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Must-have tech and gadgets being released in 2019


Have a look at what we think will be topping this year's tech list

Every year brings a new and exciting range of tech from top brands. Take a look at our list below to see what gadgets and gizmos you should be looking out for during the next twelve months.


Samsung Galaxy X

Flip phones were the height of popularity back in the days before iPhones and Androids, and Samsung are getting back on board with the trend this year with the imminent release of the Samsung Galaxy X. Though the device currently looks like it’s going to be fairly small and chunky, it’s still in the development process, meaning more visual surprises could be yet to come.

Currently, the front of the Galaxy X has two 4.6-inch screens, which transform into a handy 7.29-inch tablet when unfolded. The rear of the device has a third 3.5-inch screen that allows it to be viewed even when folded down, indicating that the device will work via a series of intricate hinges.

The device will hopefully be announced sometime in the next couple of months, though there may be a little while to wait before you can get your hands on this interesting piece of tech.


New Apple earphones

If you weren’t a fan of Apple’s most recent earphone endeavour, the company is planning to launch its own brand of over-the-ear headphones to rival the dinky AirPods.

While the new product could affect the sales of popular Apple-owned Beats headphones, it’s unlikely that they’ll stop their partnership with Beats, so music fans will still have plenty of options to choose from.


World’s smallest portable bluetooth speaker

Combining popular technology with a universal love for miniature versions of things, this Bluetooth speaker is only slightly larger than a casino die. Though it’s small enough to attach to a keychain and stores easily in a pocket, it manages to produce surprisingly crisp, clear sound.

The speaker can connect to an iOS or Android device from up to 30 feet away, enabling you to stream music without having to wear earbuds. The device was created by Smart Cube Stereo but is currently out of stock on Amazon, so you’ll have to keep an eye out for a restock if you’re looking to add this tiny yet powerful piece of audio equipment to your collection.


LG HomeBrew

Primarily known for its phones, televisions and other large appliances, tech giant LG has recently announced a move into beer, planning to fully unveil the product at the Consumer Electronics Show in LA later this month.

The exciting HomeBrew machine is fully automated, allowing it to control the fermentation, carbonation, ageing, serving and cleaning processes of producing homemade beer. The gadget will work alongside an app that allows users to check the status of their brew, it really is pretty nifty.

Five unique capsules have been created, capable of producing a hoppy American IPA, golden American Pale Ale, full-bodied English Stout, Belgian-style Witbier, and Czech Pilsner. Each batch can produce five litres of beer and will take roughly two weeks to mature, which means you’ll be all set for those summer barbecues coming up later in the year.

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