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The best of IFA 2017

All the inside information from an event that celebrates innovation in technology

brunch Updated: Sep 18, 2017 15:09 IST
Rajiv Makhni
Rajiv Makhni
Hindustan Times
IFA,The LG V30,Elite 25e Bluetooth Earbuds
The Panasonic 77-inch EZ1002B TV was among the gadgets that stood out at IFA 2017

First things first. Whenever I tell people I’m off to IFA, they always ask which Bollywood actors will be performing this time! It’s time to bury that question once and for all. That’s IIFAA (International Indian Film Academy Awards), an event that travels all over the world and awards any Bollywood actor that is currently available to shake a leg. (I’m never invited for this one.) The IFA I’m referring to is the wonderfully-named Internationale Funkausstellung held in Berlin and is an event that showcases any gadget that promises to be a showcase for the future of technology and innovation (I’m always invited for this one.) Hopefully, with that, I’ve permanently cleared this infernal mix-up.

IFA this year, just like it is every year, was a perfect showcase of future technology. This is where you get to see emerging tech and also get a feel of what will dominate from here on. Thus, in no particular order, is my list of the best of IFA 2017.

Fitbit Ionic

The Fitbit Ionic is the smartwatch that the world has been waiting for

Ever since Fitbit bought out Pebble – a smartwatch was well, a matter of time. Super sleek, full smartwatch features, super fitness features, colour screen, built-in workout routines, auto-recognition of activities, built-in GPS, super accurate heart tracker, four-day battery life, SpO2 monitor to track oxygen in the blood, sleep apnea tracking, NFC contactless payments, 2.5 GB internal storage for songs, add on wireless headphones called Fitbit Flyer and full swim tracking. This is the smartwatch the world has been waiting for.

The LG V30

LG has come up with a phone that can literally beat any other phone out there. A 6-inch 18:9 aspect ratio Quad HD OLED display, almost zero bezel, Snapdragon 835 processor, dual camera, 32-bit Quad DAC, B&O play headphones in the box and shockingly a headphone jack too. This is a great-looking phone with serious power and a total multimedia giant. My only hope, LG finally gets its marketing and distribution right on this one.

Jabra’s double whammy

Jabra’s Elite 25e Bluetooth Earbuds come with voice-training support, are waterproof, have audiophile level sound and a great battery life

Jabra upped the game at IFA with the wireless Elite 25e Bluetooth Earbuds that give a battery life of a whopping 18 hours and are also water resistant. The Jabra Elite Sport got an upgrade too. These come with voice-training support, are waterproof, have audiophile level sound, great battery life and in-depth analysis of fitness parameters.

Panasonic 77-inch EZ1002B TV

Panasonic has made a huge and welcome entry to the premium OLED TV market. And this giant 77-inch TV makes it as the biggest yet. This is a real stunner with almost no bezel, very low power consumption, colour tuning by Encore Hollywood, has HDR 10+, Dolby Vision, Technicolor and has black levels that are totally off the charts.

Voice assistants

The Harman Allure has Amazon Alexa and some serious audio chops with an active subwoofer encased

Voice assistants have now made a special appearance in all sorts of gadgets. Toshiba had its Amazon Alexa TV that you can speak to, to change channels or find a movie. Sony had the LF-S50G speaker with built-in Google Assistant and is almost like Apple HomePod in looks. The Panasonic’s SC-GA10 is fantastic looking and has incredible sound along with embedded Google Assistant, while Harman Allure has Amazon Alexa and some serious audio chops with an active subwoofer encased. There were several such gadgets all across.

Garmin Vivomove HR

The Garmin Vivomove HR is not only very cool but also the first hybrid smartwatch

This is the first hybrid smartwatch that truly does its job. It’s stylish, understated and yet doesn’t compromise on all the fitness and smart features you need. In normal mode it’s just a super thin and a very glamorous analog watch, but with just a tap, all your notifications, step counts, heart rate and other numbers appear from within. Very cool.

Acer Predator Orion 9000

When Acer tagged this as ‘designed to intimidate enemies’, they weren’t kidding. All carbon fibre body with vents, curves and slots that make this a beast of its own. It comes with an 18-core Intel Core i9-7980XE processor, four AMD Radeon Vega graphics cards, 128GB of memory and about a dozen more pure gaming specs. It may well be the most powerful desktop currently on the planet.

I bet these will win more awards than all of IIFA put together :)

Rajiv Makhni is managing editor, Technology, NDTV, and the anchor of Gadget Guru, Cell Guru and Newsnet 3

From HT Brunch,September 17, 2017

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First Published: Sep 16, 2017 22:16 IST