Monday, February 27, 2017

The Morning After: Monday, February 27 2017

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They say you always remember your first.
Say hello (again) to the Nokia 3310



The Nokia 3310 is back. Courtesy of new brand owner HMD, the phone is returning with a mixture of dumbphone charm and some specification upgrades. The good news: it’s cheap (around $50), it has Snake, those nostalgic ringtones of yesteryear and seems pretty darn indestructible again. It’s an iconic phone, but one that’s over 15 years old. That’s a long time in mobile. A lot of people are going to want one. Do you?



Sony’s bringing its A-game this year.
The Xperia XZ Premium may be the 4K flagship we’ve been waiting for



After a mostly disappointing year of Sony smartphones (ahem, Xperia X and X Performance), the company might have just built its finest yet. Say hello to the Xperia XZ Premium, a high-performance sequel that ticks just about every box on our list when it comes to flagship devices. Sony seems to have gotten enough right that we’re willing to see where the XZ Premium takes us. That includes an incredible 960 frames-per-second super slow-motion mode and a 4K display that does HDR like thousand-dollar TVs.



Samsung’s convertible will also support new S Pen features.
The Galaxy Book crams desktop power in portable body



In addition to its Tab S3, Samsung is showing off two new hybrids that it’s calling the Galaxy Book. They’re ten- and twelve-inch Windows 10 tablets that support new S Pen features, come with keyboards and are light enough to carry around. They’re well-designed and performed quickly during a brief hands-on, and apart from the S Pen support there are a few small features that differentiate the Galaxy Books from rival Windows 10 convertibles.



LG G6 ditches modularity in favor of essentials
In return we get a longer screen, a waterproof design and wireless charging.



LG has taken a more sensible approach with its latest flagship. It’s tougher, more practical and better-looking than its predecessor, and its unusually proportioned display is a much-welcome feature in a market where phones tend to struggle to stand out.



The Lockheed Martin-designed aircraft is one step closer to reality.
NASA starts wind tunnel tests for its quiet supersonic jet



NASA’s plans for a quiet supersonic jet, the QueSST, just became tangible: the agency and Lockheed Martin have started wind tunnel tests for the future X-plane. It’s a scale model at this stage, but it will be subjected to winds as high as Mach 1.6 (950MPH).



The phone formerly known as ‘Mercury’ launches in April for $549
BlackBerry’s KEYone is an exciting return to form



With a global launch in the works and the hopes of diehards at an all-time high, the pressure was on BlackBerry and TCL to deliver on all that Mercury hype. We can’t render an official verdict yet, but my gut tells me they’re onto something. Say hello to the BlackBerry KEYone. Yes, “Mercury” was a better name, and yes, the capitalization is weirding us out too. No matter: Despite the nature of its creation, the KEYone feels like a pretty triumphant return to form for a brand in need of a boost.


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