The Hot Four

Stuff Middle East - - Contents -

● Sam­sung Galaxy Note 8

● ACW The Ter­mi­na­tor T-800

● Rolls-Royce Phan­tom

● Nokia 8

BACK WITH A BANG SAM­SUNG GALAXY NOTE 8

Re­mem­ber the time Sam­sung’s Galaxy Note 7 was Stuff’s cover star? We do. It was not a fun month, but time for­gives all sins and here we are one year later with a new Note to con­tend with. Hav­ing been burnt be­fore by a very sim­i­lar-look­ing mega-phone, we weren’t ini­tially sure what to make of this phoenix-like rise from the ashes. Then we picked up the Note 8’s S Pen sty­lus, con­jured up a ju­ve­nile stick-man draw­ing and re­mem­bered what it was that we loved about th­ese phones in the first place: they’re built to do ab­so­lutely any­thing. In prac­tice, this means ev­ery­thing the Galaxy S8 is ca­pa­ble of and a lit­tle bit more. An added dual-lens cam­era serves up far su­pe­rior zoom ca­pa­bil­i­ties and hands you the chance to take fancy por­trait shots with art­fully blurred back­grounds. Aside from that cam­era-and-sty­lus combo, there isn’t all that much to dis­tin­guish this new Note from the S8. But do you know what? We loved that phone, and it didn’t ex­plode at ran­dom. Here’s hop­ing Sam­sung has learnt its oh-so-ex­plo­sive les­son this time around. As hot as… a phone that lit­er­ally caught fire (mi­nus the flammable bit) US$tba / sam­sung.com

“ALEXA, I’LL BE BACK” AC World­wide The Ter­mi­na­tor T-800

Smart se­cu­rity cam­eras are nor­mally anony­mous lit­tle chunks of plas­tic de­signed to blend into your home fur­nish­ings, not stand out like a killer ro­bot in a nurs­ing home. But what’s scarier for a bur­glar to see on a shelf as they crawl through your kitchen win­dow: a small white square with a lens on it, or an 18in metal skull with glow­ing red eyes? AC World­wide’s T-800 wire­less speaker has full Alexa sup­port, plus a cam­era built into the left eye, so you can see who’s wan­der­ing around your home in real time via the ac­com­pa­ny­ing app, with a year of cloud backup in­cluded for record­ings. Hasta la vista, un­cer­tainty. As hot as… the fires of Judg­ment Day from US$360 / ac­world­wide.com

LIFE IS A ROLLER COASTER Rolls-Royce Phan­tom

The name Rolls-Royce con­jures images of chauf­feurs, toffs and top hats. And while any­one who can af­ford a new Phan­tom has prob­a­bly got enough cash to pay some­one to drive it for them, why would they want to? With a 563hp V12 en­gine that’s al­most as silent as an ac­tual phan­tom, it’s packed with sen­sors, in­clud­ing a cam­era that analy­ses the road ahead to warn the air sus­pen­sion about any cham­pers-spilling bumps to come. And let’s not for­get the satel­lite-as­sisted trans­mis­sion that means the gear­box is al­ways pre­pared for any steep hills. If you can’t even be both­ered to drive a car like that, it’s prob­a­bly time you got a bi­cy­cle. As hot as… a swan vin­daloo £400,000 / roll­sroyce.com

Busi­ness class With its more an­gu­lar edges, you can eas­ily tell the Note 8 apart from Sam­sung’s other cur­rent smart­phones. The Galaxy S8 is smooth, soft and al­most peb­ble-like, but this one feels as though it re­ally means busi­ness.

No scan do A lot of fea­tures have been ported across from the Galaxy S8, in­clud­ing the dig­i­tal home but­ton – with the 6.3in screen tak­ing up so much space, there’s no room for a fin­ger­print sen­sor up front, so you’ll find it on the rear.

Jacked to the max Just like the S8, the Note 8 is wa­ter-re­sis­tant, has a 3.5mm head­phone jack, and of­fers USB-C charg­ing. There’s also a but­ton for the voice as­sis­tant Bixby – only he still hasn’t found his voice here yet. The Note 8’s dual-lens cam feels quick and re­spon­sive, but how it com­pares to the rest of the dual-cam­era world will boil down to im­age qual­ity. There’s not much here that’s dif­fer­ent from the iPhone 7 Plus. Room to doo­dle The Galaxy Note 8’s extra screen space isn’t wasted with cutesy curves. Its sides still bend around the edge of the phone, but at a much sharper an­gle, leav­ing you more space to doo­dle with the S Pen. Dual in the crown

Han­dle with care With a whop­ping 6.3in AMOLED panel this isn’t a phone you want col­lid­ing with a con­crete floor. Thank­fully, a skinny 18:9 as­pect ra­tio screen means you don’t need the hands of a gi­ant to grip it. The write stuff All your favourite S Pen apps have re­turned with the Note 8, but new for 2017 are Live Mes­sage, a cute way to draw doo­dles or an­no­tate images; and live trans­la­tion of whole sen­tences, in­stead of just sin­gle words.

Phan­tom tech Rolls-Royce claims the Phan­tom is home to the high­est-res head-up dis­play avail­able. If you’re not that both­ered about pix­els when it comes to cars, you might like its 360° and night vi­sion cam­eras in­stead.

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