Ubergizmo’s Best of IFA AwardsEditor's Pick
IFA is officially going on until Sept 11, but if you haven’t had time to follow all the IFA news, our Best of IFA 2019 is what we want you to take away from this show. These are the products that caught our attention for their quality, novelty, usefulness, or daringness.
Honor demonstrated its Honor Vision Smart TV at IFA 2019, which is a first for two reasons. First, it’s Honor/Huawei first television, and secondly, it is the first device to use HarmonyOS (codenamed HongMeng), Huawei’s proprietary cross-device operating system that may become an Android alternative someday, although it’s not the preferred option.
While flagship phones pack a ton of amazing and bleeding edge features, they also come with ridiculous price tags attached to them. Given how far we’ve advanced, mid-ranged phones these days actually do a pretty good job for what they are, and if you are after such a device, HMD Global might have something for you.
In recent years, we’re starting to see the rise in smart displays. These are essentially smart speakers with displays built into them, where the added display means that users will be able to watch videos, make video calls, and also connect with other smart devices like cameras to see who’s at the door.
Tablets are incredibly useful devices where thanks to their larger screen and sometimes larger battery, they make for better entertainment companions compared to our smartphones. If you are in the market for a new tablet, then Lenovo might have a couple of new tablets for you in the form of the Smart Tab 10 and the Smart Tab M8.
At IFA 2019, Garmin unveiled new smartwatches like the Garmin Venu GPS smartwatch. However, if you wanted something a little more superhero-y, you’re in luck because in addition to the smartwatches announced at IFA, Garmin has also taken the wraps off the Legacy Hero series of smartwatches.
At IFA /Berlin, Qualcomm has announced plans to bring updated Snapdragon Series 7 and even Series 6 with 5G support built-in, instead of using an external modem Series 6 and 7 refers to the Snapdragon 600 and 700 series with the 675 and Snapdragon 730 being the most recent models.
Wireless chargers are typically not an exciting topic to cover as they differ only in maximum charging Wattage and price. However, WesternDigital/Sandisk have found the intersection between charging and backups, and this could save your data without requiring any effort.
Netgear’s Orbi mesh system has been one of the most celebrated Wi-Fi 5 setup last year, and during CES 2019, the company had hinted that a Wi-Fi 6 version was coming. Orbi Wi-Fi 6 (Orbi WiFi 6 System AX6000, model RBK852) has finally landed at IFA / Berlin, and it is as powerful as we had hoped.
HiSilicon has launched its new high-end mobile processor (or SoC) known as the Kirin 990 at IFA in Berlin.
Garmin unveiled Venu, its GPS smartwatch featuring an AMOLED screen that delivers up to 5 days of battery life. Since AMOLED technology uses less energy when the display background is black, it made sense for the smartwatch maker to create such a product.
What started out as smart speakers quickly evolved into what we know as smart displays. These are essentially smart speakers that come with a built-in display which can be used for video calls, watching videos, seeing who’s at the front door, and more. However, one of the downsides to such devices is that you’ll need to purchase it.
Apple’s AirPods are essentially a pair of Bluetooth headphones, and as such, they can be used with any device that supports Bluetooth connectivity. However, Apple has baked some features into it that make it a delight to use with an iOS device, such as faster pairing, being able to check battery levels, and more.
For a while now, we have been hearing rumors and have also been treated to leaks that Sonos could be getting ready to launch their first Bluetooth speaker. Previously, the company’s speakers did offer support for wireless connectivity but it was through WiFi, meaning that they weren’t exactly ideal for portable use.
These days as our smartphones are more than capable of playing music, there is really no need to have an external media player. However, despite having come so far, we suppose tribute needs to be paid to Sony’s Walkman, the iconic music player from way back in the day that kind of kicked off the trend of portable media entertainment.
While Sony has been kind of quiet on the smartphone front, at least compared to the likes of Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi, it doesn’t mean that they are no longer creating devices. In fact, if you are interested in getting your hands on a new Sony Xperia smartphone, then you might be interested to learn that the Xperia 5 has been officially announced.
In the past, we have seen Lenovo team up with Disney to launch the Star Wars: Jedi Challenge which allowed gamers to take on the role of a Jedi where through the use of augmented reality (AR) and the Mirage AR headset, it created an immersive gaming experience. Now it looks like Lenovo and Disney’s partnership will be extending to Marvel.
If you’re a small business starting out or if you’re just looking for a laptop for your employees to take with them when they’re out, but you don’t want to spend too much money, Lenovo has you covered. The company has recently taken the wraps off their new ThinkBook 14 and ThinkBook 15 laptops that are essentially cheaper versions of its ThinkBook series of computers.
These days a lot of jobs rely on us to use computers. This unfortunately also means that we need to stare at screens for extended periods of time, which can cause eye strain. However, if you’re trying to avoid eye strain, then you might want to check out Lenovo’s new Q24i and Q27q monitors.
LG G8x ThinQ Dual-Screen: Folding For The Masses?Editor's Pick
As the industry explores the expansion of mobile phone displays, LG has refrained from jumping too deep into foldable screens as it focuses on “tactical innovation,” which means that the company will only heavily invest in producing proven technologies.