MacBook 2017 vs MacBook 2016: what’s changed?

While the new iMacs and iMac Pro might have gotten the lion’s share of attention from WWDC, the new MacBook saw a few important updates.

It might look the same between the identical chassis and screen, but Apple has seriously upgraded the storage, added twice the maximum memory capacity and introduced 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Intel processors with this refresh. 

This is also the first 12-inch Retina MacBook to feature an Intel Core i5 processor (in a way). Here’s what’s new with the MacBook 2017 versus last year’s model, and whether it’s worth an upgrade.

Design

If you’ve seen a MacBook in the last two years, the 2017 model will look very familiar to you. This is the third time Apple has reused the ultra-slim MacBook chassis since it was first introduced in 2015, and it honestly hasn’t lost its luster.

It might not be the thinnest or lightest laptop in the world since that crown has been taken by so many Ultrabooks, but this is still an incredibly portable package.

Just like its predecessor, the 2017 MacBook weighs 2.03 pounds (920g) and measures 0.52 inches (1.31cm) at its thickest point.

Display

The 12-inch Retina Display also remains exactly the same, not that we’re complaining. 

The on-board 2,304 x 1,440-resolution display is much sharper than the Full HD, 1080p panels we typically see even on 13-inch laptops.

Hardware

Like the rest of the freshly updated Mac lineup, the MacBook 2017 sees the introduction of 7th generation Intel Kaby Lake processors. 

While the early 2016 version of the MacBook came with Intel Core m3, m5 and m7 processor options, the 2017-edition has different CPU choices: an Intel Core m3 to start succeeded by a Core i5 or Core i7 processor.

The latter chips should be a big step up in power. However, Apple notes the processor clock speed starts at 1.2GHz with Core m3, making 100MHz jumps upward in the Core i5 and i7 options. 

This likely means that these Core i5 and i7 chips are actually Core i5-Y and i7-Y CPUs that launched with the Kaby Lake generation, meant to succeed the previous Intel Core m parts while maintaining much of the same power profile as before.

Apple also claims to have integrated solid-state storage (SSD) that’s twice as fast, though only benchmarks will prove that promise. Lastly, the maximum memory capacity has been doubled from 8GB to 16GB.

Price

Prices for the 2017 MacBook remain the same as last year, with the starting Intel Core m3 configuration coming in at $1,299 (£1,249, AU$1,899).

Compared to the equally-priced base model of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, you’ll get twice the amount of storage with the same memory capacity (albeit, running at a slower frequency) and a lower-power processor. 

The higher-end Intel Core i5 configuration starts at $1,599 (£1,549, AU$2,349) and comes with a 512GB SSD, but otherwise shares the same specs as the base model. 

Upgrading from there to an Intel Core i7 processor will cost an additional $150, £150 or AU$150 on top of the aforementioned starting price for the Core i5 model.

Should you buy one?

If you’ve been on the fence about getting a MacBook since 2015, this is the most powerful and fastest iteration yet.

While last year’s models only saw a processor refresh bump, the increased memory capacity (and memory speed) and two times faster storage are some hardy upgrades for this ultra-portable laptop. 

Although it might not be the lightest or thinnest machine anymore, it’s hard to resist Apple’s pixel-perfect display and impeccable craftsmanship. If you’re still rocking the 2015 version, this is as good a time to upgrade as any.

And, if you’ve been on the fence to buy your first MacBook, this is the best time to buy regardless.

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Apple HomePod isn’t an Amazon Echo rival – it’s a Sonos killer

For months, analysts all over the industry foretold the coming of the Siri Speaker – a Wi-Fi audio device from Apple that had a home assistant baked right in. 

They said it would be Apple’s answer to the Amazon Echo or the Google Home, and those who were close to it said those were the products Apple engineers looked to emulate. 

But they were wrong: HomePod isn’t an Amazon Echo rival. It’s a Sonos killer. 

Here’s the thing, if Apple was targeting the Google Home or Amazon Echo, it failed. It failed miserably. Not only are those two speakers substantially cheaper than the $349 (about £270 or AU$460) Apple HomePod, but the HomePod feels far behind in terms of connectivity. (Amazon’s new Echo has a screen, while Home has deep Chromecast functionality.)

But the Apple HomePod doesn’t line-up with those. The better comparison, and the one we all should’ve made from the beginning, is to a Sonos Play:3 speaker. 

Instead of seeing the HomePod as a Siri Speaker, a device that feels late and underdressed to a party, see it as the evolution of the connected Wi-Fi speaker – loaded to the gills with a seven beam-forming tweeter array, a 4-inch upward-facing woofer and a library of 4 million songs.

HomePod’s weapon of choice? AirPlay 

So how does Apple plan on committing the homicide? It seems like the answer lies in AirPlay, that open standard Apple has been using for ages to tether devices together. 

Apple’s announcement of AirPlay 2.0 was something it breezed through during Monday’s WWDC keynote. It announced the new capabilities almost dutifully, before pressing on to the New iPad Pro (really, Apple? That’s the best name you could come up with?) and the improvements coming to the Metal SDK. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love hearing about how Apple is diving into VR with the HTC Vive, or how great macOS 10.13 High Sierra is going to be. I do. But when you’re telling us that all AirPlay 2.0 speakers will be controllable by Siri and any AirPlay speaker can be accessed and grouped by the Home app, we should probably spend a few minutes on that. 

If it works as described, AirPlay could replace every first-party app from audio makers like Bose, Sonos, Ultimate Ears and dozens of others. They’ll have no purpose any more.

Unlimited control of speaker groupings and music playback were the features that built Sonos as a brand 15 years ago, and now Apple is stealing that thunder. 

Thunder, meet Flash

I’ve described certain speakers “all flash and no thunder” in the past. When I said it, I meant that the speaker spent so much time honing its image or its feature set, it forgot what the most important aspect of a speaker should be: sound quality. (Cough, Beats, cough.) 

From the spec sheet, that’s exactly the opposite of what Apple is doing with the HomePod. 

It has a seven beam-tweeter array, each with their own drivers, and a high-excursion woofer. It has an Apple A8 Chip inside that will intelligently sculpt sound to match the environment it’s in. It uses an advanced algorithm that continuously analyzes the music and dynamically tunes the low frequencies for distortion-free sound. It can analyze the acoustics of a room, adjust the sound based on the speaker’s location and steer the music in the right direction.

It could be a great-sounding speaker. And if it is, then Sonos is in real trouble.

