Updated: 24th April 2018

Tech digest: What’s coming up?

Video wars

It’s long been rumoured that Facebook is working on a screen-wielding video chat device dubbed Portal to take on Amazon’s Echo Show. Word on the web is that the first finished hardware product from Facebook’s secretive Building 8 lab is due for public consumption in May to coincide with Facebook’s F8 developer conference.

Shatterproof smartphone

Ever wondered if your precious iThing or Samsung smartphone would survive a 1,200ft tumble from a helicopter? The guys behind the incredibly thin Mous smartphone cases wondered the same thing, putting their military-grade product to the test with an iPhone X that survived unscathed. No wonder it’s the most crowdfunded phone case.

Far away Galaxy

Many were hoping to see Samsung’s upcoming flagship phone during tech trade show CES but mobile chief DJ Koh announced in Las Vegas that the Galaxy S9 and S9+, next in line after last year’s S8, will be putting in an appearance at the Mobile World Congress next month instead.

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