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Five products making waves at the IFA in Berlin

Relaxnews (AFP) logoRelaxnews (AFP) 9/5/2018

The latest QLED 8K televisions will be presented at the stand of the electronics group Samsung on the 2nd press day of the electronics trade fair IFA. © Jörg Carstensen/picture alliance via Getty Images The latest QLED 8K televisions will be presented at the stand of the electronics group Samsung on the 2nd press day of the electronics trade fair IFA. The 2018 IFA, which will run until September 5 in Berlin, might not make history, but the consumer electronics show has nonetheless provided the venue for a number of spectacular announcements.

Samsung Q900R 8K
Undoubtedly the biggest news at this year's trade fair: Samsung is preparing to go ahead with the European launch this fall of its first ever 8K TVs, notwithstanding a notable lack of compatible content. This will not hold back the Korean manufacturer, which is counting on its proprietary, artificial intelligence, upscaling technology to cleanly convert 4K to 8K video. Televisions in the Samsung Q900R range will come in three sizes (65, 75 and 85 inches) and are expected in stores in October 2018. Prices will range from 5,000 to 15,000 euros.

Sony XPeria XZ3
A visitor looks at the Sony XPERIA XZ3 smartphone at the 2018 IFA consumer electronics and home appliances trade fair during the fair's press day on August 30, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. IFA, Europe's biggest tech trade fair, will be open to the public from August 31 through September 5. © Michele Tantussi/Getty Images A visitor looks at the Sony XPERIA XZ3 smartphone at the 2018 IFA consumer electronics and home appliances trade fair during the fair's press day on August 30, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. IFA, Europe's biggest tech trade fair, will be open to the public from August 31 through September 5. Japanese manufacturer Sony is taking advantage of the event to unveil its latest smartphone, the Xperia XZ3. The high-end device will be the first-ever Sony smartphone to be equipped with an OLED screen (in 18:9 format, without the notch) that benefits from the same technology as the brand's Bravia televisions. As for the rest of the specs, the handset is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB and RAM and 64GB of storage. The Sony Xperia XZ3, which will ship with Android Pie (9.0), will be available from the beginning of October 2018. Price: 799 euros.

Nubia Alpha
The Nubia Alpha could be out in China at the end of 2018. © Provided by AFPRelaxNews The Nubia Alpha could be out in China at the end of 2018. Chinese brand Nubia has come to the IFA with a curiosity that it describes as the world's most advanced "wearable smartphone." A smartwatch that is a smartphone, the Nubia Alpha has a flexible screen that wraps around the user's wrist. The device on show is first and foremost a prototype, which is why the manufacturer is not giving full details of its specification. Having said that, the bracelet will obviously be able to make and receive calls, navigate on the internet, and function as an activity tracker. A more evolved version of the Nubia Alpha will launch in China at the end of 2018.

Asus ZenBook Pro 14
The Asus ZenBook Pro 14 (UX480) is due to launch in October 2018. Pricing information has not yet been disclosed. © Provided by AFPRelaxNews The Asus ZenBook Pro 14 (UX480) is due to launch in October 2018. Pricing information has not yet been disclosed. Taiwanese manufacturer Asus caused a sensation with a spectacular innovation in its latest laptop. Christened the ScreenPad, it is a 5.5-inch intelligent touch display, where you would expect the machine's touchpad to be, which is fully customizable with dedicated shortcuts and applications. It can also be used as a calculator and a calendar. The ZenBook Pro 14 (UX480) will launch in the fourth quarter of 2018. The price of the new machine has not yet been disclosed.

Polaroid OneStep+
The Polaroid OneStep+ will retail for $159.99. © Provided by AFPRelaxNews The Polaroid OneStep+ will retail for $159.99. One of the most talked-about products at this year's IFA, the Polaroid OneStep+ is an analog instant camera that connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth. The dedicated application, which runs on Android and iOS, offers seven new creative functions including a double exposure feature that that allows users to "superimpose" one photo over another. A nostalgic and ultramodern device, the Polaroid OneStep+ retails for $159.99. Photo cartridges cost $15.99 for eight snaps.


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