But more to my point, it doesn’t seem fair to compare the HomePod to the Google Home or Amazon Echo. The Home, for example, has a 2 inch driver and dual 2 inch passive radiators while the Echo uses one 2.0 inch tweeter and a built-in 2.5 inch woofer. The difference between these “AI first, sound quality second” products and Apple’s HomePod should be night and day.

Oh yeah, and it has Siri too 

Instead of seeing Siri as the HomePod’s main purpose, look at it like the cherry on top of a delicious, Wi-Fi connected cake. It will clearly be able to integrate with dozens of smart home appliances right out of the gate as well as any burning questions you might have, but that’s not the sort of thing that the HomePod will excel at. 

In terms of smart home functionality, HomeKit isn’t a resounding success yet, and while it’s well supported it doesn’t have the same enthusiasm behind it that Samsung’s SmartThings platform has. 

Similarly, while I expect some improvements to be made to Siri before the HomePod’s launch in December of this year, I fully expect it to be the hit-or-miss virtual assistant I have on my iPhone today. With over two years in public development and many more behind closed doors, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant are going to be smarter, more clever and more intuitive than anything Apple puts into the HomePod. I have very little doubt about that. 

In summary? Calling it a Siri Speaker belittles the HomePod’s greatest strengths. It’s not an AI-equipped smart speaker but a relatively bold evolution of the Wi-Fi speaker that now comes with a still-in-development virtual assistant.

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The best Huawei P10 deals in June 2017

The new Huawei P10 looks to be one of the best Android phones of 2017 and you can buy it right now. 

All the major UK networks are now stocking the Huawei P10, so we’ve put a bunch of the best deals together in one place so you can find the best contract for you. Some of the deals have lots of data, there are some without an upfront cost and some deals are just plain cheap, so we can get your the best deal on your new phone. 

We’ve highlight some of the best deals further down the page, but you can also use the widget below to create your own best deal for the Huawei P10 in June 2017.

See also: HTC U11 deals | HTC U Ultra deals | iPhone 7 deals | iPhone 7 Plus deals | Mobile phone deals

The best Huawei P10 deals in June 2017

EE 4G | Huawei P10 | Unlimited calls and texts | 2GB data | Free upfront | £32.99 per month This is the best Huawei P10 deal on EE if you’re looking to spend the least on day one. This deal is free upfront and offers you 2GB of data to use every month for only £32.99. We’d recommend the next deal though if you want a little extra internet for not much more money. Total cost over 24 months is £791.76

Get this deal: from BuyMobiles

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EE 4G | Huawei P10 | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £19.99 upfront | £32.99 per month This is probably our favourite deal for the Huawei P10 on EE as it comes with 5GB of internet and in June it’s only £32.99 each month. For this amount of data and a Huawei P10 on EE, this is a steal and it’s only £20 upfront too. Total cost over 24 months is £811.75

Get this deal: from Affordable Mobiles

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Three | Huawei P10 | £29 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 12GB data | £38 per month  This is quite a jump in internet from the deal above. Click the link below and you’ll get 12GB of data to use each month for only £38 a month. The phone will cost you £30 on day one, but that’s worth it for so a huge amount of internet and one of the best new phones on the market. Total cost over 24 months is £941

View this deal: from Three

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Now let’s break down the best Huawei P10 deals by network

Best Huawei P10 deals on Vodafone (June 2017)

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Huawei P10 | Vodafone | £159.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £28 per month
This will limit the amount of internet you have, but it’s one of the cheapest ways to get your hands on the Huawei P10. If you think you’ll be on a Wi-Fi connection most of the time, you may find you’re able to handle only 1GB of internet each month. This deal has gone up in price since May, but it’s still a low cost way to get the Huawei P10. Total cost over 24 months is £831.99

View this deal: at Carphone Warehouse

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Huawei P10 | Vodafone |  £109.99 phone | Unlimited calls and texts | 4GB data | £34 per month
This deal may cost more than £100 upfront, but it’s only £34 a month after that and that’s with a huge 16GB of data to use each month. You’ll struggle to use all of that up. It also comes with unlimited calls and texts as well as your Huawei P10, plus you’ll get all the benefits of being on Vodafone too. Total cost over 24 months is £925.99

View this deal: at Carphone Warehouse

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Huawei P10 | Vodafone | £59.99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 16GB data | £38 per month
If you’d like your phone deal to be a bit cheaper upfront than the option above, this is our favourite choice in June 2017. Sadly, it’s still not as affordable as some people may hope it to be. It’s only £38 a month though and that’ll get you 16GB of data, unlimited calls and texts. Click the link below to buy it. Total cost over 24 months is £971.99

View this deal: at Carphone Warehouse

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Best Huawei P10 deals on EE (June 2017)

Huawei P10 | EE 4G | unlimited minutes and texts | 2GB data | £179.99 upfront | £22.99 per month
This is the cheapest possible deal we can find for the Huawei P10 on EE but that’s only for the monthly cost. There’s quite a hefty upfront fee, but you’ll only pay £22.99 a month after that. You may want more than 2GB of data though, so we’ve included some more deals below. Total cost over 24 months is £731.75

Get this deal: from BuyMobiles

Huawei P10 | EE 4G | Unlimited calls and texts | 2GB data | Free upfront | £32.99 per month
This is the best Huawei P10 deal on EE if you’re looking to spend the least on day one. This deal is free upfront and offers you 2GB of data to use every month for only £32.99. We’d recommend the next deal though if you want a little extra internet for not much more money. Total cost over 24 months is £791.76

Get this deal: from BuyMobiles

Huawei P10 | EE 4G | Unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £19.99 upfront | £32.99 per month
This is probably our favourite deal for the Huawei P10 on EE as it comes with 5GB of internet and in June it’s only £32.99 each month. For this amount of data and a Huawei P10 on EE, this is a steal and it’s only £20 upfront too. Total cost over 24 months is £811.75

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Best Huawei P10 deals on O2 (June 2017)

Huawei P10 | O2 | Unlimited calls and texts | 3GB data | £129.99 upfront | £29 per month
The upfront cost of this deal may look daunting, but this is the best priced deal over the two year contract if you want a Huawei P10 on O2 this month. It comes with 3GB of data and only costs £29 a month. That upfront cost may still put you off so we’ve got loads more deals from O2 below if that’s the case. Total cost over 24 months is £825.99

Get this deal: from Carphone Warehouse

Huawei P10 | O2 | Unlimited calls and texts | 3GB data | £50 upfront | £37 per month
You’ll be spending £50 exactly upfront on day one with this Huawei P10 deal, and it’ll then cost you £37 a month for the rest of the two year contract. You’ll get more data with the deal below, but if you’re after a mid-priced deal on O2 go for this one with 3GB of data. Total cost over 24 months is £938

