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Best of IFA 2019 Awards: The best new tech at Berlin's big trade show
IFA 2019 is here. The Android Authority team has spent nearly a week scouring the show floor for the best tech products in Berlin, and we’ve managed to round up our favorite eight products. From smartphones, to laptops, to smart light bulbs, there’s something in here for everybody.
Here are Android Authority’s picks for the best new tech at IFA 2019.
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TCL is best known for its TVs, displays, and for being the company behind Alcatel and BlackBerry, but IFA 2019 marked the debut of TCL as a legitimate phone brand. The TCL Plex is the very first internationally available self-branded smartphone from the company, and it’s a great first effort.
The TCL Plex has a big 6.53-inch LCD display, and despite its large size at Full HD+, the panel looks fantastic. Under the hood, it’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, 6GB of RAM, plenty of storage, microSD card support, a headphone jack, and a decent triple-camera setup.
Learn more about the TCL Plex in our hands-on article here.
Asus ProArt StudioBook One
Asus took the wraps off a lot of interesting devices at IFA, and among the most exciting announcements is the Asus ProArt StudioBook One.
This MacBook Pro competitor is the first laptop to come with Nvidia’s Quadro RTX 6000 GPU. It’s backed by the Intel Core i9 processor, 1TB of SSD storage, and a huge 32GB of RAM. You also get a 15.6-inch 4K UHD display with refresh rates up to 120Hz.
Pricing and availability details have yet to be announced (and we don’t expect this one to be cheap), but the ProArt StudioBook One might be the laptop for you if you don’t want to sacrifice on, well, nearly anything.
Nokia pumps out good mid-range phones left and right, and the Nokia 7.2 is no exception.
Despite looking and feeling like it’s made of glass and metal, the 7.2 is actually made of polycarbonate and sports a really nice Cyan Green color. It has a big 6.3-inch Full HD+ LCD panel, a 3,500mAh battery, a headphone jack, a dedicated Google Assistant button, and supports Bluetooth 5.0 with Qualcomm aptX audio. Basically, it has all the good stuff.
Mid-tier phones live or die by their price points, and the Nokia 7.2’s €349 price tag hits the right spot.
Razer Blade Stealth 13
The new Razer Blade Stealth 13 is here, and it’s a beast. This model now features the beefy GTX 1650 graphics card backed by 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM, which should allow for a fast and smooth gaming experience. It also features the 10th-generation quad-core Intel Core i7-1065G7 and 16GB of LPDDR4 RAM, a 53.1Wh battery, a glass touchpad, and four stereo speakers.
It’s a pricey laptop, but we think the upgrades Razer included in the Stealth 13 are worthwhile.
Billed as the world’s smallest stabilized camera, the Insta360 Go packs a ton of features into its tiny form factor.
The Insta360 Go is only 49.4mm long and weighs just 18.3g, so the camera should stay out of your way whether it’s clipped to your shirt, stuck on the magnetic pendant, or any of the other accessories included in the box.
The little camera can record video clips in 30-60 second increments, and uses Insta360’s proprietary FlowState electronic stabilization to keep footage smooth. It supports hyperlapse, timelapse, and slow-mo modes, as well as unique video features like Barrel Roll rotation and AI-powered video editing.
Huawei FreeBuds 3
The FreeBuds 3 might be the most underrated product of all the Huawei announcements at IFA this year. These are the world’s first true-wireless earbuds to support Bluetooth 5.1, and incorporate Huawei’s homegrown Kirin A1 chipset which should ensure improved connectivity and stability, as well as ultra-low latency.
That Kirin A1 chip also brings a new Bluetooth protocol: BT-UHD. When the FreeBuds 3 are connected to a new Huawei phone running EMUI 10 or above, both devices will connect using the new standard and will supposedly offer up to 2.3Mbps data transfer rates.
Philips Hue Filament Collection
These new connected bulbs sport an Edison-style aesthetic with their glowing inner coil and thick glass exterior. These are still LED bulbs, so you’re still getting the features you’d expect from a Hue smart bulb — you can adjust the brightness, group them into a network and control them all at once, and more. They’re also plenty bright at 550 lumens.
The best part? They start at just €19.99 (~$22) and go on sale next week.
Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab
It might be difficult to get excited about Android tablets these days, but what about an Android tablet that doubles as a smart display? Count us in.
Lenovo’s new Yoga Smart Tab is a 10.1-inch Android tablet that runs Android 9 Pie. It has a built-in kickstand, which allows you to easily prop it up to watch Netflix or YouTube. It’s also compatible with Google’s new Ambient Mode, essentially turning it into a smart display with support for Google Photos slideshows, playing music, controlling smart home devices, and more.
The audio experience should be quite good too, as the Yoga Smart Tab comes with three microphones and two JBL-branded speakers.
To top it all off, the tablet will only cost $249.99 when it goes on sale in September.