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THE LAT­EST TECH­NOL­OGY YOU SHOULD OWN

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE BOX - BY / JENNIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

SONY XPERIA XA1 UL­TRA

This phone is a re­minder that Sony can nail the ph­ablet for­mat. The six-inch full HD screen on this mid-range im­presses, as does its 19-megapixel front cam­era. Pity it’s miss­ing a fin­ger­print scan­ner. $45/month / voda­fone.com.au

BLACK­BERRY KEYONE

The Black­Berry key­board is back in this phone, be­neath a 4.5-inch screen show­ing An­droid apps. The come­back phone also of­fers BBM mes­sag­ing, a pro­duc­tiv­ity tab for no­ti­fi­ca­tions, but no water re­sis­tance. $899 / jb­hifi.com.au

MOTO G5 PLUS

One of the best bud­get phones, the G5 Plus de­liv­ers a de­cent 5.2-inch screen, a metal and water-re­sis­tant body, and a 12-megapixel cam­era that be­lies its price. It’s lim­ited to 16GB stor­age but will ac­cept a mem­ory card. $399 / har­veynor­man.com.au

HTC U11

There’s more to this phone than squeez­ing its sides, which opens its cam­era. The U11 is a zippy, full-fea­tured re­turn to form, with water re­sis­tance, a sharp cam­era and en­vi­able screen. It lacks a head­phone jack, and at­tracts fin­ger­prints, though. $999 / har­veynor­man.com.au

HUAWEI P10 PLUS

The Le­ica cam­eras in this smart­phone will be hard for oth­ers to beat. The 5.5-inch phone fea­tures two cam­eras — one colour, one mono­chrome — which let it mimic the depth of field of a big cam­era, and de­liver 2x op­ti­cal zoom. It also fea­tures op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, a smart por­trait mode, and an 8-megapixel front cam­era. It’s also fast, with an octa-core chip and 6GB RAM, has 128GB stor­age built-in, though it’s not water-re­sis­tant. $1099 / har­veynor­man.com.au

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