Get this deal: from Carphone Warehouse

Huawei P10 | O2 | Unlimited calls and texts | 10GB data | £79.99 upfront | £39 per month
If you need to be on O2 for your Huawei P10, this is the best deal if you need a lot of internet. It comes with 10GB, which you’ll likely struggle to get through each month and it also comes with unlimited calls and texts. You’ll be spending £80 upfront for the phone though, but even then it’s still a great buy. Total cost over 24 months is £1,015.99

Get this deal: from Carphone Warehouse

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Best Huawei P10 deals on Three (June 2017)

Huawei P10 | Three | £99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 2GB data | £27 per month
We don’t usually love the deals on Three, but these options for the Huawei P10 are quite affordable. This deal with 1GB of data has quite a low monthly cost compared to some other prices on Three. If that upfront cost is difficult to stomach, look at the next deal below. Total cost over 24 months is £747

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Huawei P10 | Three | £29 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 12GB data | £38 per month
This is quite a jump in internet from the deal above. Click the link below and you’ll get 12GB of data to use each month for only £38 a month. The phone will cost you £30 on day one, but that’s worth it for so a huge amount of internet and one of the best new phones on the market. Total cost over 24 months is £941

View this deal: from Three

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Huawei P10 | Three | £29 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 30GB data | £47 per month
This is the deal to go for if you’ll be using masses of data over your two year contract. Three offers up a massive 30GB of data each month with this deal costing £47 a month and £29 when you first take it out. There are unlimited data deals on Three, which you can make with the tool at the top of the page, but we’d recommend this as you’ll likely struggle to use 30GB of data. Total cost over 24 months is £1,157

View this deal: from Three

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macOS 10.13 High Sierra release date, news and features

Apple has announced the latest version of its operating system for Macs and MacBooks at WWDC 2017: macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Last year’s update to the Mac OS X of old was very well received, bringing better integration between Macs running the software and iPhones and Apple Watch devices.

With the reveal of macOS 10.13 High Sierra now official, here’s everything we know so far.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The 2017 edition of Apple’s Mac operating system, macOS
  • When is it out? Public beta in late June; full release in autumn
  • What will it cost? macOS 10.13 will be free to download

macOS 10.13 High Sierra release date

Apple announced macOS 10.13 High Sierra at the WWDC 2017 keynote event, which came as little surprise, as it’s traditional for Apple to announce the latest version of its Mac software at its annual developer event.

But, when will we be able to download and use macOS 10.13  High Sierra? If you’re really keen to try it out – and if you don’t mind using early software that’s potentially buggy and incomplete – then you’ll be able to download the macOS 10.13 High Sierra Developer Preview right now.

Go to the Apple Developer Program enrollment webpage, which will show you everything you need to sign up for the program, which will then allow you to download macOS 10.13 High Sierra Developer Preview.

Bear in mind that this is early software, so we wouldn’t recommend running it on your Mac or MacBook that you rely on every day.

There will be a public beta for macOS 10.13 High Sierra later in June, which will be more stable and feature-complete. For most, we’d recommend waiting until the final version, which Apple says will release this autumn.

macOS 10.13 High Sierra features

Apple has promised a number of exciting new features with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. These include improvements to Safari – which now will thwart ad-tracking and auto-playing videos – and improving Spotlight Search in the Mail App. 

Plus, when you’re writing emails, the app now allows split view for the compose window – and it will use up to 35% less disc space as well.

The Photos app has also been updated in macOS 10.13 High Sierra, with a better sorting tool, along with a new layout, better facial recognition thanks to neural networks, and better syncing across all Apple devices.

Editing tools have also been improved, making it easier than ever to improve your photos without knowing too much about the process. You’ll even get to apply Instagram-like filters to your photos in post.

One of the biggest changes with macOS High Sierra is with the file system. It’s ditching the HFS – which Apple has used for around 30 years, and is now using the Apple File System (APFS).

This is a 64-bit file system that supports native encryption and faster meta data operation. This may all sound a bit techy, but the bottom line is that this will make your Mac feel a lot faster, while also being more secure and more transparent about the nature of your files and folder contents.

The update will also bring HEVC, or H.265, video compression to the Mac. The firm claims that this new standard can compress video files 40% more than the previous-generation H.264 standard. The end result will be faster video streams at higher resolutions – ahem, 4K – and smaller video files sizes when stored locally.

VR finally comes to the Mac

One of the biggest bits of news surrounding macOS High Sierra is that it will finally bring support for virtual reality headsets officially. Namely, the HTC Vive and Steam VR will work with Macs running the new OS this autumn.

However, to use such a device, you’ll need at least an iMac Pro or 5K iMac – or, any Mac that can run the new OS with an external graphics card box attached via Thunderbolt 3. Support for such devices will come part and parcel with macOS High Sierra. but won’t be an available function until spring 2018.

macOS 10.13 High Sierra compatibility

Apple’s macOS 10.13 High Sierra will be available on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and Mac Pro models from 2010 and later.

Also, MacBook and iMac models from 2009 and later will also support the OS. So, a wide range of Mac owners will be supported by this new software. Stay tuned for our impressions of macOS High Sierra in the coming months.

Joe Osborne has also contributed to this report.

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macOS 10.13 release date, news and rumors

At this year’s WWDC 2017, Apple is expected to reveal macOS 10.13, its follow-up to last year’s macOS 10.12 Sierra operating system for desktop Mac and MacBook devices.

Last year’s update to the Mac OS X of old was very well received, bringing better integration between Macs running the software and iPhones and Apple Watch devices

With the reveal of macOS 10.13 likely only a few hours away – find out how you can watch the WWDC keynote live – here’s what we know so far about the new operating system from Apple.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The 2017 edition of Apple’s Mac operating system, macOS
  • When is it out? Likely June 5 announcement and September launch
  • What will it cost? macOS 10.13 will be free to download

macOS 10.13 release date

It’s widely assumed that macOS 10.13 will be revealed today (June 5, 2017) at the WWDC 2017 keynote event. This is a rather safe bet, as it’s traditional for Apple to announce the latest version of its Mac OS X (later renamed macOS) software at its annual developer event and showcase.

But when will we be able to download and use macOS 10.13? If you’re really keen to try it out – and if you don’t mind using early software that’s potentially buggy and incomplete – then you’ll probably be able to download the macOS 10.13 beta shortly after the WWDC keynote.

Apple usually releases updates at 10:00 PDT (13:00 ET, 18:00 BST, 03:00 the following day AEST), so it’s worth checking out the beta.apple.com website to see if it’s available.

