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Most anticipated products of 2018

Magic Leap One AR headset

Red Hydrogen phone

Ataribox gaming console

Apple iPhone 8S, 8S Plus and X...2?

Channel Master Stream+ over-the-air DVR & streamer

Apple iMac Pro computer

Oculus Go VR headset

Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9

Snapdragon-powered Windows laptops

ESPN Plus streaming service

Apple HomePod smart smeaker

Tesla solar roof tile panels (additional styles)

Google Clips

This year in tech was full of highs and lows. The industry went through an emotional roller coaster and took us all with it: Apple's launch of its high-end iPhone X, the resurgence of nostalgic gadgets and the demise of our beloved AOL Instant Messenger, among many others.

Fortunately, 2018 looks to be lining up a bevy of new products and services that have us all very excited. Click through to see what the next year has in store.

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The first product to come out of the Google-backed augmented-reality startup, the Magic Leap One Creator Edition AR headset looks like a pair of full-on goggles straight out of a steampunk universe. It includes a set of Lightwear smart glasses, a battery pack belt and a controller. Unlike other AR headsets, the Leap One projects a full 3D image onto your retinas, which can be focused on in the same way that real objects can. Pricing information hasn't been released yet, but it's due to ship in 2018.

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In addition to making cameras for Hollywood movies and shows, Red will release its first phone, scheduled to ship out in Q1 of 2018. Known as the Red Hydrogen and highly anticipated by cinema and photography buffs alike, the Android phone will feature a 5.7-inch screen with "holographic" display modes and modular capabilities. But it'll come at a pretty penny: The Hydrogen will cost $1,595 (roughly £1,235 or AU$2,110) for the titanium variant or $1,195 (roughly £925, AU$1,580) for the aluminum alloy model.  

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Tugging at every '80s kid's nostalgic strings, Atari is releasing the Ataribox, a reboot of its popular Atari 2600 console. The refreshed console will run Linux, come in two designs (wood, black-and-red glass) and includes both classic and new games. It'll also have ports for USB, HDMI and SD connections. Shipping is anticipated for spring 2018, though its Dec. 14 preorder date has already been delayed. It's expected to cost around $249 to $299 (£186-£223 and AU$325-AU$390, converted) depending on the configuration.

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Though nothing has been confirmed yet, Apple will likely release a new line of its flagship phones next year. What we expect to be called the iPhone 8S and 8S Plus will probably be available in September and they're rumored to feature a metal casing instead of glass. Even less is known about the next iPhone X, which has definitely not been confirmed and we're not sure what it will be called (iPhone X2? iPhone XI? iPhone 11?). Clues from the current iPhone X suggest the next generation will likely launch in October 2018, incorporate TrueDepth technology to its rear camera and tout the same notch that's here to stay.

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As a new over-the-air DVR that's also an Android TV-powered media streamer, the Channel Master Stream+ has its sights set on besting TiVo. Available for preorder for $99 (£73 and AU$129, converted) with a retail price expected to be closer to $150 (about £112 and $AU196), the Stream+ features 4K and HDR compatibility, built-in Chromecast support and a programming guide for the dual-tuner DVR. And because it features Android TV, there will be plenty of apps to access (though both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video haven't been certified yet for the Stream+).

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The premium iMac Pro, which is available now for order, features a 27-inch display, an Intel Xeon W-class processor with up to 18 cores and a proprietary T2 chip that enhances boot security and encryption. Clad in all-black metal, the iMac Pro's base model starts at a whopping $4,999, £4,899 and AU$7,299 and can climb up to $13,199, £12,279 and AU$20,419 depending on the configuration.

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Scheduled for early 2018 with a $199 price tag (roughly £150 or AU$255 converted), Facebook's Oculus Go is a standalone headset that doesn't need a PC or phone to get going. It features a 2,560x1,440-pixel LCD display, built-in speakers, a headphone jack and a motion controller with 3 degrees of freedom.

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Just as new iPhones arrive every year, so do new Galaxy phones from Samsung. Rumors posit that we may get a peek of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus as early as January (during CES) or February (during MWC) and that they will move the fingerprint reader away from the rear camera, where it sits now. As for the bigger Note 9, early rumors speculate that it may feature an onscreen fingerprint sensor.

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Qualcomm and Windows laptop makers have been cozying up for a while, but 2018 looks to be the year we see Snapdragon-powered PC laptops. Not only did Lenovo, HP and Asus go on the record to say they plan to make Windows devices featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 mobile processor, but we also got a glimpse of two laptops that have it already: the Asus NovaGo and the HP Envy x2. This deviation from the x86 chips from Intel will make laptops act more like phones in terms of efficiency and size.

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Debuting in spring 2018, the sports television channel ESPN is launching its own streaming service called ESPN Plus. It will exist as an app that can stream ESPN channels and live sporting events. No word yet on the price or if existing ESPN subscribers will get a discount to the presumably standalone service.

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How long does it take for Apple to release a speaker with Siri? A while, apparently. Introduced in June and delayed until early 2018 (after the originally planned December release), the HomePod will be Apple's answer to Amazon's Echo and Google's Home smart home speakers. In addition to having Siri baked in, it will send messages, play music from Apple Music and work with Apple's HomeKit platform. It will cost $349 (£270 and AU$465, converted).

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Announced in 2016 and available for order since May of this year, Tesla's solar roof tiles power your house with solar energy and you can expect to see more of them this coming year. The tiles sell for about $42 (£31 andsell for AU$54 converted) each or $11 (£8 and AU$18) without photovoltaic cells embedded inside. Two design variants are already available (textured and smooth), with Tuscan and slate scheduled for 2018.

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Priced at $249 (£186 or AU$325 converted) and coming "soon," Google Clips is an AI-powered, 12-megapixel camera that, in short, takes photos for you. It uses machine learning with facial recognition to instantly take pictures and short videos. It can clip to anywhere you like and it learns, over time, what to take pictures of, the camera on the look out for smiles, movement and familiar faces. It'll also recognize your pet too. All the content lives on the camera and it doesn't need an internet connection or a phone to work.

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