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IFA 2016: New smartphones and a smart fridge with Windows 10

Here are top gadgets unveiled at the IFA 2016 event, and will be available in the market by the end of this year in certain countries

Qualcomm VR820 (left); and Sony Xperia XZPremium
Qualcomm VR820 (left); and Sony Xperia XZ

The second day at the technology showcase IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) 2016 saw more brands take the stage and showcase their new devices. LG has come up with a smart refrigerator, which runs a Windows PC, while Sony and Huawei chose the occasion to further populate their smartphone line-up.

Here are the top picks from the second day of Europe’s biggest electronic show.

Huawei Nova Plus
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Huawei Nova Plus

Huawei Nova & Nova Plus smartphones

Chinese phone maker Huawei has come up with two new smartphones under a new line-up called the Nova series. The small screen variant Nova offers a 5-inch full HD screen, while the bigger Nova Plus has a 5.5-inch full HD display. Both smartphones run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM, have 32GB storage, run Android 6.0 and include USB type-C slots. The only major difference besides the screen size is that the Nova has a 3,020mAh battery and a 12-megapixel camera, while the Nova Plus has a 3,340mAh battery and a 16-megapixel camera. Both devices will be rolled out in western markets from October at a starting price of $350.

Sony Xperia XZ
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Sony Xperia XZ

Sony Xperia X Compact and Xperia XZ smartphones

Sony has updated the smartphone line-up, adding two new smartphones, Xperia X Compact and Xperia XZ. The Xperia XZ looks like their flagship offering. It runs on Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB storage, offers a 23-megapixel camera and is powered by a 2,900mAh battery. It has a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920x1080p.

The Xperia X Compact comes with a 4.6-inch display with 1280x720p display. It runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor with 2GB RAM. Sony hasn’t announced the prices yet, but the smaller one is expected to be launched by the end of September, while the Xperia XZ by mid-October.

LG InstaView Smart fridge runs Windows 10 and supports Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana
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LG InstaView Smart fridge runs Windows 10 and supports Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana

LG InstaView Smart fridge

LG’s new smart refrigerator comes with a Windows-based screen built into the door panel. It runs Windows 10 and supports Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana. Users can use it to play music, browse the internet, type a note and watch videos. Double tapping on the screen makes it translucent, allowing you to see the content inside the fridge without even opening the door. Users can drag and drop icons against the food item in the fridge in case they wish to leave a note on any food item. LG is yet to announce its price, but the fridge is expected to show up in the US by early next year.

Sony Walkman NW-WM1A
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Sony Walkman NW-WM1A

Sony Walkman Signature series

Sony has unveiled two new Walkmans under a new Signature series for audiophiles with deeper pockets. The NW-WM1Z is the more expensive variant, priced at $3,200, and has a metallic exterior. It is gold plated and weighs 454g. The other variant called NW-WM1A comes with an aluminium exterior with black finish, weighs 267g and is priced at $1,200. Both Walkmans support all major lossless audio file formats such as FLAC, DSD and PCM. They are expected to release in the US market by November.

TomTom Touch
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TomTom Touch

TomTom Touch

Known for GPS navigation devices, the TomTom has entered the fitness wearable segment with a fitness tracker called TomTom Touch. Its key highlight is that it can calculate the body composition, including body fat and muscle percentage. It also includes a heart rate monitor, a calorie counter, sleep tracker and pedometer. The sleek-looking wearable comes with a touch screen and offers five days of battery back-up. Users can access all fitness details on their smartphones with the device’s companion app MySports. TomTom Touch will be available in the US market from October at $129.

Qualcomm VR820
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Qualcomm VR820

Qualcomm VR820 headset

The latest to get on to the Virtual Reality (VR) bandwagon is leading mobile chipmaker Qualcomm, which has developed a VR headset called VR820, in collaboration with a Chinese company Goertick. Powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, the new headset will not be rolled out under Qualcomm’s brand name, but will be put out for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for further customisation. The VR headset has two built-in cameras for eye tracking and offers a screen resolution of 1,440x1,440 in each eye piece. The VR820 will be available to OEMs by the end of 2016 and should show up commercially by early next year.

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Abhijit Ahaskar
Abhijit writes on tech policy, gaming, security, AI, robotics, electronics and startups. He has been in the media industry for over 12 years.
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Published: 02 Sep 2016, 02:21 PM IST
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