To download the early version of macOS 10.13 you’ll need to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program.

Bear in mind that this is early software, so we wouldn’t recommend running it on your Mac or MacBook that you rely on every day. 

There will likely be a public macOS 10.13 beta in July, which will be more stable and feature-complete, but for many people we’d recommend waiting until the final version, which we think will launch in mid-September, as previous versions have.

What will macOS 10.13 be called?

It’s been a while since Apple stopped naming its operating systems after big cats; instead we’re likely to see a name based on a location in California, which has been the theme since OX X 10.9 Mavericks in 2013.

In 2014 Apple trademarked a number of names of iconic Californian locations, including towns, mountains and deserts.

Names from that list that haven’t been used yet are: Redwood, Mammoth, California, Big Sur, Pacific, Diablo, Miramar, Rincon, Redtail, Condor, Grizzly, Farallon, Tiburon, Monterey, Skyline, Shasta, Mojave, Sequoia, Ventura, and Sonoma.

Meanwhile, another rumor suggests that Apple will use a name that begins with ‘M’, and that it won’t use a mountain or park name. From that list, this narrows it down to Monterey, a town in California.

So, will we see macOS 10.13 Monterey? We’ll find out in a few hours…

Apple Watch 3 release date, news and rumors

Update: Today is the start of WWDC 2017 – Apple’s big yearly developer conference – where we may see the company announce the Apple Watch 3. If it doesn’t get announced today, we may hear of new software for Apple’s wearables which we expect to be called watchOS 4

The Apple Watch 3, or the Apple Watch Series 3 as it will probably be called, is a long way off yet, but there are already a few rumors about it and as the biggest name in smartwatches it’s sure to be the subject of numerous leaks well before its launch.

This guide will keep you up to date with all the latest news and rumors, along with our own analysis. 

If that’s not enough we’ve even added a wishlist of features we want to see -please let us know in the comments below what you’d like added in as well.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next wearable from Apple
  • When is it out? Late 2017 or early 2018 probably
  • What will it cost? More than most smartwatches

Apple Watch 3 release date

We can be fairly confident there will be at least a year between the Apple Watch 2 and the Apple Watch 3, which means we’re not likely to see the Apple Watch 3 before September 2017 at the earliest.

That said, today is the start of WWDC 2017 and it may be the company decides to surprise us with the announcement of a new Apple wearable at the big developer conference.

If it arrives in September instead, it will probably launch alongside the iPhone 8. But the original Apple Watch launched in April, so perhaps we’ll be waiting until April 2018, or maybe Apple will choose another date altogether. 

All we can say for sure is that you’ve got a long time to save, as we don’t really expect this to be a yearly-refreshed device from Apple, as it would create too many variants with not a lot to actually put in as an upgrade.

The latest rumor does suggest Quanta Computer will no longer be the sole manufacturer of the Apple Watch 3 and it will now share production with rival Compal. The rumor also suggests it will launch in the second half of 2017, so alongside the iPhone 8 may be a possibility.

TechRadar’s take: Apple doesn’t seem to see the Apple Watch as a device which needs refreshing every year, so don’t count on seeing the Apple Watch 3 before 2018.

Apple Watch 3 screen

Hottest leaks:

  • A Micro-LED display

We wouldn’t expect the size or shape of the screen to change for the Apple Watch Series 3, so expect a square 1.65-inch display. 

It’s likely to still be OLED too, especially now that Apple is rumored to be moving towards that tech for the iPhone 8, and it offers such great technological benefits.

Apple Watch 2

On the other hand, it’s also been rumored Apple is considering Micro-LED panels for its next generation wearable. These are brighter and more power-efficient than OLED, but they also tend to be more expensive.

Whatever the technology, there’s a good chance that the resolution will remain at 390 x 312, as Apple rarely seems in any hurry to up the resolution of its devices.

Saying that, this is one area which could stand to be improved, as while the Apple Watch 2 has a fairly crisp display it’s not quite pin-sharp, which isn’t ideal given that analog watches don’t have to worry about this issue, and Apple would love to be the equal (or better) of anything in that market.

TechRadar’s take: Apple is sure to improve the screen in some ways, be it a jump in resolution or changing the display technology, but don’t expect big changes.

Apple Watch 3 design

Hottest leaks:

  • A platinum or Liquidmetal case
  • A smart band
  • A modular design

While the general shape and style of the Apple Watch 3 probably won’t be much different to the Apple Watch 2, certain aspects of the design could change substantially.

Apple Watch smart strap

For one thing, there’s an Apple patent detailing a smart fabric wristband that could act as an extra display, showing the time or simple notifications. We’re wary of patents as they often don’t turn into anything, but this would be a clever way to extend the otherwise small screen of the Apple Watch.

We could also see new materials used in the case. Apple added a ceramic option for the Apple Watch Series 2, but there have been whispers of a titanium or platinum case, as reported by Apple Insider, and there have long been rumors of Apple working with Liquidmetal, which would be excellent for a timepiece.

It’s also possible that the Apple Watch 3 will be smaller and slimmer than current models. One rumor suggests the Apple Watch 3 may achieve this thinner design through Apple moving the haptic sensor to the strap of the watch.

Another patent even details a plan to include modular functionality on the strap of the watch. You could potentially add extra battery, biometric sensors, speakers, cameras or even solar cells to charge the device when out and about.

It would also let you swap out features to make sure your device doesn’t age so quickly.

On the other hand, the Apple Watch 2 is actually marginally thicker than the first generation, so Apple might choose to pack more tech in instead of slimming it down.

One thing that probably won’t change is the fact it’s water-resistant. This was a major new feature for the Apple Watch 2 and we’d be very surprised if Apple removed it for the Apple Watch 3.

TechRadar’s take: One or more new case materials are likely to be added, but most of the current ones will probably remain. The overall look of the Watch is unlikely to change much. We also don’t expect a modular design, as no-one seems to have cracked this yet.

Apple Watch 3 camera and battery

Hottest leaks:

  • A FaceTime camera
  • An improved wireless charger

The Apple Watch Series 2 doesn’t have a camera, but the Apple Watch Series 3 might. It’s a feature which was at one point rumored for the Apple Watch 2, allowing you to make and receive FaceTime calls, so it’s possible that the idea will be resurrected for the Apple Watch 3.

Battery life on the Apple Watch 2 is a solid two days – much improved from the daily charge of the original Apple Watch, and while there’s no news on the Apple Watch 3’s battery life it seems unlikely that it would be any worse.

With multiple firms getting involved with e-ink or monochrome LCD displays for smartwatches, we can only hope that Apple might do the same by fusing a low-power screen with a high-resolution display, getting the best of both worlds.

