A gold-plated walkman or a ‘visionary’ notebook? Our top 10 tech must-haves

One of the world’s biggest consumer trade shows, the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin or IFA, wrapped up last week, drawing in big crowds and generating a lot of attention.


From smartphones to wearables, tech companies unveiled a host of devices that will set the trends for the upcoming holiday season. Here, we track a few launches that stood out.
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So smart:
LG integrated Amazon’s Alexa into its SmartThinQ home hub. Hook it to the right sensors, and it can be used to control lighting, security cameras, home entertainment etc., thus helping create a truly smart home.

Modular range:
There has been much buzz around modular smartphones since the announcement of Project Ara and the launch of the LG G5. Now, the Moto Z Play Droid is all set to take the concept to the masses. The mid-range modular device got a lot of attention at this year’s IFA.

Go for gold:
For those looking for something more than an average MP3 player or an iPod, Sony has you covered. The gold-plated NW-WM1Z targets hardcore audiophiles, with support for high-res content. All you need to do is shell out $3,200 (approximately `2,13,968) to get your hands on it.

Sound effect:
The trend these days seems to be to go easy on design and high on content. Bang & Olufsen’s 360-degree speakers – BeoSound 1 and BeoSound 2 – imbibe this philosophy. Minimalistic in design, they are quite the powerhouse when it comes to sound.

2-in-1:
Experts are calling the Lenovo Yoga Book a “visionary concept that hints at how smartphones, tablets, and notebooks could coverage (sic)”. The device has a touch surface that doubles up as a keyboard. It is also light, thin, packed with features, and is priced at just $500 (approximately ` 33,433).

Wrist watch:
Critics loved Samsung’s Gear S2. The company added the S3 Frontier to its smartwatch line-up this year. They have retained the features that worked with its predecessor. The new model, however, adds support for Samsung Pay, has more apps, a bigger battery, and an LTE option in what looks like a classic wristwatch.

Voice control:
Garmin launched the VIRB Ultra 30 action camera. The device sports a 1.75-inch touchscreen, can shoot 4K movies, and take stills at 12MP and 8MP. But the best part is its voice control feature that allows a user to start and stop recording a video, and even take photos.

Silent move:
Logitech unveiled an intriguing device at this year’s IFA – the company’s first-ever silent mouse. The M330 Silent Plus doesn’t make a click noise when it is pressed hard, but the buttons do offer the user the feeling that they are clicking something.

Pocket-friendly:
The selfie fad refuses to fade away. Taking the trend to the next level is a pocket-sized drone – Zerotech’s Dobby. The drone can be used to take selfies and is controlled by the phone.