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It's a new year in tech - here are the products, gadgets and games we're looking forward to in 2018

Business Insider | Jan 4, 2018, 02.49 AM IST
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Rockstar GamesWe can't wait to try "Red Dead Redemption 2."The new year is upon us, which means new technology is coming down the pike.

Last year saw the launch of a nearly bezel-less iPhone, fantastic new games like "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds," a stunning (and not exploding!) Galaxy Note 8, and the ultra-loud Google Home Max - but the tech world isn't slowing down in 2018.

In order to prepare for the exciting year to come, members of Business Insider's tech team weighed in on what they're most looking forward to in 2018.

From new VR headsets to flagship phones, here's the tech we're most excited about:

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Oculus Go / Oculus Santa Cruz

Steven Tweedie, deputy editor:

"Oculus Go is Facebook's upcoming standalone headset, which will be its first to not require a gaming PC or Samsung smartphone — everything you need is contained in the headset itself. The relatively low price point and enclosed design should make casual VR use more of a thing, and should get more people trying out the medium, which is exactly what the VR ecosystem needs right now.

"The tracking will still be limited compared to the Oculus Rift when it comes to the level of tracking, but it comes with a motion controller and Oculus' library of games, which immediately gives it an advantage over other entry-level headsets, like Google's Cardboard or Samsung's Gear VR.

"Facebook's Santa Cruz headset will be the high-end alternative to Oculus Go, in that it won't require a PC or smartphone, but it will have a more robust tracking solution, allowing for people to lean down and around in addition to rotating their head. It will also feature hand controllers similar to Oculus' Touch controllers for the Rift. Oculus says Santa Cruz will be given out to developers in 'early 2018,' but there's no firm launch date for the consumer edition."

Samsung's Galaxy Note 9

Jim Edwards, editor-in-chief of Business Insider UK:

"I was a Note 5 user, and I considered it the most fun phone I've ever had. The stylus and the drawing app are much, much more powerful than you think they're going to be. The ivory-gold edition was also the most beautiful phone I ever used ... until I dropped it and put a big crack in the glass back.

"Anyway! One rumor is that Samsung will give the Note 9 a dual, or foldable, screen. I have no idea what this might be useful for, but one thing I like about Samsung's flagship products is that they are not afraid to add some crazy new thing to a phone, just to see what happens.

"If Samsung puts a bigger battery in the Note 9, or does something to make the battery last longer, that's going to make the Note 9 very tempting for me."

Microsoft's hinged tablet

Edoardo Maggio, tech reporter:

"I'd like to see some entirely new product, but I don't expect that to happen.

"If it does, however, I think Microsoft will make the biggest splash. I think at this point it's safe to assume that this Courier-like Surface [tablet] does exist, and we can bet that Microsoft will want to make sure it's a heavy hitter.

"And, considering their past few years in hardware, I'm not just excited, but pretty sure it might be a real bomb!"

Improvements to the Mac

Steve Kovach, senior tech correspondent:

"Apple is expected to release a new Mac Pro, the first update to the product in over four years. It'll be a demonstration of whether or not it's taking its core group of power users seriously.

"Meanwhile, MacBooks could use some improvements, especially when it comes to problems with the keyboard. A spec of dust can ruin your $1,500 MacBook? Come on. Apple is losing the high ground when it comes to desktops and laptops."

The Harry Potter game and "Red Dead Redemption 2"

Steve Kovach, senior tech correspondent:

"Apple is expected to release a new Mac Pro, the first update to the product in over four years. It'll be a demonstration of whether or not it's taking its core group of power users seriously.

"Meanwhile, MacBooks could use some improvements, especially when it comes to problems with the keyboard. A spec of dust can ruin your $1,500 MacBook? Come on. Apple is losing the high ground when it comes to desktops and laptops."

Apple's AirPower

Steve Kovach, senior tech correspondent:

"Apple is expected to release a new Mac Pro, the first update to the product in over four years. It'll be a demonstration of whether or not it's taking its core group of power users seriously.

"Meanwhile, MacBooks could use some improvements, especially when it comes to problems with the keyboard. A spec of dust can ruin your $1,500 MacBook? Come on. Apple is losing the high ground when it comes to desktops and laptops."

Apple's follow-up to the iPhone X

Steve Kovach, senior tech correspondent:

"Apple is expected to release a new Mac Pro, the first update to the product in over four years. It'll be a demonstration of whether or not it's taking its core group of power users seriously.

"Meanwhile, MacBooks could use some improvements, especially when it comes to problems with the keyboard. A spec of dust can ruin your $1,500 MacBook? Come on. Apple is losing the high ground when it comes to desktops and laptops."

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