And when it does come time to charge there might be a more convenient solution this time, as an Apple patent has been unearthed, showing a wireless charging stand that would charge the Watch no matter how it’s placed on the base.

This would not only make it easy to connect to the charger, but also mean you could charge the Watch while it’s lying at an angle, so you could for example use it as a bedside clock.

TechRadar’s take: A FaceTime camera doesn’t seem like it would be a priority feature, but may be included if Apple can fit one in without sacrificing much else. Expect at least two days of battery life, possibly longer.

Apple Watch 3 sleep tracking

We’re poised to see an official Apple Watch sleep tracking app simply because Apple just bought Beddit, described as the ‘Fitbit of sleep tracking.’

Beddit has an comprehensive iOS and Apple Watch app, but it currently requires an expensive, sensor-filled piece of fabric that slips under your mattress. Not ideal.

The bigger issue is battery life. Apple really needs to extend the Apple Watch 3 battery to three days to make it ideal for wearing a Watch while sleeping.

watch OS 3.2 Theater Mode feature was step one. Buying Beddit was step two. Now adding two-day battery life is step three to an official sleep tracking app.

Apple Watch 3 OS and power

Depending on when it launches, the Apple Watch 3 will likely run either watchOS 4 or watchOS 5. There’s no news yet on what features these might include, but Apple is likely to further work on optimizing performance.

Apple Watch 2

That should also be helped by a new processor, which will probably be called the S3. It’s likely to be a dual-core chip, much like the S2 in the Apple Watch 2, but will presumably be significantly faster.

TechRadar’s take: The Apple Watch 3 will run whatever the latest version of watchOS happens to be when it launches – probably watchOS 4. You can expect snappier performance too.

Apple Watch 3 other features

Hottest leaks:

  • Phone-free cellular capabilities

Apple added GPS to the Apple Watch 2, so you can track your runs without a phone, but with the Apple Watch 3 the company might go one better and allow it to work completely independently of an iPhone.

We’re not just talking fully standalone apps, but also potentially its own SIM card, allowing access to mobile data and the ability to call and text even if you’ve left your phone at home.

Supposedly Apple considered these sorts of features for the Apple Watch 2, but found them too much of a drain on the battery. If the company can overcome that problem this could become the main selling point of the Apple Watch 3.

BGR has also reported information from a source that claims the Apple Watch 3 will come with a glucose monitor. It will help those who suffer from diabetes monitor their blood sugar levels easily.

It still sounds like a future piece of tech considering the main way most diabetes patients monitor their levels is through blood samples, which can be painful and irritating to do. If Apple has found a way to do it this could make the Apple Watch 3 a must-have for a lot of people.

Another interesting fitness angle was spotted by BikeRadar as a new feature in the updated Apple Watch, where it could function as a power meter for cyclists.

The watch, detailed in a patent application, would be able to take into account elements like speed, wind resistance (somehow), hand position and angle… all making it possible to determine a rider’s power output.

What’s most interesting about this application is the wider fitness capabilities Apple seems to be imbuing the Watch 3 with, showing that the brand sees this as a key battleground for its wearables.

TechRadar’s take: Cellular capabilities could be the big feature the Apple Watch 3 needs to really stand out from previous models, so this is likely to be something Apple will try to include.

Apple Watch 3 price

The original Apple Watch started at $349/£299/AU$499 when it launched, and the Apple Watch 2 upped the prices to $369/£369/AU$529.

So far there aren’t any price rumors for the Apple Watch 3, but it’s likely to stay at roughly around the same price as the Apple Watch 2, as although the prices went up between the first and second generations we’d think the Watch 3 might struggle to sell if it starts much higher.

  • Everything we expect to see from Apple watchOS 4

The Apple Watch 2 was a big upgrade on the original Apple Watch, but some big rumored features also failed to materialize, so there’s certainly things left to be added. Here’s what we want to see in the Apple Watch 3.

1. Fully phone-free features

The single biggest feature of the Apple Watch 3 could be the ability to get cellular connectivity without being tethered to a phone.

This was rumored for the Apple Watch 2 and hopefully for the next model it will actually happen, as it could turn the Apple Watch from an accessory into a standalone device.

2. All week battery life

The Apple Watch 2 can easily last for two days between charges, which is a big improvement on the Apple Watch Series 1, but it still pales in comparison to the Pebble range, which can last for a week or more.

Those watches are also far lower spec, so the difference is understandable, but if Apple can find a way to further stretch out the battery life of the Watch 3 the company could have the first truly essential smartwatch on its hands, or wrists.

3. A sharp screen

Apple Watch 2

The Apple Watch 2 already has a fairly sharp screen, but the fact that it has a screen at all means it doesn’t look as crisp as an analogue watch and that’s one hurdle that may need to be overcome before smartwatches become the norm, so we’d like to see a sharper display on the Apple Watch 3.

4. More health and fitness features

The big selling point of the Apple Watch 2 over the original Apple Watch is GPS, marking it out as more of a fitness tracker.

But while that works well the watch as a whole still has a way to go before it can replace the best fitness trackers on the market. For example, there’s a heart rate monitor built in, but it’s not very accurate, so we’d like to see this improved for the Apple Watch 3.

A selection of more feature-packed health and fitness apps would help too, as currently they tend to be quite basic.

5. Super strength

With the Apple Watch 2 being waterproof and seemingly built with athletes in mind it would make sense for the Apple Watch 3 to gain some extra durability.

Taking the Watch on runs, rides and swims makes it more exposed to the elements and accidents than if you were just wearing it around the house, and the increased fitness focus could see climbers, skiers and other extreme sports enthusiasts make use of it. As such it would be reassuring to know that it’s built to last.

The Apple Watch 2 isn’t weak, but the Apple Watch 3 could be stronger still.

  • These are the best smartwatches available

Apple watchOS 4 release date, news and rumors

Apple’s wearable software is a big part of why the Apple Watch and Apple Watch 2 are still some of the best smartwatches on the planet and keeping pace with the best Android Wear watches out there – but there are improvements to be made.

New software upgrades can change the face and features of your watch and this may be reason enough to buy a new watch or update your current wearable.

Even if we don’t see the Apple Watch 3 soon, watchOS 4 could be a seriously big deal for Apple wearable fans, and it could be announced today. Here’s everything we’ve heard so far.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next software upgrade for the Apple Watch
  • When is it out? May be announced today and released later this year
  • What will it cost? It’ll be free for existing Apple Watch devices

WatchOS 4 release date

We expect to hear more about the next version of Apple’s watchOS at WWDC 2017, which takes place later today. When the software will actually roll out is unclear.

