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New Year, New Gadgets: Top Tech Deals for 2018

Start the year with a bang with our selection of top deals for techies

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New year, new plans, new resolutions, new wishlists... new gadgets. If you haven't had the chance to buy your desired tech products during 2017's Black Friday and Christmas seasons, it's time to wipe that frown off your face and get ready for new opportunities – some of which are already here! We've selected top tech deals from different categories that shall get techies pumped up, so you can start 2018 with a clean slate.

In the coming months, many new exciting products will be released, and new technologies shall be introduced in major events such as the Consumer Electronics Show, mostly known as CES, taking place in Las Vegas in January. Another notable tech event that gathers worldwide attention and is approaching is the Mobile World Congress, which will take place in Barcelona at the end of February. As usual, we'll keep you posted about it all, just like we're keeping you in the loop about top tech deals available right now, with products that might already be a part of your wishlist for 2018.

Top tech deals for the new year

Teclast F6 Pro Notebook → $449.99 | €380.69 (25% OFF)

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Laptops get a bad reputation as expensive items, but this deal proves that it's also an unfair reputation – not all laptops are overpriced, and the Teclast F6 Pro is an example of power and affordability. This 13.3-inch notebook also packs tech that many high-end laptops don't include, such as fingerprint recognition, a full HD IPS touchscreen and perhaps the most impressive among these features: 360-degree rotation, so it can also be used as a tablet. Powered by an Intel Core processor and a graphics card from the same manufacturer, the Teclast F6 Pro laptop has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The dual-core Intel m3-7Y30 chipset has a clock speed of 1GHz and, for more intense processing tasks, you can enable the turbo-boost mode which increases the speed up to 2.6GHz. It also has a camera for photos and video chat, Bluetooth 4.2 technology, a USB type-C port, a micro HDMI port... You name it! More than enough to make you reconsider a laptop's reputation.

Quick specs

  • Display: 13.3" | 1920 x 1080 FHD IPS
  • CPU: Intel Core m3-7Y30 | Intel HD Graphics 615
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3 RAM | 128GB SSD
  • Battery: Li-Ion polymer battery, 7.6V / 5000mAh
  • Operating System: Windows 10

Nubia Z17 Lite → $269.99 | €228.41 (22% OFF)

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Is your smartphone looking too shabby? If so, we've got just the right deal for you: the Nubia Z17 Lite phablet for 22% off! With a full metal body, bezel-less design, a 5.5-inch 2.5D display, as well as tasteful red details, this phone looks quite luxurious – but we know looks aren't everything, so we made sure to pick a gadget with high-end specs. The Nubia Z17 Lite runs on a 1.95GHz octa-core Snapdragon 653 processor and has 6GB of RAM, which makes it a mighty machine for all sorts of activities, from standard use to gaming. This dual-SIM smartphone also features a 13MP dual-camera system and a 16MP front camera, so you can take sharp photos and get the trendy bokeh effect. It's time for that smartphone makeover!

Motorola Moto M 4G → $149.99 | €126.89 (22% OFF)

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Motorola always impressed by releasing durable, quality devices at affordable prices and the Moto M is no different. Released in November 2016, the phone is still a great choice for anyone looking to upgrade without breaking the bank. Motorola Moto M has a 5.5-inch HD display with a pixel density of 401 ppi. The images and videos appear sharp and clear and, thanks to the IPS panel, you’ll have no problem viewing the display from any angle, even in sunlight. The device comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but an upgrade to Android 7.0 is planned. At the heart of the Moto M, you’ll find an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor, paired with 3GB of RAM. The 32GB of internal storage can be expanded via a microSD slot, supporting up to 128GB. Like most flagships nowadays, the phone has USB Type C and a fingerprint scanner on the back for enhanced security. If you are into photography, you’ll be glad to find out that the device has a 16-megapixel front camera with phase detection autofocus and an 8-megapixel front-camera, perfect for quality selfies. The 3050mAh battery can guarantee one full day of usage.

