders” to find out which parts they enjoy, which parts need fixing or changing, or what the community discovers along the way. 

For example, the developer found that players are most happy when either all of them are using voice chat or none of them are, rather than a mix. As a result, the developer is exploring ways of pairing players together with those that have similar voice chat preferences. 

However, pre-orders for the game have now opened and those who pre-order the game will also get early access to the game in a closed pre-release beta.

The game will come out on Xbox One[4] and Windows 10 some time later this year,  and players from both platforms will be able to play freely with one another regardless of whether they’re using a mouse and keyboard or a controller to play. 

Who can I play as?

The character avatars are customisable, with the ability to change gender, physique, appearance, and outfits, although the game does not have skill trees or character classes. You’ll be able to further customise your character as you play with new, fancier outfits and even prosthetics. There will also be opportunities to deck out your… decks, with new cannons, sails, flags and all the other fancy ship accessories your little pirate heart could desire.

What’s the world like?

The focus of the world will be on its vast oceans, which will be dotted with islands from Caribbean-style archipelagos to dense jungles. Some have NPCs, ready to dish out quests; others will be deserted; some may even have a rival pirate crew on the same mission as you.

The treasure maps that will feature heavily in the finished game are not the kind of map-marker slog you might expect. Instead, they will require actual, geographical orienteering – looking for trails, landmarks and recognizably shaped rocks. Even when you find that treasure, you’ll have to then take it back to your ship, with all the animal, human and physics-based treacherousness that that entails.

Quests will come from various NPC-run trading companies that populate the game world. These companies will specialize in anything from gold collecting, to cargo moving to fortress invading and they’ll all allow players to get involved in a different play style. Doing quests for these companies whether alone or with a crew will raise player reputation. As reputation increases rewards will improve and quest difficulty will rise. 

And what if you die? Well, in true pirate fashion you’ll be booted to Davy Jones’ Locker, where you can swap stories with fellow ghosts and attempt to board a ferry back to the world of the living by performing quests for the ferryman. Your sunken ship can be plundered in the meantime, so don’t take too long…

Will there be cross-play?

There will indeed! At Gamescom 2017, two members of the game’s development team took to the stage and confirmed in a no bones about it way that cross-play will indeed be coming to the game.That means whether you’re playing on Windows 10 PC or Xbox[5] One, you’ll be able to play together.

A brand new build of the game was available for fans to play at the show on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, but the team stated that before the game is eventually released in early 2018 everyone will have the chance to try playing it before they buy. 

Can you pre-order?

You can pre-order and there’s the benefit of getting access to a pre-release closed beta as well as special costumes and items when you do. 

References

  1. ^ on an official support page (support.seaofthieves.com)
  2. ^ Xbox One X (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ Insider Program (support.xbox.com)
  4. ^ Xbox One (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ Xbox (www.techradar.com)
  6. £39.89 (www.amazon.co.uk)
  7. ^ $ 59.99 (www.amazon.com)

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What to watch on Amazon Prime: your guide to the new TV shows and movies

Cable TV has run its course. Sure, it was a good ride while it lasted, but these days, streaming is the best way to watch great new shows and oscar award-winning films. 

The only problem we’ve had so far with streaming is that there’s simply too much good content to watch. Finding a great new show to watch is hard, but the act of keeping up with the influx of incredible content is next to impossible.

But, that’s why we’re here to help. We’re going to help you narrow down your options to only the latest (and best) TV shows and movies. That way, you’re as up-to-date as we are and can hold your own around the watercooler when your peers start talking about what they binge-watched this past weekend. 

Don’t want to fall behind? Stop by here every week! We’ll update this article with the latest shows and movies on Amazon so you don’t have to hunt around to find something new to watch. 

New TV Shows on Amazon Prime this week

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Just Add Magic, Season 2 While Amazon’s kids-focused original might appeal to an older generation, it does seem absolutely adorable for kids. Like a kid-friendly version of Charmed, Just Add Magic has three young girls exploring the wonders of magic for the first time … or, well, I guess maybe not the first time considering this is the second season of the show, but you get the idea. Watch the trailer. Try not ‘aw’. 

