IFA 2018 Highlights: Everything You Need To Know | AIB
The IFA is the largest consumer electronics exhibition in Europe. It is every year in early September in Berlin. Tech manufacturers all show what they have to offer. This can be anything from connected washing machines and microwave ovens to the most futuristic drones, smartphones, and wearables.
First, we start with the smartphones launched at IFA 2018. Because to be honest, this is surely the most important gadget you can own!
Sony Xperia XZ3
The XZ3 is the successor to the Xperia XZ2 and has an even more beautiful design. The design is incredibly modern, with a screen that runs to the sides and edges that are extra thin at the top and bottom. It is the first smartphone from the Japanese brand with an HDR OLED display. A nice improvement compared to the LCD display in its predecessor. OLED is a lot brighter, and the contrast is bigger, so your favorite Insta Stories will splash off the screen.
Of course, the phone contains the best hardware of the moment. Photographing with the 19-megapixel camera is also a party. Even if only because the camera app works extra easy and offers many possibilities. Need we say more?
BlackBerry Key2 LE
The Chinese electronics firm that makes BlackBerry phones announced BlackBerry Key2 LE at IFA 2018, a cheaper version of the high-end BlackBerry Key2 which earlier announced this summer.
The new device is nearly the same as the BlackBerry Key2, with a few key variations: a lightweight frame, a reduced battery life, and a slightly less powerful camera.
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Huawei always pops a nice new phone into the world at the IFA. Similarly at IFA 2018, Huawei Mate 20 Lite! This phablet is in terms of price in the middle segment but has the specifications of a real top phone.
It has a gigantic 6.3-inch screen with a super high resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels: Full HD +! Both the front and the back has a double camera for extra beautiful photos in the dark. They are also super sharp: at the front, you even shoot photos in no less than 24 megapixels. Nice and busy, Huawei!
Mate 20 Lite has a fingerprint sensor and is also super fast thanks to the Kirin 710 processor. This chipset clocks 2.2 GHz and has eight cores with 6 GB of RAM. A phone to look forward to.
ZTE: Axon 9 Pro
Another Chinese smartphone maker ZTE unveiled a new phone at IFA 2018. The Axon 9 Pro, it has a 6.2-inch display with notch and Full HD AMOLED resolution. The device exploits the power of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 combined with 6GB of RAM and is equipped with the Axon Vision technology, a dedicated chip that according to what ZTE declares would improve the use of film and video, significantly increasing the frame rate.
Cut off from the US, this smartphone will arrive in the coming months in some European and other Asian countries at a price of 649 euros.
Other Gadgets at IFA 2018
Predator Thronos Gaming Chair
At IFA 2018, Acer announced Predator Thronos gaming chair, it has a giant overhead brace that accommodates three 27-inch gaming monitors, along with combined space for a Predator gaming PC. It also weighs over 485 pounds, with a steel structure and motorized cockpit for modifying your screen setup and the entire thing lights up when playing.
Garmin Vivosmart 4
A fitness tracker that is ideal during exercise. It is affordable but super advanced. For example, it keeps track of the level of oxygen in your blood when you sleep. Handy, because this gives you an explanation when you wake up tired. Beautiful wearable!
Sony’s New Waterproof Speaker
Sony debuted at IFA with the new set of speaker, which is water-resistant and dustproof. It has colorful lights, extra bass, and a flashing strobe. This speaker has good battery life up to 16 hours. Also, it comes with inbuilt Google Assistant. This Sony SRS-XB501G speaker will cost $ 300 and will be available starting this October.
The American Ultimate Ears, part of Logitech, announced the Boom 3. This round speaker creates a very bold 360 degrees sound. You can change it in different colors and it is waterproof. In short, the ideal speaker to take with you on holiday. The speaker can be very loud and lasts fifteen hours long.
B&O’s Beosound Edge
At IFA 2018, Bang & Olufsen launched a new speaker called Beosound Edge, it has a curious shape and size. You can either leave it in a room or fix on the wall. The speaker comes with new smart sensors built in: It senses when you’re up and about, and rolling it forward or backward to adjust the volume.
The Beosound Edge comes with Chromecast 2, AirPlay 2, and Bluetooth. It works with voice assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa. The speaker will cost about $ 3,770 US dollars, will be available in mid-November.
Huawei: AI Cube
Huawei presented its first intelligent speaker: the AI Cube, which actually has very little of the cube. It is more than a cylinder that performs more functions: it can be a speaker, of course, but it is also a Wi-Fi router equipped with a 4G modem, with a slot for a Sim card. In addition AI Cube, thanks to the collaboration with Amazon, can count on Alexa, the virtual assistant that responds to the user’s voice commands. This device will arrive in 2019, price yet to be defined.
Royole: flexible display
La Royole, a Chinese company founded in 2012 based in Fremont, California, has shown the potential of its flexible screens in Berlin: they can bend and even twist, but the image will not be distorted or changed. That of Royole is a technology to watch out for the expected smartphone with folding display that could be launched from early 2019: one of these could be the Samsung Galaxy X, a device that has been spoken for at least a year and that many hope to finally see the next Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Somnox: Sleep Robot
For those who have problems of insomnia, this robot looking like a pillow could be the ideal solution: it is a pillow that simulates the breathing of a person, in harmony with that of those who are holding it. In addition, Somnox tries to facilitate sleep through sounds and, if desired, guided meditation. This curious pillow can be ordered on the company website, but the price is not dreamy: it costs $ 640.
Segway: Drift W1 Skates
The American company that produces the famous two-wheeled electric chariot, which the driver moves slightly lopsided with the body, at IFA Segway brought this new electronic skateboards. The Drift W1 Skates function like a hoverboard, only that the wheels are detached and travel separately under each foot. These electric pads certainly provide greater agility in movement but, at the same time, make the balance even more precarious, at least for those approaching the first time to this kind of product.
Sennheiser Wireless Earbuds
Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless earbuds are convenient wireless buds that still sound excellent. The new earbuds let you combine ambient sound with your music and with Google Assistant or Siri. The earbuds are splash-proof and sweat-resistant. The buds cost $ 299 and will be available in mid-November.
Lenovo’s Yoga Book C930
Lenovo’s Yoga Book C930 has an unusual design, it has an Ink display on one side, and an LCD screen on another side. Still, you can use this like other Yoga Books, utilizing the E Ink display in keyboard mode or you can fold it over in tablet mode.
It is 4mm thick at its thinnest point – and counts less than two pounds. The company says you’ll get about 10 hours of battery life. The device will cost $1160 and will be available in September.
LG: CLOI Suitbot
The South Korean company showed its first exoskeleton in Berlin, designed not only for those who have difficulty in walking but also for workers: “It will serve to increase productivity, but also to monitor the health of the wearer and to prevent possible accidents,” said IP Park, head of Lg Electronics in Berlin.