IFA, the biggest annual electronics and consumer appliance exhibition in Europe, saw major tech titans in their full force, and some sweet gizmos on display. Here’s a quick go-through.
Asus ROG Tytan
This beast is all about hardcore gaming. With an Intel Core i7-3960X six core processor in its heart, it can run at a clock speed of 4.2 GHz. This one is meaner than the earlier CG8565, but that one was still very good. Speaking of gaming, do you know that NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 is fitted inside this cool looking PC, and it nicely takes care of the gaming requirements. Alienware ought to feel the heat, but that won’t be a problem for Asus, as the Tytan has a liquid cooled CPU.
Dell XPS One 27 Touch
Dell is thinking in a direction quite opposite to that of Apple, as while Apple is preparing its iPad Mini for battle, Dell has decided to show the big boy. Dell XPS One 27 Touch, a touchscreen version of the One 27, is a 27″ massive touchscreen PC. It too has a Core i7 powering it, and along with it, it has a high-res screen of 2560×1440, a Blu ray player and a wireless keyboard.
HP ENVY x2 and Spectre TouchSmart Ultrabooks
This little tablet-cum-notebook is one of many such devices at IFA. This 11.6 inch device runs on Windows 8, and comes with a portable keyboard for easy typing. Among other specs, it has Beats Audio Speakers, NFC, and a thin form factor. It is slightly bigger than a normal 10 inch tablet and slightly smaller than most netbooks. The 8 MP camera at the back completes the list of notable things about this convertible.
HP also unleashed their two ultrabooks, the 15.6 inch Spectre TouchSmart Ultrabook and the 14 inch Spectre TouchSmart Ultrabook 4.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Camera
As expected, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 2 at IFA, the upgrade to its massively popular note tablet. The screen size is more or less the same, just a 0.2 inch increase. It is a powerful device, fueled by a quad core Exynos processor and equipped with 2GB RAM.
The size lowers the ergonomic factor of this hybrid, and it hasn’t been upgraded to such an extent so as to tempt Galaxy Note users to buy it.
When the Galaxy camera was announced, everyone was quite eager to catch a glimpse of it. And Samsung has made it worth the excitement. This isn’t a 41 MP phone, but a full fledged camera which runs on Android. Although you can’t make phone calls from it, you can install some apps in it.
The 16 Million pixel Complimentary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor allows for images and videos to captured and recorded quite intricately. The sensor is coupled with a 4.1-86.1 mm f/2.8-5.9 lens which gives the focal length equivalent of a 23-483mm lens in 35mm terms. This allows wide shots without loss of clarity.
Sony Vaio Duo and Tablet S
Sony marked their entry into the convertible device arena with Vaio Duo. Similar to the HP Envy x2, it has an 11.6 inch screen, but offers much more choices to users in terms of processor, memory and RAM.
The Tablet S looked more or less the same, but when we had a look into the technical specs, we realized that it had been slimmed down, and honoured with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset.