There’s a new Far Cry game coming, and it looks… dusty

With the dust hardly settled on the last Far Cry entry – Far Cry 5, which released in March of this year – Ubisoft has released a new teaser trailer for the next game in the bestselling action-adventure series.

The trailer landed in the run-up to this week’s Game Awards 2018 event, on Friday December 7. In the video below, you can see some peaceful American cornfields, with a seeming nuclear detonation in the background.

After some intense weather patterns, and sombre narration – “None of us were ready for the end… The flames devoured everything…” – we get a glimpse of some suitably rusted FPS weaponry that seems to run on projectile circular saws. So far, so Far Cry. Take a look at the video below and see what you think.

A wasteland worth visiting?

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Far Cry 5

The unnamed Far Cry game appears to carry on from the ending of Far Cry 5, which seen the world being destroyed by a nuclear explosion. However we don’t know yet if the new title will be a direct sequel, based in Hope County once again, or something a little different.

Post-apocalyptic games are certainly on trend too. With the troubled release last month of Bethesda’s Fallout 76, there may well be a player base hungry for a slicker gameplay experience in a post-apocalyptic setting.

The imagery and narration in the trailer seems to point at a post-apocalyptic setting, but we’ll find out more from the worldwide reveal at The Game Awards 2018.

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The best iPhone 7 Plus deals for Christmas 2018

This plus sized iPhone from Apple was launched alongside the iPhone 7 in September 2016. Until the iPhone X landed, we thought it was the best iPhone on the market, with big improvements on the camera and battery fronts from previous large-screen iPhones.

If you’re looking for a big screen iPhone that won’t break the bank then the 7 Plus could be a good fit. Prices fell very nicely on the advent of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus – if you go for the earlier iteration you could end up paying around £300 less than it costs to get the newer massive iPhone. 7 Plus prices can now be found for less than £30 per month.

If you’re dead set on grabbing this huge iPhone now, then to help you navigate we’ve got a handy comparison tool which is designed to help you zero in on the cheapest deals. Underneath that we’ve chosen what we think are the best value options overall for the biggest networks out there. And if you still need some persuading, we’ve added a brief review of the iPhone 7 Plus to the bottom of the page.

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Top 5 best iPhone 7 Plus deals this month:

Unlike some other sites we don’t manipulate the order of these deals for commercial gain, so the handpicked deals below really are the best iPhone 7 Plus deals for EE, O2, Three and Vodafone right now. Don’t forget – if you’re looking for something a little different, our comparison widget above is the perfect way to sniff out your perfect deal. This page is for the best iPhone 7 Plus deals in the UK, but if you’re after Australian deals, check out the best Australian iPhone 7 Plus deals page. 

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There’s no denying the iPhone 7 Plus’s brilliance – just look at the fantastic cameras, supercharged performance and waterproof design. But that doesn’t disguise the fact that it doesn’t build massively on the iPhone 6S. If you want true innovation, you’ll have to pay the extra for 2017’s iPhone X.

Read more in TechRadar’s full iPhone 7 Plus review

Google Pixel 3 gets big price drop offer to entice Christmas buyers

Are you thinking about getting a loved one a top camera phone this year for Christmas? Well, this new offer on the Google Pixel 3 is just what you’ve been waiting for.

From December 8 until January 14, you’ll be able to get £100 off the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, bringing the cost down to £639 and £739 for each respectively.

That’s not really much to shout about though, given you can already get those prices at Carphone Warehouse and John Lewis. 

However, Google is offering £75 Play Store credit if you buy through its own portal, meaning you’re getting the gift of around 10 movies or tonnes of games to go with the new phone.

A Curious move

Google is also holding an event at its Curiosity Rooms, a space sort of sponsored by the Pixel 3 with workshops, talks, podcasts, food, music and other ways to try out the new Google phone – but for a limited time you can also buy the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, get a free wireless charging stand and the chance to SPIN A MAGICAL WHEEL for an extra gift.

However, despite trying to pry it out of the brand, we’ve not been able to find out what these gifts might be – so it could range from a new car* to one of those parachute action figures you chuck in the air and watch it float softly to the ground if you’ve wound the string correctly.

The thing is: you’re not getting the £100 off the phone at this event, so you’ll be paying the full £739 / £839 price point for these handsets, which seems a bit odd when you’ve made the effort of taking a trip down there and more expensive than you’ll find on our best Google Pixel 3 deals guide.

However, this pop up event will be available from December 6-9 and then again on December 13-16, so you can get down there today to check this out, should you want to start Christmas early.

