Right now, Pokémon is ignoring an incredibly obvious design for a future Pocket Monster, one that's been around since the series' very beginning. Its origins lie in Substitute, one of the weirdest moves a Pokémon can learn in the series and one that's been in every Pokémon Generation since Gen 1. The next games in the series, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, will presumably have it as well once they release on November 18.
Substitute is a Normal-Type move introduced in the original Gen 1 Pokémon games, Red and Blue. At that time, it was only learnable naturally by one Pokémon, Mr. Mime, and it was its signature move. Since then, very few Pokémon have been added that can learn it naturally, and it was completely absent in the popular spin-off Pokémon Legends: Arceus. However, almost every Pokémon is able to learn it through the use of a TM. When a Pokémon uses Substitute, they sacrifice a portion of their own HP in order to create a decoy that will take attacks for them and protect them against Pokémon's most evil moves, such as Toxic and Leech Seed.
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The Substitute Doll could make for a great Pokémon on its own if it ever were to become one. Its design is charming and cute, and it's popular enough that it's appeared as unlockable decorations in Gen 5's Dream World and Gen 6's Pokémon-Amie. It's also appeared in Pokémon spinoff games such as Pokken Tournament and the Mystery Dungeon series, as well as the Pokémon animated series, and has inspired many real-world accessories and apparel. With how prevalent and popular it is, it seems strange that it hasn't become its own Pokémon, but hopefully that will change sometime in the series' future.
There are a few different reasons why the Substitute Doll should become its own Pokémon, and one is the cool lore that it could have. Since every Pokémon creates the same decoy when they use the move Substitute, its Pokédex entry and backstory could explain why, and deliver it a fun backstory based on that fact. Its background could also incorporate the fact that its sprite in Gen 1 and 2 was the same as Rhydon's, and make it a distant relative of the line or have them share a common ancestor. It might also have a unique Ability that reflects its nature as a meat shield, one that lets it take large amounts of damage before inflicting it back at its target.
If the Substitute Doll did become its own Pokémon, it wouldn't need to change very much in terms of design. The best improvement could be to change its eyes in order to help it distinguish itself from the genuine doll. If any Substitute Doll Pokémon evolved, however, its design could shift more to a larger and more powerful form, perhaps one that stands on two legs. The best exact design, Type combinations, names, stats, and Category for both forms are difficult to predict, and if it were ever to become real, all of them might be something completely unexpected. The Substitute Doll's simple design means that it's essentially a blank slate, one that could become just about anything and have almost any battling style.
It's unknown whether Pokémon plans to make any Pocket Monsters based on the Substitute Doll at the moment, and it doesn't appear that it's coming anytime soon since none of the upcoming Pokémon SV's rumored 105 new Pokémon are said to be anything like the doll. However, there's still a chance that it could be in Gen 10 or beyond. In addition, the doll may gain even more prevalence after Gen 9 due to a new move, which could increase its chances of becoming its own Pokémon. This move is called Shed Tail, and it creates a Substitute Doll before switching out to a new Pokémon, which looks to be an even better move than the original Substitute. This may even be a sign that Pokémon is indeed setting up the Substitute Doll to become its own monster sometime in the future.
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Polestar finally joins the lucrative SUV party with the 2024 Polestar 3, revealed today at an event in Copenhagen. Volvo’s electric performance spinoff initially launched with the 1, a stunning plug-in-hybrid coupe, followed by the 2, a raised liftback that competes with Tesla’s popular Model 3. Now the Polestar 3 takes the Swedish automaker into higher-riding territory and packs a hearty punch thanks to a dual-motor setup pushing out up to 517 horsepower and 671 pound-feet of torque.
Those impressive figures require the Performance package, but even the standard dual-motor 3 has a stout 489 hp and 620 pound-feet. Polestar claims that is enough oomph to shoot the crossover to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, with the Performance pack slicing another 0.3 seconds off that time. Top speed is a claimed 130 mph. The dual-motor setup means standard all-wheel-drive, and Polestar says the system has a rear bias. Dual-clutch torque vectoring for the rear motor should also liven up the handling.
The two permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors are hooked up to a lithium-ion battery pack with a 107.0-kWh usable capacity. The battery is built by CATL, a Chinese firm that also supplies batteries to companies including Tesla, BMW, and Ford. Polestar is targeting an EPA range of 300 miles, with the Performance pack dropping that estimate to 270 miles. Adjustable one-pedal driving is enabled by regenerative braking, and the 3 can also disconnect the rear motor to save battery power. When the temperature drops, a standard mechanical heat pump will precondition the battery before setting off to help maintain range. Polestar claims the 400-volt system can recharge the battery from 10 to 80 percent in 30 minutes on a DC fast charger at up to 250 kW. The 3 is also set up for bidirectional charging, where the vehicle can return power to the grid.
Polestar had already shown most of the 3’s sleek design, but now we know that the slippery, minimalist bodywork results in a solid 0.29 coefficient of drag. While it’s slightly shorter than a Porsche Cayenne at 193 inches, the 117.5-inch wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than that of the Cayenne. Polestar says the 3 crossover will weigh between 5696 and 5886 pounds depending on the specification, and the 3 will also be capable of towing 3500 pounds, although doing so will likely eat significantly into range.
The Polestar 3 will ride on 21-inch wheels. Its suspension setup incorporates unequal-length control arms up front, air springs, and adaptive dampers. Braking power comes via four-piston Brembos up front and single-piston calipers in the rear. Every 3 is also outfitted with a panoramic glass roof, LED lightning inside and out, and retractable door handles.
For the first model year, Polestar’s crossover comes with the Plus pack and Pilot pack as standard. The former adds a 25-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, soft-close doors, a heated steering wheel, and an electrically adjustable steering column. It also includes heated rear seats, heated wipers, and an interior upholstered in either wool or a suede-like textile derived from recycled polyester. A Nappa leather interior will also be available.
The Pilot pack brings a heads-up display, parking assist, and Polestar’s Pilot Assist system that helps control acceleration, braking, steering up to 80 mph. Starting in the second quarter of 2023, another Pilot package will bring lidar, with three extra cameras and four ultrasonic sensors that can create a 3D scan of the car’s surroundings, which Polestar says will “prepare the car for autonomous driving.”
Along with boosting the power output, the Performance pack includes 22-inch black wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires, a retuned chassis, and gold accents inside and out. The standard 3 wears Michelin Pilot Sport 4 EV rubber.
A 14.5-inch infotainment screen dominates the pared-back but classy cabin and runs an Android Automotive operating system, related to the setup seen on the Polestar 2. Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play Store apps are built in. The interior also features radar sensors that can pick up sub-millimeter movements, designed to help you avoid absent-mindedly leaving kids or pets behind, and Polestar says the system also connects to the climate control to help prevent heat stroke or hypothermia. An eye-tracker will warn drivers who are distracted or drowsy before activating an emergency stop procedure if repeatedly ignored.
Deliveries of the Polestar 3 will commence in the fourth quarter of next year, with production initially coming from a plant in Chengdu, China. Starting in the middle of 2024, Polestar 3s meant for the North American market will originate in Volvo’s Ridgeville, South Carolina factory. The 2024 Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor will start at $85,300, with the Pilot pack and Plus pack included and the Performance pack running an extra $6000.Looking to purchase a car? Find your match on the MSN Autos Marketplace
Polestar on Wednesday revealed the 2024 Polestar 3, a vehicle that represents several firsts for the Swedish electric performance brand.
The vehicle is Polestar's first SUV, and its first based on a dedicated EV platform. It's also going to be the first Polestar to be built in the U.S.
Deliveries are scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2023, and U.S. production will begin in mid-2024. U.S. pricing is confirmed to start at $85,300, including a $1,400 destination charge.
The Polestar 3 is a mid-size SUV twinned with Volvo's upcoming electric successor to the XC90, recently confirmed to be called an EX90, and set for its own debut on Nov. 9. Both will be built at Volvo's plant in Charleston, South Carolina, where the Volvo S60 is currently built. Prior to the start of U.S. production, all production will be handled at a plant in Chengdu, China.
While Volvo's EX90 will offer third-row seats, the Polestar 3 sports five seats spread over two rows. The move will help differentiate the Polestar 3 from the EX90, and it has also enabled designers to add a slope to the roof, creating a sleek, fastback appearance.
While the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 were both originally designed as Volvos, the Polestar 3 is a true Polestar design, with its look first previewed by 2020's Precept concept car, a concept that will spawn a Polestar 5 sedan in 2025. The Polestar 3's design is characterized by a wide, muscular stance and sheet metal that almost looks like it was chiseled from stone. Up front, the headlights are split by a Thor's hammer motif that serve as the daytime running lights. Polestar calls them “dual blade headlights.”
2024 Polestar 3
The interior design follows the typical Polestar theme of sparse surfaces for the dash and a large screen, in this case 14.5 inches, running an Android-based infotainment system. The Polestar 3 also has a small screen for the instrument cluster, and materials used in the cabin have been selected for their sustainability aspects, Polestar said. A full-length panoramic glass roof is fitted as standard.
The Polestar 3 launches with a dual-motor powertrain that will deliver 489 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque as standard and 517 hp and 671 lb-ft of torque with a $6,000 Performance Pack. The 0-60 mph acceleration time is 4.9 seconds as standard and 4.6 seconds with the Performance Pack, and top speed is a governed 130 mph for both. The curb weight of the Polestar 3 ranges from 5,696 lb to 5,886 lb, depending on the spec.
The battery is an 111-kwh unit from CATL, which Polestar estimates will deliver 300 miles of EPA-rated range. To Improve efficiency, the rear motor can be switched off. There's also a mechanical heat pump to use ambient heat to help keep the cabin warm and the battery at the optimal temperature in colder climates. Bi-directional charging is also featured, which means you may be able to power your home with your vehicle's battery during a blackout.
2024 Polestar 3
The Polestar 3 will come with air suspension and adaptive dampers with unique Polestar tuning. The suspension will adjust itself to suit the conditions every two milliseconds, Polestar said. There's also a torque vectoring function that can split torque between the rear wheels, which is ideal for cornering.
All Polestar 3s will come with a Plus Pack and Pilot Pack as standard, at least for the first year. These include premium features like a 25-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system with 3D surround sound and Dolby Atmos capability, as well as soft-close doors, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, parking assist, and many more electronic driver-assist features.
A Pilot Pack with extra sensors including lidar will be available to order, though Polestar hasn't said how much it will cost. The lidar will enable advanced driver-assist features Polestar is planning, including eventually a self-driving system for highways. The lidar will come from Luminar, while an Nvidia computer will be used to process its data.
