Best of IFA 2019 – Amazon Fire Cube, Huawei P30 Pro, and everything else you missed
We’ve been waiting all year for IFA 2019 and all the great announcements that come along with it. This year didn’t disappoint with exciting announcements including the Amazon Fire Cube, Huawei P30 Pro, and the Acer Predator Thronos Air.
- When and where is IFA 2019? The IFA 2019 takes place in Berlin, Germany from September 06 to September 11, 2019.
- Where can I find more IFA 2019 announcements? Check out the best and most exciting product announcements from Europe’s biggest consumer tech conference from our category here.
- What are the latest updates on 5G from Qualcomm? The brand announced at IFA 2019 that it will expand its 5G portfolio across the Series 7, Series 8, and Series 9 Snapdragon throughout 2020.
It’s that time of the year again when you get to relive the excitement from the Consumer Electronics Show at the IFA Berlin event. Spanning from September 6th through the 11th, this tech event highlights all the major updates from big as well as small B2C brands before Q4. While a lot of these tech announcements are new, we also get updates on the previous CES launches we’ve been following. This year was no exception!
As expected, Europe’s biggest consumer tech conference was exploding with incredible new products and announcements. But beyond tech product announcements, the show also highlights a lot of automobile updates such as the new Lotus EV Supercar.
Let’s get into all the big announcements that were made in the past few days.
ICYMI: We are at the show this year! Keep checking our social media feeds for more updates.
Razer Blade Stealth 13 Gaming Ultrabook
Designed specifically with gaming in mind, this Razer Blade Stealth 13 Gaming Ultrabook offers you both portability and power. Though this gaming laptop has a 13-inch screen, it’s only about half an inch thick. On top of this, this compact laptop weighs just about three pounds. It’s pretty impressive how easily portable you’ll find this laptop.
ASUS ROG Phone 2 Ultimate Edition Smartphone
This newly announced ASUS ROG Phone 2 Ultimate Edition Smartphone comes with 1 terabyte of internal storage. That’s basically double what you can find anywhere else. Gone are the days of a terabyte being a sci-fi number: you can actually have that much on your smartphone now. This gaming smartphone comes in a sleek matte black finish, so it’ll look good while it’s downloading super fast. In fact, this gaming phone supports 4G LTE download speeds up to Cat 20.
Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse
Whether you’re coding behind the scenes of a super detailed website or designing an intricate building, this Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse helps you eliminate mistakes. With a new type of wheel that scrolls using electromagnetics, this advanced mouse stops on the exact pixel you choose. However, this mouse for coders is still fast enough to scroll 1,000 lines in a second. This is all without making a sound.
ASUS ProArt StudioBook One Laptop
This laptop comes with NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 graphics. If you know what that means, you’re going to appreciate the abilities this computer has. Designed for people who need a powerful device, this ASUS ProArt StudioBook One High-Powered Computing Laptop best serves those in product development, animation, and data science. Thanks to its NVIDIA graphics, this data science laptop can quickly run through simulations and risk assessments. Those tasks that used to take you a long time will now process quickly.
Amazon Fire TV Cube Alexa Streaming Box
With this built-in Alexa Fire TV Cube, you can control any smart connected gadgets in your home. You can turn on your music through a speaker or dim your connected light bulbs. This Amazon Fire Cube has a faster processor than the first model. But more than that, it now operates using Local Voice Control. This feature allows the box to interpret some commands, especially those you use most often, much more quickly.
Garmin vívoactive 4 and 4S GPS Watch Series monitor
Both of these Garmin vívoactive 4 and 4S GPS Watch Series offer a breathing monitor you can use during yoga workouts. This is pretty impressive considering they don’t even need a chest strap to do so. The only difference between the 4 and 4S is their measurements. The 4S has a 40 mm case size, and the 4 has a 45 mm case size. Unlike the previous version of this activity tracker, these GPS watches now include music features. So you don’t have to purchase a special version for that.