*We have no reason to think this is true. It’ll probably be Play Store credit or something.

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Best camera phone 2018: the top smartphone snappers around

The best camera phone isn’t easy to pick out. It’s not just the latest iPhone or the camera with the most megapixels. A lot of it comes down to how well the smartphone has optimized its software to snap photos or record videos. Then there’s the matter of just what photos that camera needs to capture, as some smartphone cameras can handle certain scenarios better than others.

We’ve tested all of the best camera phones in a multitude of lighting conditions, scenarios, and with a wide variety of subjects. Knowing how each camera performs at different shooting tasks will help you know which can capture the moments you want to save.

So, before you settle on the best camera phone for you, you’ll want to determine what your needs are. Great front-facing sensors with a wide angle to snap better selfies? An array of different sensors on the back for versatile shooting? Knowing will help you decide what can suit your uses.

Want to know more about dual-cameras? Check out our video below.

Beyond the specs and capabilities of the camera itself, there are a number of aspects about the phone you’ll also want to consider. For example, getting a high-storage option or one that supports a microSD card will be helpful if you capture lots of 4K video. 

It’s also worth thinking about battery size and screen quality – if you’re going to be heading out all day and doing longer photography sessions, you’ll need a battery that can keep up. 

And if you’re mostly going to look at your photos on the phone, then a phone with OLED screen technology can really make your snaps pop – but if it’s social media, or even printing out your photos, that’s your plan then you’ve got a wider array of options.

We’ve listed all that information below, along with some of our top test snaps so you can make the right decision when it comes to choosing your next camera phone.

Best camera phone

The Google Pixel 3 is the best camera phone you can buy right now.

Even better, you get the choice of two handsets for your best camera phone experience, with both the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL boasting the same camera setup.

While most of the other handsets in our best camera phone round-up have at least two rear cameras, the Pixel devices come with just a single rear snapper.

These cameras are extremely powerful though, with an intuitive interface and AI smarts adapting fantastically to any scenario, be it beautiful vistas or low-light portraits.

What sets Google’s 12.2MP rear camera apart from the competition is its consistency. We got sharper, slightly brighter photos from the Pixel 3 and 3 XL versus the iPhone XS Max (overly warm color tones), Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (not always the best HDR) and Huawei P20 Pro (frequently over-sharpened).

Behind-the-scenes, Google’s dedicated Pixel Visual Core chip and machine-learning software are the magic that recognize what photos should look like and which shots you’ll actually want. 

If there’s one thing Google knows how to do, it’s processing data and perfecting algorithms. 

And let’s not forget, both phones also have dual front-facing cameras, giving you great portrait-mode selfies with beautifully blurred backgrounds.

Between the two, we’d opt for the Pixel 3 XL for the best camera phone experience. Its bigger, higher resolution display (vs the Pixel 3) works as a great viewfinder, while it also boasts a bigger battery which will keep you snapping for longer. 

Read our full reviews: Google Pixel 3 | Google Pixel 3 XL

Best camera phone

With three rear cameras the Huawei Mate 20 Pro offers a highly versatile camera phone experience.

The P20 Pro ushered in this era of great Huawei cameras, and the Mate 20 Pro inherits its 40MP wide-angle f/1.8 lens and 8MP, f/2.4 3x telephoto with OIS and then builds on it further.

Rounding out that trio of rear-facing cameras is the new star, an ultra-wide 16MP, f/2.2 lens. It expands the Mate 20 Pro’s feature set, letting you take a wider array of photos from limited positions. 

Even for casual shooting, it makes life easier when trying to fit a bunch of far-flung elements in the same photo.

The Mate 20 Pro’s overall low-light performance is superior to that of most other smartphones we tested, especially with its seconds-long-exposure Night Mode.  

The phone’s 3x telephoto does a great job of snagging distant shots, and the hybrid 5x zoom adds a digital blend to give you a bit more reach. It’s not perfect, but in our comparative testing, it outdid some digital-only zooms like on the Google Pixel 3.

There’s a host of other features in the camera app on the Mate 20 Pro too, allowing you to really fine tune and tinker with the photography experience.

Read our full review: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Best camera phone

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 builds on the strong camera offering of the Galaxy S9 Plus, with a number of small enhancements making it even better.

The result is a handset which is comfortable shooting in any scenario, including in low light, for some truly impressive shots.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 camera identifies and adapts to various subjects with a new scene-optimizer feature. It adjusts the white balance and color based on 20 subjects as varied as sunsets, flowers, food, birds, text and so forth. 

