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The most anticipated tech of 2017: Autumn edition

The year is more than two-thirds over, but there are some promising new gadgets on the horizon -- some confirmed, some rumored.

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iPhone X
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The iPhone X

The iPhone X -- that's pronounced "ten," by the way, not "ex" -- is a phone of firsts for Apple. A brand-new 5.8-inch OLED screen, Face ID to unlock the phone and no home button. Optical image stabilization on both rear 12-megapixel camera lenses, a portrait mode on the front-facing camera and a new feature to animate emojis.

Apple iPhone 8
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The iPhone 8

After months of rumors and speculation, the new iPhones are finally here. In addition to the special-edition iPhone X and a larger 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus counterpart, the iPhone 8 serves as the successor to last year's iPhone 7. You can preorder the new iPhone on Friday, Sept. 15, and it'll be available next week on Sept. 22. The phone comes in two memory capacities, 64GB and 256GB. In the US it starts at $699. If you live in the UK it starts at £699 and in Australia it costs AU$1,079.

Galaxy Note 8
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Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note brand lives on with the new Note 8. The new model boasts a 6.3-inch OLED screen, Samsung's first dual rear cameras and a host of new stylus tricks. And Samsung is taking extra care with the battery, including an 8-point safety check and certification from the independent UL testing labs. But the new Note will cost you: prices start at $930, though pre-order customers get free accessories, and Note 7 buyers get a price break.

Essential Phone
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Essential Phone

Andy Rubin, the father of the Android operating system, has created an all-new handset. After several weeks of delays, the phone -- which features an all-screen design and snap-on accessories -- finally began shipping to customers in late August. Additional software tweaks (including updates to the camera) are still on deck.

LG V30
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LG V30

The V30 takes a lot of what was right with the G6 earlier this year and adds an improved dual-lens rear camera and cutting-edge Qualcomm 835 processor. It hits Korea on September 21, and other markets shortly thereafter. 

Moto X4
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Moto X4

Motorola's next mid-price model delivers a 5.2-inch screen, dual rear cameras, a water-resistant body and an Android Pay-friendly fingerprint reader and NFC chip. Oh -- and Amazon's Alexa assistant is built-in, too.

7 of 26 Google

Google Pixel 2

Sequels to Google's Pixel phones are said to be in the works, too. The rumored unveiling date is supposedly October 5

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Tesla Model 3

It feels like we've been waiting an eternity for the Tesla Model 3. The all-electric sedan can be driven up from 220 to 310 miles on a single charge (depending which version you buy). It's also one of the most affordable all-electric vehicles, starting at $35,000 in the US before any government incentives.

While the car is technically "available" now, orders are backlogged into 2018. Tesla CEO Elon Musk hopes to be building as many as 5,000 Model 3 sedans weekly by the end of 2017. 

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Xbox One X

Microsoft's most powerful game console ever hits stores on November 7 for $499. £449 or AU $649. It plays all of the same games as the existing Xbox One models, but can output up to true 4K resolution (on compatible titles and TVs). And unlike the PS4 Pro, it plays 4K UHD Blu-ray discs, too.

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Super NES Classic Edition

The followup to Nintendo's impossible-to-get NES Classic arrives on September 29 for $80 or £80 (AU$119.95, out Sept. 30). It packs 21 titles dripping with pure retro nostalgia, including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2

Kaby Lake R chips
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PCs running Intel 8th generation Kaby Lake R chips

Intel just announced faster, better 8th generation "Kaby Lake R" Core i chips, and the PCs running them aren't far behind. Refreshed laptops like the Dell XPS 13 shown here could be as much as 40 percent faster than their predecessors. 

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iMac Pro

Mac Pro successor will arrive sometime after 2017. In the meantime, though, Apple will be launching a new iMac Pro in December. The most powerful all-in-one Mac ever will be powered by top-of-the-line Intel Xeon processors, and pricing will start at $5,000. That converts to about £3,900 or AU$6,300.  

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Apple HomePod

Also arriving in December is Apple's first entry in the smart speaker market. The Siri-enabled HomePod Wi-Fi speaker will retail for $349 (£270/AU$465, converted).

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Amazon Echo Look

Amazon's smart selfie camera has built-in LED lighting and computer vision-based background blur. Using your voice, you can take full-length photos and short videos with the hands-free camera and get styling advice from Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant. Needless to say there's a shopping element involved.