Huawei B3 Smartband (iOS | Android) → $98.50 | €83.33 (12% OFF)

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Huawei’s TalkBand B3 is one of the most stylish and versatile wearables available today. You can wear it on your wrist, just like a watch, or detach it from the strip and use it as a Bluetooth earphone to take calls. The 0.91-inch OLED display shows notifications like incoming calls, messages, reminders and your activity reports. The custom Huawei built-in CSR chip has advanced activity tracking features: steps count, distance tracking, calorie count, cycling tracking and sleep monitoring. If you prefer outdoor sports, you won’t have to worry about the weather, as the device is waterproof (IP57 rating) and it can also provide accurate weather information real-time. The device is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

Original Xiaomi Ultra-Thin 10000mAh Mobile Power Bank 2 → $17.99 | €15.22 (11% OFF)

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There’s nothing more annoying than having your phone suddenly running out of battery when you are on the go. To be on the safe side, it’s good to carry a power bank in your purse or backpack. The Xiaomi Ultra-thin Mobile Power Bank 2 has a slim, lightweight design, so it can easily fit in your bag or even in your pocket. It weighs only 215 grams and has a staggering 10,000 mAh, enough to charge your phone several times. The best part - the charging happens blazingly fast thanks to the Quick Charge technology. The battery connects to your device via a micro USB cable.

Xiaomi Amazfit Smartwatch → $103.99 | €87.98 (19% OFF)

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A new year has the power to infuse us with an urge to change our habits, and wearable tech can add extra fuel to this motivation, so health and fitness resolutions can finally come to fruition. Smartwatches and sports watches are very fit (no pun intended!) for those who want to get into shape or maintain healthy habits, no matter their activity of choice. Xiaomi's Huami AMAZFIT is our current pick not only due to an unbeatable 19% off offer but mainly because of its many features – among which are heart rate monitoring, connection with smartphones and an always-on display, to name but a few. Additionally, Huami AMAZFIT has IP67 water resistance rating, additional internal storage for music, and outstanding battery life: up to 11 days of basic use or 35 hours of continuous heart rate monitoring and GPS tracking. Just wrap it around your wrist and head to the running track, to the gym, to yoga class or any other workout spot of your choice.

Vernee Mix 2 → $159.99 | €135.35 (20% OFF)

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With the Mix 2 model, Vernee not only responds to the mobile market's demand for phones that are almost all screen but does so while keeping a 6-inch phablet the same size as the average 5.5-inch smartphone. Powered by the Helio P25 2.5GHz octa-core chipset, this product is ideal for all kinds of users – from gamers to binge-watchers.

With an elegant design that features rounded corners, an ultra slim metal frame and two color options (black and blue), the Vernee Mix 2 variant available in this offer has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which you can expand to an additional 128GB. This fast phone has a long-lasting battery (4,200mAh), GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, various sensors and a fingerprint scanner, a security choice that still seems safer than recent facial recognition systems (no need for names – you know what we're talking about!). Finally, one of Mix 2's impressive features is a dual-lens camera system with optical image stabilization, delivering crisp images and smooth background blurring.

Xiaomi Mi Ultra Short Laser Projector → $2,671 | €2,2599.87 (27% OFF)

Xiaomi Mi Ultra Projector.jpgIf you've always thought that owning a projector was something out of reach, we've got great news for you! The Xiaomi Mi Ultra Short 5000 ANSI Lumens laser projector is currently available with an unbeatable price cut, and this isn't just any projector: you'd be getting the world's first ultra-short projector with advanced laser display technology! A recipient of the 2017 Good Design Award, backed by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, this minimalist laser projector can deliver up to 150 inches of full HD images and 20,000 hours of product life.

The Xiaomi Mi Ultra Short 5000 ANSI Lumens has 4K and 3D support, as well as a Bluetooth remote that responds to touch and to voice controls. In addition to all these features, owners of this high-end projector will surely enjoy its top-notch speaker system, compatible with Dolby sound and support for external speakers. The product runs on a T968 Cortex-A53 quad-core CPU, features dual-band WiFi, and is just what you need for a truly cinematic experience in the comfort of your home.

MJX B3 Bugs 3 RC Quadcopter → $104.99 | €90.17 (14% OFF)

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Although the days of flying kites may be long behind us, the drone frenzy invites us to feel like kids again and allows aspiring filmmakers to get that pro aerial shot without the unaffordable helicopter rental. At first, a drone was a luxury few could afford to have, but nowadays you don't need to be Elon Musk to own such top tech gadgets – and deals like the one currently available for the MJX B3 Bugs 3 RC quadcopter make owning a drone a feasible goal.