2024 Polestar 3
Beyond the Polestar 3, Polestar plans to launch a smaller crossover dubbed the Polestar 4 in 2024, the aforementioned Polestar 5 in 2025, and a Polestar 6 roadster in 2026. The roadster will be the production version of this year's striking O2 concept car.
We’ve passed the point where it is understood that electric power is the future of automotive transportation, and even sporty cars are made faster using battery power. But Honda is officially named Honda Motor Co. and has always prided itself on its prowess in developing clever combustion engines.
That’s why the company that innovated Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion (CVCC) as an emissions-control measure in the 1970s is introducing a new hot rod Civic Type R that may prove to be one of the last four-cylinder, manual-transmission sport coupes before such vehicles are displaced by electric power.
The engine in this case is an updated version of the turbocharged K20C1, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that we knew from the outgoing Civic Type R. In its latest incarnation, the K20C1 boasts an additional 9 horsepower and 15 lb.-ft. torque, thanks to a redesigned turbocharger, increased air intake flow rate, and a new more efficient exhaust system that features a straight-through design and an active exhaust valve. Totals are now 315 hp and 310 lb.-ft.
More power means more waste heat due to the inherent inefficiency of combustion engines, so the 2023 Type R has a larger grille and radiator with a bigger cooling fan to reject that heat.
"Type R is very important for Honda as the pinnacle of our factory performance and an irreplaceable brand that enables enthusiasts to experience Honda's racing spirit, and seek the ultimate in speed and driving pleasure," said Hideki Kakinuma, global Civic Type R development leader. "The all-new Civic Type R will continue that legacy, leveraging Honda's racetrack-proven engineering to deliver extreme performance and passion, both on the road and on the racetrack."
The Type R’s slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission is upgraded, first with a lighter-weight flywheel on the engine and with a more rigid shift lever. Revised rev-matching software helps drivers who want the help to ensure their downshifts are as smooth as possible.
The 2023 Type R is built on the latest 11th-generation Civic platform, which puts it on a 1.0-inch wider front track and 0.75-inch wider rear track, with a 1.4-inch longer wheelbase for a firmly planted stance on the road. Two-piece front brake rotors minimize unsprung weight.
We won’t know how well all these pieces work together until we drive the new car, but the outgoing Type R’s impeccable handling and drivetrain bode well for the new one. Only time will tell whether this proves to be the last of its kind before the Type R, like the Dodge Charger, is replaced by an all-electric model that is even faster.
BMW has taken the wraps off its latest M2 on Tuesday, with a new two-door shape that cloaks its high-performance turbo-6, manual transmission, and rear-wheel-drive layout.
The M2 will reach dealerships in early 2023 with a starting price of $63,195, including a $995 destination charge.
Like the latest 2-Series coupe on which it is based, the new M2 is an evolution of the model it replaces. It has grown, though. Its wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer, overall length is up by 4.7 inches, and its track has grown by 1.5 inches up front and 1.6 inches in the rear. Not only does this create impressive proportions, but it should also mean improved surefootedness on the track.
Power comes from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 and peaks at 453 hp, which is up 48 hp on the outgoing M2. The engine generates a peak torque of 406 lb-ft of torque and revs to 7,200 rpm, according to BMW. It can be had with an 8-speed automatic that features specific tuning for the M2; a 6-speed manual is standard.
With the manual, which features a rev-matching feature, the 0-60 mph time is a brisk 4.1 seconds. This drops to 3.9 seconds with the automatic. The standard top speed is 155 mph, but it can be raised to 177 mph by adding the available M Driver's Package.
Drive goes to the rear wheels, and the drive torque can be split from left to right thanks to an Active M Differential fitted as standard. Also aiding the handling are several modifications around the chassis to increase torsional stiffness, aluminum suspension components specific to the vehicle, adjustable dampers, and adjustable electronic power steering.
2023 BMW M2
Stopping power comes from huge brakes with 6-piston calipers and 15.0-inch rotors at the front and single-piston calipers and 14.6-inch rotors at the rear. These reside within staggered light alloys that measure 19x9.5 inches up front and 20x10.5 inches at the rear. The calipers are painted blue as standard but can be swapped for a red set.
The curb weight of the new M2 is 3,814 lb with the manual and 3,867 lb with the auto, and the weight distribution is close to the ideal 50/50 split.
The exterior design has a menacing look that hints at the strong performance on tap. Rigid lines define its front and rear ends, including its twin kidney grilles that sport a design unique to the M2. At the rear, the most striking element is the diffuser insert that houses quad exhaust tips grouped near the center.
2023 BMW M2
2023 BMW M2
2023 BMW M2
For the interior, the car has the latest dash design that BMW is slowly introducing across the 2-Series range. Instead of a traditional hood over the instrument cluster and a separate screen for the infotainment hub, it has a pair of conjoined floating screens. Sport seats with leather trim are standard and feature more pronounced side bolsters than before. These can be swapped with carbon-fiber bucket seats that help reduce weight by around 24 lb. A carbon roof is also available for buyers looking to drop additional weight. The standard roof features a sunroof with a glass surface 20% bigger than on the outgoing M2.