Compared to even the six-month-old S9 Plus, the Note 9 camera captures more detail, but you’ll have to squint to see the differences.

As this is a Note device, you get Samsung’s S Pen stylus included with the handset, and you can use the button on this as a remote shutter key. 

It means you can set the Galaxy Note 9 down on a surface and walk away from it and still snap a shot using the S Pen. It’s a relatively minor perk, but one we enjoy using.

One slight mark against the Note 9 is its lack of HDR video recording, but for many this won’t be an issue.

Read our full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Best camera phone

Apple’s latest iPhone duo boast powerful dual rear cameras, but it’s not just the specs that appeal about the firm’s mobile photography experience – it’s also the ease of use of their smartphone snappers.

The iPhone camera app is well known for being a simple, clutter-free interface, focused on taking great snaps every time with minimal controls, modes and settings for the user to worry about.

It means that you don’t quite get the same breath of shooting options as you do on the likes of the Samsungs and Huaweis, but the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max boast Apple’s best smartphone snappers to date, with improvements to their low-light capabilities.

If you want a phone to pull out and take a quick snap with minimum effort, the new iPhones are some of the best camera phones around.

Apple has popularized the blurred background Bokeh effect, and Portrait Mode is one of the best implementations of the technology we’ve used on a smartphone, with a range of studio lighting effects adding extra pizzazz to your compositions.

Both the iPhone XS and XS Max have exactly the same dual 12MP rear cameras, with the only differences between the two being screen size, battery size and their physical size.

The 6.5-inch display on the iPhone XS Max gives you a huge viewfinder when it comes to snapping photos, but it comes with an equally huge price tag, with the still-expensive iPhone XS producing the same results in a smaller form factor.

Read our full reviews: iPhone XS | iPhone XS Max

Best camera phone

Earlier this year the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus was our best camera phone pick, fusing an excellent all-round smartphone experience with a highly accomplished photography offering.

As you can see, it’s now be usurped by a number of new camera phone releases, but  it’s still a fantastic offering which has now dropped in price since launch. 

Round the back you get two cameras, with the main 12MP sensor joined by a secondary 12MP sensor directly below it. 

The main sensor is rather special, as it has a world’s-first-on-a-phone f/1.5 aperture, meaning that it performs fantastically well in low light.

That’s not all this sensor has up its sleeve though, as it also features Samsung’s Dual Aperture Technology, allowing it to move from f/1.5 (for low light) to f/2.4 (reduces overexposure in bright scenes).

Meanwhile the second camera allows you to take bokeh-rich photos, with parts of the image blurred while other parts are in focus.

This is all wrapped up into an easy-to-use camera app with an automatic mode which takes care of most of the technological trickery, meaning all you have to do is point and shoot for a great snap.

Read our full review: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Best camera phone

The Huawei P20 Pro marked a significant shift for the Chinese firm, as it offers up one of best camera phone experiences on the market.

It may have been superseded by the newer Mate 20 Pro, but take nothing away from the P20 Pro, this is still a top camera phone.

Its party piece is the triple camera setup on its rear. The three cameras have a combined megapixel count of a staggering 68MP. Chuck the 24MP front facing camera into the mix as well and the phone has a total count of 92MP.

  • How the Huawei P20 Pro triple camera works

Megapixels only get you so far, but the good news here is that the Huawei P20 Pro backs up its MP count with a strong suit of camera features.

The main 40MP camera is backed up by a 20MP black and white sensor that helps with image processing, including decreasing noise and improving dynamic range – although as default the P20 Pro shoots at 10MP.

The third rear camera has a 3x ‘zoom’ lens and an 8MP sensor, letting you zoom into a scene without using digital zoom – which means there’s very little decrease in image quality when used.

Read our full review: Huawei P20 Pro

Best camera phone

You may be wondering how the Galaxy S9 is as far down as it is considering its bigger brother is above it. 

The reason is that, unlike the iPhone XS/XS Max and Google Pixel 3/3 XL which have identical cameras, Samsung gave the S9 Plus more photography prowess.

The Galaxy S9 is still a top camera phone though, with its powerful 12MP rear snapper (there’s just one on the back of this phone) an advancement on the excellent sensor found on its predecessor.

Samsung has improved the camera’s low-light capabilities on the Galaxy S9 with an industry leading f/1.5 aperture, and it’s added super slo-mo, 960fps video recording to the mix as well.

The camera is even smarter though as, like the S9 Plus, it boasts Samsung’s Dual-Aperture Technology, allowing it to automatically switch between f/1.5 in low-light settings, to f/2.4 in bright scenes.

