IFA 2019

Best of IFA 2019: SlashGear’s top tech

Best of IFA 2019: SlashGear’s top tech

IFA 2019 has come and gone, but the best products of the big European tech show stuck in our memory. As always, we've been rounding up the greatest tech from IFA, ignoring the hype and instead focusing on which products and technologies will actually improve your life in a meaningful way. Read on for this year's winners.

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Huawei Mate X release “soon” but there’s a problem

Huawei Mate X release “soon” but there’s a problem

Huawei's Mate X smartphone could launch as soon as October, but there's more than just the temperamental nature of cutting-edge folding OLED that could leave the handset struggling. Initially announced earlier this year at Mobile World Congress 2019, the Mate X managed to steal some of the Samsung Galaxy Fold's thunder with its eye-catching display that wrapped around the body of the device.

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Huawei’s FreeBuds 3 look like AirPods, but don’t let that fool you

Huawei’s FreeBuds 3 look like AirPods, but don’t let that fool you

Yes, the Huawei FreeBuds 3 True Wireless Stereo Earbuds look a set of knock-off Apple AirPods, and yes they have a ridiculously long name, but look past those two factors and things get a lot more interesting. Unveiled at IFA 2019 today alongside a creatively cunning way for Huawei to announce a new phone without falling victim to the Trump Android ban, the FreeBuds 3 are more than just an Apple copy.

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Huawei P30 Pro gets makeover to shortcut Trump’s Android ban

Huawei P30 Pro gets makeover to shortcut Trump’s Android ban

The Huawei P30 Pro is not a new device - but you might be forgiven for thinking it was, reading news today. This device was re-introduced, in a way, to audiences last night at IFA 2019, a technology conference at which Huawei took an already-successful, already-released device and showed it off with a pair of new colors: Misty Lavender and Mystic Blue. Doing this allows Huawei to ship a "new" phone with Android 10, Google's newest operating system update, while their actual new device, Huawei Mate 30, cannot be launched with official Google certification.

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Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh is a $700 router for the speed obsessed

Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh is a $700 router for the speed obsessed

Get ready for more speed and more range in your home network, with Netgear's Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh system arriving with compatibility with the latest wireless standard. The tri-band routers - which look charmingly like robot stegosaurus plates - promise more channels for WiFi devices, making sure that slower gadgets don't hold up their faster counterparts in the process.

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Huawei Kirin 990 5G gives Qualcomm a problem

Huawei Kirin 990 5G gives Qualcomm a problem

Qualcomm's IFA 2019 visit was all about the future of 5G, but it wasn't the only company with 5G announcements to make. Huawei also announced some new hardware of its own, today revealing the Kirin 990 family of SoCs. While the standard Kirin 990 will be a 4G LTE chipset, Huawei will also ship a version with integrated 5G.

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Qualcomm expands its 5G strategy at IFA 2019

Qualcomm expands its 5G strategy at IFA 2019

As carriers are currently competing to get their 5G networks rolled out and phone manufacturers are rushing to get their 5G devices on shelves, Qualcomm is at the center of it all. This 5G rush has been great news for Qualcomm and its 5G modems, and at IFA 2019 today, the company announced what's next for its 5G strategy. Not only is Qualcomm going to give its 5G systems a consistent identity, but it's also gearing up to launch a new fixed-point 5G modem and expand its SoC platforms that support 5G.

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TCL PLEX packs some unique features in a mid-range phone

TCL PLEX packs some unique features in a mid-range phone

It has been making phones under different brands like BlackBerry and Alcatel but TCL might have finally decided it's time for it to return to the mobile market. After all, it boasts of being the world's no.2 TV maker and all those years making phones for others may have given it an idea or two. That's exactly what it's trying to bring to the already crowded smartphone market with the TCL PLEX that, it says, brings its display expertise to an industry that's increasingly obsessed with screens.

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Everything rests on these 3 Samsung Galaxy Fold “fixes”

Everything rests on these 3 Samsung Galaxy Fold “fixes”

It's fair to say the Galaxy Fold didn't quite make the splash that Samsung was hoping for. Oh, the new foldable Android smartphone certainly got talked about when it arrived in reviewers' hands earlier this year, only for all the wrong reasons.

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LG G8X ThinQ brings improved Dual Screen and smarter multitasking

LG G8X ThinQ brings improved Dual Screen and smarter multitasking

LG hasn't given up on dual-screen phones, but nor is it quite ready to wade into the problematic waters that have mired Samsung and Huawei's foldable Android devices. Instead, at IFA 2019, it has an updated version of its LG Dual Screen accessory, working with the new LG G8X ThinQ.

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Nokia 800 Tough phone falls 1.8-meters to concrete, still runs WhatsApp

Nokia 800 Tough phone falls 1.8-meters to concrete, still runs WhatsApp

The folks licensing the Nokia brand know they're working with a brand with a legendary nigh-indestructible phone called Nokia 3310, aka "The Brick." Here in 2019, HMD Global (who license the Nokia brand) introduced the Nokia 800 Tough, a phone that's focused on surviving harsh conditions aplenty. This device does not run Android, but it DOES have access to a set of apps courtesy of the system called KaiOS.

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Lenovo ThinkBook 14 and 15 laptops arrive at IFA 2019

Lenovo ThinkBook 14 and 15 laptops arrive at IFA 2019

Lenovo has expanded its ThinkBook line of laptops designed for small-medium businesses with its new ThinkBook 14 and ThinkBook 15 models. Both laptops are designed to meet the needs of SMBs, offering up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processors or the AMD Radeon 620, as well as long battery life, rapid charging support, privacy and security features, and more.

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