A long list of electronic driver-assist features is included as standard, some of them aimed at performance enthusiasts. One of these is a system that allows the driver to specify one of 10 stages of intervention by the electronic stability control system. Others include a Track mode that fully deactivates the vehicle's assistance systems, and performance data recorders designed specifically for lap times and drift maneuvers. For drifts, the system records metrics like duration, distance, and angle.
Production of the new M2 will be handled at BMW Group's plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. It's where the regular 2-Series coupe is built.
2023 BMW M2
BMW M turned 50 in May and is celebrating throughout the year. In addition to the new M2, the company has revealed the M3 Touring, M4 CSL, XM super SUV, M Hybrid V8 LMDh race car, and a powertrain test mule for future M electric vehicles.
Another Amazon Prime Day sale, you say? No, don’t call it Prime Day Part 2. This one has been dubbed the Prime Early Access Sale. Whatever the name, the game is the same, and the WIRED team has sifted through all the deals—the good, the bad, and the unmissable. We're now into Day 2 of the PEAS (great acronym, right?) and the discounts are still rolling in. These are our top picks from the likes of Samsung, Microsoft, Razer, Google, and more.
The WIRED Gear team tests products year-round. We sorted through hundreds of thousands of deals by hand to make these picks.
Crossed-out products are out of stock or no longer discounted. Our Amazon Prime Day coverage page and our Prime Day Shopping Tips will help you avoid bad deals. Check out our live blog to find the best Lightning Deals. You can also get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 here.
Updated October 12, 2022: We’ve added more deals, like the AMD Ryzen 5900X processor, and struck out a few that sold out.
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Laptop and Accessory Deals
The Surface Laptop range may not be as stylish as some of the brand’s flashy, flexible, transforming sets, but most people just need a laptop. This is our pick for the best Surface for most people. Microsoft’s flagship laptop is now under $1,000 and offers 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage. It’s worth bearing in mind that Microsoft just announced a new Surface Pro 5, which you can read about here.
This MacBook Pro model received a strong review (8/10, WIRED Recommends). We like it for its high-end performance, stunning display, premium build quality, and the welcome return of MagSafe. This isn't a great deal, but you might be buying one anyway.
In our Best Macbooks guide, we recommend this larger Pro version for its big and bright display and boosted battery life. It's a great on-the-go powerhouse that's great for editing and 3D work. It's pleasingly reduced to just over $2000 in this Prime sale.
The first M1 MacBook Air (9/10, WIRED Recommends) was a revelation. The new device brought Arm to Apple's laptops and it offered up a fanless design while still managing strong productivity performance as well as top battery. It's now under $800.
We really like the AMD version (8/10, WIRED Recommends) of this laptop, and the Intel model offers much the same. With an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 chip, 8 GB of RAM, 512-GB SSD, and Thunderbolt 4, it’s a great productivity combo for hybrid workers or students. The OLED display is bright and crisp too.
This is one of LG’s latest and greatest laptops, sporting a shiny new 12th-gen Intel chip. The 16-inch version of this device sits in our Best Laptops guide. The Gram range prides itself on being supremely light and, as it’s the smallest version, you’ll barely notice this machine in your bag. The rest of the specs include 16 GB of RAM and a 512-GB SSD, a strong combo for serious productivity.
Featured in our work-from-home guide, this laptop stand from ObVus can add some big height to your device while providing a nice spot for your phone too. It’ll accommodate between 10 and 17-inch laptops and is also pretty portable.
You might not have thought about the idea of including an SSD in your dongle, but it’s a great way to kill two birds with one stone. The adapter itself only features 2x USB-A ports, 1x USB-C, and a 4K HDMI, but the main attraction is the ability to add an M.2 SATA SSD for easy on-the-go storage.
Many MacBooks still feature a limited number of ports, and this is a great add-on to expand your connectivity horizons. You’ll find 2x USB-C ports, 2x USB-A ports, 1x HDMI port, 1x SD card slot, 1x MicroSD slot, and a Lightning (audio) port here, all for just $50 at the moment.
This is one of our favorite laptop stands and it's a versatile option, allowing you to work from a bed or couch. Our reviewer noted the ability to adjust part of the stand to a suitable angle while the offer section can stay nice and flat for note-taking or a hot morning coffee.
If you got used to more than one display while WFH-bound during the pandemic but are now required to be on the go once again, a slim portable monitor is a great option. This model (featured in our Work From Home guide) is a bit plasticky and the display is a little weak. But its reasonably priced, super compact, and has a convenient kickstand.
The Acer Nitro 5 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the best cheap gaming laptops around, offering a great screen and typing experience for a reasonable price. This model packs a punch in a simple build. There are plenty of ports too. At under $800, it’s hard to find a better performance-to-value ratio elsewhere.
This laptop from Acer is delightfully sleek but manages to keep the price down. The Swift 3 comes with a high-end 11th Gen Core i7 chip, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256-GB SSD, a lot of horsepower at this low price. We were impressed by the battery life here too, as well as a good selection of ports.
With consoles like the Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, and Steam Deck around, gaming laptops can look pretty expensive. But if you want strong PC specs and a great display in a portable package, they remain the only option. This Dell G15 offers all of this at almost $300 off. It packs in one of Intel’s latest gaming chips alongside 16 GB of RAM, a 512-GB SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, which is an ideal combo for mid-tier PC gaming.
