The Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) show took center stage last week and was the place to be for consumer electronics announcements. Although we didn’t make the trip to Berlin we followed the reports and offer our own list of gadget news from the show.
Samsung Introduces New Sized Device
Some are calling the new 5.3-inch Galaxy “Note” a large smartphone while others call it a small tablet. In any case, it’s a very speedy, dual-core Android device that may not fit on your pocket but might be easier to carry than a 10-inch tablet. The Note is expected to have HSPA+ and LTE wireless connectivity. Samsung was all set to also show off their new Galaxy Tab 7.7 but had to remove it from the show due to legal problems with Apple. Here’s a video of the Note:
Samsung Also Announced Three New Bada Phones
Three new Wave phones were also introduced in conjunction with IFA, the Wabe 3, Wave M and Mave Y. These new phones will run a new 2.0 version of Bada which is yet another phone OS that runs apps available from Samsung’s own App Store although Samsung prefers to call it a “platform.”
Toshiba Made Some Announcements Too
Intel is promoting a new category of laptops called Ultrabooks which are thin, light and cheap. Toshiba introduced the Portege Z830 Ultrabook which has a 13.3-inch display, a 128GB SSD and will weigh less than 2.5 lbs. It’s priced at $999.
New Camileo camcorders from Toshiba offer lots of zoom and high resolution. The higher end X400 has 23x optical zoom, a 3-inch touchscreen display and takes 16MP photos. It uses a BSI (back side illumination) CMOS sensor which should provide better quality images especially at low light levels. Toshiba also showed a 10.1-inch tablet called AT200 that is thinner and lighter than their Thrive tablet. It runs Android 3.2 (Honeycomb).
Lenovo Announced a $199 Tablet The 7-inch Ideapad A1 from Lenovo runs an older version of Android (2.3 Gingerbread) but it has standard tablet features like cameras and a GPS and it only costs $199.