SanDisk iXpand Wireless Charger Photo Backup Device
The SanDisk iXpand Wireless Charger Photo Backup Device helps you avoid losing valuable information and media. When you place your smartphone on this wireless charging pad, it will automatically charge and back up at the same time. So if you tend to charge your phone overnight, this photo backup device ensures you wake up to saved data. In fact, this wireless photo backup device even stores your contacts, photos, and videos at their highest resolution, so you don’t lose details.
HMD Nokia 2720 Modernized Flip Phone
Sporting a truly nostalgic aesthetic, this HMD Nokia 2720 Modernized Flip Phone has been upgraded with a much larger display to suit its modern users. However, its original features are what will be most appreciated. When a call comes in, you’ll see it on the adorable 1.3-inch external display. Then, you can use your thumb to flip the phone open. For the OG Nokia lovers, you’ll love hearing that satisfying snap as you close the phone shut to end a call.
Huawei FreeBuds 3 Noise-Canceling Earbuds
Rather than the traditional ear-sealing design, Huawei took a different route. The Huawei FreeBuds 3 Noise-Canceling Earbuds have a focus on comfort while also using active noise cancellation. As a result, you can hear the important sounds around you, but they’ll drown out the incessant hum of city life up to 15dB. The FreeBuds 3, which come in your choice of black or white, also offer an extremely impressive battery life. You get a full 20 hours of listening time, meaning they’ll outlast days of work or an entire week’s commute.
Motorola one zoom Four-Camera Smartphone
On the back of the Motorola one zoom Four-Camera Smartphone is a four-camera setup complete with a 48MP sensor with OIS. You can access a high-res optical zoom lens as well as an ultra-wide-angle lens. No matter the subject, you’ll get the perfect shot every time. In addition to the camera, the one zoom is loaded with great features. It comes in a single storage size of 128GB. Likewise, it comes unlocked. This means you can use it with a variety of carriers on the market to suit your needs.
TCL Plex 3-Camera Mid-Range Smartphone
Featuring a beautiful 6.53-inch Full HD+ LCD display, the TCL Plex 3-Camera Mid-Range Smartphone sports 128GB of storage which can be expanded via microSD up to 256GB. Along with this, the TCL Plex has one thing many smartphones are ditching: a headphone jack. You can plug in as much as you want while the Snapdragon 675 processor keeps up with you every step of the way. Of course, the star of the show is the three-camera design.
Adidas RPT-01 SPORT On-Ear Headphones
The Adidas RPT-01 SPORT On-Ear Headphones can keep up with your sweat and movements no matter what your workout brings. Featuring a fully flexible design, the RPT-01 Headphones are sweat-proof and can be cleaned. This comes with a removable internal headband that you can remove to wash. Likewise, they have a 360-degree swivel. Whether you’re on the treadmill or doing crossfit, the headphones remain in place and comfortable. But, it’s about more than comfort; it’s also about control.
Lenovo Smart Display 7 Google Assistant Hub
It’s a smart display with Google Assistant built-in, giving you full access to anything you could need. Putting the 7-inch touchscreen display on top, the speaker of this upgraded device has moved to the bottom. With access to Google Assistant, you can use the Lenovo Smart Display 7 Google Assistant Hub to manage your smart devices, check the weather, view your schedule, and so much more. Unlike the Nest Hub, its direct competitor, the Smart Display 7 comes with a built-in 2MP camera.
Sony Xperia 5 Triple-Lens Smartphone
Featuring a stunning 21:9 CinemaWide aspect ratio, this beautiful smartphone has a 6.1-inch FHD+ HDR OLED display. From TV shows to games to movies, it’s the ultimate cinema in your pocket. Pairing with the large display are perfectly tuned colors, bringing vibrancy to any program. And, on top of that, the Xperia 5 comes with Dolby Atmos audio so you can hear the nuances of any genre of movie, music, or game. Powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor, it’s the fastest one to be seen in a Sony smartphone.