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Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, Season 1 Electric Dreams isn’t new this week but, considering it just came to the streaming service on January 12, it’s not what we’d consider all that old either. Electric Dreams is a hodge-podge of sci-fi themes all mashed together that have a distinctly Twilight Zone feel to them. Some episodes definitely trump others, but if you’re looking for a sci-fi series to enjoy now that you’ve binged all of Black Mirror season four, Electric Dreams is well worth your time. 

New movies on Amazon Prime this week

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Remember Me If you can hold out for just a few more days, you should have two great new films on Amazon. The first is Remember Me, which comes to streaming service on January 30. Following two cousins who look are roped into looking after their grandma after their grandfather passes away, Remember Me deals with the trials and tribulations of providing support for the elderly. Potentially heartfelt and endearing, Remember Me looks like a seriously touching family film.

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xXx The Return of Xander Cage If a film about two thirty-year-old dudes helping their grandma navigate her twilight years isn’t your idea of a good time, you’ll be pleased to know that xXx The Return of Xander Cage will be making an appearance on Amazon starting on January 31. The film, which stars Vin Diesel as the titular xXx, is about as over-the-top as comes but if you like your action flicks with fast cars, explosions and gravity defying (read: definitely impossible) action sequences, this is the movie for you. 

Need more streaming recommendations? Try these in-depth run downs of the best of the best Amazon Prime and Netflix content:

References

  1. ^ Best Amazon Prime TV shows: 25 great series to watch today (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Best movies on Netflix: 16 films you have to stop what you’re doing and watch right now (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ Best shows on Netflix: 40 best Netflix TV series (www.techradar.com)

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Best drones 2018: DJI, Parrot and more for pros and beginners

Once the stuff of dreams, drones are now very much a reality – so much so that it’s possible to own one of these flying technological wonders for a surprisingly small amount of cash. 

As the general public’s appetite for drones grows, so too does the sheer volume of options available. The drone market has exploded in the past few years, catering for everyone from those who simply want to fly something around the sky for fun to industry professionals who use them to capture 4K aerial video without the need for a helicopter.

Below you’ll find a selection of drones which we consider to be the best ones available right now. We’ve included a wide range of price options as well, to cater for those shopping on a budget as well as deeper-pocketed individuals.

Before laying down your hard-earned cash for one of these drones, it’s wise to investigate what kind of regulations exist in your particular region. Many countries require users of large drones to register them officially, so make sure you’re in possession of the facts before taking to the skies to avoid any brushes with the law.

[Update: there’s an exciting new drone in town, the DJI Mavic Air. This foldable drone sits between the DJI Spark and DJI Mavic Pro, which also features arms that bend in for easier portability. The Mavic Air also boasts a 4K camera and 21-minute flight time. We’ve checked the drone out already, and we’ll have our full DJI Mavic Air review up shortly. Stay tuned to see if it makes the list!][1]

1. DJI Inspire 2

Perhaps the finest flagship-level drone in existence today

Weight: 3440g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 30MP | Battery Size: 4280mAh | Range: 7 km

Amazing build quality Good battery life Plenty of features Cost is high compared to more consumer-oriented drones

Soundly knocking its predecessor off the top spot is the highly impressive Inspire 2. With a sleek metal composite bodywork upgrade, it’s a much more attractive piece of kit. Whats more, with more advanced object avoidance technology you don’t have to worry about that beautiful body getting scratched by you accidentally clipping a tree. 

You get more than 25 minutes of flight time out of the twin-battery arrangement, and the ability to swap camera lenses means that professional photographers and videographers have complete control over their images and 5K video.

The fully-featured smartphone app and dedicated remote control make this drone incredibly easy to control, but make no mistake, this is a professional piece of kit. 

Read the full review: DJI Inspire 2 [2]

2. DJI Inspire 1

A professional drone with a professional price tag

Weight: 2935g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 12.76M | Battery Size: 5700mAh | Range: 2 km

Amazing build quality and great performance Modular design means it’s easy to upgrade Too pricey for the typical consumer

The DJI Inspire 1 may look like some kind of fearsome war-robot from the far future, but once you’ve gotten over its rather intimidating appearance it’s all too easy to fall in love with this agile and feature-rich device. 

It comes with its own controller, which boasts amazing range (you’ll need to supply a monitor via your smartphone or tablet’s screen, though), and the camera – which is mounted on a gimbal for aiming – is upgradeable, so you don’t need to worry about your investment becoming obsolete after a few months.

Performance in the air is nothing short of exemplary, even in quite windy conditions. The DJI Inspire 1 is also incredibly swift and – when twinned with that excellent controller – easy to manoeuvre. It’s only shortcomings are its cost and the fact that the bundled battery only gives you around 15 to 20 minutes of flight time before it needs recharging.

Read the full review: DJI Inspire 1[3]

3. DJI Phantom 4

Sturdy and feature-rich

Weight: 1380 g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 12.4MP | Battery Size: : 5,350mAh | Range: 3.1 miles

Nice and stable 4K footage Nice and stable 4K footage Not as easily upgradeable as the DJI Inspire 1

A refinement of the already impressive DJI Phantom 3 Professional, the Phantom 4 brings with it a more sturdy construction, updated object-avoidance technology and – like so many of DJI’s offerings – an excellent dedicated remote control which connects to an equally feature-rich smartphone app.

4K video recording is supported, and the gimbal design means you get rock-steady footage even when the drone is moving at speed and changing direction. The biggest downer – and you’ll notice this is a common complaint with many commercial drones – is battery life, which is only around 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how hard you’re pushing the drone.

While it’s not quite in the same league as its Inspire 1 sibling, the Phantom 4 offers a similar degree of performance and functionality for a lower price, making it an excellent option for budding aerial photographers rather than experienced professionals.

Read the full review: DJI Phantom 4[4]

4. Parrot Bebop 2

Offers a new perspective on drone flying

Weight: 500g | Controller: Optional | Camera resolution: 14MP | Battery Size: 2700mAh | Range: 300 metres

Fisheye lens allows for shake-free video recording Optional controller and headset are excellent Certain functions cost extra to unlock

The Bebop 2 is a mid-range offering which won’t break the bank yet offers a surprising amount of features for the price. The camera utilises a fisheye lens, and stabilization software removes the need for a gimbal; combined with the intelligent construction of the chassis, which uses rubber dampeners to reduce vibration in-flight, this results in video footage that’s refreshingly judder-free.

If you’re feeling especially flush you can take the Bebop 2 to the next level by purchasing the optional flight controller and FPV headset. The former connects to your smartphone and offers proper flight controls, while the latter uses your phone’s screen to present a first-person view of what the Bebop 2 is actually seeing. It’s initially quite jarring to fly the device in this fashion, but after a while you’ll wish all drones came with such an accessory.

On the downside, Parrot has locked away some of the Bebop 2’s more interesting features, such as route planning and ‘follow me’ functionality, behind a paywall, which means the cost increases further if you want to use these. Battery life is also somewhat disappointing, so it may be worth investing in a spare power cell.

Read the full review: Parrot Bebop 2[5]

5. DJI Spark

Small price, smaller drone, with Jedi-like gestural controls

Weight: 300g | Controller: Yes/Not included | Camera resolution: 12mp | Battery Size: 1480 mAh | Range: 2 km

Controller-free gesture controls Absolutely tiny Automatic Quickshot modes Spotty W-Fi connection with smartphones Short flight time Easily swayed by the wind

The DJI Spark is the company’s most approachable drone. With its incredibly cool gestural controls that make you feel like a Jedi and its different colored body shells, it’s definitely more fun out of the box than a lot of the others on this list. 

It is easily controlled using your smartphone, but it’s worth noting that that’s the only controller you’re going to have unless you fancy buying a separate controller. It’s definitely affordable in terms of drones, but still we would like to have a controller thrown in for good measure. 

It’s an incredibly light drone, unsurprisingly as it’s the size of a can. This is both one of its greatest strengths and its greatest weaknesses as it’s super easy to carry around in your bag, but will be affected by wind during flight. 

