IFA 2018

Lenovo Yoga C930 raises the bar among convertible laptops with refined design

This is how convertibles should work

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Lenovo undeniably introduced the 360-degree hinge for notebooks which enables laptops to become a convertible or have a 2-in-1 form factor. Yoga notebooks have multiple usage modes and offer greater flexibility. But, there are some issues to address and at IFA 2018, Lenovo is raising the bar in convertible designs with the Yoga C930.

The Yoga C930 doesn’t look any different at first with its aluminum unibody design. It’s got a 13.9-inch IPS LCD with up to 4K resolution and has support for Dolby Vision. The display’s bezels have been reduced which is common nowadays, but the webcam stays on top with a physical cover for added privacy.

What’s special about the Yoga C930 starts with the speakers. It’s got a new Rotating Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos support. The new design ensures a good audio experience in every mode since the speakers are hidden in the rotating hinge and it’s always facing the user.

A convertible is not just for typing; it’s also designed for pen input. The multi-touch display has great support for the new pen that’s housed inside the body of the Yoga C930. Called the Garaged Pen, this digital stylus has 4,096 pressure sensitivity levels and it automatically charges inside the notebook — just like the new S Pen of the Galaxy Note 9.

As for ports, the Yoga C930 has two Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C ports with a 3.5mm audio jack and a full-size USB port for added convenience. It also has a fingerprint reader and far-field microphones for Cortana and Alexa voice commands.

Battery life is rated to last up to 12 hours and it boots the latest version of Windows 10 out of the box.

The Lenovo Yoga C930 starts at US$ 1,400 and it’ll be available in October.

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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Editors' Choice

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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