Smartphones, laptops, security cameras and speakers: Reviews round-up

From the One Plus 7 and Sony's Xperia 1 flagship to a cool-looking speaker, here's the hardware we got our hands on in June.
By ZDNET Editors, Contributor
1 of 12 OnePlus

OnePlus 7

The OnePlus 7 comes in a couple of configurations. The base model costs £499 and has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. For £549 you get 8GB of RAM and a massive 256GB of storage. These prices edge outside the mid range, but still give you an awful lot of phone for the money, including incredible design and excellent battery life according to our review.

For more see: OnePlus 7, hands on: Worthy 6T upgrade faces stiffer competition

2 of 12 Sandra Vogel/ZDNet

Motorola One Vision

Motorola has done well to bring the novel 21:9 screen format into a £270 handset, although the screen is IPS rather than OLED. In conjunction with a good camera setup, Android One upgrade assurances, the inclusion of a 3.5mm headset jack and a solid and stylish build, this is a handset that punches well above its weight. Battery life could be better though.

For more see: Motorola One Vision review: An affordable 21:9-screen handset with good cameras

3 of 12 Sony

Sony Xperia 1

The Xperia 1 stands out with its 21:9 4K OLED screen, which is quite simply superb and the outstanding feature of Sony's flagship smartphone. Audio output direct from the handset could be better. The main drawback is poor battery life, which lets down this otherwise excellent phone.

For more see: Sony Xperia 1 review: Superb cinematic 4K screen, but battery life falls short

4 of 12 Lenovo

Lenovo ThinkPad X390

Lenovo's ThinkPad X390 is a solidly built, small-format laptop that frequent travellers should find easy to carry. Optional LTE broadband is welcome, but the keyboard feels a little squished and the screen could be brighter. All-day battery life is feasible, but users may struggle to achieve Lenovo's claimed two-day figure.

For more see: Lenovo ThinkPad X390 review: Solid, compact and travel-ready

5 of 12 Chuwi

Chuwi AeroBook

The AeroBook is a great looker, well made, well specified and performs faultlessly. The only drawback is the somewhat dated Core M processor, but fitting a more modern iteration would presumably have had an impact on price. Despite that, this is a very fine laptop for the money. The real head-scratcher is deciding if it's worth £150-plus more than the not entirely dissimilar LapBook SE. 

For more see: Chuwi AeroBook review: A successful move upmarket

6 of 12 Arlo Technologies

Arlo Ultra

The Arlo Ultra is an impressive security device. With 4K video support, enhanced night vision and a built-in spotlight, it's one of the most advanced and versatile security cameras currently available.

For more see: Arlo Ultra review: Arlo's flagship security camera targets business users

Hands on with the Pilot Era 360 degree camera - great for the enterprise–and more zdnet
7 of 12 Pilot

Pilot Era

The Pilot Era 360 degree VR camera from Pisofttech promises to be the only camera you will need – whatever you plan to do with it. From aerial photography to conferences, tourism to events, this 360-degree live-streaming camera will provide all of your image requirements without the need for your phone or computer. We were really impressed with its features.

For more see: Pilot Era 360-degree camera hands-on: Great for the enterprise and more

Hands on with the Cubot Quest Ultra slim, rugged and very fast indeed zdnet
8 of 12 Cubot

Cubot Quest

This is a rugged phone: rated IP68, it is dustproof and waterproof, and for under $200, the Cubot Quest is a shockproof phone which is not too large for your hands or your pocket either.

For more see: Cubot Quest hands-on: An ultra-slim rugged phone

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Coolpad Legacy

Coolpad has a goal to become a brand for families with a smartphone that appeals to new phone users, those who want an affordable device, and older people who want a big screen and a battery that lasts for days, all at a great value. The Coolpad Legacy is clearly a winner at just $130 and we haven't been able to find many faults with it.

For more see: Coolpad Legacy review: Best smartphone available for less than $150

10 of 12 Canon

Canon Pixma G5050

The relatively high initial purchase price of the Pixma G5050 might deter some users, but the bottled inks included in the price still provide very good value for money. The G5050 also provides very good quality for text, graphics and photo output, although the relatively modest speed of colour printing means it won't be ideal for busy offices requiring a lot of colour printing. 

For more see: Canon Pixma G5050 review: A low-TCO 'MegaTank' printer for SMEs and home offices

WT2 in-ear wearable translator review Accurate translation across 36 languages zdnet
11 of 12 WT2


The WT2 language translator will translate 36 languages and 84 accents. WT2 claims that the languages cover 85% of the world's population. For under $230, this is certainly cheaper than hiring a professional translator.

For more see: The WT2 is a superb real time translator that lets you have a conversation in 36 languages across 84 accents

Solo Speaker
12 of 12 Studio 19

Studio 19 Solo E500T

This is a speaker that looks good and sounds good. We'd have liked support for battery level display, but that aside, there's more than enough battery life in the speaker, and USB-C charging means you can charge anywhere or use a backup battery. The only real question is: are you prepared to pay £279 for a speaker?

For more see: Bluetooth with attitude: Studio 19 Solo E500T

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