The result? An easy to use camera, with an auto mode which, nine times out of ten, delivers a great photo with very little effort.

Read our full review: Samsung Galaxy S9

Best camera phone

The Sony Xperia XZ3 is the best camera phone from the Japanese firm to date, with its single 19MP rear snapper proving a powerful photography option.

The user interface has been streamlined for starters, so there’s less swiping to get to the various modes and frequently accessed settings are always shown on-screen, so there’s minimal fiddling around when prepping your shot.

In good light, detail is strong, and a nice amount of background blur can be achieved without calling on any bokeh modes.

Where the Xperia XZ3 camera excels though is video. The digital stabilization works well in good light in particular, and the 4K HDR footage you can capture is simply breath-taking.

Sony is also still the only manufacturer whose phone cameras are able to capture 960fps Full HD slow motion, with the competition capping out at 720p. It’s totally unusable in medium to low light, but it’s a nice feature to have when you’re outdoors on a sunny day.

Read our full review: Sony Xperia XZ3

Best camera phone

The LG G7 ThinQ isn’t the only camera phone on this list to pack more than one snapper on its rear, but it uses the two sensors it does have in a different way to everyone else.

Its primary rear camera is a relatively standard 16MP affair with a f/1.6 aperture that’s accomplished enough to take decent quality snaps, but it’s the second 16MP camera alongside it where things get a little more interesting.

Instead of gathering extra data to improve shots on the primary camera, or to provide bokeh-like effects, this 16MP snapper boasts a wide angle lens allowing you to cram more into every shot.

This is great when it comes to shooting landscapes or skyscrapers, and you can easily switch between the two sensors with a single tap on the screen.

Overall quality isn’t quite as impressive as the Samsungs, Pixels or Huaweis above, but for those looking for something a bit different, and some serious wide-angle action, the G7 ThinQ has you covered.

Read our full review: LG G7 ThinQ

Best camera phone

The OnePlus 6T may not be the very best camera phone here, but it’s cheaper than the rest of the competition and still offers up a flagship photography experience.

The camera features a wide-angle lens paired with a 16MP sensor, as well as a secondary 20MP lens and sensor combination. Both lenses feature a f/1.7 aperture.

While OnePlus has stuck with the same hardware on the T update as the OnePlus 6, the software has been improved, notably with the addition of a new Nightscape long exposure mode. It’s good, but not as good as the similar modes on the Mate 20 Pro or Pixel 3.  

Selfies are also nice and sharp, especially in good light, with the nicely exposed faces you want – and the selfie bokeh mode works well too.

Read our full review: OnePlus 6T

This 9.7-inch iPad deal matches Black Friday discounts

Miss the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on iPads? Tech retailer B&H Photo has a holiday discount on the 9.7-inch iPad that chops $40 off the $329 list price.

That’s a generous deal considering Apple devices rarely go on sale – even during extreme sales seasons, like Black Friday. If you were looking to pick up one of Apple’s tablets for a holiday gift, this is a great price.

The iPad 2018 improved on its predecessor by implementing the A10 Fusion chip, a modified version of the processor that debuted in the iPhone X last year. This model includes 32GB of space and is Wi-Fi only, which should be just fine for most users who don’t need a lot of local storage or to browse internet on the go. 

Sure, it’s not the most powerful iPad on the block – that honor goes to the iPad Pro – but the newest basic iPad won’t cost you an arm and a leg, either. Most consumers will be perfectly happy with the speed of the iPad 2018, and this may be the best price we’ll see for this model all holiday season.

  • The new iPad 2018 ranked just behind the new iPad Pro in our best iPads list

The best Ultrabooks 2018: top thin and light laptops reviewed

The best ultrabooks are the ultimate status symbol, especially if you’re a student or if you spend a lot of time in the local Coffee shop. While everyone has big and bulky Chromebooks or budget laptops, you’ll whip out a thinner, lighter and faster machine with the best SSDs and processors you can get in a laptop.

These thin and light beauties are as much about portability as sheer horsepower. You don’t need to worry about your Ultrabook freezing in the middle of an important project, or running out of juice on the road.

So, we thought it’d be best if we took the time to gather up the best Ultrabooks you can buy today. From brands that you know like Dell and HP, to those you might not be familiar with like Huawei, we reviewed all of these thin and light laptops for their designs, performance and battery life.

Sometimes, we’ll come across an Ultrabook that completely destroys everything that came before. The Huawei Matebook X Pro is one of these Ultrabooks. This gorgeous laptop brings high-end components into an elegantly-designed package that puts even the MacBook Pro to shame. And, with its 3K touchscreen, the Huawei MateBook X Pro has a display that’s just as nice to look at as the chassis. It’s really the best Ultrabook you can buy today. 

