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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2017: Editor's Choice - Part 2
By Team HardwareZone - 14 Mar 2017,9:47pm

Innovation Awards

Innovation Awards

Four Innovation awards were also given out in this year's Editor's Choice segment, with the aim of recognizing innovative products and cutting-edge technologies that have emerged during the eligibility period. The winners are Lenovo, LG, Sony, and Xiaomi.

 

1.) Lenovo Moto Z

The Moto Z isn't solely defined by the smartphone because of the Moto Mods attachments that make up a huge chunk of its user experience. There's also a decent selection of modules and all of them play nicely with the Moto Z device. It's the best modular design smartphone we have seen so far, with a full hot-swappable experience - if you're willing to pay the price.

Additional read: Lenovo Moto Z review: The new standard for modular smartphones

 

2.) LG Gram 15

LG Gram 15

The LG Gram 15 is worthy of our Innovation Award because of its impressive design and incredible portability. Even though it is a 15-inch notebook with Full-HD display and all the ports you would need, it weighs a mere 980g and at its chunkiest point, it is just 16.8mm thick. These are numbers that would put some 13-inch notebooks to shame.

Additional read: LG Gram 15 review: An unbelievably light 15-inch notebook

 

3.) Sony Backlight Master Drive

Sony Bravia Z9D

In early 2016, Sony showed off a Backlight Master Drive-enabled TV capable of 4,000 nits peak brightness. While that particular prototype isn't ready for market yet, we've a taste of what's to come in the Bravia Z9D. Hitting 1,500 nits without breaking a sweat, the Z9D is arguably the best TV you can get to watch HDR. As BMD improves, it's only a matter of time we can have a 4,000-nit TV in our living room.

Additional read: Sony's Bravia Z9D with Backlight Master Drive is quite possibly the brightest TV you can buy in 2016

 

4.) Xiaomi Mi Mix

Xiaomi Mi Mix

The Xiaomi Mi Mix is the same size as an iPhone 7 Plus, but its edge-to-edge design lets it pack in a massive 6.4-inch display for an incredible 91.3% screen-to-body ratio. To achieve this, Xiaomi has gone to great lengths. For one, it has replaced the traditional earpiece with a piezoelectric ceramic sound driver in a cantilever beam structure inside the phone, and that basically generates / passes the sound through the display and into your ear. Secondly, under the cover glass there’s an ultrasonic wave sensor for measuring distance, which means the space-taking IR proximity sensor can now be gotten rid of as well. Heck, to keep the bezels thin, Xiaomi has even cut the panel with rounded corners. And did we mention the Mi Mix has a ceramic chassis? Almost everything is ceramic - the back cover, the frame, even the power button and volume rocker.

Additional read: Hands-on with the Mi MIX, Xiaomi's all-screen, all-ceramic flagship phone

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