Read the full review: DJI Spark[6]

6. DJI Mavic Pro

Small and mighty

Weight: 734g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 12.35MP | Battery Size: 3830mAh | Range: 4.3 miles

Highly portable Dedicated remote control Low-light image quality is disappointing

Until the DJI Spark came along, the Mavic Pro was the smallest drone in DJI’s lineup, and features folding arms so it can be stowed away in your bag. Don’t let its diminutive size fool you though – this pint-sized flyer boasts the kind of performance that DJI’s larger drones are famous for.

The camera is mounted on a gimbal, which is unusual for drones of this size. It delivers fantastic results with both photos and video in good lighting, although the small size of the sensor means low-light shooting can sometimes be tricky. The Mavic Pro has a top speed of around 40mph, so it’s no slouch in that department, and the battery is good for around 20 to 25 minutes of aerial action.

As is the case with other DJI drones, the Mavic Pro comes with a dedicated remote control that uses your phone’s display to show you exactly what the device is seeing. Range is quoted as being over 4 miles, giving you the opportunity to capture some amazing stills and video without worrying about the connection dropping.

Read the hands-on review: DJI Mavic Pro[7]

7. Xiro Xplorer V

Looks good in the air

Weight: 1202.02g | Controller: Yes | Camera resolution: 14MP | Battery Size: 5200mAh

Eye-catching design Good stamina Fisheye lens introduces distortion

It’s rare for a company to put the looks of its drone ahead of core functionality, but the Xiro Xplorer V certainly looks unique, especially when it’s up in the air. This device really does look the business thanks to its sharp edges, LED lighting and fetching camo color scheme. All of this fits nearly into a specially designed backpack, which is an optional extra but comes highly recommended.

Like the Parrot Bebop 2, the Xiro Xplorer V uses a fisheye lens to grab wide shots and capture stable video footage. Sadly the implementation of this lens isn’t as impressive as on Parrot’s drone, and there’s quite a bit of distortion towards the edges of the frame, especially during video recording.

That aside, the Xplorer V is recommended purchase, especially when you consider that it’s priced a little lower than some of its rivals. Battery life is good as well, topping out at around 25 minutes per charge.

Read the full review: Xiro Xplorer V[8]

8. ZeroTech Dobby

A drone that’s small enough to fit in your pocket

Weight: 199g | Controller: No | Camera resolution: 13MP | Battery Size: *970mAh | Range: 100 meters

Ultra-portable Smartphone app is feature-rich Battery life is poor

This is the smallest drone featured in this list, and also one of the cheapest. Despite its humble status (and rather odd name) the Dobby is a surprisingly powerful and versatile piece of kit. Pitched by ZeroTech as a ‘selfie drone’, it’s small enough to fit in your bag, which gives it an advantage over many drones, which are often too large to be carried around easily.

The small size of the Dobby means it gets battered around in strong winds, but on a good day its performance is impressive. It’s controlled via a smartphone application and features such as orbital moves, object tracking and facial recognition are all included as standard, and are easy to execute. The drone’s audio and visual sensors, fixed on its underside, mean you can perform palm take-offs and landings, and you can use it indoors.

For such a small drone it should come as no surprise to learn that stamina is perhaps the biggest sticking point with the Dobby – the battery lasts between five and 10 minutes, depending on variables such as wind speed and recording time. Photo and video quality are also a step down from some of the more expensive drones on this list.

Read the full review: ZeroTech Dobby[9]

References

  1. ^ DJI Mavic Air review (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ DJI Inspire 2  (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ DJI Inspire 1 (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ DJI Phantom 4 (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ Parrot Bebop 2 (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ DJI Spark (www.techradar.com)
  7. ^ DJI Mavic Pro (www.techradar.com)
  8. ^ Xiro Xplorer V (www.techradar.com)
  9. ^ ZeroTech Dobby (www.techradar.com)

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8 top iPhone X accessories

The iPhone X[1] is undoubtedly Apple’s best smartphone to date, dripping with flagship features like wireless charging, Face ID facial recognition, a gorgeous edge-to-edge OLED display, and of course, who could forget those fun-packed Animojis.

If you’re lucky enough to have gotten your hands on an iPhone[2] X, you’ll want to make the most of it, which is why we’ve rounded up eight of the very best accessories currently on the market.

