IFA, Europe’s largest consumer electronics trade show, was open to the public between September 2-8. Entry to IFA is open to the public, with one-day tickets available from €39 and two-day tickets from €56 if you pre-book, with prices rising to €49 and €72, respectively, if you buy at the event itself.
IFA is held in Berlin each year around September. IFA stands for Internationale Funkaustellung (hence the abbreviation) and began its life back in 1924 as a radio exhibition. Alongside Mobile World Congress in February-March, IFA is one of the main events on the trade show calendar for new device announcements, although more and more manufacturers have been opting for earlier release cycles and standalone events in recent years.
Acer at IFA 2016
Acer has announced two new Android devices at IFA: the Liquid Z6 and Z6 Plus. The Liquid Z6 is a €119 entry-level device running Marshmallow and the Z6 Plus is a decent mid-ranger priced at €249 that also runs Marshmallow out of the box.
While a North American release seems unlikely, these phones will be available in EMEA in November and December respectively. As you may recall, Acer recently released the Liquid Zest Plus, but for around $50 more, the Z6 Plus improves on it in substantial ways.
Acer also announced a slew of other products, including the world’s first curved screen laptop, the Predator 21 X. As the Predator branding gives away, the Predator 21 X is a serious beast (with housing to match), featuring high-end gaming specs and even eye tracking technology so you can, you know, game with your eyeballs.
That’s not all from the company, though. For those looking for a flippy, touchscreen Chromebook offering that’s a little better than the Chromebook Flip, Acer’s new Chromebook R13 should do the trick. With a 13-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM and USB Type-C port, this Chromebook should be powerful enough for your everyday needs.
Oh and that’s not all – Acer also announced not one, but five new laptops! These include the Acer Spin 7, Swift 1, Swift 3, Swift 5, and the supremely thin Swift 7. Be sure to check our our full post over at TabTimes for all the details.
Acer also covered a remote monitoring device for video-conferencing with your pets, a cycling computer, new Acer Spin and Swift laptops with a fingerprint scanner in the trackpad and Kaby Lake CPUs.
ASUS at IFA 2016
ASUS had a decent product lineup at last year’s IFA, including the ZenWatch 2, ZenFone Zoom and ZenFone Max. In the past, ASUS has announced its new ZenFones at CES in Las Vegas in January (as it did in 2015), or at Computex in May (as it did this year).
While we’ve already taken a look at the new ZenFone 3 variants, ASUS did just take the wraps off the brand new ZenWatch 3! This is ASUS’ very first round smartwatch, and it’s a looker. With a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, and HyperCharge charging technology, the ASUS ZenWatch 3 might just be the next smartwatch for you.
For those of you looking for a new Android-powered tablet, look no further – ASUS has also taken the wraps off its new ZenPad 3S 10. While tablets are normally meant for media consumption, the ZenPad 3S 10 takes it one step further with its big 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 display, MediaTek 8176 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage. It even has a fingerprint sensor! No pricing or availability details have been announced yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we hear more.
If you’re more interested in laptops, ASUS definitely has you covered. Here at IFA 2016, the company gave us some more details on its new ZenBook 3, Transformer 3 Pro, Transformer 3, and ROG G701VI notebooks. All the details and specs can be found over at our sister site, TabTimes.
One other interesting announcement from ASUS today – the company has just taken the wraps off a portable 15-inch monitor called the ZenScreen. If you’ve ever needed a big and portable second screen when you’re on the go, the ZenScreen might be your best bet. It weighs just 2 pounds, measures 8mm thick, and the company claims it is the world’s lightest and slimmest full HD portable monitor.
Samsung at IFA 2016
As expected, Samsung has now formally taken the veil off the Samsung Gear S3. The latest watch isn’t meant to fully replace the S2, but instead slots in to the existing line up by targeting new audiences. The Gear S3 family is much larger this time around, comes with LTE, and is offered in either a premium “classic” model or a rugged “Frontier” model. The latter even includes GPS integration.
The Samsung Gear S3 is still very much powered by Tizen, like its predecessor, but certainly further refines it. The same goes for the hardware, which still features that Samsung-famous rotating bezel, but now with a few extra features backed in. For more details on Samsung’s latest wearable, be sure to check out our Samsung Gear S3 hands on.
That’s all that Samsung showed off at IFA so far. While it’s possible they might have a few minor accessories to show, the Gear S3 is certainly the centerpiece of their show this year.
Motorola/Lenovo at IFA 2016
Motorola and Lenovo have just taken the wraps of their new modular smartphone, the Moto Z Play! Despite its mid-range moniker, the Moto Z Play Droid goes toe-to-toe with the best out there in some key areas. With outstanding battery life, Moto Mod compatibility, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a solid camera, you won’t be making too many sacrifices if you choose to go with the latest from Lenovo. Be sure to check out our full review to get all the details.
If you love the Moto Z, Moto Z Force or the Moto Z Play but are in need of a better camera, you’re in luck. Lenovo also announced a new Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod, capable of providing a 10x zoom. It also sports a 12MP 1/2.3-inch sensor, 1.55 µm pixels, a f 3.5-6.5 lens, and Xenon flash. Not bad!
