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IFA 2013 Roundup : Sony Honami, lenses, the Note 3 and the not so smart smart watch

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Well, well, well, after so many leaks and rumours, Sony and Samsung finally launched their devices at IFA. With the Xperia Z1 by Sony and then the Galaxy Note 3 by Samsung, this year’s IFA seemed to be a place of gigantic phablets.

Giving you a roundup, Sony launched the Xperia Z1, the DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX110 lenses whereas Samsung came with the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smart watch.  You can get a roundup of the devices as follows –

1. Sony Xperia Z1 aka Honami

Sony Xperia Z1 - The smartphone with a huge screen and a huge camera!

After a number of rumours and leaks, Sony finally unveiled this mammoth device at IFA on tuesday.  Specs include-

  •  2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core Processor
  • – 2GB RAM
  • – 5 Inch Full HD Display
  • – 20.7 MP Rear Camera With Auto Focus
  • – 2 MP Font-Facing Camera
  • – 16 GB Internal Memory
  • – Bluetooth 4.0
  • – Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • – Watter Proof And Dust Proof
  • – 3000 MAh Battery

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Galaxy Note 3

The rumor mills have spewed out quite a lot of rumors and leaks of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 in the weeks leading up to the IFA in Berlin. Moments ago, Samsung officially announced the 5.7-inch phablet. In terms of design, the new Galaxy Note 3 is thinner, lighter and has slimmer bezels than its predecessor. Instead of plastic at the back, it has a soft textured back cover along with a serrated pattern on the side, which is meant to give the feeling of using a notebook or a diary. It also boasts a new and improved S Pen, which has a new Air Command feature that opens a palette of five tools to use the Pen better. Specs include –

  • – 5.7 Inch Super AMOLED Full HD Display
  • – 1.9 GHz Exynos Octa Core Processor / 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor
  • – 3 GB RAM
  • – Bluetooth 4.0
  • – WiFi B/G/N/Ac
  • – New S Pen
  • – 13 MP Camera
  • – 2 MP Camera
  • – 32 GB On-Board Storage
  • – IR LED (Remote Control)
  • – 3200 MAh Battery

3. Sony DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10

DSC - QX110
DSC – QX110
DSC - QX100
DSC – QX100

As expected, the two initiators in this rather innovative lens series are the QX100 and QX10. Though enough had been leaked about the specs and features of these lenses, what comes as an interesting part is that the lens will be compatible with all iOS and Android running smartphones via the PlayMemories mobile App, which will be required to operate the camera from a smartphone. Feature-wise, weighing at about 179 grams, the QX100 will comes with a 20.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and an f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens with 3.6X optical zoom. The QX10 will weigh 105 grams with battery and memory stick, and come with an 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with 10x zoom and an f/3.5-3.9 Sony G lens. Both of these will also be able to record full HD videos at 12-megapixel with 1920×1080 pixels resolution at 30fps in the MP4 format and can shoot even in low lighting situations. Both will come with single-shot auto-focus and touch auto-focus and additionally QX100 will also come with manual focus. As seen in Sony’s official video leaked earlier before the launch, these lenses will work as smartphone camera enhancements and will easily be coupled and uncoupled with the smartphone via either NFC or Wi-Fi on one-touch connection. So basically the display of the phone will act as a viewfinder and one will not really have to physically attach the accessory to the phone. So these could be put or mounted anywhere within the reach of the Wi-Fi or NFC range of the smartphone, while the viewfinder on the phone can still be used to click photos. The lenses will also feature manual keys like a power key as well as a battery indicator, and will come with microSD card memory card support. In terms of prices, the QX100 is priced at $499 while the QX10 will carry a price tag of $249. The lens cameras are available from Amazon US on preorder from today and will be released on September 27.

4. Samsung Galaxy Gear 

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Samsung has finally launched its new smartwatch called the Galaxy Gear. The smartwatch will be available around the world starting from September 25 but will initially work only with the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 that were also announced at today’s event. Samsung will release software updates that will make it compatible with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II. Unlike what was expected the Samsung smartwatch rather comes with a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED panel offering 320x320pixels resolution. It comes with a 1.9-megapixel BSI sensor on its strap and offers auto-focus and is capable of shooting videos at 720p. The Galaxy Gear packs in an 800MHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The smartwatch can be connected to the smartphone to get notifications about incoming for calls, texts, emails and alerts and also offers a preview of messages to allow users to accept or ignore these using the smartwatch itself. For battery backup, it comes with a 315mAh non-removable battery which as per the company’s claims runs for up to a day.  The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be available in six colors including jet black, mocha gray, wild orange, oatmeal beige, rose gold, and lime green. Basically, it will work similar the Sony Smartwatch works with selected Sony smartphones but the Galaxy Gear will offer more features like camera and ability to make and receive calls. Samsung has not announced the price of the Galaxy Gear.

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

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Samsung has unveiled the latest member of the Galaxy Note tablet family in the form of Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition features a 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560X1600) Super clear LCD display. Just like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, it comes in two variants. The 3G + Wi-Fi variant is powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core processor, while the Wi-Fi + LTE variant is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor. There is 3GB of RAM and the tablet comes with 16GB/ 32GB/ 64GB internal storage options. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with BSI sensor and autofocus accompanied by an LED flash, as wellas a 2-megapixel BSI sensor. It run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The tablet, like its predecessors, comes with S-Pen stylus. A number of new features like Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write and S Finder have been introduced on the new flagship Galaxy Note 3, will also been seen on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 Edition. The device houses a large 8220mAh battery. The newly launched Galaxy Note 10.1 also comes pre-loaded with Samsung KNOX for enhanced security. Connectivity options on the tablet include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct and AllShareCast, as well as 3G/ LTE as indicated earlier. The company has announced that the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) tablet will come in three connectivity options: Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi and 3G, Wi-Fi and LTE. It will come in two colour options Jet Black and Classic White.

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Asus Memo Pad 8 and Memo Pad 10 launched at IFA

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Last evening, Asus announced the latest-generation FonePad 7 voice calling tablet at the ongoing IFA conference in Berlin. In addition to the above tablet, Asus also added two new devices to its MeMo Pad series called the MeMo Pad 8 and the MeMo Pad 10.
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Samsung Galaxy Gear launched at IFA, will work with only selected smartphone devices

 

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As expected, Samsung has finally launched its new smartwatch called the Galaxy Gear. The smartwatch will be available around the world starting from September 25 but will initially work only with the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 that were also announced at today’s event. Samsung will release software updates that will make it compatible with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II.
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Samsung Galaxy Gear launched at IFA, will look work with only selected smartphone devices

 

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As expected, Samsung has finally launched its new smartwatch called the Galaxy Gear. The smartwatch will be available around the world starting from September 25 but will initially work only with the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 that were also announced at today’s event. Samsung will release software updates that will make it compatible with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II.
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Sony unveils the DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 lenses for $499 and $249 respectively

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Along with the Xperia Z1, Sony today has finally introduced its much talked about attachable lens camera series for smartphones. As expected, the two initiators in this rather innovative lens series are the QX100 and QX10. Though enough had been leaked about the specs and features of these lenses, what comes as an interesting part is that the lens will be compatible with all iOS and Android running smartphones via the PlayMemories mobile App, which will be required to operate the camera from a smartphone.
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