Whether you’re eager to make the most of the smartphone’s dual-lens camera, or just want to find a pair of awesome wireless headphones to replace those flat-sounding EarPods that came in the box, then you’ve come to the right place.

Note: we’ve ranked these from cheapest to most expensive according to prices at time of writing.

1. Choetech Qi Wireless Charging Stand

Stand and charger all in one

Holds your phone vertically Good price Only comes in black

Most wireless chargers require you to lie your iPhone X flat on its back to make contact, but not this one from Choetech. The stand cradles your handset in a vertical portrait orientation, making it easier to unlock the phone with Face ID and view the screen while it draws juice from the AC adaptor (not supplied).

The lip of the stand also glows a subtle green color when Qi wireless is active and charging is taking place, altogether making this a great option for the office desk or bedside table.

2. RhinoShield Modular Case for iPhone X

Your case your way

Modular Decent drop protection Plain design

Do you get a bumper or a protective case for your pricey new iPhone X? Plump for RhinoShield and you won’t have to choose between the two. That’s because its new modular case allows you to switch things up depending on your needs.

Simply remove the minimalist bumper rim and replace it with a stylized RhinoShield backplate, which also plays nice with the company’s range of add-on camera lenses. You can even change the button covers to add a dash of color.

Not only does the case’s ShockSpread material offer military-grade protection against drops and falls, its featherweight design ensures you won’t even know it’s there.

3. Belkin 3.5mm Audio + Charge Rockstar iPhone Adaptor

Solves a major iPhone problem

Allows wired audio and charging at the same time Comes in both 3.5mm and Lightning varieties Expensive for what it is

When Apple ditched the headphone jack last year, everyone knew it wasn’t coming back for the iPhone X. Fortunately, this Belkin port splitter enables you to plug in your old wired headphones without hogging the sole Lightning port, allowing you to sync or charge your phone while you listen along to music.

It might not be the most elegant solution to the death of the headphone jack, but Belkin’s adaptor is solidly built and certainly gives Apple’s dongles a run for their money.

4. SandMarc Wide Lens Edition for iPhone X

Upgrade your photos

Improves your photos Works with cases Quite pricey

The iPhone X camera boasts Apple’s most sophisticated wide-angle lens to date, and what better way to make the most of its unparalleled optics than to double the field of view?

California-based SandMarc’s 16mm Wide Lens Edition does just that, and thanks to its premium multi-coated optics, the results are almost invariably stunning.

Featuring a thin yet sturdy lens case mount – along with a detachable clip mount if you want to use your own case, or even none at all – SandMarc’s compact screw-on lens takes the iPhone’s ability to capture a broad view to exceptional new heights, with little to no distortion in evidence.

A cleaning pouch is included in the box, making the lens accessory great for travel, and ideal for action sports and other outdoor pursuits. Trust us, your photos will thank you.

5. Mophie Charge Force PowerStation

Keeps your iPhone powered up

High-capacity Works wirelessly Costs a lot Quite large

iPhone X road warriors with significant energy requirements need look no further. This slim brick from Mophie packs a 10,000mAh battery, making it sufficient to charge Apple’s latest smartphone three and a half times over – perfect for when you’re off the grid and away from a power outlet for a few days.

The Force PowerStation is Qi wireless compatible, so all you need to do is place your iPhone X on top of it while it’s lying flat. It also supports pass-through charging, so if it’s connected to a power source, your phone recharges first, then the brick recharges itself.

There’s even a SB© USB port for an additional device to plug in and get some extra juice on the side.

6. Jaybird Run True Wireless Sport Headphones

An AirPod alternative

Interchangeable tips Water-resistant Occasional connection loss Limited built-in controls

Let’s face it, not everyone rocks the AirPods look. If you’re hankering for a less conspicuous “truly wireless” bud, consider this pair from Jaybird.

Interchangeable tips and fins make the Jaybird Run[3] earphones more secure than Apple’s buds, and with a four-hour playtime plus eight hours more in the charging case, they’re an ideal sporty alternative.

Sweat proof and water-resistant, the Runs also do a great job at blocking out noise, allowing you to focus on your music or any calls you take through them.

