IFA 2017: All the news, highlights and best gadgets from Europe’s biggest tech show
IFA 2017 is now open to the public, and will run until September 6. Here’s everything you need to know about Berlin’s annual technology trade show, including all the news, highlights, and our picks of the top gadgets from Berlin.
Every September gadget giants, tech journalists, and industry onlookers from around the world gather in Berlin to check out the latest tech. The IFA trade show – or Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, for those in the know – is a hotbed of consumer tech goodness and hosting consumer tech product launches aplenty.
The show officially runs from September 1 to 6, but many announcements came on the press days – August 30 and August 31. With many major firms such as Samsung, Sony, and LG attending and showing off what they’ve been working on over the past few months, it’s definitely worth catching up on the news.
Read on for all the news and highlights from Berlin.
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Samsung at IFA 2017: All the news and highlights
This year, the company has already revealed the Galaxy Note 8 – so that’s just a stand-filler at IFA.
The two biggest devices Samsung has used the show to announce are the Gear Sport and Gear Fit 2 Pro, plus an updated pair of Icon X wireless earbuds. The Gear Sport is a smaller, sportier version of the Gear S3 and the Fit 2 Pro adds in a dedicated swimming mode.
Sony at IFA 2017: All the news and highlights
This year, Sony announced a number of handsets – as expected – including the Sony Xperia XZ1, which features a 5.2-inch Full HD display and a 19-megapixel camera on the back. Not bad.
There’s also a cheaper version of the same device called the Xperia XZ1 Compact, which has 720p display and the same camera – although the front camera drops from 13-megapixels to 8-megapixels.
The final new phone is the Xperia XA1 Plus, which is a large 5.5-inch smartphone with an edge-to-edge display.
As well as phones, we also got a selection of new headphones and a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker called the Sony LF-S50G – catchy, eh?
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LG at IFA 2017: All the news and highlights
LG’s biggest announcement of the show is the LG V30, a new high-end phone that boasts an exciting camera array and loads of features aimed at audiophiles. Check out our full LG V30 review for more, but the highlights of this phone include a large 6-inch HDR OLED display with minimal bezel and an f/1.6 16-megapixel rear camera.
There’s a secondary wide-angle camera too, plus a powerful quad-DAC that sounds great with the included B&O earbuds. Expect to see the V30 hit shelves later in the year, but we’re not sure on price just yet.
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Acer at IFA 2017: All the news and highlights
Taiwanese outfit Acer also made waves, and has treated us to a typically intriguing-cum-disparate slew of reveals.
Many of the usual suspects are present, including a totally revamped Swift 5 that comes with an all-new chassis, as well as updated versions of the Switch 7 and Spin 5 laptops. Check out our full guide to Acer’s newest notebooks via the link below.
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There are also plenty of new Predator gaming products such as the Galea 500 headphones and Predator X35 gaming monitor, which Acer says boasts a 200Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time.
Then there are the wild cards, which this year range from a wholly believable update to the Holo 360, which is now apparently the world’s first 360-degree camera to feature built-in 4G LTE.
And then there’s this…
Asus at IFA 2017: All the news and highlights
Asus kicked its IFA 2017 off early, announcing several updates to pre-existing laptop lines as well as entirely new devices. Its biggest announcement was the Asus Mixed Reality headset, which takes on the likes of Dell and Acer with Windows Mixed Reality smarts. Elsewhere, there were a pair of new ZenBook Flip devices, and two new Ultrabooks. Read the link below for more.
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Lenovo at IFA 2017: All the news and highlights
Lenovo launched several new devices at IFA 2017, including the New Miix 520 2-in-1 laptop and the Yoga 920, both powered by the latest 8th-generation Intel Core processors. It also launched the Lenovo Explorer, a Mixed Reality headset to join the likes of Dell, Asus, Acer and HP.
It also launched the Moto X4, a new mid-range smartphone.
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