At IFA 2014, Sony is trying to bring the Walkman brand back into relevance with its latest and smallest Walkman to date. The Walkman NWZ-A17 and the MDR-1A headphones that you will most likely need to go with it both bring Hi-Res quality audio to the table, giving audiophiles something to think about for their next audio equipment purchase.
This week the folks at Sony have brought several high-end products to IFA 2014 in both the mobile and camera realms. The Sony Xperia Z3 leads the pack, while the Sony Lens Camera crew brought some strange surprises. There were also a couple of massive televisions revealed for good measure.
Logitech has launched a new Bluetooth keyboard for the gadget-unfaithful, with the Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 able to switch between three different devices at the caress of a dial. Intended to jump between your PC or Mac, your tablet, and your phone - or any other combination of devices, in fact - the K480 also finds room for shortcuts for the more popular platforms.
It has been a busy day, and you mightn't have caught all the exciting new products introduced for IFA 2014 this morning. Making that task a bit easier, we've rounded up all Samsung's announcement into this handy round-up for your perusal, offering all the details and a few hands-on writeups to go with them.
Sony's Xperia Z3 smartphone will be launching with T-Mobile near the end of the year, ensuring buyers in the United States will be able to get their hands on the new flagship without lengthy waits. This is a big deal for Sony, which has seen lackluster carrier support for its flagship handsets, which are often difficult or out of reach for many fans in the US.
The newest in Lens-style Camera technology from Sony is the ILCE-QX1, complete with interchangeable E-mount lenses. This device bucks the solid trend with Lens Cameras released by this brand by including compatibility with interchangeable Sony E-mount lenses of all sorts. It's also the more versatile sibling to the QX30.
ASUS has revamped its MeMO Pad 7 Android tablet, bringing the 7-inch Android 4.4 slate down to 8.3mm thick and throwing Intel's Atom Z3560 processor inside. Revealed at IFA 2014 today, the MeMO Pad 7 has a 1920 x 1200 Full HD IPS display which ASUS is pushing for video consumption, along with Bluetooth aptX for higher-quality audio while you try not to disturb everyone else on the plane.
One of two new Lens Cameras shown this week by Sony is the DSC-QX30, complete with a cool 30x optical zoom. This device works with 60x "Clear Image" zoom as well, sacrificing no pixels as you zoom in digitally. The device is very similar in aesthetics to its predecessors from last year.
Sony has introduced its new trio of Z3 devices, the Xperia Z3 flagship smartphone and its smaller sibling, the Xperia Z3 Compact, as well as the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact 8-inch slate. All three devices bring with them PlayStation 4 Remote Play, the first smartphones to offer the functionality.
Sony's SmartBand Talk isn't the first time we've seen E-Ink on your arm, but it's probably one of the most interesting. The company's second wearable for IFA - the first being the SmartWatch 3 - doesn't run Android Wear like its sibling, but it does throw in some Dick Tracy style functionality like being able to conduct phone calls from your wrist.
Sony has some history with smartwatches, but the company's new SmartWatch 3 is a little different, since it's the first from the firm to run Android Wear. Design-wise, it's an improvement on the blocky Sony wearables that came before it, with a more streamlined rubber strap, though it's not going to be confused for a regular watch unlike, say, ASUS' ZenWatch might.