Spotting an Xperia has become second nature to most. A flat rear, signature circular camera lens, and pronounced bezels – that’s a Sony smartphone right there. This year’s flagship, the Xperia XZ, is not much different, yet has a lot more in store for camera lovers.
Samsung didn’t have time for yet another smartphone at IFA 2016 in Berlin, Germany, although the Korean giant did have a new smartwatch up its sleeve. This time around, the latest Gear model is more in line with conventional timepieces, in that it looks more like the genuine article than a fitness tracker.
Lenovo turned a lot of heads last June when they announced their flagship Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones, which are modular in a sense, but not all the way. By attaching proprietary MotoMods to the back panel, you can improve the audio, battery capacity, or add a projector to the mix. The newly announced Moto Z Play continues the legacy, and adds something the two predecessors have been missing: a 3.5mm audio jack.
HP has just unveiled its Pavilion Wave and Elite Slice PCs, proving that there’s still a lot of potential for progress in the desktop computer market. The two products aren’t going to shock you with incredible specs or brand new technologies, though; what makes them special is in the way they fit around your work space.
Every year at a consumer electronics trade show, when the lights shine the brightest, at least one company takes an idea and really runs with it in an attempt to smash previous records (very temporarily) and set the internet on fire (also very temporarily).
Squarish designs and poor battery life plagued early smartwatches because of technological limitations, but now, the newest models are looking more like traditional, not-as-smart watches and performance is certainly improving. ASUS is the latest company to jump on the round watchface ship with the ZenWatch 3, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Samsung today revealed a new smartwatch to succeed last year’s well-reviewed Gear S2. Based on Samsung’s own Tizen software and not Android Wear (it will work with Android devices, though), the Gear S3 retains its predecessor’s round, solid steel case and rotating bezel but ups the ante in terms of size, ruggedness and waterproofing, and connectivity.
Gaming laptops have become the experimental platform for manufacturers to let out all the wild ideas they’ve come up with. Most recently, ASUS unleashed what we thought was a mobile behemoth, cramming two high-end graphics cards, water cooling, and a mechanical keyboard into a massive notebook. Acer may have done something even more unthinkable, placing a 21-inch curved display in its new Predator 21 X gaming notebook.