Every year at this time of the year, the latest and the greatest innovations and products from tech companies make their debut at IFA, this year was no different. It’s a six day long festival for the technology lovers where the press gets to taste the latest tech before it reaches the masses. Some of these are revelations fans have been waiting for, hoping to get blown away and some fairly new ideas that one never really thought of.
Here’s a selection of Five of the most eye catching gadgets from IFA this year in no particular order, whether they are good products however can be a topic of discussion.
Sony Xperia XZ and Signature Series
Lo and behold, Sony unveiled its actual flagship X-series device at IFA 2016, the Xperia XZ. Compared to the Sony Xperia X, the XZ has a refined design, and puts a serious focus on photography. Sony’s latest waterproof smartphone will be upgraded to Android Nougat soon enough, and overall seems like a culmination of the best found in both the X and Z series.
You can take a good look at the Xperia XZ with it’s rather ordinary specs.
I know, many of you would wonder how is this eye catching? And this is why I wanted to get done with this first. It makes the list because however the internals, Sony did a very neat job on the packaging. The 5.2-inch flagship has the sort of simple but classy premium design we used to take for granted from the Sony, with a clean metal and glass casing (now available in “forest” blue) with perfectly rounded edges and joins. At a time when Smartphone design is either just a metal unibody or glass on both sides -something Sony was doing before Samsung -, Sony has done something different here. The Xperia XZ has a metallic build but it’s not unibody, and it flaunts this fact.
That design is subtle and classic Sony but it’s sure eye catching. Also eye catching in Sony’s new Signature Series. Apart from the incredibly thick Walkman however the only eye catching thing about these audio devices are their unbelievable prices. Read more about them here.
Acer Predator 21 X
Several new laptops running Kaby Lake – Intel’s new chip based on the company’s14nm manufacturing process – were unveiled at IFA, including the Acer Predator 21 X, an utter monster of a notebook with a massive 21-inch curved screen.
Not only is this the first-ever laptop with a curved display, this beast packs two of Nvidia’s beastly GTX 1080 graphics cards in SLI. Those should pair nicely with the laptop’s 2560×1080 IPS, G-Sync-enabled screen. The Predator 21 X also stuffs in an unnamed Kaby Lake chip, up to 4TB of SSD storage, a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches, a USB-C port, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Tobii eye-tracking technology (which also showed up in a trio of new Acer Predator standalone monitors). All that hardware requires the help of not one, but twopower supplies and a whopping five fans.
Basically, this behemoth is a desktop in all but name—a theory exacerbated by its 17-plus lb. weight. But damn if it isn’t impressive. Read more about it here where my first reaction to it was quite, a different story than it is now.
Lenovo Yoga Book
If you’ve read my first reaction to this, you’d have to know it was making the list. In a world where “breakthrough innovation” has become a largely meaningless phrase, plaudits to Lenovo for trying something genuinely different and new. The Lenovo Yoga Book is too cool for a mechanical keyboard.
The Yoga Book 2-in-1 10.1-inch tablet is beautifully designed and just 9.6mm thin when screen and keyboard are folded together. But it’s the non-mechanical Instant Halo keyboard – a touch-sensitive surface with haptic feedback, which can be used for drawing on as well as typing – that makes the Yoga Book such a unique device.
Time will tell whether customers are ready to make the shift to a typing on a flat surface (although many of us are already typing emails on our iPads), and the internal specs are a little on the light side. But full marks to Lenovo for creating an elegantly designed, genuinely innovative product that attempts to change the way we interact with our keyboards. Read more about the yoga book here.
Samsung Gear S3 – the even smarter watch
One of only a handful of smartwatch launches at IFA (the Asus Zenwatch 3), the Samsung Gear S3 was the Korean firm’s major product announcement of the show. The company’s newest timepiece comes in two versions, the Frontier and the Classic. Both editions now sport GPS, as well as a heart rate sensor, accelerometer and barometer.
The Frontier comes with LTE connectivity, enabling you to make calls from your watch without a connected handset nearby. While both versions are a little thicker and heavier than the S2, both are perfectly attractive watches, albeit ones geared more towards men’s wrists. As an added bonus, Samsung now allows you to use any 22mm wrist strap you please.
The new features may not change anyone’s mind about buying their first smartwatch, but the Gear S3 is among the best options for those looking to smarten up their wrists, at least until the unveiling of the second Apple Watch later this week. Read more about it here.
LG Smart InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator
LG’s looking to make a splash at the IFA trade show in Berlin with a new Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge which comes with a huge touchscreen. This isn’t just any ordinary display though, since the brand has decided to equip the appliance with a full-blown Windows 10 tablet.
While the idea of owning a fridge which runs Windows 10 complete with specs like an Intel Atom processor and 2GB of RAM sounds bizarre, the Smart Instaview Door-in-Door has a number of tricks up its sleeve to make it more appealing. First-off, the OS allows you to download and run all kinds of apps like Edge so you can check out recipes or watch videos on YouTube. Having the full power of Windows 10 at your fingertips also translates to the ability to play music through the in-built Bluetooth speakers and access to Cortana for voice commands. Secondly, LG has added some special wizardry to the panel so it can go semi-translucent, letting you actually view the contents of the fridge and place digital post-it notes to label items, a new-age take on an old-fashioned practice.
The LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge doesn’t have a price tag or release date yet. It’ll probably come out later this year.
IFA 2016 was full of so many impressive pieces of technology and the five aforementioned devices sure are eye catching they certainly don’t comprise of all the eye candy in IFA this year. Here’s a roundup of the best of IFA 2016. Make sure you follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram.