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5 great things in tech today: phones, AR, soundbars and more

Sonos Beam

The technology news never stops breaking, and we've got another selection of stories for you this morning, courtesy of our friends at TechRadar – read on to learn about Motorola's new phone, Samsung's upcoming phone, and new hardware from Sonos and Parrot.

1. The Galaxy Note 9 might look a lot like this

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Is this the Galaxy Note 9?

As the reported launch window (July or August) for the Galaxy Note 9 edges closer, we're getting more hints about what the handset might actually look like. The latest clues come from renderings based on leaked information to date, courtesy of OnLeaks and 91Mobiles – two sources that have been pretty spot-on with Samsung phone rumours in the past.

2. A new look at the Magic Leap AR glasses

Magic Leap One

The Magic Leap One specs

The Magic Leap augmented reality glasses currently in production are said to be some of the best in the AR business, but up until now no one's actually been able to test them. Well, we're no closer to getting news of a public launch, but we do have a live look to show you – check out how the glasses, the clip-on power pack, and controller work together.

3. Sonos launches a new soundbar for your living room

Sonos Beam

The Sonos Beam

Sonos already makes a couple of speakers designed to fit under your TV, but the brand new £399/$399 Beam is cheaper and smaller, and comes with Alexa integration on board (with other digital assistants following soon). If you have a television supporting the HDMI ARC standard, you can even get Alexa in place of the remote control for a lot of basic tasks.

4. Parrot's new 4K drone is a foldable flyer

Parrot Anafi

The Parrot Anafi

Those of you in the market for a foldable drone that can shoot 4K video and still fit in your rucksack might want to take a look at the new Parrot Anafi. Light and powerful, the drone can operate for 25 minutes between battery charges, with a maximum speed of some 33 mph (or 55 km/h). All this gadgetry can be yours from the start of July for £649/$699.

5. The Moto Z3 Play is a solid Android mid-ranger

Moto Z3 Play

The Moto Z3 Play

It might not attract as much hype as the Samsung Galaxy S9 or the iPhone X, but at $499 (about £370) the Moto Z3 Play just unveiled by Motorola is likely to have more appeal for budget-conscious smartphone buyers. It packs in a dual-lens rear camera, a Snapdragon 636 chipset and 4GB of RAM, and it's all topped off with a generous 6.01-inch display.