This year’s IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) feels like the biggest ever with dozens of showcase venues, thousands of innovations and millions of products. It was a sprawling preview of the most exciting tech slated for release throughout the coming year. It’s an event too big for one convention centre and too diverse to gather up in a single piece. For all the attention garnered by bezel-less smartphones, the show floors were packed with more 8K TV’s than ever before. While the IFA did produce a number of new smartphones, they weren’t the focus of this year’s event. Instead, we saw wearables, laptops and the usual array of smart accessories to make consumers life easier. It was an interesting mix of technology that saw companies continuing to push the boundaries of design.
So let’s talk about the gadgets that stood out at IFA. Among all the products we saw first-hand, here are the ones we either instantly wanted to take home, or couldn’t resist taking down.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung’s foldable smartphone – Galaxy Fold which never made it to its original sale date, after the issue with the display. But now Samsung says it’s fixed the Galaxy Fold’s screen weaknesses, and the latest iteration was at the IFA show. Samsung has opted for a book-style fold, with a larger screen protected on the inside of the device. The Galaxy Fold has two AMOLED screens — the first, on the outside of the device, measures 4.6 inches, while the inside screen features a tablet-like 7.3-inch screen. A sophisticated hinge system ensures the device is able to fold and unfold quickly and easily. We still don’t have every update when the Galaxy Fold will hit the Indian market.
LG G8X ThinQ
Foldable phones are one thing, but LG has a different approach that will still give you two screens when you want them, and the option to carry around a smaller phone when you prefer a slim form factor. The LG G8X with Dual Screen transforms a high-end phone into a feature-packed dual-screen experience with a case that matches the G8X’s 6.4-inch screen. Both displays can be utilized to do everything from multitasking with two separate apps on two separate screens to playing games with a gamepad. Imagine watching a video on one screen while texting on the other, or using one of the two displays to preview your face for a selfie. A dual-screen device can be bulky, but being able to remove the G8X secondary display and use it like any other phone makes it more familiar to people who want to be on the cutting — but perhaps not bleeding — the edge of “foldable” devices.
TCL went ahead with two different concept design such as a wallet-shaped foldable phone and a curved screen design with a display that wraps around the sides. The DragonHinge is the first smartphone from TCL to have a clamshell design foldable phone. It looks like a typical phone – one that flips open, the foldable display can be seen.
Sony Xperia 5
Sony’s smartphones aren’t hugely popular, but the new Xperia 5 features a gorgeous 6.1-inch OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio and flagship-worthy specifications that make it a promising option for people who love to stream multimedia. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor paired with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage with a further expandable option via. a MicroSD card slot that accommodates up to an additional 512GB. There is a 3,140mAh battery and a camera stack on the back has three 12MP sensors. It also has DualShock 4 support for a richer haptics experience when used for PlayStation games.
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
Samsung is getting into 5G to the masses who don’t want to pay a massive premium. Samsung Galaxy A90 5G is the mid-range smartphone running Qualcomm 855 processor with 6GB or 8GB RAM along with 128GB of internal storage. It features a 6.7-inch OLED display on the front and three camera sensors on the back. Battery capacity comes in at 4,500mAh. Currently, the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G will be available in Korea and will sell for 749 Euros in the UK on October 4. Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing it in India anytime soon.
The successor to the mid-range phone, the Nokia 7.1 has finally unveiled the new Nokia 7.2. It features a 6.3-inch LCD with PureDisplay, a feature that upscales SDR multimedia content to HDR. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor paired with 4GB or 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage. On the software side, it ships with the Android One version of Android Pie, meaning it’s sure to get timely OS and security updates. On the back, the Nokia 7.2 gets a 48-megapixel primary sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and 5-megapixel depth sensor. A 20-megapixel front sensor is housed in the teardrop notch. The Nokia 7.2 is available in India for Rs. 18,599/-
Sharp Aquos V
Sharp is known for making TVs, but it also makes some pretty nice smartphones and the new Aquos V seeks to offer solid performance at a very affordable price. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage with microSD card slot. On the front, there is a 5.93-inch LCD display with a slight bezel, while the back is covered with a pretty nice glossy material, there are a fingerprint sensor and two 13MP cameras.
Nokia 800 Tough
Nokia 800 Tough is a feature phone that stands out for its IP68-rated durability and 4G LTE modem. It runs Nokia’s KaiOS and features Facebook, Google Assistant, Google Maps, and WhatsApp. Inside are a 2,000mAh battery and dual SIM slots. The Nokia 800 Tough goes on sale for 109 Euros. At launch, the phone will only be available in parts of Europe.
Lenovo Smart Display 7
Lenovo’s Smart Display is a cleaner, more modern design than last year’s 8-inch and 10-inch models. Thanks to its reduced footprint, it’s compact enough to place on the kitchen counter or nightstand without taking up too much space. Though it is compact, the Smart Display 7 packs a ton of functionality. Aside from streaming videos and music, it has Google Assistant integration which can take offer feedback on voice commands like checking the weather, setting reminders, or controlling other smart home devices.
Razer Blade Stealth (GTX 1650)
The upgrades to the Razer Blade Stealth ultraportable make the 13-inch laptop a legitimately capable gaming machine. The big change? The midrange and top-end models come with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, not a powerful GPU, but enough to run popular gaming titles at smooth frame rates. For a laptop, the size is impressive and it keeps the slim, premium build we’ve come to expect from Blade models. It even adds in Intel’s latest 10nm “Ice Lake” CPU.
WD Black P50 Game Drive SSD
Western Digital unveiled its redesigned My Passport drives — its mainstream-staple backup portable hard drives, now available in capacities to 5TB, but more interesting is its new line of external WD Black models. Black is the company’s performance series and the P50 Game Drive SSD addresses an emerging market like India. The WD Black P50 comes in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB flavours and supports the USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, for peak transfer rates of 20GBps. The company also announced hard-drive-based versions in both portable and desktop form factors, each in separate versions for PCs and the Xbox One.
Garmin Venu is a new high-end smartwatch features a stunning 1.2-inch AMOLED touch display that can last up to five days on a single charge. Its fitness features go far beyond the basics to track respiration, hydration, and sweat loss estimation. With a sleek design that comes in a variety of colour combinations, it’s a watch you’ll actually want to wear every day, too.
Samsung 55-inch Q900 8K
When it comes to TVs, bigger is often seen as better. But for Samsung, which is gearing up to push 8K into the mainstream. The 55-inch Q900 is an 8K television, while it also comes in much larger models, the smaller. For $3,500, it is certainly not the most affordable television around, the Q900 has the potential to make 8K technology more readily available to more people, especially as Samsung is launching it in 50 countries across the world. For those that want to get into the game early, that makes it an appealing investment.