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A gold-plated walkman or a ‘visionary’ notebook? Our top 10 tech must-haves

With launches that ranged from a gold-plated walkman to a “visionary” tablet-notebook, tech enthusiasts were not left disappointed by this year’s IFA.

more lifestyle Updated: Sep 18, 2016 10:45 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times
From smartphones to wearables - the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin or IFA, unveiled a host of devices that will set the trends for the upcoming holiday season.

One of the world’s biggest consumer trade shows, the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin or IFA, wrapped up last week, drawing in big crowds and generating a lot of attention.

From smartphones to wearables, tech companies unveiled a host of devices that will set the trends for the upcoming holiday season. Here, we track a few launches that stood out.

So smart:

LG integrated Amazon’s Alexa into its SmartThinQ home hub. Hook it to the right sensors, and it can be used to control lighting, security cameras, home entertainment etc., thus helping create a truly smart home.

Modular range:

There has been much buzz around modular smartphones since the announcement of Project Ara and the launch of the LG G5. Now, the Moto Z Play Droid is all set to take the concept to the masses. The mid-range modular device got a lot of attention at this year’s IFA.

Go for gold:

For those looking for something more than an average MP3 player or an iPod, Sony has you covered. The gold-plated NW-WM1Z targets hardcore audiophiles, with support for high-res content. All you need to do is shell out $3,200 (approximately `2,13,968) to get your hands on it.

Sound effect:

The trend these days seems to be to go easy on design and high on content. Bang & Olufsen’s 360-degree speakers – BeoSound 1 and BeoSound 2 – imbibe this philosophy. Minimalistic in design, they are quite the powerhouse when it comes to sound.


Experts are calling the Lenovo Yoga Book a “visionary concept that hints at how smartphones, tablets, and notebooks could coverage (sic)”. The device has a touch surface that doubles up as a keyboard. It is also light, thin, packed with features, and is priced at just $500 (approximately ` 33,433).

Wrist watch:

Critics loved Samsung’s Gear S2. The company added the S3 Frontier to its smartwatch line-up this year. They have retained the features that worked with its predecessor. The new model, however, adds support for Samsung Pay, has more apps, a bigger battery, and an LTE option in what looks like a classic wristwatch.

Voice control:

Garmin launched the VIRB Ultra 30 action camera. The device sports a 1.75-inch touchscreen, can shoot 4K movies, and take stills at 12MP and 8MP. But the best part is its voice control feature that allows a user to start and stop recording a video, and even take photos.

Silent move:

Logitech unveiled an intriguing device at this year’s IFA – the company’s first-ever silent mouse. The M330 Silent Plus doesn’t make a click noise when it is pressed hard, but the buttons do offer the user the feeling that they are clicking something.


The selfie fad refuses to fade away. Taking the trend to the next level is a pocket-sized drone - Zerotech’s Dobby. The drone can be used to take selfies and is controlled by the phone.

First Published: Sep 18, 2016 10:45 IST