The IFA 2013 tech show has begun in Berlin, and it has already got off to a roaring start, having played host to the launch of the Sony Xperia Z1, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. While these three were unveiled at huge press conferences, there are plenty more interesting pieces of tech that didn’t get such glitzy launches. Let’s see what else was going on at the show.
Samsung 2014 Edition Galaxy Note 10.1
This was the third new product launched during Samsung’s Unpacked Episode 2 event. The 2014 Edition Galaxy Note 10.1 has the same 10.1-inch display as the current model, but the resolution is now an amazing 2560×1600 pixels. If you choose the Wi-Fi model, it’ll come with Samsung’s 1.9GHz octa-core processor, while the 4G LTE version comes with the quad-core Snapdragon 800. Android 4.3 is installed as standard, and it comes with the updated S Pen and all its new apps also seen on the Galaxy Note 3, with which it also shares the new leather-look rear panel. Samsung says it’ll go on sale by the end of this month.
Alcatel One Touch Idol Alpha
Alcatel has had a busy IFA so far, and its latest announcement is the One Touch Idol Alpha. It has a 4.7-inch HD screen, a quad-core processor and a really unusual transparent edge, which lights up to indicate different modes and incoming notifications.
The Galaxy Gear isn’t the only smartwatch to be revealed at the show, as Qualcomm – best known for its Snapdragon processors – unveiled the Toq, a smartwatch set to be released later this year. It’s considerably more minimalist than Samsung’s offering, and comes with wireless charging, a buttonless display, Bluetooth, and Android 4.0.3 installed. Technical specifications, price, and an exact launch date are all unknown, but you can watch the cool introductory video below.
Alcatel One Touch Hero
The other main Alcatel announcement of the day was the One Touch Hero, a massive smartphone/tablet hybrid with a 6-inch, 1080p LCD display, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel camera. There’s also a stylus, 8GB or 16GB of memory, and a wireless charging case accessory. It’s by far the most technically impressive Alcatel phone we’ve seen, but with a spec like that, the price is sure to be high by Alcatel’s standards too.
Asus FonePad 7
The Asus FonePad 7 received a subtle upgrade at the show. The 7-inch tablet has a 1280×800 pixel resolution, a 1.6GHz Atom processor, and Android 4.2 installed. Of course, the name gives away the fact it can be used as a massive phone, and it has 3G HSPA+ support. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera, dual speakers, and a 3950mAh battery.
Acer Iconia A3
One of the many new tablets on display at IFA is the Acer Iconia A3. It has a 10-inch screen with a 1280×800 pixel resolution, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and a set of Dolby Digital Plus-enhanced speakers. It runs Android 4.2, and Acer has added a feature called IntelliSpin, where the screen knows which way around it should be, even when flat on a table. The Wi-Fi version is set to cost around £210 when it launches in October.
Acer Liquid S2
Following on from the Liquid S1 launched a few months ago, Acer has announced the Liquid S2, another smartphone/tablet hybrid. It has a 13-megapixel camera on the back of the big device, which is one of the first to shoot 4K resolution video, something made possible by the Snapdragon 800 processor inside the phone. The screen measures 6-inches and has a 1080p resolution, plus other features such as 16GB of memory, 2GB of RAM, and Android 4.2.2. It’s set for release at the end of October.
The IFA show continues through this week, and we’ll bring you news of any other major announcements should they happen.