Gaming saw a strong focus this year — in part because it helps set the benchmark for future technology. Augmented and Virtual Reality’s killer applications seem to be games right now, but once more people buy in, you can imagine watching movies with friends around the world, or making use of the sense of presence for better teleconferencing.
As a couple of entries in the list show, 2018 is also an excellent year because it has removed the barrier to entry for some great gadgets. Whether it’s the Mi TV or the new iPad, powerful, good-looking gadgets are getting cheaper and getting cutting edge tech into as many hands as possible. Here are our personal picks, in no particular order. All prices are as listed online at the date of publishing, and could have changed when you read this.
Here are the 10 Coolest Gadgets Of 2018-
The newly launched ROG Phone, a gaming smartphone from Asus, is an interesting device that is a striking powerhouse which immediately stands out as well. While it might not do so well on a showing of the best smartphones thanks to a high price, this phone is fairly unique. It comes at a time when smartphones as a category have mostly plateaued, along with a few other gaming smartphones such as the Black Shark from Xiaomi, and the Razor Phone.
Price: Rs 69,999
Pixel by Google:
The Pixel phones by Google have gained a bit of a reputation of being more camera than phone, explaining why the newest generation doesn’t make it to our list of the best phones of 2018. The phone is on the list here though, not because it’s a great phone, but because it brings new software features that are amazing enough that it’s worth taking note. Hopefully, Google will extend some of these beyond its own devices, and make Android better as a whole.
Price: Rs 66,500
VR has been slowly advancing but there are a couple of constraints that have kept it from catching fire just yet. Phone-based VR systems require a very high-end (and expensive) phone to deliver the kind of quality you want, and then you’re at the mercy of your phone’s battery. PC-based systems on the other hand are still incredibly expensive, complicated to use, and cumbersome with lots of cables everywhere.
Price: Rs 21,673
Although the Echo Spot launched internationally near the end of 2017, Amazon’s smart “speaker” with a display officially came to India in April this year. The Echo Spot is a small speaker with a round display on the front, which is powered by its Alexa AI technology. You can ask it questions, have it read out a bedtime story, or call you a cab.
Price: Rs 10,999
Syska Smart Light:
What would you want a “smart” bulb for? There could be a number of different reasons, from setting up a bulb that automatically switches on in the morning to augment your alarm, or setting mood lighting over the course of the day, or simply to do fun things—like a Bengaluru-based startup that has its bulbs flash blue every time a new order is placed, for example.
Price: Rs 1,599
Mi TV 4:
There are a lot of options on the market, but most were still priced at around Rs 1 lakh. The few exceptions were often boxy, with slow and unreliable interfaces, and clunky remotes. Until the Xiaomi Mi TV 4 launched in India. This 4K 55-inch LED TV which comes with a smart interface designed in Bengaluru is sleek, stylish, and has a good looking display. But what was amazing about it was the price—at just Rs 44,999, it was one of the best looking deals on the market. By bringing the price down so drastically, Xiaomi wants to disrupt the television market the way it changed smartphones, and it’s taken a strong first step.
Price: Rs 44,999