If you want a cheap laptop with some added flexibility, this 14-inch Pavilion machine from HP is an appealing option. With this sale’s discount, you get a strong 11th-Gen Intel Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256-GB SSD. It’s a good combo for productivity users, such as students. The 360-hinge makes watching videos on this laptop a bit more comfortable too.
Chromebooks may be slated as devices for light web work, but there are plenty of folks who’ll want to push them hard. For that, the IdeaPad Flex 5i is our top choice for a ChromeOS powerhouse in our Best Chromebooks guide. The Intel Core i3 and 8 GB of RAM are more than enough to get a lot of performance from a Chromebook, with options for lower-powered Celeron chips and often 4 GB of RAM. The display also offers an anti-glare finish to dodge any pesky reflections.
Many gaming laptops, even those you’d classify as entry-level, can creep over the $1,000 mark. Thankfully, this HP Victus is well under that. This model gets you an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H chip, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512-GB SSD. And it’s all in an understated package that doesn’t scream “gamer.”
Tablet and Accessory Deals
The Combo Touch from Logitech is compatible with a variety of 11-inch iPad Pro generations. It’s one of our favorite ways to get some light work done because it adds a keyboard and a trackpad. Not only is the case slim and the keys pleasing to type on, but the keyboard can also be removed when you don’t need it, keeping the iPad Pro’s supreme portability intact.
The 2022 iPad Air (8/10, WIRED Recommends) now packs an M1 processor, the very same one powering the iPad Pro and the MacBook Air, making this hands down the most powerful tablet for the money. This is the lowest price we’ve seen yet.
The revamped iPad Mini (8/10, WIRED Recommends) brought slim bezels and boosted performance to Apple's small tablet. There's also convenient Touch ID, USB-C charging, a front camera with Apple's Center Stage, and support for the second-gen Apple Pencil.
This is a good deal on our current favorite iPad for most people. In fact, it’s the lowest price we’ve seen. That said, Apple has updated the iPad around this time of year for the past three years. There could be a new model out soon, one that could be on sale for Black Friday.
If you're after a large Fire tablet, this is the one. This 10-inch machine (7/10, WIRED Recommends) comes with a 1080p display and can be made more smart home-friendly with Show Mode. There is also the Fire HD 10 Plus for $105 ($75 off) if you're after the most powerful Amazon tablet.
Amazon recently debuted a new Fire HD 8 that is available for preorder. But if you’re in the market for a cheap tablet, this 2020 model is still a good deal. The travel-friendly size, reasonably powerful processor, and USB-C make the Fire HD 8 series nearly as capable as their larger siblings. The Fire HD 8 is portable enough to take with you anywhere, and its screen won’t torture your eyes when you watch Netflix. You can even use our guide to install the Google Play Store, which makes it much more capable than it is out of the box.
The Google Pixel 6A (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite Android phone, and it also earned our top pick as the Best Cheap Phone. This deal is the lowest we’ve seen. Even when it’s not on sale, the Pixel 6A offers incredible value, with great performance, excellent cameras, impressive battery life, and a nice display. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal than this. The Pixel 6 Pro is also discounted to $649 ($250 off) if you want a bigger device and better cameras.
The Google Pixel 7 officially launches tomorrow, but you can get a free $100 Amazon gift card if you preorder it from the retailer for the same $599 MSRP. We'll have our review up soon, but you can learn more about Google's new smartphone here, and read our review for our thoughts.
This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen on the S22 Ultra (9/10, WIRED Recommends). This device has an S Pen built in, so it’s great for doodling or writing notes. It also has a 10x optical zoom camera, so you can take stunningly sharp pictures from far away.
It costs a fortune. But it folds! And believe it or not, that extra screen real estate really is nice. Android 12L also makes life on a bigger screen easier, thanks to its improved multitasking. The battery life is good, and you get a bright, smooth screen—no crease on the fold.
The smaller of Samsung’s folding phones, the Z Flip4 feels like a “normal” phone when it’s unfolded, but fold it up and it’ll slip into some small pockets. It’s almost like a StarTak, but with a real screen. The battery will get you through the day, but not much longer. Still, if you’ve been wanting a folding phone, this deal is the cheapest we’ve seen.
This OnePlus phone (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is speedy, and it has a bright 120-Hz screen refresh rate and a pretty good software support window. Its cameras are not as good as the likes of the Pixel 6 or Galaxy S22. It’s worth noting that this is still more expensive than the newly announced Google Pixel 7.
This charger is the runner-up for our favorite Apple 3-in-1 wireless chargers. It's a compact and convenient design for topping up your devices overnight (or anytime, to be honest). It's got a stylish look too.
It’s great that so many brands offer cheap alternatives to MagSafe chargers, like this one. ESR also adds a fan to keep your device cool while charging. It’ll charge your watch and AirPods too. This pick gets an honorable mention in our 3-in-1 Apple chargers guide.
Anker’s MagGo range is just delightful for MagSafe-compatible iPhone owners. This will charge your phone on its tiltable pad at the top, which you can convert into a stand to prop the iPhone up. There's even a cozy little spot for charging AirPods as well.
Anker's MagGo range is tremendously convenient for iPhone owners and this charger is no different. It's one of our top MagSafe accessories. Not only does the stand charge your AirPods and iPhone, but the power bank can be detached and taken with you. It has a larger top-up than Apple's own MagSafe pack and at a cheaper price.