Lenovo didn’t just give its Moto smartphone lineup some love. The company also unveiled the new Yoga Book, which is a new ultrabook that comes in both Android and Windows flavors, as well as a new convertible touchscreen laptop called the Yoga 910. And also the new Lenovo K6 phone series debuted as well.
Huawei at IFA 2016
While we were hoping for a new Huawei Watch model this year, we got a few smartphones and tablets instead. Huawei has just taken the wraps off a pair of new mid-rangers, the Nova and Nova Plus. While their names are new, the Nova and Nova Plus feel more like iterations of Huawei’s existing devices. The 5-inch Nova looks a lot like a shrunken-down Nexus 6P, while the 5.5-inch Plus takes its cues from the Mate line. As a result, these two phones look pretty different, despite their similar names. Be sure to check out our hands-on post here and video attached below.
That’s not all we got from Huawei, though. The company also announced its new 8.4-inch tablet, the MediaPad M3. This tablet sports a WQHD+ display, fingerprint reader and a dual 1-watt speaker system co-engineered with Harman Kardon. Not bad! Be sure to check out our full review for all the details.
Oh, and one more thing. Huawei also announced new Red and Blue versions of its P9 flagship.
ZTE at IFA 2016
If you’ve been itching to try out the Axon 7 but aren’t keen on the big screen, ZTE’s got you covered. Here at IFA 2016, ZTE has just officially announced the Axon 7 Mini. With a more compact screen, slightly lesser specs and just about the same design as its bigger brother, the Axon 7 Mini is taking aim at the sea of other mid-rangers on the market. Be sure to check out our hands-on and first impressions video for all the details.
The company also announced that its Nubia Z11 handset is making its way to Europe soon, with the US to follow. We also went hands-on with this phone, which you can find here.
Sony at IFA 2016
While we’ll need to wait until December 2016 to get more information on the company’s Playstation Experience event, Sony today announced two new smartphones – the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact. Whether you’re looking for a high-end flagship or a compact mid-ranger, Sony is here to help.
With a Snapdragon 820, 3GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch Full HD display and a 2,800 mAh battery, the XZ ushers in a new “Loop Surface” design language. The X Compact, on the other hand, features 4.6-inch LCD display with a 720p resolution, Snapdragon 652 processor and 3GB of RAM. Be sure to check out our hands-on posts linked above for all the details.
Sony also announced a new earpiece called the Xperia Ear. Despite the odd name, this thing is actually pretty cool. It provides users with voice interaction through a companion smartphone app. The two are paired and share functions over Bluetooth, and it does a lot more than just take voice calls. Messages, notifications, navigation directions, music, calendar events, and weather conditions, are just some of the examples that can be spoken directly into the wearer’s ear.
HTC at IFA 2016
The rumors were true – here at IFA 2016, HTC announced the new One A9s, the successor to the controversial One A9 from last year. As the “s” designation might suggest, the One A9s is a (very) slight variation on the A9 formula, with a couple of design tweaks and a very similar spec sheet that actually includes some steps back compared to the A9. Check out our full announcement post for all the specs and details.
Fitbit at IFA 2016
Fitbit has just announced two new fitness trackers, the Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2. The Charge 2, which is the successor to the extremely popular Charge HR, is Fitbit’s new flagship activity tracker that sports some new software features and interchangeable bands. The Flex 2, which is the successor to 2013’s Flex, brings a swim-proof design and a focus on fashion. Both seem to be worthy upgrades from the original versions, and we’ll find out soon enough in our full reviews of each.
For more details, check out the official announcement post here.
Withings at IFA 2016
Withings has just taken the wraps off its new activity tracker, the Withings Steel HR. With an analog display, optical heart rate monitor and 25-day battery life, the Steel HR is definitely worth your attention. It has an optical heart rate monitor, an analog and dynamic digital display, 25-day battery life and a host of other killer features. Head here for everything you need to know about the Steel HR.
Alcatel at IFA 2016
Alcatel will have a whole host of new OneTouch devices in its IFA schedule. The first of which is the Alcatel Shine Lite, which brings a focus on selfies and high-end design for less than $200. Head here for the details.
The company also formally announced the succesor to its OneTouch Go Smartwatch, simply named the Alcatel Watch. While this watch still runs a custom OS, it does at least have a new design that looks more akin to what you’d find with Android Wear.
Lastly, Alcatel has shown off its own all-in-one VR headset called the Vision, which integrates the processor, RAM, and everything needed to run VR right into the headset.
Some other notable announcements that aren’t from any of the above companies can be found here:
- Qualcomm’s Snapdragon VR820 headset could make VR more affordable
- TP-Link expands its smartphone portfolio with the Neffos X1 and X1 Max
- Archos announces 13-inch tablet at IFA, the 133 Oxygen
That’s it for now, but we’ll update this post with all the latest news and rumors, so be sure to check back in closer to the date.