IFA 2018

Huawei unveils its own smart speaker with LTE router capabilities

It looks a lot like a Google Home

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Huawei officially joins the smart speaker market with the AI Cube which looks a lot like a Google Home, but Huawei’s chosen digital assistant is Alexa. Like most smart speakers that are already available, the AI Cube is compact and has a minimalist design.

The AI Cube is mainly a speaker with a large 400ml sound cavity and an aluminum diaphragm. This design promises high-quality audio with clear mids and highs plus full-rounded bass. On top of the hardware, the Huawei Histen audio solution is also built in.

Huawei AI Cube top controls | GadgetMatch

Aside from being a smart speaker, the AI Cube can also act as a wireless router. It can even be brought to remote places without Wi-Fi since it has its own 4G LTE modem with up to Cat6 speeds of 300Mbps downlink. The router is compatible with the dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

Aesthetic-wise, the AI Cube has a matte white body with a seamless 3D mesh base. As already mentioned, the AI Cube mimics the looks of a Google Home but with more features to boast.

Huawei AI Cube’s micro-SIM card slot and base ports | GadgetMatch

Alongside the launch of the AI Cube, Huawei has also unveiled the Locator. The Huawei Locator is a small location beacon for tracking. It supports long operation and standby times and is compatible with major global navigation satellite system standards such as GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and Beidou.

Huawei Locator clipped on a bag | GadgetMatch

The Locator is compatible with a nano-SIM or an eSIM for global roaming, near-real-time location reporting, and SOS services in a push of a button. It also has Bluetooth LE to track devices via paired smartphones. It can be used indoors and outdoors with an IP68 rating against liquid and dust.

Pricing and availability details for both Huawei devices are yet to be announced.

SEE ALSO: Huawei’s Kirin 980 is world’s first commercial 7nm chipset

Cameras

Polaroid OneStep+ puts a modern twist to old-school photography

Don’t judge a camera by its vintage appearance

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As the throwback trend continues to be popular, print photos are coming back in style. And in a time where the Fujifilm Instax line has taken the world by storm, Polaroid jumps back in to take back the crown with their latest release, the Polaroid OneStep+.

Inspired by the 1977 OneStep model, the Polaroid OneStep+ takes the classic Polaroid camera and packs it with a bunch of cool features to pull it right into the late 2010s. You can still snap a photo instantly, just like old-school Polaroids, but now you can also use a new app that lets you do fancy stuff with your camera.

 

 

Remote Trigger, Self Timer, and Noise Trigger make it so that you can get the perfect group shot even without having to ask a stranger to take it. Give your photographs more character with Double Exposure and Light Painting. And enhance the quality of your captures with Portrait and Manual mode.

Just like that, your instant photography game just got much more elevated. And apart from the i-Type film that’s specially made for this line, you can use their 600 film which gives this new and innovative little machine even more of a vintage feel. For the price you pay, I think it’d be well worth it!

The Polariod OneStep+ is available now, and you can get it for US$ 159 on their website.

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Accessories

Sennheiser’s new earbuds take true wireless tech to a whole new level

So many features in such a tiny object

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One of the biggest names in the audio industry, Sennheiser, just announced their first entry into the true wireless game. During IFA 2018, they revealed the Momentum True Wireless earbuds — a great mending of form and function.

These earbuds use Sennheiser’s driver technology to ensure amazing sound quality, and the mix of their noise-cancellation technology and Transparent Hearing makes it possible to still be aware of what’s around you even with them on.

They’re lightweight, splash- and sweat-resistant, and have different ear tip sizes to make sure they are comfortable for everyone. These were also designed with an intuitive touch surface that lets you tap or swipe to control your music, answer phone calls, or call up your voice assistant. It claims to last about five hours but, as is with other products in the game, charge only when inside the case.

It’s amazing how all that tech can fit into as small a packaging as these earbuds. At US$ 299, they’re a bit pricey, but considering what you get for it, I think these could be an amazing daily driver.

The Momentum True Wireless earbuds will be available in mid-November, and you can pre-order them here.

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GadgetMatch Awards: Best of IFA 2018

What an amazing selection of products!

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IFA has had a whirlwind of amazing announcements at its show in Berlin this year, and now that most brands showed their best products, we’re finally able to give out awards for the ones that caught our attention the most.

Here we are: These are the best gadgets and tech we’ve seen at IFA 2018!

ASUS ZenBook 14

IFA became a showcase for laptops that eliminate bezels almost entirely. The ASUS ZenBook 14 is a great example of this, and even offers one of the most unique trackpads we’ve ever seen, being able to turn into a virtual numpad at the press of a button. Now that’s laptop innovation!

Huawei Kirin 980

While other manufacturers are scrambling to release their next-generation processor, Huawei beat everyone to the punch with the Kirin 980, the world’s first commercial 7nm chipset. It’s amazingly fast both in AI capabilities and real-world usage — a must-see on Huawei’s next flagship phone!

Huawei P20 Pro (Leather)

How do you make one of the best Android phones this year even better? If you ask Huawei, it’s by slapping on genuine leather to the back for an awesome new texture. The leather variant of the P20 Pro not only looks good, but will also age like fine wine the more you use it.

Huawei Tracker

If you want something that can track your valuables wherever they are, it doesn’t get any better than the Huawei Tracker. It’s complete in features, from the SIM and full global navigation support to IP68 water and dust resistance. Nothing will ever get lost when this is attached!

LG 8K OLED TV

Welcome to the era of 8K! The newest super-dense resolution is coming to your next televisions, and LG is spearheading this charge. LG’s 88-inch 8K OLED TV is pretty much the pinnacle of technological advancement in the living room.

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