SONOS Move Drop-Resistant Wi-Fi Speaker
Combining intelligence, portability, and big sound, you’ll never want to set this speaker down. The SONOS Move features multiple options for connectivity. At home, you can use Apple AirPlay 2 as well as Wi-Fi. When you’re on the move, you can use Bluetooth to stream directly from your device. Armed with a built-in handle, the SONOS Move is also weather and drop-resistant so you’ll have total peace of mind everywhere you go.
Puma Smartwatch Wear OS Watch
Designed to tackle any sport, the Puma Smartwatch Wear OS Watch will be available soon. This upcoming wearable from Puma isn’t just another activity tracker on the market. It’s more than water-resistant: it’s ready for you to take it on a swim. It’s also super lightweight at just 0.06 pounds, which is about 27 grams. You’ll hardly even notice how hard it’s working on your wrist to keep up with your steps and miles. While it might not be different from a lot of other smartwatches in its storage—4 GB—or RAM—512 MB—you’ll notice a difference in its looks.
Acer Predator Thronos Air Gaming Chair
The Acer Predator Thronos Air Gaming Chair will seriously change your gaming experience. That is if you have $14,000 to drop on a chair. Though this is the pared-down version of the Predator Thronos, which is $30,000, this computer chair is hardly a simple seat. In fact, when you activate the power recline mode, this gaming chair can tilt back 140º. Ensure you have room on the ground floor—and that your floor can support up to 715 lbs—before going for this chair. And the mechanical arm holds up to three computer displays simultaneously for a full picture of your game.
Other than these new announcements, many brands have been launching products earlier this month which will be showcased at the IFA 2019. Here are some of our favorites:
Insta360 GO Steady Cam
The Insta360 GO Steady Cam weighs just 20 grams and shoots video clips of 15, 30, or 60 seconds in length. Plus, the camera then uses AI to choose your best shots and edit them together. Basically, all you have to do is press a button for it to record your memories and make them social-media worthy. If you want this small camera to record a hyperlapse video, you can set it to do so for up to 30 minutes. Similarly, you can take a timelapse video of that awesome beach sunset with a longer recording time, too.
Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch
The Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch has built-in Amazon Alexa, so you’ll stay connected to everything you need. Curious how hot it really is outside? This watch will tell you. Wondering if there are any meetings you can cancel to free up some time? Just ask the Fitbit Versa 2 about your schedule. It is, of course, an impressive fitness watch as it’s made by Fitbit.
DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Foldable Smartphone Gimbal
Whether you’re on your honeymoon and want to capture every romantic moment or you’re documenting your daughter’s basketball game, this will help. In fact, the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Foldable Smartphone Gimbal lets you use Story Mode or Sports Mode, depending on what you’re filming. A helpful feature of this three-axis phone gimbal is that it reduces shaky footage. So you won’t get motion sick watching the video of your boat ride on your vacation. Additionally, this folding gimbal weighs just 405 grams, so it’s super easy to pack in your day bag or suitcase.
AUKEY Touch-Sensitive Table Lamp
The top of the AUKEY Touch-Sensitive Table Lamp responds when touched, so you can quickly turn it on in the morning. Or simply reach over and turn it off after you’re done reading and ready to go to sleep. This LED bedside lamp has an adjustable brightness level that you can increase or decrease by touching the top. It’s conveniently designed to stay on the same brightness level it was left on when last turned off.
Twelve South StayGo USB-C Hub Organized Desktop Hub
The Twelve South StayGo USB-C Hub Organized Desktop Hub gives you extra cord length between it and your computer. Because Twelve South knows that hubs are super convenient, and sometimes they’re completely necessary. However, the tangle of cords that comes with them can be a nightmare. Instead, this desktop-friendly hub has a cable long enough to hide your hub away under your desk or behind your computer.
Which one of these products from IFA 2019 appeals to you the most? Share with us in the comments below.
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