This Ugreen charger receives an honorable mention in our Apple 3-in-1 charger guide. We like it for its compact and stylish design as well as the ability to charge up to 15 watts. Its main downside is the lack of a power adapter, but you could always pick one up with the savings here.
WIRED reviewer Eric Ravenscraft loves this little cube and it’s easy to see why. It’s a simple way to expand your power options without taking up much room. The sockets and handy USB-A ports are extremely useful, and it’s all for under $20.
TV and Soundbar Deals
TVs of this high caliber (8/10, WIRED Recommends) don’t come cheap, but this is a pretty significant discount for one of the best TVs you can buy for bright rooms. If you’ve got a big family and a home with plenty of windows, this might be the move. It also has a 120-Hz refresh rate for gamers looking to get the most out of their consoles.
This TCL model is a bigger and newer version of our favorite entry-level device. It offers AMD FreeSync, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and Roku TV OS. We like the smaller model for its surprisingly deep contrast and easy-to-use remote.
This Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar allows you to get pretty immersive sound from a single unit, thanks to speakers that bounce sound off your walls and ceiling. This speaker previously cost upwards of $300, and the reduced price from one of our top-rated audio brands is an intriguing proposition.
If you’re looking to upgrade your TV setup, one of our favorite soundbars is now under $200. The Signa S4 is our top package if you want to grab both a soundbar and a subwoofer. The combo offers Dolby Atmos and HDMI ARC, as well as customization modes to get the right vibe. The addition of a subwoofer makes this ideal for when you want big sound, whether it’s a house party or your fave action flick.
Amazon's most powerful streaming stick boasts a speedy user interface, improved Wi-Fi 6, as well as support for Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+. Expectedly, you can control Alexa-supported devices right from this remote as well as feature your favorite apps like Netflix, Disney+, and more.
Apple’s latest streaming device scored a strong review (8/10, WIRED Recommends) from us. We rate it for its much-improved remote, useful user profiles, and ability to search across all of your subscriptions. It remains a pricey streaming box option, and that’s why this discount is worth a look.
We didn’t love the Fire TV Cube in our review (6/10, WIRED Recommends) but a lot of the criticisms were software-based, and if you are fully in the Alexa ecosystem, it’s the most powerful streamer you can get. It’s a pretty machine, with Alexa built in, and there are sensible parental controls.
The A80J is an OLED variation of one of our best TV picks, the X80J. Sony’s TV offers Google TV, Dolby Vision HDR, and Alexa compatibility. For PS5 owners, there’s HDMI 2.1 onboard, letting you get the best out of your console.
This is a top pick in our Best Noise-Canceling Headphones guide. The digital signal processing and advanced microphone array do a stellar job of blocking out noise and homing in on your voice. They’re also extremely comfortable and offer strong battery life. Like many top wireless noise-cancelers, they don’t come cheap, so getting more than $100 off is a great deal.
The 2nd Gen Echo Buds (8/10, WIRED Recommends) offer solid sound, speedy pairing, and, expectedly, easy-to-use voice controls. There’s also a range of ear tips and fins to make sure you can get a comfortable and snug fit. Wireless charging in the case is also here for added convenience.
The recently released AirPods Pro 2nd Gen (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are already discounted. We gave them a top review for the comfortable design, enhanced noise cancelation, improved charging case, and a strong overall sound.
Google’s latest wireless earbuds got a stellar review from WIRED associate editor Parker Hall (9/10, WIRED Recommends), with the Buds Pro getting props for comfort, great sound, seven hours of battery life with active noise cancellation (ANC), and pricing that’s now even further below that of the Apple AirPods Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends). There’s room for improvement with the microphones and the mid-tones, though.
The new AirPods Pro may have changed the game a bit but, upon the release of the Beats Fit Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends), our review called them “Apple's best earbuds ever.” They received this acclaim for their excellent battery life, impressive sound, useful physical controls, and great range of colors.
These are our best noise-canceling headphones under $100, with strong hybrid NC and up to 40-hour playtime. The sound is delivered via 40-mm silk diaphragm drivers. At this low price, they are admittedly a little fragile, so you'll have to treat them carefully.
If you’re after the best overall headphones, stick with Sony. The WH-1000XM5 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) sound amazing, have great noise cancellation, and are just plain comfortable to wear.
The Arctis Prime Wired Headset got great marks in our review (8/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s one of our favorites, due to its comfortable ear cups, sleek look, and quality sound. Essential for gaming, it also has a crystal-clear microphone.
PC Component Deals
Samsung’s 980-series M.2 solid-state drives are some of our favorites for any PC build. They’re quick, super small, and usually offer a substantial amount of storage space. The Pro version (also on sale) is a bit quicker, and a bit more spacious, one of our top picks for gaming PC builds.
The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is officially a previous-generation graphics card now, but it’s still a good pick for mid-range gaming PC builds. They’ll have some trouble handling 4K content with all the settings cranked up, but as long as you keep your resolution between 1080p and 1440p, you should be good. It’s a great all-around graphics card.
It may have just been supplanted by the RTX 4090, but the RTX 3090 Ti is still a super-powerful card. It’ll handle most of what you can throw at it, running games in 4K, hitting those silky-smooth 120 FPS framerates. With the 40-series announced and on its way, it’s a great time to buy high-end cards from the 30-series.
The Asus ROG Strix lineup of motherboards has been on the list of our favorite gaming PC components for a while now. They’re user-friendly, packed with all the right ports, and even feature some subtle lighting.