7. Apple AirPods

Wireless buds with great sound and battery life

Good battery life Great sound quality No in-line remote Controversial looks

Take it from us, those tired-looking wired Lightning buds Apple threw in with your iPhone X don’t even come close to the cable-free convenience of Apple AirPods[4], which really should have come included in the box.

With 5 hours of battery life and a neat carry case that holds 24 hours of additional charge, these feather-light earphones will keep you listening throughout the day – and then some.

And thanks to Apple’s proprietary W1 Bluetooth chip, pairing them with your new phone is just as effortless.

8. FYB London SMART City Handbag

The most high-tech handbag around

Stylish High-tech Very expensive Likely niche appeal

Imagine a luxury handbag, made with the finest leather, that also wirelessly charges your new iPhone X when you’re out and about on your daily commute.

Now imagine if said handbag featured biometric fingerprint locks to keep your possessions safe, RFID data protection for your bank cards and passport, and a Bluetooth proximity sensor that ensures you never misplace your personal items again.

Say hello to the SMART handbag by FYB London, possibly the most sophisticated effeminate accessory you’ll ever need – app included!

References

  1. ^ iPhone X (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ iPhone (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ Jaybird Run (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ Apple AirPods (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ the best iPhone X cases (www.techradar.com)

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Red Hydrogen One release date, price and features

The Red Hydrogen One is an ambitious new Android phone[1] from the team that consistently pushes the boundaries of cinema-quality cameras. But mostly everything about it is a big mystery.

It promises to display “4V” holographic video content without the need for 3D glasses and also capture “H4V” (the company’s holographic file format) through a unique camera. What this tech actually looks like in action… is unknown to everyone outside of Red.

That’s going to change “probably in April,” according to Red, which said that it will likely have its preview event that month. We do, however, know key details about the release date window and the price.

Red Hydrogen One is shaping up to be a phone with a lot of promise and hype, yet few concrete details and specs. Here’s what we know so far about the smartphone.

Credit: MKBHD

What’s the new Red Hydrogen One news?

The debut phone from Red is set to debut via carriers in the summer – earlier if you’ve pre-ordered the device. Red says “carrier support for Hydrogen is unprecedented,” but it didn’t go into detail on its availability on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.

What will the Red Hydrogen One price be?

Prices for the Hydrogen One start at $ 1,195 for the aluminum variant, or $ 1,595 for the more premium titanium version. Said to be releasing via carriers in the summer, it’s possible that we’ll see carrier contracts bring the price down considerably. There will also be an unlocked version of the phone. Lastly, Red is stating that this price is for a limited time only, meaning that it could go up even higher closer to, or after, the phone’s launch.

What’s the Red Hydrogen One release date?

The Red Hydrogen One release date will be this summer following an April launch event. The unlocked version of the phone will ship sooner than the US carrier variants.

Credit: MKBHD

Red Hydrogen One screen

A phone’s screen is always the first thing to grab your attention, and Red’s device looks to take things a step further. Packed with a 5.7-inch 2,560 x 1,440 display, it has the unique ability to show what the company calls “4V” holographic content without the need for glasses.

No one outside of Red has seen the holographic work in action, but according to the company’s CEO, the internal response can be summed up in “gasps, swears or just grins.” It’s needless to say, but we’re intrigued to see it for ourselves.

There’s no word currently on what sort of display the Hydrogen One features, though for its high price tag, we’d really like to see an OLED display since it would open up the door for Google Daydream[2] compatibility, in addition to just looking vibrant with rich colors.

Beyond that, the Hydrogen One can display regular 2D, as well as 3D images and video. The phone’s camera can also record in the above file types, which really opens the door to wider adoption of 3D on a portable device, in addition to Red’s 4V file type. We’ll dive more into the camera after the jump.

Credit: MKBHD

Red Hydrogen One design

In some ways, the Hydrogen One appears to look like most, if not all smartphones. Its 5.7-inch display gives it a large chassis and it sticks the camera in a familiar zone: right on the back.

But the general look of the Red phone, at least what we’ve seen of it so far, looks rather unconventional like the company’s line of high-end cameras. Part of the phone’s rear is elevated, perhaps to yield more comfort in-hand. 

