On 3rd September Sony, Samsung and Asus had their launch events at IFA, Berlin. We’ll show you all the devices these companies launched and go in detail about them.
At Samsung’s Unpacked event the much awaited Note 4 was released with Note Edge, which we’ll discuss later. The Note 4 was by far the most awaited device for this year. The Note Series by Samsung is one of the best devices to have.
The Note 4 sports a 5.7-inch quad HD display and it’s design showed some similarities with the recently released Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Now the imaging capabilities have been bumped up with a 16MP main camera with optical stabilization, as well as a 3.7MP front-facer. That front camera boasts an f1.9 aperture with a quite wide 90 degree field of view. There has been a modest increase in the battery size to 3220mAh, and the company claims that Note 4 will also have rapid charging support.
The Note Edge is one of it’s kind device with the right edge border having an extra 160 pixel wide screen that shows all the notifications. There will be support for playback controls and a touch shutter button as well. The Note 4 and Note Edge are mostly identical in terms of specifications. Though the latter has a smaller battery of 3000 mAh.
Asus launched it’s first Android Wear device, the ZenWatch. The company had been teasing about it from a long time and all it’s competitors had already released their’s so it was formidable for Asus to release one for itself.
There have been very similarities between the ZenWatch and the Samsung Gear Live which was one of the first SmartWatches powered by Android Wear. The screen has a 1.63-inch AMOLED Gorilla Glass 3 screen with 320 x 320 resolution. Under the hood, ZenWatch is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, clocked at 1.2GHz with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 1.4Wh battery. The watch has Bluetooth 4.0 support and the entire unit is rated IP55 for splash protection. Reports suggests that the ZenWatch should be available in October at around $260.
For Sony it was a long day as the company released a number of devices ranging from updated QX camera to the 3rd Generation of SmartWatch and SmartBand Talk. But the launch of Xperia Z3’s were the most delicious of all. Yes, I wrote Z3’s because Sony launched three different Z3’s this year. The Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
Xperia Z Series has been focused to offer best in class camera to a smartphone. The Xperia Z3 has a 20.7MP main camera which manages to grab some attention. Apart from the camera, Z3 offers a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, gets its power from a good-sized 3100mAh battery, and runs a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 SoC. Internal storage options include 16GB and 32GB internal flash, but there’s also
microSD expansion available up to 128GB.
SmartWatch 3 is the company’s first Android Wear product. sports a 1.6-inch display with 320 x 320 resolution, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, NFC support, GPS connectivity, IP68 waterproofing, Bluetooth and a 420mAh battery that you can charge via microUSB.
SmartBand Talk is an update to it’s previous device SmartBand.This device has a 1.4-inch e-paper display, and the specs include an ARM Cortex-M4 32-bit processor, 2MB of memory, and IP68 waterproofing. This product connects to any device running Android 4.4 and above through NFC and Bluetooth.
Unlike other “mini” phones that skimp on specs, the Z3 Compact is powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801, has 2GB of RAM, and as much as 16GB internal storage – with room for microSD expansion. It’s got that same 20.7MP main camera as the Z3, even with the same high-sensitivity ISO 12800 support. The Z3 Compact is powered by a 2600mAh battery.
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