From high-end tablets to powerful cameras, the year 2018 saw some cool gadgets arriving in India. Here are the top 5 picks from the lot.
Apple Watch Series 4
If you are constantly worried about an elderly person in your family suffering a fall in the bathroom or in the garden, the Apple Watch Series 4 is what you need. The device houses a feature called ‘fall detection’ that will alert emergency contacts saved in your iPhone, in case you meet with a hard fall. The new Watch has an electrical heart sensor with two new features — low heart rate notifications and faster heart rate reading. The moment you get furious, Watch Series 4 sends you an immediate notification about your heart rate going through the roof, requiring you to cool down.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Packed with rich features — both for the workaholic and the lazy soul. The 2-in-1 comes equipped with Samsung ‘DeX’ (docking station) and S Pen, making it a perfect device for those who are always on the go and seek entertainment on the side. The redesigned S Pen offers services like navigate, translate and organise notes — and even to send personalised texts via Samsung ‘Live Message.’ The device has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, runs Android 8.1 Oreo, has 4GB RAM in two 64 GB and 256 GB internal memory with microSD variants. There is a 13 MP rear and 8 MP front camera.
The company’s latest addition packs in all the goodness of OnePlus 6 along with meaningful upgrades such as the much-anticipated under-display fingerprint sensor, a smaller waterdrop-style notch and a bigger battery. The 6T is OnePlus’ costliest smartphone so far with a price tag of Rs 37,999 (for the 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage base variant).
Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Gen)
The Rs 14,999 all-new Echo Plus with a smarter Alexa comes with a built-in smart hub that helps you set up compatible Zigbee-enabled smart home devices directly, just using your voice. Just ask Alexa to discover your devices and begin controlling compatible lights, plugs, locks, thermostats, sensors and in-wall switches. The second-generation Echo Plus with a far more intelligent Alexa is a real upgrade if you have experienced the first generation Echo.
Canon EOS R
The first full-frame mirrorless camera from Japanese camera maker Canon, the 30.3MP EOS R is the show stopper. With the new EOS R, four types of RF mount adapters have been introduced to complete the EOS R ecosystem. The EOS R features an electronic viewfinder. The camera is equipped with features like advanced Dual pixel CMOS AF, Digic 8 imaging processor, High density AF points positions, multi-function slider bar, Flexible AE Mode and High speed data communication RF mount. The camera costs Rs 1,89,950 and with the EOS R kit (RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens), the price is Rs 2,78,945.