IFA 2013 Round-up
IFA 2013 Round-up
After several days of rapid new product announcements, IFA 2013 is drawing to a close. A lot of hard-hitting announcements were made pre-IFA, and it's perhaps fair to say it was the official confirmation of the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and the Galaxy Gear smart watch that generated the most buzz at the beginning. At this early stage, the Note 3 looks to be a winner in the increasingly crowded 'phablet' space; not because of its stunning large screen, but for its actually useful S Pen features. The jury's still out on the Gear though, most of the murmurs we've heard (and agree) are about its US$299 price tag, it requiring a recent Galaxy device, and its fairly short one-day battery life. As usual, our hands-on articles are there should you need to find out more.
And let's not forget about Sony, who is making all the right headlines at the moment. The 20.7MP Xperia Z1 smartphone is a stunner, and the Cyber-shot area in Sony's hall is still packed with crowds trying to get their hands on the DSC-QX10 and QX100 lens-style digital cameras that one can attach onto their smartphone. We shall not spoil the surprise too much here, it's better that you read our hands-on articles to find out more.
On the mobile and computing front, there are a string of other new products too, from the 6-inch Acer Liquid S2 phablet to the Toshiba Encore 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet, to new notebooks from the likes of Sony and Lenovo, most notably the Sony Vaio Tap 11, the world's thinnest Windows tablet, and the highly dexterous Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga.
Of course, this is IFA, and how can we do without new TVs? Like CES 2013, the TV buzzwords this time round continue to be '4K UHD', 'OLED', and 'curved' (scarcity of 4K content be damned!). There are even TVs which now fulfill all three characteristics, thus causing some confusion on the show floor here, and a bit of extra time for us to wrap our heads around them and name them correctly. Case in point: LG has a 77-inch set that uses a OLED panel, has a 4K UHD resolution, and is curved. And to throw more variables into the equation, we now have 1080p TVs that are curved too (we're looking at you, Sony). All that said, if you're into AV stuff, there's a slew of announcements from Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Sony, and Toshiba that should keep you entertained. We also have a bunch of sound bars / sound plates / sound boards, speakers, and headphones news.
Instead of scouring through our fast-moving home page, why not use the list we've curated below for all things related to IFA 2013. Happy reading, this is Team HWZ signing off from Berlin, Germany.
IFA 2013 News & Articles
NEWS / 16 Sep 2013
At the IFA 2013, Sennheiser announced the new high-gloss black, classic brown, and intense red variants of the on-ear headphones.
NEWS / 12 Sep 2013
At the IFA 2013, Deezer announced that it is set to be available on Smart TVs from Panasonic, Philips, and through its partnership with global Smart TV portal operator NetRange, on manufacturers like Loewe, TCL Thomson, Sharp and Vestel.
At the IFA 2013, ASUS announces its new Android tablets: Fonepad Note 6, MeMO Pad 8/Pad 10, Fonepad 7, and Transformer Pad TF701T.
Designed for the lady on the street who needs a quality subtle headphone, the Chord Note sits gently and comfortably around the soft nape of one's neck, and comes equipped with a microphone.
Jabra has released an array of new colorful wireless products and enhancements for music lovers and sports enthusiasts at the IFA 2013 in Berlin.
The new Sony X850 series of 4K UHDTVs are priced slightly cheaper than the highest-end X900 series, and sports a couple of differences such as the absence of Sony's Magnetic Fluid speakers.
At IFA 2013, Panasonic is also showing its SC-HTE80 Speaker Board, which is a sound bar that can go directly underneath a 42-inch TV.
Harman Kardon has announces the Sabre SB 35 and SB 26 at IFA 2013 this week. The company also claims that the former is the slimmest 8.1-channel sound bar the market has seen to date.
Yamaha has once again brought a string of new products to IFA 2013, from sound bars and receivers, to micro component systems and desktop speakers. Here are a few that caught our attention.
Pioneer has launched three sound bar systems at IFA 2013. Fitted with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, the SBX-300, SBX-N500 and SBX-N700 easily link up to any Bluetooth-enabled device to offer a convenient audio solution for a mobile device or PC.
Sony has announced the 4.1-channel HT-ST3 and 7.1-channel HT-ST7 sound bars at IFA 2013. The former, according to the company, is the slimmest sound bar available in the market.
The LG Sound Plate 340 is a 34mm thick 'sound bar' you can put your TV on. It offers 4.1-channel of surround sound, has dual built-in subwoofers, and supports wireless Bluetooth audio streaming.
Aimed at business and pro users, the Panasonic 20-inch 4K UHD tablet has a 10-point multi-touch screen, a thickness of just 12.5mm, and weighs 2.4kg
Panasonic has announced the TX-L65WT600, a 65-inch 4K UHDTV. This is the first 4K TV to support the HDMI 2.0 standard out of the box.
Haier is at IFA 2013 with its improved eye-controlled TV. The eye-tracking camera is now slimmer and more precise, but as expected, it isn't quite ready for public consumption yet.