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5 great things in tech today: Snapchat Spectacles, 2018 phones, Android P

Snapchat Spectacles

It's all about the tech rumours today, courtesy of our friends over at TechRadar, who have been digging into the juiciest gossip from the rumour mill. We've got news on phones from HTC and Nokia, a laptop from Apple, an Android update, and more Snapchat Spectacles.

1. More flagship Nokia phones are on the way

Nokia smartphone

Nokia smartphone

Nokia – now under the ownership of Finnish firm HMD Global – launched five new phones last month, but it isn't done yet. The latest from the smartphone rumour mill says that Nokia is planning to launch both the Nokia 9 and the Nokia 8 Pro before the year is out – both will feature the top-end Snapdragon 845 processor, apparently, and should have enough style and performance to go head-to-head against the likes of Google and Apple.

2. Apple is prepping a cheaper MacBook Air

MacBook Air

MacBook Air

The MacBook Air launched all the way back in 2008, and is still sold by Apple today, having been given a few small spec bumps along the way. Many in the industry expected the line to be phased out altogether in the near future, but Apple has other plans: one of the leading Apple analysts in the business, Ming-Chi Kuo, says a cheaper 13-inch MacBook Air is going to arrive at some point between April and June. Stay tuned for developments.

3. Here's what to expect from the HTC U12

HTC smartphone

HTC smartphone

Another of the big-name flagships we're expecting to see during the course of 2018 is the HTC U12, and thanks to a fairly comprehensive leak, we've got a good idea about what it's going to entail. Prepare yourself for a 5.99-inch QHD+ display, a premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset inside, and up to 6GB of RAM to keep all your apps running smoothly. There will also be a dual-lens 12MP and 16MP camera on the rear of the phone.

4. Android P is almost upon us

Android 8.0 Oreo

The Android 8.0 Oreo mascot

It's almost time for another edition of Android to arrive on our phones, and sources say that Android P is going to be pushed out to developers at some point later this month, with the rest of us getting the full version in August. We won't see too many new features to begin with, as Google usually saves most of its big reveals for Google I/O in May, but it's good to know that the upgrade is on track. But what will Google decide to call it?

5. Snap still thinks Snapchat Spectacles have a future

Snapchat Spectacles

Snapchat Spectacles

If you bought yourself a pair of Snapchat Spectacles then you're in the minority, because Snap only sold around 150,000 of the video recording specs. Apparently the company isn't put off by those figures – inside sources say that a second version of the smart glasses are due for launch this year, followed by a more major upgrade for Spectacles 3.0 in 2019. Extra augmented reality features are some of the updates mooted to be in the pipeline.