We hope Apple plans to bring the software to all existing versions of the Apple Watch, but considering the original wearable is now a few years old it may not see the latest software update.

We expect to see the update roll out for free, so you won’t have to spend any money to get the latest in watchOS software.

WatchOS 4 rumors

Features for watchOS 4 haven’t been confirmed yet, but there are lots of rumors about what we may see Apple announce for the wearable.

Perhaps the biggest will be improved sleep tracking. Apple recently bought the sleep tracking app Beddit and we expect some of those features to be included on the Apple Watch 3 as well as watchOS 4.

Exactly how the sleep tracking tech will be improved is unclear at the moment though, but you may find yourself more inclined to wear your watch to bed after you’ve downloaded watchOS 4.

Fitness features on watchOS 4 are set for an upgrade too, with Gizmodo reporting that Apple is testing out skiing and snowboarding tracking. It may well be that the company is planning some other sports for the app as well, and we expect to see extended features for sharing your workouts with friends too.

We also have our fingers crossed that it’ll be easier to combine your watchOS fitness stats with other third-party apps, but there are no rumors to back this up at the moment.

We expect Apple will also release a bunch of new watch faces with the watchOS 4 update.

Some are hoping it may come with a store to download Watch faces directly from, but that’s unlikely, as we reckon that if Apple was going to add such a feature it would have done before now.

There are also bound to be a number of improvements to Siri, which Apple is rumored to be preparing for the launch of a smart Siri Speaker to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home.

There’s a good chance some of those extra Siri features (which are rumored to include the ability to learn your habits and respond to questions faster) will make it across to the new version of watchOS too.

  • WWDC 2017: what to expect from Apple’s big developer conference

The new Vortex from MSI looks like a mini console but is packing much more

High-end gaming manufacturer MSI has unveiled its reinvented console-esque gaming desktop, the Vortex G25, at this year’s Computex in Taiwan. 

First appearing at CES 2016, MSI’s original Vortex (the G65) took the shape of a cylindrical tower that looked like a gamer’s rendition of a Mac Pro. But based on the sleek and slender design of the G25 Vortex, the latest iteration of the gaming computer seems to have consoles squarely in its sights.

We’re told that the ‘25’ in the device’s moniker refers to its meager size and mass, with a 2.5L chassis and 2.5kg net weight. This slim unit can stand vertically, akin to something like Nvidia’s Shield gaming system or even one of the more recent Playstation consoles, relying on a ‘base’ to support it, or can lay flat on rubber feet.

The Vortex’s case is furnished in typical MSI fashion — angled edges, matte black finish with glowing red trim, and the brand’s signature dragon badge thrown on for good measure.

The belly of the beast

The high-octane appearance is paired with some appropriately beefy specs ready for the rigors of VR gaming, although the available options may vary from region to region. The unit can be powered with up to a seventh-gen core i7 Intel processor and a GPU up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB of DDR5 memory.

There are four slots available for RAM, able to take up to 64GB total of DDR4, and for storage you can have up to two m.2 SSD connected via PCIE. You can simply and swiftly remove the bottom panel in order to upgrade either of these features and make any desired tweaks.

All the usual connectivity suspects are present, with some easy-access USB 3.0 and headphone ports on the front of the device, as well as a USB Type-C connection capable of charging your VR devices with up to 5V, 3 of power. There’s also the latest in Thunderbolt connectivity, with 3.0 allowing for up to 40gbps transfer speeds, and the Vortex is capable of outputting in 4K at 60Hz. 

We don’t yet have pricing or availability on this beast but considering the highest-spec version of last year’s Vortex launched at $3,999 (around £2,834 and AU$5,375), we can definitely expect this to be a pricey piece.

  • Check out the highlights from our extensive Computex 2017 coverage.

The best Australian EOFY tech deals

Tax-time sales are here again. The end of the financial year is often when retailers try and get rid of aging stock or work overtime to reach sales targets, with the result being massive discounts on a range of products – from cars to home appliances and plenty in between.

The TechRadar team is here to help you find the best tech products on sale for the cheapest prices. Note that some of the offers on our list end before 30 June, but we’ll keep this story continuously updated to include any new deals we find between now and the EOFY to help you snag the best bargains.

And don’t forget, we’re still collecting the best non-EOFY tech deals over here, so take a squiz to find more of our hand-picked bargains!

PCs & LAPTOPS

  • Lenovo ThinkPad E470 (from $749): Designed for productivity, this 14-inch laptop features an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Lenovo is offering this device for a $749, saving you $100. Offer ends 9 June. If you want a tad more grunt under the hood, you can get the Core i7/8GB RAM/256GB SSD model for $1,029, saving you $470 on the machine.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (from $1,649): Save $350 on Lenovo’s premium ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook – the company’s lightest, thinnest and most powerful X1 Carbon yet. The 14-inch laptop features a Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. Sale ends 9 June.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460 ($1,079): Save a whopping $1,070 on Lenovo’s 14-inch ThinkPad Yoga 460 convertible featuring an Intel Core i5 CPU, 16GB memory and a 256GB SSD. It’s available online at Lenovo for $1,079 until 9 June, down from $2,149.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 ($1,799): This 13-inch convertible laptop boasts an Intel Core i5 CPU at its heart, with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. You can save $200 on this premium device until 9 June, so get it now for $1,799.
  • Dell Inspiron 13 5378 2-in-1 laptop ($999): This 13-inch convertible laptop houses a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor and comes with 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD. It also features a backlit keyboard, an infrared camera for facial recognition and a Full HD touchscreen display. It also happens to be on sale at the Microsoft Store for $999, saving you $400 on the RRP of $1,399.
  • Dell XPS 13 Z511203AU 2-in-1 laptop ($2,499): This is the smallest 13-inch 2-in-1 from Dell and it features an QHD+ (3200 x 1800) InfinityEdge display that gives you an almost edge-to-edge screen. It’s powered by an 7th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and has a 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM. Save $300 on this premium device at the Microsoft Store and get it for $2,499.
  • Dell XPS 15 laptop (from $2,599): Dell labels its premium 15-inch XPS laptop as a powerhouse, promising great performance with an InfinityEdge display for sharp images. Powered by a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, this Windows machine features 32GB of memory, a 1TB SSD and a 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 video card. This mean machine retails at $3,699, but it’s on sale at the Microsoft Store for $3,199, saving you $500 on the RRP. If you don’t need a whopping 1TB of storage, you can opt for the 16GB RAM/512GB SSD version for $2,599, saving you $400.

PC ACCESSORIES

  • WD My Passport Ultra portable external hard drives ($79): Inundated with too many files you can’t store on your computer for lack of storage? Get yourself a 2TB My Passport Ultra portable external hard drive from WD and you can carry all your data wherever you go. Kogan has them on sale at the moment for $79, saving you $61. They’re available in black or white. Plus you get a bonus WD case valued at $19.99.
  • HP OfficeJet 6950 all-in-one printer ($99): Great for home use or the office, this HP printer promises to print up to 2.5 times as many pages if you use HP High-yield ink cartridges, which could prove economical in the long run. Plus it can easily be connected to a handheld device for printing from a smartphone or tablet. Head to JB Hi-Fi and grab it for $99 and save yourself $50 in the bargain.
  • HP Envy 4523 all-in-one printer ($49): HP designed this sleek-looking printer for your home with a price tag that won’t scare you away. This all-in-one printer retails for $79, but you can get it for just $49 at JB Hi-Fi and take care of all your printing needs for less.
  • Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5050 keyboard ($68): Look after your posture while you work with this wireless keyboard and mouse set from Microsoft. This ergonomically designed set retails for $129.95, but you can save $61.95 when purchasing it from Tandy for just $68.
  • Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD ($224): Increase you computer’s memory storage with Samsung’s 850 EVO 500GB solid-state drive to enhance boot-ups and responsiveness. Plus you get to save $85 at Kogan – the SSD is now $224, down from $309.

SMARTPHONES & ACCESSORIES

  • Apple iPhone 7 (from $919): Kogan can save you money on Apple’s latest flagship phones. You don’t need to shell out $1,079 for the 32GB model of the iPhone 7 as you can lay your hands on it for $919, or alternatively pay just $999 for the 128GB version. They’re also available in all colours (except the new red option) – Jet Black, Black, Rose Gold, Gold and Silver.
  • Huawei Mate 9 ($749): This a phablet boasts a robust build, an impressive camera, powerful processor and great battery life. It also comes with a premium price tag of $999, but you can save $249 by getting the gold model from Tandy for $764.
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 ($499): The latest Samsung flagship is flooding the market, but that doesn’t mean the other phones from the South Korean manufacturer aren’t any good. This Galaxy A7 is one of the best mid-range Android phones in the market. It’s thin, with a great display and is currently on sale at Kogan for $499. That’s a cool $250 off the regular retail price of $799.
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime ($300.87): This 5.5-inch handset doesn’t compare to its Galaxy S8 counterpart, but it does feature a fingerprint scanner on the home button and a power-saving mode to help conserve battery life when you need it the most. There’s 32GB of onboard storage and 3GB RAM, plus a microSD slot that can support up to 256GB. It retails for $499, but you can save nearly $200 on it by getting it from T-Dimension for just over $300. Keep in mind that this could be an international model, so make sure you’ll be able to use it in Australia before finalising the purchase.
  • Sony Xperia XZ ($679): This premium handset from Sony offers pretty much everything you’d expect from a flagship phone, plus it isn’t afraid of a bit of water. This 5.2-inch smartphone features a Full HD curved display and 32GB of onboard storage with the option of increasing it to 256GB via a microSD card. And you can save $220 on this phone at Tandy, where it’s on sale for $679.
  • Samsung Tab A 10.1 ($299): The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 comes with a 10-inch screen running at a 1920 x 1200 resolution, as well as having a capable Exynos 7870 mid-range processor and 3GB of RAM packed inside – great for streaming videos and being entertained while on the go. Plus you can save $150 on this Android 6.0 Marshmallow-toting device by getting it from Kogan for just $299. That’s down from $449.
  • Samsung Fast Charging wireless stand ($69): Samsung’s Fast Charge wireless pad outputs at up to 9 volts 1 amp, for 9W of power rather than the usual 5W. Samsung says it’ll charge your phone from flat in 120 minutes. So if your handset is a Qi charging-enabled device, you can forget cables to add some juice to your phone. It’s available for $69 on Kogan, saving you $50 on the RRP of $119.

AUDIO & VIDEO

  • Audio-Technica QuietPoint Active noise-cancelling headphones ($109): These cans from Audio-Technica promise to reduce ambient noise by up to 87% and features a detachable cable if you want to go wireless. The headphones retail for up to $159 apiece, but you can currently score a pair from Rubber Monkey for just $109.

The best Sony Xperia XZ deals in June 2017

Sony has produced remarkable phone with the Sony Xperia XZ, and if you’re looking for an excellent deal that gives you the handset and loads of allowances for an affordable price, then you’ve come to the right place. 

There are plenty of reasons why you’d want a Xperia XZ – it has one of the market’s leading cameras and fantastic build quality. The 5.2-inch screen is 1080p and looks fantastic, and there’s plenty of power underneath the gorgeous exterior to make the Sony Xperia XZ one of the most powerful handsets on the market – and it’s comfortable to hold as well, despite the large screen size.

Despite being so new and us being so far away in the calendar from Black Friday, the Xperia XZ already has some amazing deals that lets you take home the handset without any upfront cost, and we’ve collected the best of those deals below.

More options: Sony Xperia Z5 deals | Sony Xperia Z5 Compact deals | Sony Xperia XZ Premium deals | Sony Xperia XZ Compact deals

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The UK’s best Sony Xperia XZ deals:

The best Sony Xperia XZ deals

Read further down the page to see all our recommended Sony Xperia XZ deals, but these top three are what we think are the absolute best Xperia XZ deals out there in the UK today. And if you’ve heard about the new, improved Premium models, you can head to our Xperia XZ Premium deals, too.