The Asus Prime Z590 is the slightly cheaper version of the Strix Z590-E above. It has almost all the same features, except the M.2 slots don’t feature the same level of high-end cooling materials you get on the Strix. Otherwise, this one is just as good a pick.
AMD's 5900X processor is a super-fast choice for anyone doing heavy video editing or putting together an absolute monster of a gaming PC. With 12-cores and 24-threads it can handle just about anything you throw at it without breaking a sweat.
Other Tech Deals
While the LaCie Rugged SSD ($496) is our top pick for a rugged drive in our Best Portable SSD guide, the T7 Shield is our favorite alternative, and it’s far cheaper right now. It’ll bat away dust and water with an IP65 rating and is rated to survive drops up to 9.8 feet. There are other sizes available too if you’d like to spend more or less.
This is our favourite portable SSD for speed. The SanDisk is super swift and also offers top protection with an IP22 dust and water resistance casing. This 2TB model brings a whole lot of storage with you on the go.
Out of all the Amazon smart displays, the Echo Show 8 is our top pick, slipping into the Goldilocks “just right” size bracket. Along with making video calls, this screen is ideal for recipes and watching videos. It's the perfect size to sit on any counter top and not require you get too close to read it.
This is the largest version of the standing Echo Show before you get to the new picture-frame-like Show 15. As well as a big 10-inch display, you get improved audio quality and a screen that can rotate almost 360 degrees. This addition makes the top model a strong option for those who regularly use Alexa-supported devices for video calling or for following recipes.
The size of the screen here isn't ideal, but if you have limited space or you want a device to act as a smart alarm clock, it's still pretty good. Of course, you get Alexa support, allowing for speedy control of your smart tech. It's also really cheap.
This 15-inch screen is basically a blown-up smart display you can mount on your wall like a picture frame. It comes with a 5-MP camera for video-calling friends and family. You also get full access to Alexa to control your smart home devices.
The recently released Apple Watch Series 8 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite Apple Watch, and it’s already on sale. (The 41-mm version is also on sale for $349.) Most people will be fine with the new second-generation Watch SE, but this model includes an electrocardiogram, an always-on display, a skin temperature sensor for better period tracking, a more accurate heart-rate monitor, and the ability to measure blood oxygen levels. Check our Best Apple Watch Accessories guide for additional recommendations.
This is the cheapest we’ve seen the Echo Glow, a handy night light for your kid’s bedroom. Unfortunately, there’s no Alexa built-in here, you’ll have to pair a separate Echo or use the Alexa app for that. Nevertheless, it’s a smart way to manage your kid’s night light in 2022.
While Amazon announced a new 5th-gen Echo Dot, there’s no upgrade for the standard Echo just yet, so this 4th-gen model remains the best on offer. It’s got great sound and, despite dwarfing the Echo Dot, remains a size that isn’t all that obtrusive. A strong addition to your Alexa-laden home, or for starting a new one.
We rated Insta360’s One RS (8/10, WIRED Recommends) highly in our review. The GoPro Hero series is still our top pick as the Best Action Camera, but this one brings interchangeable modifications to the party, including—you guessed it—a dual-lens 360-degree camera.
TicWatch isn’t a well-known wearable brand, but we’re fans of this model’s top battery life (it’s in our Best Smartwatch guide). It employs Wear OS and is slated to get the Wear OS 3 update later this year. It’s responsive, delivers notifications, counts steps, and features 24/7 heart-rate monitoring, all with an AMOLED display and two-day battery life. There’s a new TicWatch Ultra on the way with Qualcomm’s new wearables chipset.
This Blink video doorbell received an honorable mention in our Best Video Doorbell Cameras guide. It’s one of the cheaper options around and has Alexa compatibility. The bundle also comes with an outdoor camera system for expanding your home network.
It’s a cheap and cheerful smart plug, and that’s about the long and short of it. It integrates with your Alexa app, letting you add timers and schedules as you please. There’s also Alexa Guard to provide the illusion that you’re home when you’re traveling or on vacation.
This useful label printer is featured in our all-encompassing work-from-home guide and is a great way to save a couple of dollars on your shipping. The printer avoids the regular hassle of having to use ink, using heat instead. You’ll find useful instructions to get the sizing of your label just right.
All the functionality of Amazon’s Echo Dot and it looks like a panda, what more could you want? This is a kid-friendly take on the 4th generation, coming with typical Alexa functionality, one year of Amazon Kids+, and a range of parental controls.
Retailer Sale Pages
Other stores have started offering competing deals that don’t require an Amazon Prime membership (and more likely will). Here’s a list of merchants that may be getting in on the action.
BMW's 2-Series has been hailed as a call back to the good old days, mixing the right proportions with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. The tried and true front-engine, RWD layout is a staple of the brand, and, to the company's credit, BMW has stuck with it. But a push for all wheels to be driven and millisecond-shifting dual-clutch transmissions has taken hold of the performance world, all in the name of speed, of course. As BMW's M cars continue to put on pounds, it seems the M2 might be the only true relic of the company's past.
And it's all new for 2023. After skipping a year in 2022 and dropping the Competition model in 2021, BMW is back with its premier M-model coupe at a starting price of $63,195. Manufactured at the San Luis Potosí plant in Mexico, BMW says US customers can expect the car to officially launch next April. The existing M2 stretches the wheelbase 2.1 inches (to 108.1 inches) and overall is 4.1 inches longer (180.3 inches) and 1.3 inches wider (74.3 inches) than the previous generation. Curiously, the new M2 shares its track width with the current model M4—63.7 inches at the front and 63.2 inches at the rear.
