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S8 $1,199, S8+ $1,349 sam­, avail­able now

The Sam­sung Galaxy S8 is one of those phones that just has to do well. Af­ter all, last year’s best phone was the Galaxy S7, so it should do. But with some im­pres­sive com­pe­ti­tion from the rest of the in­dus­try, Sam­sung needs to pull some­thing spe­cial out of the bag to be sure it stays num­ber one. The good news is that this is shap­ing up to be one hell of a phone.

And it’s not just the one kick­ass de­vice – there are two of them to con­tend with. The Galaxy S8 is Sam­sung’s main­stream hand­set – the one that’s go­ing to sell by the bucket-load – with a 5.8-inch screen, while the plus-sized S8+ fea­tures a whop­per of a dis­play: a mas­sive 6.2 inches of screen real es­tate, mak­ing it one of the big­gest smart­phone screens on the planet. But the key is Sam­sung’s new screen tech, which dom­i­nates al­most the en­tirety of the hand­set. Both phones aren’t ac­tu­ally that big, and that’s down

On the back, Sony has cho­sen to dial back the pixel count of its cam­era from its pre­vi­ous 23MP silli­ness down to 19MP, packed in a larger sen­sor for more light, and im­proved its Mo­tion Eye fea­ture, which now pro­cesses im­ages five times faster and cap­tures pic­tures be­fore you even press the shut­ter.

New Sony phones ooze po­ten­tial with so many ca­pa­ble com­po­nents mak­ing up the phone – but pre­vi­ous at­tempts at a superphone have been lack­ing. How­ever, the XZ Pre­mium looks to be a solid hand­set un­derneath the glitzy head­line fea­tures. We hope the price is right to take on the Galaxy S8, though.

If you’re yearn­ing for a phys­i­cal key­board on your smart­phone, then Black­Berry’s lat­est – the KEYone – could be your new best friend.

Your feel­ings of nos­tal­gia will peak when you thumb the QWERTY but­ton basher which of­fers the kind of tac­tile feed­back a touch­screen can only dream of. You can also scroll through pages by glid­ing your fin­gers over the keys, a bit like a giant track­pad. New to the KEYone is a fin­ger­print sen­sor, and it’s so neatly tucked into the key­board’s space bar, it’s barely no­tice­able.

Though the key­board de­sign is pos­i­tively retro, the soft­ware pow­er­ing this mod­ern Black­Berry is any­thing but, with An­droid 7.0 Nougat on show. And this isn’t won’t be some nasty bloat-fest – the KEYone is run­ning lovely stock An­droid, for the pure ex­pe­ri­ence.

A real sell­ing point of the KEYone is, un­sur­pris­ingly for Black­Berry, the highly se­cure en­cryp­tion that’s good enough for world-lead­ing gov­ern­ments. En­ter­prise users re­joice.

Thanks to the phys­i­cal key­board, the screen size is a mere 4.5 inches, which is small by cur­rent stan­dards, but with the key­board, the phone is a stan­dard size. Re­al­is­ti­cally, the KEYone is some­thing you’re only go­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate if you re­ally like typ­ing a lot.

The Huawei P10 is a cul­mi­na­tion of ev­ery­thing the com­pany has been do­ing right, with a few mi­nor tweaks from the P9 to make sure it keeps up with the big guns such as Ap­ple and Sam­sung.

There are two phones avail­able – the P10 and larger P10 Plus; the big­ger hand­set of­fer­ing ex­tras such as a larger, higher-qual­ity screen, a slightly more po­tent Le­ica cam­era sys­tem, more RAM and a big­ger bat­tery (3750mAh), and a wider choice of colours. Oth­er­wise, both phones are the same thick­ness, and look sim­i­lar.

The P10 and P10 Plus are set to go toe-to-toe with big guns like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6, but Huawei is keen to em­pha­sise the P10’s cam­era ca­pa­bil­i­ties over any­thing else. As with the out­go­ing P9, the P10 and P10 Plus fea­ture Le­ica-branded snap­pers around the back: a 12MP colour and 20MP mono­chrome vari­ant. When you take a shot, both cam­eras fire, and the phone com­bines them for a bet­ter shot in all lights. There’s a new Por­trait mode, which adds wicked bokeh around peo­ple; the blur looks con­vinc­ing. The front cam­era is also much im­proved, for sharper self­ies.

If your pri­or­ity is tak­ing great shots wher­ever you go, over hav­ing all the lat­est tech pow­er­ing a phone, then the P10 and P10 Plus will cer­tainly ap­peal.

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