Sony Xperia XZ deals

best Sony Xperia XZ deals

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 2GB data | £33pm
This deal gives you some freedom compared to other Sony Xperia XZ deals in June, as the talk time is unlimited, and the 4G data allowance is a decent 2GB, while texts are all-you-can-eat. This remains one of the best ways to get the excellent Sony Xperia XZ on the Three network. Total cost over 24 months is £792

Get this deal: from Affordablemobiles

Sony Xperia XZ deals

best Sony Xperia XZ deals

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 4GB data | £34pm
This Sony Xperia XZ deal is very good if you like a bit more 4G data to check Facebook and listen to Spotify while you’re out and about. This deal comes with 4GB worth of data each month, unlimited minutes and all the texts you need. The new handset from Sony is included with no upfront cost, and you also get £45 cashback as well. The total cost of this deal over 24 months is £771

Get this deal: from Mobile Phones Direct

sony xperia xz deals

best Sony Xperia XZ deals

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 16GB data | £34pm
This is an absolutely amazing Xperia XZ deal, especially for people who love streaming movies, listening to Spotify and browsing the web on their phones. There’s no upfront cost for the Xperia XZ, plus you get unlimited minutes and texts as well as a huge 16GB of 4G data each month – perfect if you want to use the Xperia XZ’s fantastic screen to watch films on Netflix. Even at £34 a month you’d think this was a great deal – but it gets even better thanks to a huge £156 cashback offer as well, lowering the monthly costs to £27.50. The total cost of this deal over 24 months is £660

Get this deal: from Mobile Phones Direct

Now let’s break down the best Sony Xperia XZ deals by network…

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Best Sony Xperia xz deals on vodafone

Best Sony Xperia XZ deals on Vodafone

Offers extras like Spotify and Sky Sports

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 1GB data | £32pm
This is one of the cheapest Sony Xperia XZ deals on Vodafone, and there’s no upfront cost. You get unlimited minutes and texts and a 1GB of 4G data, which should be plenty for most people who only occasionally browse the internet on their smartphone. Best of all, the monthly payments are pretty reasonable at £32. The total cost of this deal over 24 months is £768

Get this deal: from Mobile Phones Direct

sony xperia XZ deals

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 4GB data | £34pm
This Sony Xperia XZ deal is very good if you like a bit more 4G data to check Facebook and listen to Spotify while you’re out and about. This deal comes with 4GB worth of data each month, unlimited minutes and all the texts you need. The new handset from Sony is included with no upfront cost, and you also get £45 cashback as well. The total cost of this deal over 24 months is £771

Get this deal: from Mobile Phones Direct

sony xperia XZ deals

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 16GB data | £34pm
This is an absolutely amazing Xperia XZ deal, especially for people who love streaming movies, listening to Spotify and browsing the web on their phones. There’s no upfront cost for the Xperia XZ, plus you get unlimited minutes and texts as well as a huge 16GB of 4G data each month – perfect if you want to use the Xperia XZ’s fantastic screen to watch films on Netflix. Even at £34 a month you’d think this was a great deal – but it gets even better thanks to a huge £156 cashback offer as well, lowering the monthly costs to £27.50. The total cost of this deal over 24 months is £660

Get this deal: from Mobile Phones Direct

sony xperia XZ deals

Best Sony Xperia XZ on EE

Best Sony Xperia XZ deals on EE

The place to go if you want high-speed 4G

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 1GB data | £32.99pm
EE kicks off its June Sony Xperia XZ offers with this rather tempting deal, which gives you the new handset for no upfront cost. The monthly price of £32.99 is made more affordable thanks to £30 cashback, and although the 4G data is capped at 1GB a month, you should still be fine if you don’t do much browsing when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi. If you don’t mind keeping an eye on your usage, this is a good way to get the Xperia XZ for cheap. Total cost over 24 months is £761.76

Get this deal: from Mobile Phones Direct

sony xperia XZ deals

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 2GB data | £32.99pm
This deal is more generous with its data allowance, and the cost per month isn’t that much higher. You get the Sony Xperia XZ handset thrown in for free, along with 2GB of 4G data and unlimited texts. The good news is that this month the cap on talk time has been lifted, so you can natter away for as long as you want, and you get unlimited texts as well. The monthly cost is pretty great considering how new the Xperia XZ is, and you get £72 cashback in June as well, lowering the monthly cost further to £29.99. Total cost over 24 months is £719.76

Get this deal: from Mobile Phones Direct

sony xperia XZ deals

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 8GB data | £32.99pm
This Sony Xperia XZ deal is ideal for internet addicts as you get unlimited calls and a very generous 8GB of 4G data each month, which should be plenty for most people, letting you stream music from Spotify without too much worry. Again, you get the Xperia XZ handset for free. Considering the free phone and generous allowances, this is definitely a deal worth considering. Total cost over 24 months is £791.76

Get this deal: from Affordablemobiles.co.uk

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Best Sony Xperia XZ on o2

Best Sony Xperia XZ deals on O2

The network with extras like O2 Priority

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 1GB data | £39pm
O2 doesn’t have a lot of amazing Xperia XZ deals this month, unfortunately. This deal is the cheapest way to get the handset without paying upfront. You get unlimited minutes and texts, but 4G data is capped at 1GB a month, so this deal is best for people who don’t do a lot of mobile internet browsing. Total cost over 24 months is £936

Get this deal: from Mobiles.co.uk

sony xperia XZ deals

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 3GB data | £42pm
This is quite a good Sony Xperia XZ deals on O2. Unlike last month, you no longer have to pay upfront, and you get the Xperia XZ, unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and a very nice 3GB of 4G data each month, which gives you plenty of wriggle room to download apps and games, stream movies and music and browse the internet. Total cost over 24 months is £1008

Get this deal: from e2save

Sony Xperia XZ | £19.99 upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 5GB data | £36pm
Here’s another good Xperia XZ deal, which this month has seen price cuts in both upfront and monthly costs. You get the Sony Xperia XZ for an upfront cost of £19.99 (down from the £60 they were asking for a few months ago), along with unlimited minutes and texts and a generous 5GB of 4G data each month – which is great if you love checking Facebook throughout the day, or playing songs on Spotify. Total cost over 24 months is £883.99

Get this deal: from Carphone Warehouse

Best Sony Xperia XZ on Three

Best Sony Xperia XZ deals on Three

The network with unlimited data

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | 600 mins | Unlimited texts | 1GB data | £31pm  
This Xperia XZ deal gives you 600 minutes and unlimited texts each month, along with 1GB of data. The monthly allowances may be modest, but so too is the monthly cost, as you only need to part with £30 each month, making this an affordable way to get your hands on Sony’s latest. Unlike the same deal last month, you do not need to pay upfront with this deal, which makes this deal more attractive. Total cost over 24 months is £744

Get this deal: from Affordablemobiles

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 2GB data | £33pm
This deal gives you a bit more freedom, as the talk time has been boosted to unlimited minutes, and the 4G data allowance has been doubled to 2GB, while texts remain all-you-can-eat. This remains one of the best ways to get the excellent Sony Xperia XZ on the Three network. Total cost over 24 months is £792

Get this deal: from Affordablemobiles

Sony Xperia XZ | Free upfront | Unlimited mins | Unlimited texts | 8GB data | £33pm
Now this is a very tempting deal for the Sony Xperia XZ on the Three network. You get the handset for no upfront cost, unlimited minutes and texts and a very nice 8GB of 4G data each month, which should be more than enough for most people.  Total cost over 24 months is £792

Get this deal: from Affordablemobiles