The MJX B3 Bugs 3 RC is operated with a two-way 2.4GHz radio control system and can fly for up to 20 minutes to distances up to 300-500m. Equipped with a camera mount compatible with various sports cameras (including GoPro and C4000), this fast quadcopter is praised for taking smooth images, which can be further enhanced with the purchase of an additional stabilizer. Furthermore, the MJX B3 Bugs 3 RC is a sturdy drone with a shock-resistant nylon fiber airframe, a powerful motor and a LED indicator for battery and signal alarms. There's just no reason not to be bitten by this charming bug!

Xiaomi Yeelight Smart LED Ceiling Light → $69.99 | €60.11 (35% OFF)

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Whether you've yet to hop on the smart home bandwagon or you're already part of this movement, this deal is a great way to make your home cozier and tech-forward for the year ahead. Xiaomi developed the world's first lamp to integrate both WiFi and Bluetooth: the Yeelight Smart LED ceiling light. The product supports voice control by connecting to the Amazon Alexa and Google Home smart assistants, and can also be controlled via free apps, Bluetooth remote (included) and wall switch.

This smart ceiling light has an attractive IP60 dustproof design, which also helps keep insects away. The Yeelight Smart LED ceiling light has a dual-chip three-way dimming system, allowing for a wide range of color temperature and brightness combinations; besides tailoring the light for each occasion, you can also make use of a moonlight mode for warm and cozy lighting.

Asides from the white version, the product is also available in red, yellow and blue colors, so go with whatever fits your style. By the way, don't worry: even the clumsiest of us will be able to install this ceiling light in just five minutes, thanks to a fast installation system that also promises electric shock resistance.

SanDisk A1 Ultra microSD XC UHS-1 Professional Memory Card → $23.49 | €20.18 (26% OFF)

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These days, even memory cards can be quite fancy, but that doesn't necessarily imply high prices – you can actually get a professional microSD card for quite a bargain! The SanDisk A1 Ultra microSD XC UHS-1 professional memory card will add 64GB of storage to virtually any type of gadget: phones, tablets, action cameras, drones... The microSD card supports Full HD video recording, and its high performance will make you forget about frozen frames during video playback. The package includes an SD adapter, and the manufacturer created a free file management app – SanDisk Memory Zone, which you can download on the Google Play store (cause you know, Apple doesn't seem to believe in storage expansion). The SanDisk A1 Ultra microSD card is also available in 16GB, 32GB, and 128GB versions, and you can check out all prices on the product page.

Vernee Thor E → $98.99 | €85.02 (22% OFF)

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2017 went by, your prehistoric smartphone might have stayed, but there is still a chance to move on to better mobile technology. With a powerful 5,020mAh battery, this slim and lightweight phone promises 18 hours of video playing, 36 hours of continuous calling, 72 hours of standard use and a full month on standby – perfect for heavy users and for those who always forget to charge. Moreover, the 5-inch Vernee Thor E is equipped with quick charge technology that assures full-day use in only 30 minutes.

This 4G dual-SIM smartphone features an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to an additional 128GB external memory card. Vernee Thor E includes a fingerprint scanner for added security, Bluetooth, GPS and various sensors; the phone's full on-cell lamination makes for more power efficiency and vibrant colors, and an eye protection mode helps the user ease eye strain. Finally, the Vernee Thor E smartphone has a 5MP front-facing camera with beautification mode and a 13MP rear camera, with fast focus and LED flash. Time to make your way to the 21st century!

Original ZMI Power Bank (22,000mAh) → $63.58 | €54.61 (28% OFF)

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For all megalomaniac techies out there, this product will match your expectations without implying high prices – much on the contrary, since this high-capacity multifunctional power bank is now available for a bargain! Made of aluminum and fireproof ABS materials, this extra powerful charging tool is capable of powering even your laptop. The Original ZMI power bank features temperature and short circuit protection, three USB output ports, one USB-C port, and also works as a USB hub, solving your problems if you've got one of those laptops with a lack of ports. With 20,000mAh, the product can be fully charged in less than four hours, and its bi-directional quick charge technology translates into higher input and output charge efficiency. The manufacturers haven't compromised design when developing this mighty gadget: its round-edged design makes the power bank appealing and comfortable to hold, while its LED indicator lights make the Original ZMI power bank even more practical. There are no more excuses for your phone or laptop ever running out of battery!

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