Near the phone’s bottom, where you’ll find a trusty 3.5mm headphone jack and SB© USB-C charging port, there’s a pogo pin connector, which the company plans to use in supporting the Hydrogen One with optional modular accessories, much like the Moto Z[3] and Moto Z2 Force[4]. So far, Red has teased at some camera modules, but nothing is confirmed at the time of writing.

The phone looks generally rugged all around with grip-friendly materials that look to cater to those who are using it to record some footage. We’re not sure if it’s plastic or metal, but again, this phone’s high price has us hoping for a premium, long-lasting material. In terms of its weight, Red’s CEO has stated that it will be two ounces more than most phones of its stature.

The big mystery surrounding the Red Hydrogen One is its front. We’ve seen that it will have thick bezels around its display, affording Red more than enough room to fit in a fingerprint sensor, but that’s a feature that we haven’t heard confirmed yet.

An early look at a modular accessory Credit: MKBHD

Red Hydrogen One camera

Just as fabled as its holographic-ready screen is the Hydrogen One’s camera. Said to be able to record in 2D, 3D and H4V, this could shape up to be the most impressive sensor ever packed into a smartphone. But as with all things, we’ll need to see it to believe.

There’s a lot more that amounts to making a camera great. As we’ve seen with the Samsung Galaxy S8[5] and Google Pixel 2[6], among several candidates, a low aperture value and large pixel sizes usually equates to amazing results. Touting a high megapixel count just doesn’t cut it the same way anymore. 

But Red seems to be using its positioning in the camera world to its advantage with the Hydrogen One. In addition to being able to use the phone has a key component to a cinema camera rig, Red is creating the Hydrogen network, which will be filled with content from top-name providers that users will have access to.

Red Hydrogen One battery

Packed into the Red CEO’s long public statement[7] on the Hydrogen One is a snippet about the phone’s battery size. It’s going to have a 4,500mAh battery, which is among the largest out there.

This is just shy of the Lenovo P2[8] and Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom[9], each of which clock in respectively at an industry-leading 5,000mAh capacity. Of course, neither rival phone touts the high-end display and camera specs that the Red Hydrogen One promises.

Given the phone’s modular capabilities, it seems likely that Red could release a battery-boosting pack, like the Moto Z does with success on both a level of form and function.

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Red Hydrogen One OS and power

Much of what makes up the inside of the Hydrogen One is a mystery, but the veil is beginning to show it off. The phone is confirmed to feature the Snapdragon 835. Oddly, the CEO states it will contain the “835x”, but we’ve yet to hear of this as a Qualcomm variant, so we’ll chock it up to a misspelling for now and assume it’ll be the Snapdragon 835[10] or Snapdragon 845[11].

A few unknowns are its RAM count and the version of Android[12] that users can expect when the phone launches in the summer. A surprising amount of phones seem to be launching with Android Nougat[13] despite today’s Android Oreo[14]-flavored world, so we wouldn’t be shocked to see that trend play out here.

Regarding its RAM, our best guess would be 4GB or 6GB, both of which fall in line with flagship phones. That being said, it’d be best to pack it with 6GB or even 8GB given its high price tag and promise of ambitious modular accessories to expand on the experience.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on any movement the Hydrogen One makes. It seems ambitious, somewhat worryingly so, but we look forward to being proved wrong when it releases later in 2018.

References

  1. ^ ambitious new Android phone (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Google Daydream (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ Moto Z (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ Moto Z2 Force (www.techradar.com)
  5. ^ Samsung Galaxy S8 (www.techradar.com)
  6. ^ Google Pixel 2 (www.techradar.com)
  7. ^ long public statement (www.reduser.net)
  8. ^ Lenovo P2 (www.techradar.com)
  9. ^ Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom (www.techradar.com)
  10. ^ Snapdragon 835 (www.techradar.com)
  11. ^ Snapdragon 845 (www.techradar.com)
  12. ^ Android (www.techradar.com)
  13. ^ Android Nougat (www.techradar.com)
  14. ^ Android Oreo (www.techradar.com)

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