Amazon is selling the Echo Look by "invite-only," which was how it sold the original Echo speaker when it first was released. You can request an invite and you'll eventually be able to buy one, but it's unclear when.

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Harman Kardon Invoke

Apple, Google and Amazon aren't the only ones in the smart speaker market. Microsoft has promised a Cortana-powered speaker, too. It's called the Harman Kardon Invoke, and it's coming later this year. And now that we know that Cortana and Alexa will be able to talk to one another, the Invoke is more intriguing than ever.

Android O
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Android Oreo

Android Oreo debuted all the way back in March as "Android O." With its cookie-flavored name now locked in, the new version of Google's mobile OS has finally started to hit phones, though rollouts to Samsung, LG and other non-Pixel and non-Nexus devices will likely take months. Some of Oreo's most exciting features are better battery life, easier controls for notifications and picture-in-picture video for both phones and tablets. 

iOS 11
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iOS 11

iOS 11 adds a host of new features to iPhones, including a revamped Control Center, Apple Pay via Messages, better Live Photos, scan to Notes, a more human-sounding Siri and much more. For iPads, the list is even longer, with improved multitasking features and a better app dock. Look for it to hit iPhones and iPads in September, soon after the new iPhones are announced.

MacOS High Sierra
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MacOS High Sierra

Apple promises that the next version of the Mac operating system will make Macs faster and more secure. Other cool features include better face recognition and editing tools. Following a summer of betas, the full version is expected to hit Macs in September or October. 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The next free update to Windows 10 is the Fall Creators Update. Among the highlights is the Story Remix tool, which uses 3D and other mixed reality elements to enhance photos and videos. It starts rolling out to PCs on October 17.

Nikon D850
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Nikon D850

Full-frame dSLRs tend to trade off resolution for speed. Nikon balances the two in its latest prosumer model, incorporating a 45.7-megapixel BSI sensor with the fast autofocus and metering systems from its pro action-focused D5, delivering full-resolution continuous shooting at 7 fps -- 9 fps with the battery grip -- that's sufficient for most photographers. The Nikon D850 arrives in September starting at $3,300. (That converts to about £2,600 or AU$4,200.) 

GoPro Hero5
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GoPro Hero6

Action addicts, rejoice: GoPro has already announced that it will be unveiling the Hero6 action cam before the end of 2017. We don't know anything about it, but it presumably will be an improvement over 2016's Hero5 Black (shown here). 

Sony RX0
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Sony RX0

Sony's GoPro-size camera is pricey, but it's designed to be a more multipurpose mountable and packs a compact-camera-class 15.3-megapixel 1-inch sensor and Zeiss lens, plus lot more features. They include pro-level video options like S-Log2 gamma, a mic input and clean HDMI out, as well as useful still-shooting capabilities such as raw shooting, Adobe RGB color and slow shutter speeds. Plus, it supports high-frame-rate capture up to 1,000fps (at 800x720 pixels) for super slo-mo playback. The RX0 is due in October for $700. That's about £540 or AU$880.

Fitbit Ionic Watch
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Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit's Apple Watch competitor boasts a 4-day battery, fitness coaching, swappable bands, notifications and swim-friendly waterproofing -- and that's just for starters. It arrives in October for $300. That converts to about £235 or AU$380.

Apple Watch Series 3
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Apple Watch Series 3

The Apple Watch Series 3 is virtually identical in size to the Watch Series 2 but has a new, red digital crown and signal meter, as well as a built-in barometric altimeter. Color options include a new gold aluminum finish, plus silver and space gray.

Apple TV
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Apple TV 4K

The Apple TV 4K revamps the company's streaming media device and TV portal to all your iTunes content. The upgraded box will sell for $179 with 32GB of storage or 64GB for $199. (In the UK it's £179 or £199; in Australia it's AU$249 or AU$279.) It adds compatibility with 4K as well as HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR video. That means the new box will deliver the best 3,820x2,160-pixel resolution and -- more importantly -- the improved color palettes and contrast ratios of high dynamic range (HDR) video when connected to compatible TVs.

Red Hydrogen
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Red Hydrogen

That does it for big products we're expecting before the end of 2017. But we'll leave you with a tantalizing product scheduled for 2018: the Red Hydrogen phone. From Hollywood's top digital camera maker, Red's $1,200 phone is said to feature a "holographic" display. Can they really pull it off? We can't wait to see.

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