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Huawei Mate 20 Pro launches with in-screen fingerprint sensor

Feature-packed Android phone is first widely available with scanner embedded in screen alongside 3D face unlocking

Huawei’s new Mate 20 Pro has a massive screen, three cameras on the back and a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display.

The new top-end phone from the Chinese firm aims to secure its place at the top of the market alongside Samsung, having recently beaten Apple to become the second-largest smartphone manufacturer in August.

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Amazon launches water-resistant Kindle Paperwhite

Update of popular e-reader introduces thinner and lighter design, Bluetooth compatibility and audiobook support

Amazon has launched a new version of its popular Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, which is thinner, lighter and now finally water resistant.

The new 2018 Kindle Paperwhite is the second Amazon e-ink device to be given the water resistance treatment following the launch of the Rolls Royce of e-readers, the £230 Oasis, in 2017.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review: a fantastic tablet PC you shouldn’t buy

It looks, feels and works great, is cheaper than the previous version and lasts longer on a charge, but it still doesn’t have USB-C or Thunderbolt 3

The new Surface Pro 6 the latest version of Microsoft’s category-defining detachable tablet PC, but do a price cut, faster chips and a new paint job make it worth buying?

From the outside it looks like very little has changed, and that’s because the Surface Pro 6 is practically identical to its predecessor.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Tablet review: as good as Surface Pro but with USB-C

Great screen, robust design, brilliant keyboard and Thunderbolt 3 make the third-generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet a potent combination

Lenovo’s third-generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet aims to be a no-compromise Windows 10 detachable that gives users what Microsoft’s Surface won’t: USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.

The form factor is familiar. The actual computer is squeezed into an 8.9mm thick tablet with a kickstand out the back and a magnetically attached keyboard that sits up on an angle for better typing.

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Google launches Pixel 3 smartphones and Pixel Slate tablet

Android-maker bets on dual-camera selfies and AI features such as Super Res Zoom and Top Shot to battle Samsung and Apple

Google’s new Pixel 3 smartphones attempt to push the computational photography envelope, challenging Apple’s new iPhone XS and Samsung’s Galaxy S9.

As with last year’s Pixel 2, Google is further flexing its artificial-intelligence muscle, with more and more local AI-driven features across every facet of the device, from the camera and smart Gmail replies to battery life and device control.

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Apple iPhone XS review: two steps forward, one step back

The iPhone XS hasn’t broken mould like the iPhone X, and it has weaker battery life, but its camera, design and performance are class-leading

The iPhone XS isn’t the only all-screen iPhone on the block this year, but with its balance of large screen and small body, is it still the iPhone to buy?

To say that the iPhone XS looks exactly the same as the iPhone X is somewhat of an understatement. Apart from a pair of new antenna lines and asymmetric holes in the bottom, the phone is an identical metal and glass sandwich. Unless you buy the new gold colour.

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Microsoft launches faster Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 machines

Company also launches Surface Studio 2 PC, with all machines coming with improved processors and new colour options

Microsoft has launched new, faster versions of its popular Surface Pro, Surface Laptop and large Surface Studio PCs.

The new models, announced in New York on Tuesday, continue Microsoft’s premium PC line, introducing Intel’s latest 8th-generation Core i5 and i7 processors to match competitors such as Apple’s MacBook Pros, Huawei’s MateBook X Pro and Dell’s XPS 13.

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Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet review: still the best tablet for £80

Refreshed 8in tablet is hard to beat on price, comes with improved Alexa and new Show Mode excels

Amazon’s latest budget media tablet sticks with the winning formula that made its predecessor so good, but is it still the one to buy in 2018?

The 2018 HD 8 is the third iteration of Amazon’s 8in tablet since it was first launched in 2016 to use the same design. It looks, feels and operates exactly the same as the 2017 version, but now with an improved camera and the latest software.

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