IFA 2017: Smartphones, gaming, wearables and TVs announced
We take a look at the key announcements in the run-up to IFA 2017
IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) 2017 is going to start in a few hours’ time. However, the pre-event press briefings have already revealed what the big tech companies have in store. Many of these devices will hit stores in North America and Europe in the next few weeks.
LG has finally taken the wraps off the V30. PC makers are betting on their new range of gaming notebooks and desktops. Acer, Asus, Dell unveiled their new line-up of devices. Samsung has upgraded its wearable line, while Bang & Olufsen has come up with a new 4K TV in association with LG.
LG’s music-centric V30 is the first smartphone to be unveiled at the IFA 2017. It sports a bigger 6-inch OLED display with the same near bezel-less design seen in the LG G6. It packs a resolution of 2,880x1,440p and offers an aspect ratio of 18:9. It runs Android 7.1.2 and is powered by Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM. It is targeted at music buffs and uses HI-Fi Quad DAC to deliver lossless audio in earphones. It comes with IP68 certification which makes it dust and water proof. LG V30 will be available in South Korea by the end of September at $699.
Acer showed off a Predator Orion 9000 series gaming desktop, which is powered by Intel’s 7th Gen Core i9 chipset with two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080Ti graphics. The company also unveiled a whole bunch of devices in the Predator series.
There is a Galeo 500 gaming headset which offers 7.1 surround sound and uses 3D Soundscape technology to recreate the acoustic environment based on the orientation of the player’s head for an interruption free and immersive audio experience in games. The Oreon desktop will be available in December 2017 at $1,999 while the Galeo 500 will show up in November at $79.
Asus has got a new gaming laptop called Chimera in the ROG series. It offers a big 17.3-inch display with resolution of 1,920x1,080p. It is powered by Intel 7th gen Core i7 chipset with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Graphics. There is no update on the price and availability yet.
Dell unveiled two new Alienware monitors with a 34-inch Curved screen for gamers. Both supports Nvidia G-Sync, have refresh rate of 120Hz and 160Hz, and screen resolution of up to 3,440x1,440p. The monitors are already available in US at a starting price of $ 1,199.
Then there is a gaming monitor from Acer. It is called the Predator X35 and it offers a 35-inch curved screen with resolution of 3440 x 1440 and aspect ratio of 21:9. It supports HDR, has refresh rate of 200Hz, supports Nvidia G-Sync and offers a Bluelight filter. It will be available in Q1 2018.
Samsung also unveiled a curved screen gaming monitor, called C49HG90, with a QLED display used in high-end Samsung TVs. The 49-inch display has an aspect ratio of 32:9, refresh rate of 144Hz, and screen resolution of 3,940x1,080p. It will cost $1,500 and will be available by the end of September 2017.
Acer has also got an ultra-thin all-in-one for offices. It is called the S24 and it offers a 24-inch bezel-less display with a 90% screen to body ratio and resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels. The AIO itself is just 5.97mm thick. It will be powered by Intel’s 8th Gen Core i7 processor with 256GB SSD and 2TB HDD. It will be available in US form January 2018 at $999.
Samsung has updated the wearable line up with a new fitness tracker called Gear Fit 2 Pro which can track swimming, heart rate, steps, elevation and amount of calories burned. It is waterproof up to a depth of 50 metres, has built-in GPS and comes with a 1.5-inch curved screen. It is priced at $199 and will be available in the third week of September.
The other device in the Gear family is a smartwatch called Gear Sport, which is the successor to the Gear S3. It can record swimming sessions and is waterproof up to 50 metres. It runs Samsung’s Tizen OS and offers a 1.2-inch circular AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3. There is no update on the price and date of availability yet.
Acer has come up with a wearable device, called Pawbo iPuppy Go, for pets. It can be used for tracking their movement and then uses the collected data to assess their health and activities.
Bang & Olufsen, known for its audio products, is making a foray into the TV segment with a TV called BeoVision Eclipse in association with LG. It offers a 65-inch OLED screen with 4K (3,880x2,160p) resolution and supports 4K HDR. It runs on LG’s WebOS 3.5 which LG uses in its Smart TVs and supports Apple AirPlay, Bluetooth and DLNA. On the audio front, it offers 7.1 surround sound, and an integrated three channel stereo system which includes one 50-watt centre tweeter, two 50-watt full-range drivers and three 100 watt woofers. The 65-inch model will be available from 1 September 2017 at £11,590.
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