A 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged straight-six S58 engine powers the M2, making 453 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. That's a 48-hp bump from its predecessor. Found in other modern M models, like X3M and M4, the S58 reaches redline at 7200 rpm, though most of the torque is delivered between 2600 and 5800 rpm thanks to two mono-scroll turbochargers. A series of model-specific intercooler piping, M-spec cooling apertures, and track-ready oil coolers will help dissipate heat, even when subjected to hard driving.
Purists will be happy to know the second-generation M2 retains a 6-speed manual transmission as standard, though an 8-speed M Steptronic gearbox is also available. Though we're partial to the manual, either transmission would pair well with the M2's power and layout. The 6-speed manual includes modern features like auto-rev-matching, and the 8-speed automatic is paired with three modes: M (tailored for driver's preference), Sport, and Track.
Performance differences are slim between the manual and automatic models, with 0-60 mph times of 4.1 seconds and 3.9 seconds, respectively. Even with a top speed of 155 mph (or 177 mph with the M Driver's Package installed), the 3800-pound M2 wouldn't need much road to get going that fast.
Chassis dynamics are key with a model like the BMW M2 and the company hasn't skimped on making this coupe track and canyon ready. An active M Differential is paired with a strut tower and vertical engine bracing to minimize the loss of any drive torque.
Electronically controlled Adaptive M Suspension is standard and three-way adjustable, with electromagnetically controlled valves that adjust damping at each wheel with split-second speed.
Steering feel is two-way adjustable—between comfort or sport—and will seamlessly transition steering weights thanks to speed-sensitive power assistance and a variable steering ratio. A pair of 19-inch front and 20-inch rear M Light Alloy wheels ties the whole package together.
Braking hardware should be ample–six-piston, fixed-caliper brakes with 15-inch discs at the front, and single-piston, floating calipers with 14.6-inch discs at the rear—and is assisted by two pedal-feel settings. BMW has integrated the electronic braking and dynamic stability control systems into the engine management computing, eliminating what BMW calls "long signal paths" and speeding up the response of the safety systems.
Notably, a wheel slip limitation function has been included in the DSC, allowing for variable brake application depending on the set slip limit. This means the stability control system will have to intervene significantly less, even with 10 stages of intervention settings available.
Track rats will be pleased to see a Track mode, M Laptimer, and M Drift Analyzer available. Standard driver-assistance technologies include front collision warning with brake intervention and lane departure warning, while stop-and-go adaptive cruise control is optional on 8-speed Steptronic models.
While the M2 is performance-focused, its interior design is well thought out, with a few new additions for 2023. Redesigned M Sport seats in Vernasca leather are standard, though a track-ready, heated carbon bucket seat is optional. Selecting the carbon buckets shaves 24 pounds off the overall weight of the car.
BMW's curved screen is also standard fare, with a 12.3-inch information display and a 14.9-inch control display. Notable interior options include a head-up display, wireless device charging, and personal eSIM 5G.
The M2 is heavier and has more computing power than a parking lot of its legendary M predecessors. Even so, its bones are purebred for driver enjoyment, displayed by its commitment to the manual transmission and switchable driver aid systems. It's about as analog as a modern performance car can be, and enthusiasts should take what they can get.
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Polestar 3 comes with five external cameras and twelve external ultrasonic sensors to help in ADAS. The cabin also has ultrasonic sensors to detect if someone is in the cabin or not.
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Polestar has unveiled its second production model, the Polestar 3 which is an electric SUV. The design of the Polestar 3 is very aerodynamic while retaining the traits of a SUV. Materials used inside Polestar 3 have been selected for their sustainability credentials while raising premium aesthetics and luxury tactility. Polestar 3 is the first car from Polestar to feature centralised computing with the NVIDIA DRIVE core computer which will be handling all the computing and processing requirements.
The infotainment system on the Polestar 3 is powered by the Snapdragon Cockpit Platform from Qualcomm Technologies. Volvo has also added next-generation advanced active and passive safety technology. There are also interior radar sensors that can sense movements in the interior of the car, to help protect against accidentally leaving children or pets inside. The system is also linked to the climate control system to avoid heat stroke or hypothermia.
Polestar 3 also comes with Advanced Driver Aids System. To further enhance the ADAS, Polestar has collaborated with Zenseact, Luminar and Smart Eye. There are also five radar modules, five external cameras and twelve external ultrasonic sensors to help in ADAS.
Polestar has also included Android Automotive OS, it is important to note that this is different from Android Auto which is usually found on most vehicles. There is a 14.5-inch centre display which can also receive OTA updates.
Polestar 3 will be offered with a dual-motor configuration which will be rear-wheel biased. It will produce 489 hp of max power and 840 Nm of peak torque. There will also be a Performance Pack on offer which will increase the power output to 517 hp and 910 Nm of torque.
There will be one-pedal driving, as well as an electric Torque Vectoring Dual Clutch function on the rear axle. A decoupling function is also available for the rear electric motor, allowing the car to run only on the front electric motor to save energy under certain circumstances.
First Published Date: 13 Oct 2022, 15:48 PM IST