Read the full review: Huawei MateBook X Pro

Weighing just 2.67 lbs (1.21kg) and measuring just 0.3 inch at its narrowest point, the Dell XPS 13 is the essence of the best Ultrabooks. It’s not the most affordable option, but the Dell XPS 13 is a perfect example of what the best Ultrabooks can do. It wields 8th generation Kaby Lake Refresh processors, obviously, but it also features three USB Type-C ports and the option of a gorgeous Alpine white finish.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

The original Surface Laptop was one of the best Ultrabooks when it first came back, though it was held back from true greatness due to its relatively weak hardware and Windows 10 S. However, in 2018, the Surface Laptop 2 has come back with a vengeance – bringing stronger quad-core processors and the full-fat version of Windows 10. It’s through these core improvements that the Surface Laptop 2 is able to bring the purest Windows 10 experience on a laptop, at a price that won’t make you gasp in horror. 

Read the full review: Surface Laptop 2

Few Ultrabooks are as brilliantly designed as the Lenovo Yoga 920, a 2-in-1 laptop that’s as illustrious to look at as it is to use. In contrast to its nearest competitors, such as Microsoft’s Surface Book 2, it’s also a far less expensive endeavor. For the modest price you pay, you’re getting a gorgeous, all-metal finish that can be flipped inside out for extended functionality. It also houses the latest 8th-generation Intel processors, just in case speed was a concern.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 920

From the moment your eyes meet the HP Spectre 13, you’ll be impressed by its sheer beauty. HP has taken the already luxurious Spectre and dialed the design up to eleven with gold trim and packed it with internal specs that blow the competition out of the water. One of the first Ultrabooks rocking an 8th-generation Kaby Lake Refresh chip, the 2017 Spectre 13 more than doubles the CPU performance of most of its competitors. This added performance comes at the cost of battery life, but clocking in at just under 6 hours – the battery life is still passable.

Read the full review: HP Spectre 13 

Razer has been known as a gaming company for years now, but with the Razer Blade Stealth the green-themed manufacturer wants to dispel that. If you’re not convinced, this Ultrabook might change your mind by turning into a 13.3-inch, QHD+ beauty. You can no longer upgrade to 4K, but the performance this Ultrabook offers is more than worth that compromise – especially given how beautiful the chassis is.

Read the full review: Razer Blade Stealth

It’s rare that a manufacturer thinks of everything when creating one of the best Ultrabooks, but for what it’s worth, the HP Spectre x360 comes pretty close. It’s a 2-in-1 convertible laptop,, which by itself makes it a bit of a niche product. Still, for those right-brained users out there, the HP Spectre x360 comes bundled with a Windows Ink-compatible stylus, unlike the vast majority of hybrids. That would mean very little if the HP Spectre x360 didn’t have great sound and visuals – and it definitely does.

Read the full review: HP Spectre x360

Anyone familiar with Apple’s thinnest and lightest laptop would be wise to compare the Asus ZenBook 3 to the 12-inch MacBook. The similarities are obvious, but one look at the specs and the differences stand out too. Adorned with the choice of a U-series Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, the ZenBook 3 is awfully powerful considering it’s less than half an inch thick and weighs two pounds. The port selection is sparse, but ultimately it’s well worth the sacrifice.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook 3

  • This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of this writing: Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Huawei MateBook X Pro

Best Ultrabooks

It’s no secret that Apple has all but neglected the MacBook Air recently, but in some cases a Windows Ultrabook can be just as good, if not better. Take the Asus ZenBook UX310, for example, the long awaited follow-up to the award-winning ZenBook UX305. Donning a 7th generation Intel Kaby Lake processor, a 178-degree rotating QHD+ screen, a USB-C port an and an all-aluminum shell, this truly a candidate for the MacBook Air’s throne. 

 Read the full review: Asus ZenBook UX310

If you’re looking to get your hands on an entry-level Ultrabook that can get some work done, without spending a fortune, the Lenovo Yoga 730 should be at the top of your list. Sure, it doesn’t have the longest battery life, but with how much (or how little) this device will set you back, it’s a worthy trade off – especially considering the speedy SSD, quad-core processor and 8GB of RAM you’re getting at the entry level. For anyone on a budget, the Lenovo Yoga 730 is certainly one of the best Ultrabooks around right now.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 730 

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Bill Thomas and Gabe Carey have also contributed to this article